The director and cinematographer discuss why they filmed the superhero blockbuster with the RED 8K Weapon camera
Director and writer James Gunn talks about the biggest challenges he faced in a behind the scenes footage from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The American spoke about how him and his team faced making the film look unique and modern.
We might have thought the need to film entirely on green (or blue) screen to create different planets might have been the problem, but I suppose we’re not Hollywood directors.
In this behind the scenes feature, the filmmakers talk about the cinematography challenges associated with making a film like this and why they decided to shoot with the RED 8K Weapon camera.
Cinematographer Henry Braham said: “Modern day filmmaking is about being very very fluid and very flexible and it is about responding to the moment.”
“I had two irreconcilable things to bring together – one is you need a large format 60 to 70 mm movie and on the other hand we want a fluid contemporary modern movie that feels alive,” he added.
Gunn also added that difficulty came in shooting with a lot of moving cameras and rigs to capture the gravity defying stunts that Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt attempt.
The team used the RED Weapon camera to overcome these challenges alongside taking advantage of the main selling point of the camera – an extremely detailed picture resolution.
Braham added that the camera allowed them to use a large format camera, with all the benefits that offers, but in a small and portable way.
Portability was essential as the team had to attach the camera to cranes and a rig called the spider cam to capture the high action shots.
The video gives a great glimpse into how Hollywood films are shot, especially those that rely so strongly on CGI, despite leaning slightly more towards advertising than a behind the scenes look.
With Sony’s recent announcement of a new cinema camera, the CineAlta 6K VENICE, it will be interesting to see whether higher resolution will be the main selling point for filmmakers in the future.