The Picture of Versatility: Canon 5D Mark II Helmet Camera
- July 7, 2009
- Shane Hurlbut, ASC
I designed a helmet mount for the Canon 5D Mark II with Gary Hatfied, Dan Owens from Panavision to capture the first person point of view action in a new way. The camera is extremely versatile with the carbon fiber helmet designed by Troy Lee because it can be mounted on top, in front and from the left and right sides. It has V-Block technology, night scope adaptability and wireless follow focus.
We have used it successfully to fast rope out of helicopters for my current project about the undercover operations of the Navy Seals produced by Bandito Brothers, Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers. The main purpose of the design for this project was to roll out with a Navy Seal and feel like you are one of them on a mission. You see them grabbing guns, holding them up in front of the lens and moving with their movements. If another Seal comes up next to the bad guy with the helmet camera on, the camera rack focuses to his face and you get more of a cinematic feel from this particular helmet camera than one with a huge depth of field. We want to be the Seal, not treat it like it is a helmet camera broadcasting back to base.
What can you design? How can you take the creative ideas in your head and work with your team to turn your vision into a reality? Have fun with the creative process and you will be amazed at the results of the final product!