Globally renowned for his cinematography, Shane Hurlbut is an ‘innovative cinematic pioneer’ shooting multimillion dollar blockbuster films around the world. He challenges himself on every one of his projects to enhance the quality of his storytelling through employing new techniques and seamlessly blending various camera emulsions.
In Hurlbut’s most recent post Freefly MŌvi: Shifting the Paradigm, he discusses onscreen emotion provoked through the movement of the camera. Drawing attention to the action packed opening scene of Terminator Salvation, we can see that the jolty camera movements set a pace and tone for the narrative and initiates the ‘frenetic energy’ attached to the films discourse.
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Through creating/ portraying the POV of the flying missile, audiences are immediately immersed in the film as a result of its inclusive camera movement which, not only sets the scene, but provides the full scope of the action that follows. This technique allows the audience to be a part of the story, it evokes an interactive experience as opposed to merely being a digital spectacle.
Hurlbut denotes his use of this technique to the MoVI products, in particular the MoVI Pro (a gyro-stabilised device). In his own words, “this device is literally going to change the movie business in every way, shape and form”.
In the film Fathers and Daughters the MoVI Pro created a new found freedom for both the filmmakers and the actors. With this device, Hurlbet employed a camera set up which he refers to as ‘the three MoVI camera ballet’ which can be seen below. This system enabled the crew to capture seven shots, all within the one take which, in turn, saved on both production time and costs. Having such simple yet effective equipment which gives actors the liberty they need to move freely within a scene, encourages a greater performance and ultimately creates a unique onscreen energy.
I agree with Hurlbet’s view that these devices are going to be significant in shifting paradigms within the film industry, specifically due to their efficiency and costings.