“The Suicide Squad” Gets an Epic RED Camera Video Boasting New Footage
“The way this movie is shot is the way I’ve wanted to shoot every movie in my brain.” This is how director James Gunn begins a new The Suicide Squad video, a featurette courtesy of the team at RED camera. Gunn, cinematographer Henry Braham, executive producer Nikolas Korda, and the crew discuss how RED’s latest camera innovations helped Gunn get those images to go from his brain to the big screen. While sure, this video works double-time as a great promo for RED camera, it also features footage we’ve never seen before and offers fresh details on how Gunn, Braham, and the crew captured the chaos on screen.
One of the ways they achieved their goals was by using “customized gyrostabilized mounts” that Braham and his team created to allow for a fluid hand-held movement. The new tech the filmmakers deployed on The Suicide Squad included RED’s Komodo, which was still a prototype camera at the time, and which was small enough (but capable of shooting high-res imagery) for the crew to be able to get great shots while on the move.
“From the beginning, one of the main goals was to keep it alive, keep it visceral, keep it real; one of the pathways to do that is the way to use the camera,” Gunn says. “Nearly every shot in this movie is moving…and not only is it moving, but we want to get in really close, and between people, and you just can’t do that with a bulky camera.”
You can get a peek at what the RED cameras enabled Gunn and his team to do below. The Suicide Squad hits theaters and HBO Max on August 6.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:
Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.
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Featured image: Caption: (L-r) IDRIS ELBA as Bloodsport and KING SHARK in Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero action adventure “THE SUICIDE SQUAD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics