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Chases, Crashes and Blackmagic Cameras: Capturing the Action Scenes for ‘Jason Bourne’

“Cutting to these mounted shots really quickly gives your senses a jolt, and you see cars flying right by the cameras,” says second unit DP Igor Meglic.

Second unit DP Igor Meglic used Blackmagic Micro Cinema Cameras and Pocket Cinema Cameras to shoot the action scenes for Universal Pictures’ Jason Bourne. “One of the most important things when shooting action scenes for any movie is to stay consistent with the established look so that when you transition to an action scene, there’s no difference to the eye and it feels like the same scene and style,” explains Meglic. “On Bourne, it was especially important because of the particular visceral documentary style of the film.”

Meglic used five Micro Cinema Cameras to help capture the final car chase scene in the film, which takes place on the Las Vegas Strip. Mounted to the side of a SWAT truck, the Micro Cinema Cameras captured all the action as the truck plows through rows of cars.

“Cutting to these mounted shots really quickly gives your senses a jolt, and you see cars flying right by the cameras,” says Meglic. “In the same sequence, the car that Bourne is driving jumps onto the SWAT truck, and we put a Micro Cinema Camera on the ground right in front of the truck. We timed it so the camera captures Bourne’s car landing on the truck as the truck drives right over the camera. Our key grip, Peter Chrimes, had built a little cage for the camera, and even though all 8,000 pounds of truck ran over it, the camera survived.”

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