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Blackmagic Cameras Get the Action Shots for ‘Blindspot’

I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to work on the NBC television series Blindspot, an action-thriller that includes dramatic fight scenes, intense action and stunts. To capture these types of fast-moving scenes, I use three 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Cameras, which I strap to rigs on the actors. The grips love the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras because they are so easy to rig to the actors, and the up-close and POV shots that we get from the cameras look great.

I use Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Cameras to capture footage in high-impact areas like car crashes, using the camera’s small size and high dynamic range to achieve high-quality footage. I set them up around cars, lock them in and just start to roll. I know they will get me the shots I need, and because of their size, I can get really creative with angles.

One of the show’s “high-impact areas”. Photo by Giovanni Rufino/NBC.

For the scenes I shoot with the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras, I shoot in raw, while scenes shot with the Pocket Cinema Cameras are captured in ProRes. These cameras give us so much flexibility in terms of camera angles and shooting formats, and I love knowing that no matter what I do, the footage is going to look amazing.

Something else that’s really fun about this show is that we get to explode stuff—I have never blown up so much in my life. We use the Blackmagic cameras like crazy to do all of these hugely complex shots. It is great to have small cameras that are also so much fun to use.

David Tuttman is co-director of photography for Blindspot.