Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Earlier in the week it was reported that Corey Haim had been cast in Crank: High Voltage. And now we have our first look at Haim in action, at the receiving end of a beat-down by Amy Smart, who returns as Eve, the girlfriend of Chev Chelios (Jason Statham).
Meanwhile, Collider has a huge scoop: Directors Neveldine/Taylor have decided to film the entire movie using consumer grade video cameras. Since the duo used the new RED camera to shoot their last film Game, everyone just assumed that they would also be using the same technology for this film.
“We love red cameras, we’re going to shoot with them again, but it’s like shooting a 35mm film and you need a ton of AC’s and it takes a lot of time for set up,” admits Mark Neveldine. “With the cameras we’re using we literally can point and shoot and we have the same image quality that we had on Crank 1.”
The two cameras Neveldine/Taylor have employed for Crank 2 are:
Canon HF10 ($890.19 on Amazon)
- 1/3.2″ CMOS Sensor, RGB Primary Color Filter
- Capture high-defintion video to 16 GB hard drive or SDHC cards
- Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.9 x 2.5 x 5.1 in
- Weight 13.4 oz
- Pictured Above
Canon XH-A1 ($3,298.99 on Amazon)
- Three 1/3-inch 16:9 CCDs (1440 x 1080)
- Tape Recording
- Weight 5 pounds
- Pictured Right
“We can put these cameras in places that people haven’t and we can put 10 of them in places where people haven’t,” says Mark Neveldine. “And one of the things it allows us to do is we’re doing this moving bullet time camera rig where we take 8 HF-10′s and we put it on a light weight piece of speed rail and I can roller blade and skate around Jason Statham as he’s blasting down the street with a weapon and capture just rad images.”
Brian Taylor added “This is an ADD movie so we should have ADD cameras, so you know the idea of like moving the camera in outrageous ways and being able to destroy cameras without blinking an eye is more important to us than, you know, sort of having this filmic image.”
And just because they are shooting the movie on the same digital video cameras you can buy at Best Buy, doesn’t mean that the film will look like your home movies.
“We have tricks and methods of shooting with them to make it look better than you would think for a camera like that,” admits Taylor. “It doesn’t look like Cloverfield. It’s not supposed to look like home video. It’s going to look like a movie, but it’s going to look like a movie you’ve never seen before.”
Sounds pretty f’n cool.
photo source: Superficial