‘Act of Valor’ Shot on 5D Mark II Picked Up for $13 Million

‘Act of Valor’ is a film that I’ve heard a lot about over the past couple of years from cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, who has been a big proponent of Canon HDSLRs.  He’s been talking about how they used the 5D Mark II to get shots they couldn’t otherwise get – using Zeiss lenses and helmet cams for a unique combination of shooting rigs.

The film is looking to be a pretty big deal for Hurlbut and Bandito Brothers. Relativity Media announced today that it picked up worldwide marketing and distribution rights for a $13-million guarantee.

While every other film now seem to be shot on a RED camera (Pirates 4, the new Spiderman, The Hobbit, etc.), it’s still pretty special news to see such a big deal that brings Canon 5D footage to the big screen.  I can’t wait to see all the behind-the-scenes featurettes on this film.

‘Act of Valor’ is rumored to get a February 2012 theatrical release on Presidents’ Day.

Act of Valor follows a Navy Seal squad on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, and in the process takes down a complex web of terrorist cells determined to strike America at all costs. The filmmakers had unprecedented Naval access resulting in high-octane combat sequences and never-before-seen military operation scenes which are composited from actual events in the lives of the men appearing in the film and their comrades.

Hurlbut Talking Zeiss Lenses on ‘Act of Valor’ Set

HDSLR Educational Series with Shane Hurlbut

Bandito Brothers

[via Deadline]



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  2. says

    It is an interesting article to read. I wonder why a viseo maker does not want to buy a pro video maker rather than using a DSLR?
    Not sure

    • Daniel says

      Ya, good question. Maybe he’s just working on a side project (video) while most of the time he’ll be a pro photographer. Or perhaps using a VDSLR would give him the freedom to choose from a wide selection of lens to work with…and in 3rd world countries, its a lot easier to find a DSLR store than a Video store. Or perhaps he was traveling with journalist & photographers…so they could share DSLR lenses.