– Balaji Thangapandian (Film Theorist)
Hardcore Henry is the first ever action POV [ Point Of View ] feature indie film. The film is completely shot from the protagonist’s perspective using customized Go Pro cameras and rigs. In effect, when you watch the film, you become the protagonist.
You do, what the character does, for instance, you fight, kiss, jump, kill, live as the character does on the screen. Incidentally, I had conceived of using the similar approach, completely using Go Pro camera for my second concept film a year back, which was metaphysical in nature. I couldn’t proceed due to some constraints. However, I’m glad that its been conceptualised and executed well. I’m not saying that, I was the sole filmmaker to think of it, many could have thought of, its all about coincidence. Who gets to execute their concepts first, sort of succeed in filmmaking, others might get caught in the process of conceiving.
In order to accomplish the visual effect of putting the audiences in the lead’s shoes, two Go Pro 3 cameras were used, and a customised rig to position the cameras (3 axis gimbal mount). Multiple prototypes were made and cameras were broken during the process, which was inevitable, when something never done before was tried.
The director, Ilya Naishuller, crowd funded $250,000 for the film, using the platform IndieGoGo (platform for raising funds for entrepreneurs with inventive ideas). Prior to the feature, he had made short using same POV technique, which received phenomenal response, and incentivized the director to make a feature. The money raised was mostly used for CGI and post production, and bringing in top minds in augmenting the film. The film was exhibited in Toronto International film festival in 2015. The success made STX entertainment acquiring the film for $10 million.
Is Hardcore Henry, the world’s first Point of View (POV)/first person perspective the future of action filmmaking? It appears so!
Hardcore Henry is a modern, action Sci-Fi story about HENRY, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator ESTELLE (Haley Bennet) from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, AKAN (Danila Kozlovsky), and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is JIMMY (Sharlto Copley), who is Henry’s only hope to make it through the day. Hardcore takes place over the course of one day, in Moscow, Russia and it’s all shot in the same style as BAD MOTHERFUCKER (short).
Tag: Hardcore Henry, Sharlto Copley, Ilya Naishuller, Point Of View (POV)