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Sharlto Copley

– 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.

Go Pro 3 Hero Camera
Customised Rig

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.

Behind the scene of usage of Go Pro camera and rig.

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.

Behind the scene


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).

Official Trailer:


Tag: Hardcore Henry, Sharlto Copley, Ilya Naishuller, Point Of View (POV)


Have you ever imagined of interspecies prostitution? If it sounds weird and awkward, then you have not seen District 9 yet.

District 9 was released in 2009, it was an indiefilm but produced by the then indie film maker Peter Jackson ( his earlier movies were independent and then transitioned to mainstream). The film is first of its kind about aliens invading and colonising earth. But, they are detained as slaves by humans, experiments are carried out on them,  and they are physical and sexually abused. In between, a social worker in the process of persuading aliens to give up their rebellion and take orders from human bosses, is exposed to alien’s body chemical, and transforms to alien. Whether he is reinstated as human or what happens next is the film all about. It was very intruigingly made.

Upon its release in 2009, the debutant director Neill Blomkamp was just 29 years old, and made the cinephile and studios to look at him and ask ” Where did you get the talent from?”. He then made Elysium, which did not fare well. He made his comeback with Chappie. The director has been able to give a new kind and original films mainly because of his lead actor Sharlto Copley. He is both versatile and phenomenal. District 9 is a must watch for all independent film and mainstream cinema enthusiasts.


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