Cinematography Winning Time: Shooting basketball with rollerblades and ARRIFLEX 235 – YMCinema
Panavision has shared a super cool BTS video from Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. It seems that the most immersive basketball shots were captured on the ARRIFLEX 235, by a cameraman on rollerblades. Here are some cool ideas for those shooting yard games.
We’ve previously written about the HBO original series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. We explained how it was made using some film to give that grainy vintage look (read: There’s not too much grit when you’re making a Lakers movie). As Panavision stated: “The series’ kaleidoscopic mix of formats was established in the pilot episode, directed by Adam McKay and shot by Todd Banhazl, the latter of whom went on to photograph episodes 2, 5, 6, 9 and 10, with Mihai Malaimare Jr. joining the team to shoot the remaining episodes.” A few days ago, Panavision shared one of the coolest BTS videos we’ve seen because it’s so simple, improvised, and precise. In this video, the production revealed how the basketball footage was shot.Keep Reading.
According to the cinematographer, the set consisted of a giant 360° green screen stage. The court was real as well as the first five sitting rows. However, above that was all green screen. The team had to rotate in several arenas through several periods (the years 60-80). Therefore, the court and the seats were reversed accordingly. BTW, although all the scenes were shot with cameras, a RED Komodo was spotted in a BTS photo. Probably mossy, his global shutter abilities were used for specific shots.
The cinematographers point out that these game plans were a combination of everything learned throughout the season. “We finally figured out how to shoot basketball using our rollerblade operator, John Lyke. We’re talking about different ways to keep the camera physically close to the players. You have to move in 3D space with them in a way improvised,” Banhazl said. The lenses used were basically wide, and that’s because of the low-angle shots resulting from shooting very tall basketball players. John used the ARRIFLEX 235 for this purpose. And indeed, these shots are amazing.
And here is the video below:
As you can see, the shots in the game are immersive and action-packed. You feel like you’re in the middle of the field, playing basketball with the Lakers. The rollerblades allow for maximum stability and stability, since Steadicam isn’t an option here, obviously. Additionally, the ARRIFLEX 235 is one of the best cameras for portable operation. So it’s no surprise that DPs chose this combination for gameplay footage. Of course, this isn’t the first time this type of cinematography has been implemented. But it’s so simple and easy. So on your next basketball shoot, you know what to do. All you need is a good pocket setup, a wide aim, knowledge of inline skating 🙂 and you’re done.