To quote Roger Ebert's review of the film, "'127 Hours' is like an exercise in conquering the unfilmable." This is literally and figuratively true. The majority of the film takes place in a narrow canyon requiring the camera crew to exist in almost as tight of a space. When Director Danny Boyle and Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle began working out the details of actually capturing this film, they needed a camera the would allow them to work easily and eloquently in such limited space.
Having used the Silicon Imaging SI-2K camera on Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire," they decided to try it out again and were surprised by the advances made with the camera since their last feature. HD Camera Rentals, a Los Angeles-based rental house that has supported SI-2K productions for years, was there to show them all the advances, including small-form recording/monitoring with the Cinedeck for SI and data management/digital workflow with 1 Beyond.
Two of the best stories on the technology behind "127 Hours" can be found on Studio Daily by Bryant Frazer and include discussion with HD Camera Rentals' Michael Mansouri.
Director of Photography
Anthony Dod Mantle
Fox Searchlight Pictures
127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?
Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures