Mathers with the OConnor 2575 at Gettysburg.
BURBANK, CALIF.— Cinematographer James Mathers used the Red Epic paired with Angenieux, Zeiss and Fujinon lenses, along with the OConnor 2575 for support to shoot “1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story.”
“The OConnor 2575 came in particularly handy shooting the opening title sequence which featured to lead actor David Henrie dribbling a basketball through the historic Gettysburg battlefields,” said Mathers.
He explained that the U.S. Forest Service is particular about requirements for filming at the national park. “We were able to secure a daylong filming permit with strict limitations; one of which was that the total number of cast and crew would be no more than five, and any basketball bouncing could only happen on the narrow roads that ribbon the monuments. There would be no big crew for dolly tracks or cranes, but I managed to keep pace and get good solid camera support with the 2575 on sticks and hi-hat.”
“Though the camera itself might only be seven pounds, by the time I set up a studio configuration with zoom, accessories and battery power, I could be lugging 70 to 80 pounds,” said Mathers. “So I need something fairly substantial.’”
Mathers says the OConnor 2575D fit the bill because it is dependable and “the continuous counterbalance is adjustable for any particular shot or camera load and configuration. A numerical readout makes these settings easily repeatable.”
Mathers served as co-producer and cinematographer on “1000 to 1,” which was produced by Bob Burris and Bruce Gordon and directed by TV veteran Michael Levine. In addition to Henrie, the project also stars Beau Bridges, Jean Louisa Kelly, Michael Lerner, Luke Kleintank and Cassi Thomson. “1000 to 1” will be released worldwide in early 2014.
The OConnor line includes the CFF-1 and O-Focus DM follow focus systems for cine and still photo lenses, O-Box WM mattebox, O-Grip handgrip system and the Universal Baseplate.