The weather also played an adversarial role at times during the 11 days of filming. “The wind conditions were horrible at first and we had to wait a few days to shoot, which cost the project time and money,” comments Mirko Prohaska, executive producer of the project. In the end, however, all the loose ends came together, and the team had a beautiful day as a backdrop. “On the day of the stunt, the entire Monument Valley was covered in fog; the mood of the moment was absolutely unique. We started before dawn and the atmosphere was one of a kind,” remembers Olszewski.
Once in the air, the breathtaking scenery could be captured by both the ALEXA LF, and the ALEXA Mini. The two cameras brought their own unique advantages to the project. Director of Photography Felix Reichert comments, “The new ALEXA LF with its incredible large sensor gave us the opportunity to approach the American landscape in the most cinematic way we could imagine. The Signature Primes lenses with their beautiful colors and naturalistic skin tones completed this extraordinary setup. While cameraman Valentin Rapp remembers, “The ALEXA Mini, being lightweight and agile, was a great solution for the balloons, where every pound counts.” The Mini, complete with cameraman, was even lowered outside the baskets for various takes.