Starring Tom Cruise and based on the true story of Barry Seal, a commercial pilot turned drug smuggler turned informant, "American Made" contains all the elements of a high-action thriller. Having to film in varied and often constrained environments, DP César Charlone ABC shares his experience working with an ALEXA Mini package supplied by ARRI Rental Atlanta.
How did ALEXA Mini stand up to the various tasks at hand?
The ALEXA Mini was very nice in regard to size and weight, very comfortable. The feeling that we wanted to get for the film was documentary style, kind of run-and-gun, and for that we needed a very light camera. The size of the ALEXA Mini gave us the freedom to move around easier. With handheld you can move around with the actor and let him be free. It changes the entire attitude of filmmaking, and it gives the actors more of a natural feeling of being in the scene.