Paramount Pictures released the behind-the-scenes of one of the most ambitious action sequences in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, and that would be the train stunt. According to the BTS, this crazy stunt was shot by six Z CAM E2-F6 Full-Frame cinema cameras. Watch it below.
Mission: Impossible 7 – Shot on Z CAM for IMAX
MI7, or its full not-so-short name Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, has begun filming on September 2020, when director Christopher McQuarrie started to publish pictures from the sets on Instagram. The first picture was a trio of smashed Z CAM E1 cameras. It looked that those cameras had a hard time after they have been utilized to shoot one of the insane action sequences in the film. Basically, MI7 was shot with Sony VENICE cameras, making it the first film in the Mission: Impossible franchise to be shot digitally. Nevertheless, it appears that the Z CAM dominated shooting the dangerous action scenes since the camera was treated as an action cam, and with full frame capabilities. It’s interesting that the team has decided to use the Z CAMs, and not the RED Komodo or the Rialto of the VENICE which already was available on the set.
Nevertheless, it appears that the Z CAM dominated shooting the dangerous action scenes since the camera was treated as an action cam, and with full frame 6K capabilities.
More than 15 Z CAM F6 cameras were used
Robert Shaw (MI7’s 1AC) posted on the Z CAM E-F6 FB group: “After almost 3 years of hard work and dedication, I’m excited to share the trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. Z CAM Played an enormous role in the capture and creation of some of the most exciting and challenging stunts yet. With over 15 Z CAM F6, it is safe to say they were vital! Very excited to see some of the shows captured by Z CAM in the trailer”. Even Kinson Loo who is Z CAM CEO added that the Z CAM E2-F6 was utilized as one of the main cameras in the movie, not just a stunt camera. Indeed, we can find those cameras in the BTS, as they are attached to Tom Cruise’s vehicle. Anyway, Paramount Pictures released BTS of one of the most ambitious stunts in the movie, which is the train crash stunt. And by watching the BTS we can tell that the camera is the Z CAM E2-F6 Pro. Four Z CAM E2-F6 cameras were attached to a freefall train.
Correction: The camera used is the E2 F6 and not the Pro version which was recently released.
The ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ connection
Do you remember the Tom Cruise project called Top Gun: Maverick? Of course, you do. In that one, six Sony VENICE were attached to a fighter jet. Now, in MI7, it’s Z CAM’s turn. In April 2021, filming commenced in the small village of Levisham, North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a sequence set in the Alps in Switzerland with a train going 60 miles (97 km) an hour through a bridge being blown up, That’s the train stunt, which according to the recently published BTS, was shot by six Z CAM E2-F6 Pro cameras. In fact, in the BTS you can see Cruise and McQuarrie checking out the pictures captured by the camera. Then, when watching Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One at an IMAX theater, remember that a vast amount of these ‘suicide shots’ were captured on this excellent full-frame 6K action camera, which costs only $4,000. Check out the behind-the-scenes of the train stunt below: