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Indie Horror Utilizes HD Probe to Create Unique POV
10/01/04, Santa Monica, California
How does an indie horror feature film like “WithIn” achieve the shocks and suspense that keep audiences squirming in their seats? For writer-director Olatunde Osunsanmi, it means portraying the action from previously unimaginable angles. The story follows a team of spelunkers as they struggle to survive against a mysterious force of evil. Osunsanmi wanted to depict the feeling of being trapped in a cave by following his actors through the “eyes” of the cave itself. By working with Innovision-Optics he found the solution in Innovision’s new HD Probe, the first long tubular lens system that allows the camera to see at 45-degree and 90-degree angles of view.
Innovision’s HD Probe, made specifically for high definition production is the ideal instrument for intimate shots in hard-to-reach confines. The lens comes with three attachments that allow the camera to see in different directions: straight ahead, 45 degree, and 90 degree angles of view.
The HD Probe proved so versatile that Osunsanmi and his crew found themselves
using it for 90% of the shoot. “It captured the randomness of the cave’s
layout,” Osunsanmi explained. “We were able to shoot all kinds of angles – the
ceiling, the wall, inside crevices – everywhere that it was impossible to
actually be.” At one point Olatunde used the 45-degree attachment and followed
the actors from the cave floor. “We got an extremely low angle, without having
to dig a hole in the ground. The actors stepped over the Probe and then we
rotated the lens 180 degrees, following them as they went.” The Probe
automatically oriented (?) the image, keeping the actors in an upright
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