Fast & Furious 9 Action Captured with Bolt & Bolt X

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MrMoco Rentals are no strangers to capturing high-speed action shots for Hollywood movies with an extensive list of credits ranging from Mission Impossible to Avengers. However, the project for Fast & Furious 9 pushed the creative team to their limits.

The brief involved capturing a series of complex action shots involving extreme camera movements. However, due to the amount of moving parts in the scene (including a car special effects rig), a specialised 3D workflow had to be created with DNEG in order to achieve the shot as envisioned by Director Justin Lin.

MrMoco provided DNEG with full IK 3D models to use in order to create the previs of each shot, which would then be solved and performed on location thanks to MRMC's proprietary plug-in for Maya, Simul8. The plug-in is used by the operators on set to place the rig in the right position, tweak the camera move where needed and export it to Flair for the move to then be executed.

The Director's Vision

F9 Director Justin Lin's vision was to capture a car passing through a whiskey shop, one-side to the other, smash through the window display and end up inside a moving van on the adjacent street. Due to the L shape path of the camera movement, along with the set layout and special effects rig required to carry the car through the shop, the shot had to be approached in four separate parts. The end of each part was then overlapped with the beginning of the successive one to create a continuous scene.

Breaking Down Each Part: Capturing the Impossible

In the first capture, the Bolt needed to approach the car outside the whiskey shop; given the nature of the shot it required 6 lengths of rail (18m).

The second section was a tight, fast curve camera movement that started as soon as the car flipped on its side. Due to space and almost circular camera movement needed, as well as the physical car special effects rail and winch all in the middle of the shot trajectory, the Bolt X with its extensive reach had to be used.

The third part of the shot is the car passing through the whiskey shop in a linear motion and getting thrown inside the van using a special effects rail; due to the fast acceleration needed the shot was captured with the Bolt on Track.

The fourth and final part is the camera shot crossing the street to capture the van from the right-hand side, once the car had landed inside of it. Bolt X was used with Flair to trigger the van, car and winch, in order to ensure precision timing of all aspects of this complicated shot.

We were thrilled to work with all involved to bring this shot together for the film!