Captain America goes Captain Phillips
The opening seajacking of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s cargo ship/mobile office Lumerian Star offered the filmmakers an early chance to go handheld with some of the more boots-to-asses moments in the movie. This stylistic departure was overseen by District 9 cinematographer Trent Opaloch. “For us the choice to go handheld was philosophical,” explains co-director Joe Russo. “We wanted the movie to be vérité, so you would feel as if you were there. With handheld you get the fluidity of the camera as it follows action: you can track a punch to a face and then whip back to the character throwing the punch.” Here UFC champion Georges St-Pierre gets a solid vérité-ing from Cap.