“Ambulance”, the new film by Michael Bay, is currently in theaters. A short making-of focuses on the innovation of the filmmaker’s action scenes through the use of VR drones.
The return of Michael Bay
Ambulance marks the great return of Michael Bay At the movie theater. After directing for Netflix Six Underground (2019), he returns above all with a new feature film where this time it’s not about giant robots. Because without No Pain No Gain (2013) and 13 Hours (2016), the filmmaker’s filmography could almost have been summed up solely in the saga transformers, of which he directed five films. We are therefore very happy to see it done to us this action-packed proposal.
Danish film remake ambulance, the feature film features Will (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), a former Marine struggling to find a job. All the more annoying as his sick wife needs an expensive operation. It is therefore to meet the needs of his family that Will will join forces with his brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal) to hold up. Unfortunately, their plan does not go as planned. And after a shootout outside a Los Angeles bank, the duo manage to escape in an ambulance and taking hostage a paramedic (Eiza González) and an injured policeman.
A bit like Mad Max: Fury Road the new Michael Bay is a chase of almost two hours. The opportunity for the filmmaker to have fun with stunts is as absurd as they are enjoyable. Because Michael Bay’s style draws its strength from exaggeration. We take it like this eyeful while being totally immersed in the action. An immersion would not have been possible without new technologies and the use of drones.
Indeed, several shots of the film mark the spirits because they take us into the air, descend at high speed, and follow the cars as close as possible to the ground. If before it was necessary to be satisfied with cranes, trolleys for tracking shots, or a Steadicam (which already does the job very well), Michael Bay has also opted for the use of drones. It is thanks to this that he can aerial shots or go under a car as seen in this new making-of of the film:
The video teaches us that these are not simple flying objects, but VR drones also called FPV (First Person View). Thanks to helmets, the pilots, including the world champion of the Drone Racing League Alex Vanover, can direct the drone and feel better what they are filming. Because they are fully embedded, in immersion thanks to the subjective view. A way to bring the human behind the camera closer, since he sees in real-time what the drone sees. This thus gives Ambulance an impressive dynamism and naturalness. And so this allows Michael Bay to innovate in terms of action sequences To our greatest delight.
An ambulance is currently in theaters. Find our review here.