Cinematographer Greg Wilson and team were asked by National Geographic to help capture motion and still images of a cheetah running at top speed, some 70+ miles per hour. To do so, Greg employed the Phantom Flex camera, a specialized high speed dolly system, HDSLR cameras on a custom control rig, a hugely bright 100,000w light fixture, and a plush toy on a string. During production, Sarah the cheetah actually broke the recorded animal land speed record.
Visit Greg’s website to see a director’s cut of the final stunning footage, as well as a behind the scenes video that gives a look at the level of production needed to capture these images. HDVideoPro magazine also published an article detailing Greg and his crew’s work in putting together the shoot.