January 28, 2013
By Samuel Tey
Van Nuys, California – Aerial cinematographer Phil Pastuhov is one of the busiest shooters in the business. He’s always charged with interesting jobs; which is usually halfway around the world. It is, after all, a global production community these days.
“One of my most interesting jobs this year was a final shot for a major feature shot in the Philippines,” said Pastuhov. “You can’t tell it is an aerial until we pull away. At the start, you think it’s a dolly shot, then maybe a crane, then you realize it is a full blown aerial. It’s an incredibly nuanced shot. The most critical part was getting the boat heading in the exact direction we needed so that the wind blew the helicopter downwash out of the shot. Once we had the boat sorted out, the Eclipse allowed us to do this with absolute stability and incredible subtlety. It really sold the sequence with its rock solid performance. Both the director and first unit DP came up to me later and praised the shot.”