Chris Carter/ Carter Ink Films
Extraction follows a soldier trapped behind enemy lines. She has a short amount of time to get to her extraction spot all the while navigating a hordes of enemy soldiers set out on killing her.

Behind the scenes of Extraction

The film was shot on a nearby mountain to emulate a forest scene. We used the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera because I knew that we would be doing some serious color grading in post. I wanted a dark, gritty feel for the final color processing for the look of Extraction. Because it was heavy with fight scene and fast motions, I used a faster shutter speed- normally 180 degrees, but in this case we used 72 degrees. This was to make sure that the film had the feel and look of urgency. We also used the Micro Cinema Camera specifically to shoot at 60 frames per second. I really wanted to see the smoke and our main character falling into the ground at a slow motion speed to raise the stakes of what the viewer was seeing.

We used the Rode NTG2 and the Blimp system because I really wanted to capture the soldiers movements through the fights. I think the footsteps, the body movements, all of the natural sound captured while the fights and movements of the film was happening really added to the immersion of the experience. We also used the Rode Video Micro since the camera was close to the action, and because of the sound it picked up, we were actually able to use some of those sound clips. It was great to have a double sound system for backups in case something went wrong and we only had a single day to get everything shot.

RØDE gear used


Chris Carter/ Carter Ink Films

Christopher Carter - Writer, Director, Director of Cinematography