Hardcore Henry : Episode 51

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Hardcore Henry

What: A first person shooter movie, basically. It’s awesome.
Directed by: Ilya Naishuller
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrei Dementiev, and a panoply of Russian stuntmen

decipherscifi pov action scene

an homage

Recommended and Related Media

How Hardcore Henry’s POV shots were made by Ian Failes
A very thorough article all about how they pulled off the movie: headgear design, cameras, fx work, etc. Lots of cool videos!
Read it @ FXGuide

The Stampede by Biting Elbows
Director Ila Naishuller’s first foray into POV action film – for his band, Biting Elbows.

Bad Motherfucker by Biting Elbows
Naishuller’s second POV action movie music video – even better than the first! Fun song too.

Show Notes

The movie’s history

Crowdfunding.  Timur Bekmambetov.  Biting Elbows music videos.

First-Person film and video games

Visual language of first person shooters. Our affection for the genre and this film by extension.

Filming and FX

“Adventure Mask” iterative design. Camera mounting and how bets to capture first person action. VFX difficulties with Go Pros.

Motion Sickness

Surprising study results with old and young players. Motion sickness vs simulation sickness.


A Sharlto appreciation party. Remote surrogate body control.


horse, lol.


I’m afraid I shall not be coming with. But you letting me get you this far has given an old sweat his grandest gift in all his years.

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