Legendary Hollywood Director Ridley Scott Incorporates GoPro into the Making and Storyline of The Martian
When Hollywood director Ridley Scott began production of The Martian in early 2014, he thought a GoPro camera would make for a cool prop to be worn by the astronauts in the film as a part of their space suit. At that point, he didn’t consciously consider GoPro as a solution to a challenge he faced with the screenplay.
The Andy Weir novel of the same title, from which the screenplay was adapted, was written in the first-person voice of astronaut Mark Watney (played in the film by Matt Damon). With an abundance of one-way dialogue, Scott had to get creative to keep the film interesting.
Responding to a question from Entertainment Weekly about the challenge of adaptingThe Martian from a book into a movie, Scott said, “Our solution was the GoPro that is everywhere he is. They record everything – they’re like the black box on an aircraft. So if you have a GoPro present and no one else to talk to, it suddenly becomes a buddy. Matt was able to talk to it that way.”
With that solution, Scott delivers a companion to Watney, similar to the volleyball “Wilson” that kept Cast Away’s Chuck Noland (played by Tom Hanks) company on a desert island in the Y2K drama.
“I ended up using these cameras in a way I didn’t expect,” reflected Scott. “They became a character in the movie; they were mounted on the astronauts; Matt’s character actually records all of his video logs on them in the habitat. Small details that helped drive aspects of the story forward and gave the world an extra layer of authenticity and familiarity.”
In addition to giving Watney a companion on Mars, Scott discovered that the video content that he was capturing with the GoPro devices unlocked unique perspectives, enabling a completely new way to showcase the astronaut’s struggle. So while the storyline is fictional, the footage captured from GoPro is quite real.
“We used GoPro cameras in several of our biggest scenes … and they really allowed us to capture not only the intensity and suspense of these moments, but also the intimacy of the characters themselves,” said Scott.
Scott’s use of GoPro in the production of the film represents the biggest cinematic integration of GoPro in a Hollywood release. “New technologies like GoPro give filmmakers the opportunity to really push the language of cinema forward and introduce audiences to new perspectives and layers of storytelling that can really be quite engaging,” added Scott.
Strap your GoPro to your hand, wrist, arm or leg to capture hands-free ultra immersive POV footage, one-of-a-kind selfies and more. Includes an extended strap that fits around your arm, leg or larger objects. Features 360° rotation and tilt that let you adjust your capture angle on the fly. Ideal for countless activities and fully adjustable to fit a wide range of adult sizes, The Strap is one of our most versatile mounts.
Includes specially designed hand and wrist straps
The extended strap fits around your arm, leg and other objects
Can be used in and out of the water
Rotate your camera 360° or flip it up or down without un-mounting
Fully adjustable to fit a wide range of adult sizes
Introducing HERO4 Session, the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet. Its rugged, waterproof design eliminates the need for a separate housing, while a single button powers on the camera and starts recording automatically. With 1080p60 video and 8MP photos, HERO4 Session delivers the pofessional image quality that has made GoPro famous.
• HERO4 Session Camera
• Standard Frame
• Low-Profile Frame
• Curved Adhesive Mount
• Flat Adhesive Mount
• Ball Joint Buckle
• Mounting Buckles + Hardware
• USB Cable
50% smaller and 40% lighter than other HERO4 cameras,1 HERO4 Session is the most wearable and mountable GoPro ever. With a sleek, versatile design, it’s at home anywhere—from the surf to the snow, to hanging with friends.
HERO4 Session packs the power of GoPro into our smallest, lightest, most convenient camera yet, featuring a rugged and waterproof design, easy one-button control, 1080p60 video and 8MP photos.
Ultimate mounting flexibility.
HERO4 Session comes with specially designed mounts and accessories that work seamlessly with other GoPro gear to give you more mounting options than ever.
The Low-Profile Frame gives HERO4 Session the lowest profile of any GoPro camera.
Use the Standard Frame with GoPro mounts to create a wide array of ultra compact gear setups.
Ball Joint Buckle
The Ball Joint Buckle gives you the freedom to change things up without having to stop and un-mount the camera.
Professional video quality.
HERO4 Session delivers stunning video quality. Capture high-resolution 1440p30 and 1080p60 video that’s sharp and lifelike. High frame rate 720p100 video enables exceptionally smooth slow-motion playback of your best moments.
Powerful photo capture.
Nail the shot with a variety of photo modes. Capture 8MP single photos, Time Lapse photos at set intervals from 0.5 to 60 seconds, and Burst photos at 10 frames per second. When it comes to versatile photo capture, HERO4 Session’s got you covered.
Access all modes + adjust settings with the GoPro App or Smart Remote.
HERO4 Session captures 1080p30 Ultra Wide video and 8MP Time Lapse photos at 0.5 second intervals right out of the box. You can also access most of the modes of other HERO4 cameras using the GoPro App or Smart Remote.2 From single photos to Time Lapse photos, Burst photos to Looping Video—HERO4 Session does it all. You can also use the app or remote to easily adjust settings like video resolution, frame rate, field of view and more.
Durable + waterproof.
HERO4 Session is rugged and waterproof to 33’ (10m), eliminating the need for a separate housing. Its convenient, ready-to-go design makes it easy to get out the door quickly to capture and enjoy your session.
Easy one-button control.
A single press of the shutter button powers on the camera and begins capturing video or Time Lapse photos automatically. A second press of the shutter button stops recording and powers off the camera. It’s that simple.
Dual mic system.
HERO4 Session features two microphones: one on the front of the camera and one on the back. When you’re filming in windy conditions or during high-speed activities like motorsports, the camera automatically switches to the mic that’s best-suited for capturing optimal audio. The result? Reduced wind noise andenhanced audio capture—no matter what the conditions or activity.
The battery is built directly into the camera and offers up to two hours of recording time on a full charge.3 The included USB cable allows for charging the camera with your computer or the GoPro Auto or Wall Charger.2
Mount upside down, capture right-side up.
When the camera is mounted upside down, Auto Image Rotation automatically adjusts the capture orientation to right-side up so there’s no need to flip your footage in post-production.
Compatible with all GoPro mounts.
HERO4 Session is compatible with all GoPro mounts. So whether you’ve got a stash of mounts at home, or you’re looking for fresh ways to capture your favorite activities, you’ll be good to go. Wear it on your helmet or chest for a unique perspective. Mount it to bikes, boards, motorcycles and more to capture immersive footage of the experience. Wear it. Mount it. Love it.
Control, view and share with built-in Wi-Fi + Bluetooth®.
With built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you can connect to the GoPro App to control the camera remotely with your phone or tablet, view the content you’ve captured and share your favorite shots on Instagram, Twitter and more. You’ll also have instant access to the GoPro Channel, so you can get your fix of the latest GoPro videos from across the globe. The Smart Remote2 makes it possible to control multiple GoPro cameras from distances of up to 600’ (182m).
GoPro Studio. Edits made easy.
Expand your GoPro experience with the free GoPro Studio software. Use it to import and view your GoPro media and create your own engaging GoPro-style videos to share with the world.
World’s most immersive video.
HERO4 Session features SuperView™, a GoPro-exclusive video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide-angle field of view. It allows you to capture more of yourself and your surroundings in the shot—resulting in captivating, ultra engaging footage of every adventure.
Auto Low Light.
Let the camera do the thinking for you. Auto Low Light mode intelligently changes frame rates based on lighting conditions for optimal low-light performance, enabling you to move between bright and dark environments without having to adjust your camera settings.
Protune™ for video.
Protune unlocks the camera’s full potential, delivering minimally compressed, cinema-caliber video optimized for professional productions.
HiLight Tag your best moments.
HiLight Tag enables you to mark key moments while recording so you can quickly locate your best clips later for convenient playback, editing or sharing. Just press the button on the camera or Smart Remote2 when you capture a moment you’d like to tag. You can also tag your highlights using the GoPro App.
Features 1080p60 and 720p60 video, 8MP photos up to 5 frames per second, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®, and the convenience of a touch display. Waterproof to 131’ (40m).
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Shipping to the U.S. and Canada on June 7. Shipping globally on July 12.
Capture incredible moments and relive them on the spot. HERO+ LCD features 1080p60 video and 8MP photos, plus the convenience of a built-in touch display. Just tap to adjust settings or playback content. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth let you use the GoPro App to post to Facebook, Twitter and more. It also lets you preview shots and control the camera with your phone or tablet. Use HiLight Tag to make it even easier to find, view, edit and share your favorite clips. Rugged and waterproof with the ability to power up and record at the press of a button, HERO+ is the easy life capture solution for epic and everyday adventures.
The National Hockey League (NHL) and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA) are happy to announce a North American partnership with GoPro.
Step on the ice with a few of the NHL’s best as they give you a rare glimpse into their unique skill sets during the Player Media Tour in Newark, NJ.
See the game from the perspectives of Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Taylor Hall, Patrick Kane, Henrik Lundqvist, TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, PK Subban and Jonathan Toews.
GoPro Announces Football Icon Jon Gruden as Brand Ambassador
Super Bowl-Winning Coach and Monday Night Football Analyst Partners with GoPro to Integrate Line of Cameras into the Game of Football
SAN MATEO, CALIF. (November 24, 2014) – GoPro, enabler of some of today’s most immersive and engaging content, announced a partnership with Jon Gruden that will change the way football is coached, played, viewed and analyzed. Together, GoPro and Gruden are experimenting with ways to integrate the super versatile, high performance and football-tough HERO4 cameras into a variety of practice and coaching scenarios to bring an entirely new experience to the beloved game. In conjunction with the announcement, the company has released “GoPro: Finish Strong,” an eight-minute video that immerses viewers in the growth of the Hillsborough High School Terriers through Gruden’s coaching with GoPro cameras. (posted above)
As one of the most accomplished football coaches of our time, Gruden is also a video analysis guru, bringing a critical eye to angles, plays and techniques. Leveraging the advanced capture capabilities and small size of GoPro HERO cameras, Gruden has been testing new ways to capture every moment on the field and provide never-before-seen footage from the point of view of the players and coaches.
“GoPro cameras can help every facet of coaching year-round,” said Gruden. “You can personalize drill work on the field, improve analysis in the media room and refine training in the weight room. If you have a good imagination, a GoPro camera will take your football experience to a whole other level.”
Sparked by the integration of GoPro cameras by the Monday Night Football production team into broadcast, Gruden paired up with GoPro to shoot a high school football team in Tampa Bay, which ultimately led to a national television commercial. This year, GoPro has taken an active role in supporting Gruden’s non-profit, the Fired Football Coaches Association (FFCA), which helps high school athletic programs gain access to resources, education, fundraising, and coaching to achieve championship levels of performance. In July, Gruden and GoPro visited the Hillsborough High School Terriers football team in Tampa Bay, spending four days running drills and refining plays with cameras mounted to the players, coaches and equipment. The impact and resonance of Gruden’s coaching, and the incredible points of view captured throughout the special FFCA-sponsored training camp, shine in the GoPro: Finish Strong video. Looking ahead, GoPro and Gruden will collaborate to help football teams learn best practices for using GoPro cameras as a coaching and training tool, support additional initiatives for the FFCA, and explore new integrations for GoPro in the game of football.
“Jon Gruden is an icon in football and exemplifies leadership in coaching. His belief in GoPro as a training and analysis tool and his passion for making athletes better at the sport is evident in the Finish Strong video we released today,” noted Todd Ballard, Global Director of Sports Marketing at GoPro. “Together, GoPro and Jon Gruden are giving people access to football moments they’ve never seen before, from the interaction between players and coaches on the field to unique points of view as a play unfolds.”
The GoPro App makes it easy to control your camera remotely, and gives you instant access to the GoPro Channel to watch the best GoPro videos from across the globe. Get full remote control of all camera functions—take a photo, start/stop recording and adjust settings. See what your camera sees with live preview for easy shot-framing. Use HiLight Tag to mark key moments while recording.1 View photos and play back videos, then share your favorites via email, text, Facebook, Twitter and more.2 Plus, use it to wirelessly update your camera software on the go for the latest features and best performance.3
The GoPro App
Watch the GoPro Channel and get your fix of the best GoPro videos from across the globe
Get full remote control of all camera functions
See what your camera sees with live preview for easy shot-framing
Mark key moments while recording with HiLight Tag1
View HiLight Tags in your GoPro Camera Roll for easy playback of your video highlights1
Play back your videos2 and view your photos
Copy photos and videos2 to your device, then share via email, text, Facebook, Twitter or other app
Browse and delete files on the camera’s microSD card
Wirelessly update your camera software3
Wirelessly update your camera Wi-Fi network name and password
Get your fix of the best GoPro videos from across the globe, whenever and wherever you want. With the GoPro Channel built right into the app, you’ll have access to all the latest GoPro videos—plus the GoPro Photo of the Day—right on your phone or tablet.
Use your phone as an ultra-convenient remote control for your GoPro. Quickly adjust camera settings, start/stop recording, add HiLight Tags, switch modes and more. It’s great for gear-mounted shots where the camera is out of reach. Plus, live preview lets you see what your GoPro sees so you can frame your shots with confidence.
Now featuring HiLight Tag, the GoPro App enables you to mark key moments while recording to easily locate your best clips for convenient playback.1 View tagged content in your GoPro Camera Roll to quickly find your video highlights.
Don’t wait until you’re back home to see your content. Use the GoPro App to view photos and play back videos captured with your camera.2 Check out your last run—on the chairlift. See your best wave once you’re back on the beach. Plus, you can browse and delete content on your camera’s memory card, freeing up space for more great footage.
Want to send that awesome shot you just captured to your buddies back home? Now you can copy photos and select videos from your GoPro to your phone or tablet, then share them via email, text, Facebook, Twitter and more. It’s a great way to share the moment with friends near and far.
Conveniently update your camera on the go using your phone or tablet and the GoPro App—no computer and no cables needed.3 It’s the quickest, easiest way to keep your GoPro up to date with the latest software for new features and optimal performance.
1Compatible with HERO4 cameras only 2Compatible with videos captured in select modes only. 3Compatible with HERO4 and HERO3+ cameras only.
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