‘Act of Valor’ TV Spot & Featurette Take You in the Line of Fire

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:22 am,

The $30 million Navy SEAL flick Act of Valor ended up being in production for over two years, thanks to the frequently-busy schedule of its main cast, which is primarily composed of legitimate active-duty SEALS. Moviegoers will soon get to see the results of directors Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh’s efforts when the actual film is released in theaters.

Today, we have a new TV spot for Act of Valor, as well as a five-minute long featurette that offers a better look at the overall filmmaking style of the project, along with the hazardous locations, up-to-date Navy technology/vehicles, and physically-exhausting combat maneuvers on display in the movie.

Act of Valor was scripted by Kurt Johnstad (300) and is reportedly based on several real-life incidents involving Navy SEALs. Those stories were thereafter reconstructed and tied together to form the film’s central narrative, which follows the Bandito Platoon as it works in collaboration with the C.I.A. and sets out to stop a global terrorist plot that threatens to result in the coordinated killing of thousands of U.S. civilians.

As mentioned before, most of the Act of Valor cast members are actual SEALs. However, there are a few familiar faces (and voices) in the crowd, including Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2), Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy), Nestor Serrano (24) and Call of Duty video game series voice actor Alex Veadov.

Check out the new Act of Valor TV spot and featurette below:




There’s definitely an immediacy and immersive feel to the Act of Valor footage shown so far, what with the heavy amounts of handheld camerawork, first person POV shots, and the up-close-and-personal structure of the film in general. McCoy and Waugh are highly-experienced stunt coordinators whose skills in that area have clearly served them well with their directorial debut, allowing for some gritty explosive set pieces and terse battle sequences alike. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like they’ve gone too overboard with the “shaky cam” or excessive editing as well – though, we won’t know for certain until the actual movie is released.

As far as story beats and character development goes: Act of Valor, so far, seems pretty standard. Because of the nature of its narrative, there’s a risk the film could feel very video game-like, with serviceable (if unremarkable) dramatic exchanges and character beats largely serving as the glue that connects each new mission undertaken by the Bandito Platoon. That won’t be a problem for moviegoers who are just looking for a more accurate, but still stylized portrayal of military ops onscreen; however, those who are hoping for a richer exploration of the average Navy SEAL’s mindset may walk away disappointed.

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Two SEALS dive for cover in 'Act of Valor'

All that said: Act of Valor is clearly meant to be foremost a visceral documentary-style experience that effectively illustrates the nature of the SEAL lifestyle and shows just how difficult that job is, both emotionally and physically. So long as the movie can manage that task in a balanced fashion that simply reflects the true nature of Navy SEALs daily life (without either excessively glorifying or vilifying it) it should turn out well enough.

We will find out for certain when Act of Valor arrives in U.S. theaters on February 24th, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers, Coming Soon

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  1. From the still at the top, and at least one behind-the-scenes segment, it appears that quite a bit of this film has been shot with Canon 5D Mark IIs.

    It will be quite interesting to see how it looks on the big screen.

    • I was under the impression that the entire film was. Most of the time it’s better to do all or nothing so there’s no difference from scene to scene…

      • The differences can be overcome by using different cams for different type of scenes, where you might expect a slightly different “look.” Battle scenes in closeup, for example would be the perfect place for the light, small 5D. For wide shot exteriors and “quiet” interiors, a more traditional digital camera would be better, because the slower the action, they more the audience notices the detail, or the flaws.

        Many of the differences and deficiencies can be corrected in post-production also, if the producers so choose.

        • Ok… but my original statement minus my theory as to the reasoning is that from what I’ve heard, the entire movie was filmed using those…

          • 80% of it was shot with the 5D Mark II. Google is your friend, makes asking questions obsolete…

            • From the IMdB (an even better friend):

              Act of Valor (2012) More at IMDbPro »
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              Arriflex 235, Panavision Primo Lenses
              Arriflex 435, Panavision Primo Lenses
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Panavision Primo, Canon L-Series and Zeiss ZF Lenses
              Canon EOS 7D, Panavision Primo, Canon L-Series and Zeiss ZF Lenses
              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, Panavision Primo, Canon L-Series and Zeiss ZF Lenses

              Film negative format (mm/video inches)
              35 mm
              Video (HDTV)

              Cinematographic process
              Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
              HDTV (1080p/24) (source format)
              Super 35 (source format)

              Printed film format
              35 mm (anamorphic)

              Aspect ratio
              2.35 : 1

              • Don’t see where in any of that is said HOW MUCH of the film was shot using what medium. And since all of this was from your comment about how you deduced that “quite a bit” of this movie was shot using 5D Mark II’s, I figured you’d be interested in getting more info on the actual amount of the film being shot using DSLR’s. That info you copied and pasted from IMDB doesn’t really address that AT ALL…

                BTW, when I googled the topic, I found blog posts by people who actually knew the filmmaker, and the 80% number was straight from the actual cinematographer Shane Hurlbut… So, yah, I’ll stick with googling my answers instead of just copying and pasting from a website giving general information. Hey, you were the one that was curious about it. YOU’RE WELCOME. Don’t ever say I never did anything for you… ;-)

                • Got a link? If not, what search terms did you use?

                  • This photography website reports on the film because apparently Shane has been talking about filming this movie to others on that website for a while:

                    And then I found my way to an interesting conversation between two people, one of whom linked to the above page with a title about the entire movie being shot using the 5D Mark II. By the end of the conversation he corrected himself and said his title should have read “mostly” shot with. And in that conversation he mentions contacting Shane via email, from which he reports that Shane said 80% of the film was shot using DSLR’s including the 5D Mark II and the 7D.

                    The conversation is here on reddit:

                  • Ok, apparently my links sparked the filter and requires the editors to clear the post. Got the “Your comment is awaiting moderation” alert… I’ll email them, it should be up by tomorrow. It’s actually two sites, a photography site that apparently Shane goes to, and a conversation on reddit where the commenters mentioned contacting Shane via email to verify info on how much of the film was shot using what… I included a link to both for your viewing pleasure. :-)

  2. Looks decent, will watch it on Netflix.