Erik Courtney is very fortunate to be the first filmmaker ever allowed to recreate Lincoln 's assassination in Ford's Theater. However, having been given only one day to complete the shoot, he needed to figure out a way to get the coverage he required in a relatively short amount of time. Looking for ideas, Courtney approached Ben Brunkhardt, a cinematographer with whom he had worked while attending UCLA. As it turned out, Brunkhardt was developing a new cinematographic process, which involved filming a scene with a 15/70 IMAX camera. Together they devised and implemented the exciting new cinematic technique.