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Shot in stereo, using the Phantom camera, Prologue shot live action in Mabel’s Basement at the historic Mack Sennett Studios for Final Destination 5. In the first four films of the franchise, projectiles caused nearly all of the deaths. Derived from this recurring theme, the goal of this title sequence was to have projectiles “shooting” towards the audience. The production crew utilized an on-location trap door, and rigged the camera under the floor, looking up. With a mounted plexiglass panel protecting the camera, the crew assembled layers of glass above, enabling them to throw objects through the glass, at the lens, providing the shattering effect seen in the opening for the fifth installment of the series.