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2017 Showreel

By on Mar 9, 2017 in Corporate, Life, Website | 1 comment

A collection of works that I’ve created over the last couple of years. 2017 is looking like an even bigger year, can’t wait to continue collaborating with all my clients & friends. Enjoy this showreel!

Melbourne Food Baby x Paxxioneer

By on Aug 10, 2016 in Corporate, Life | 0 comments

Bianca invites you to enjoy a modern Melbourne foodie experience. Bianca is a commerce and marketing student who created a food blog as a way to develop her social media marketing skills. Within seven months, Melbourne Food Baby (Instagram: @melbfoodbaby) had more than 15,000 followers, and Bianca was getting phone calls from cafes and restaurants inviting her for free meals so that she would blog about them. Her fondness for food and desire to explore new ways of taking photos, writing blogs, and building a social community had taken a turn toward business! Bianca is also an avid (and outstanding) golfer, who happens to enjoy the social aspect of sharing a round with new people more than the competitive aspect of the game. We shot this film a couple of months ago to showcase how she interacts with her clients & friends. It was quite a raw run & gun experience, but there was loads of free food involved so it made it so worthwhile. We shot this film on an Ursa Mini 4.6k, and I was shocked at it’s dynamic range. I have never shot on something this nice before, so it was quite different to all my shoots where I was using Sony gear or DSLR’s. Hope you enjoy this little piece about Bianca & melbourne food culture....

URSA Mini 4k Test & Review | Coffee with Yuta

By on Nov 13, 2015 in Corporate, Life, Reviews, Travel, Weddings | 10 comments

I recently made a purchase on the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini camera, after falling in love with the image of the original URSA. I bought it from Videoguys here in Melbourne, Australia. After extensive reading & researching in whether to get the URSA 4.6k or 4k, I decided on the 4k. A large part of this was to do with affordability in the current time, but also one of the stronger features of the URSA Mini 4k – global shutter at 60p.  For me this feature is crucial as a lot of the time I’m doing things on my own, so its useful to have the option to stabilise my footage without the ‘jello’ effect for example. I also make use of a monopod all the time, and tend to do fake sliding shots on it. This is where you use your whole body weight and move the monopod forwards by leaning, then tilting the head upwards so that it stays level. Sometimes you get wobbly, so being able to straighten the shot is useful too. These are just some examples (also the fact that I shoot at lot of 60p too). Anyway, onto the test! I went out with my Japanese buddies here in Melbourne. Yuta works at a coffee shop out in South Melbourne called Clement Coffee. If you haven’t been there yet, I highly recommend checking it out! I wanted to experiment with some indoor shots with available natural & indoor lighting. It also had a wonderful colour palette inside the coffee shop, so it had a nice aesthetic too. I was shooting hand held, to simulate the type of work that I do on a weekly basis. My trusty FS100 is slightly lighter than the URSA, but thats due to the Magnesium build of the URSA I would think. The URSA is light in my hands, but I think the addition of a top handle would be really desirable, as it does strain your wrists after a while of holding the camera from the side grip when on standby. I think I’d be able to shoot a day with it hand held, but it’s going to need to be put down for sure. It’s light, but not as light as a feather. I shot this coffee scene only on a Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 lens. Didn’t need any more range considering it was quite tight for room in the shop. While shooting this, I did notice the skin-tones have a ‘thickness’ to it, like how Daniel Peter’s described it on Dan Chung’s podcast last week. It’s a breath of fresh air after using Sony cameras for so long. Whilst Sony cameras are really great for certain work, the URSA sensor is just far more superior in it’s colour science. Something I’ve been missing for quite some time! The screen is really quite handy, however I think I’ll invest in some kind of EVF in the future. When shooting outdoors in full sun light, it was sometimes hard to judge the exposure, especially if you don’t make use of the histogram as an example. So some shots in a later film I will release seemed to be a little over exposed. Nevertheless, for indoor application the screen is perfect. It’s a great size to look at, you can accurately judge focus especially with the great peaking system that is built into the URSA Mini. The one thing I noticed, which has been an issue with many Blackmagic Design cameras is the fixed pattern noise. If you download the original file, you will be able to see that in some parts, the dark areas have the presence of the FPN. It’s not as bad as it was in the past, but it’s still there. Hopefully this can be eradicated soon enough through firmware updates, and perhaps on the 4.6k sensor it’ll be gone all together! I used 2 Lexar 128gb CFAST 2.0 cards, which both had about 10 minutes each of ProRes HQ recording at 3840×2160. I would definitely recommend buying more of these babies if you are thinking of recording for a long period of time. In the battery department, I used a spare Globalmediapro 95w V-lock battery that I had lying around. It worked perfectly fine, and was only down to about 75% after a few hours. I was of course turning the camera on & off in this time, so it will be a different story if it were on constantly. I think it’s important to note that not all V-lock batteries will read a percentage to the camera (like mine). There is a compatibility list on the Blackmagic website somewhere, so if your battery doesn’t read a percentage, it will show 3 bars instead. Enough of me rambling on anyway, have a watch and see what you think. Will post another test film sometime in the near future!...

A story about building a better life

By on Nov 2, 2015 in Corporate | 0 comments

This project was really unique, in the sense that the story behind the beginnings and origins of this IT company are incredible. You don’t often think of an IT company to be this invested in their culture either. A family from Laos, travelling by Boat, after a terribly hard Journey in refugee camps, are sponsored to come to Australia. All they wanted was a better life, a greater purpose. Finally it was given to them, and they took hold of every opportunity they could get. This film focuses on the story of this family, and how their values have shaped the work culture in the company. We shot this on an A7RII, a new camera released by Sony, one which I’ve been wanting to try for a while. The results were quite nice, however the codec did suffer under some strenuous colour correcting, so use of an external corrector is necessary if you want to take full advantage of that piece of technology. Shot initially in 4k, scaled to HD for web delivery. It was all cut & edited in Premiere Pro. The goal was to make it personal & uplifting. It could have easily been a more depressing & intense styled film, but the goal was to convey a message of inspiration & purpose. I hope you enjoy watching this film, it was certainly a joy to create for us. This was in collaboration with SeeSharp Productions.  On a side note, I have been busy in the background working on some wonderful new adventures that are ahead of me, so I will be revealing this in due time! Enjoy this...

ドードーの空 (Dodo no Sora)

By on Feb 5, 2015 in Corporate, Travel | 0 comments

Happy new year everyone! What a great start it has been to 2015. I traversed across the globe back to Japan, where I hung out with my girlfriend (Nao-chan) and had many good times. However, during this trip I also had the opportunity to make a promotional film for Nao’s parents Cafe. It’s a tiny little place hidden away in the backstreets of Sangenjaya over in Tokyo. However, it’s been getting a whole bunch of attention in recent times. There’s a website called Spacemarket (spacemarket.com), which essentially is a place to list a space that you own, so that other’s can rent it out per hour. It’s almost like the concept of AirBnB except it’s solely for events. So you’ll find some very interesting and unique spaces up on that website! Dodonosora is listed as one of the top places to rent on the website, and so with the launch of their new website (which was designed by my good friend Jireh Lee) I thought it’d be a great little gift to Nao’s parents to create something that can be used to further promote the space for events and just for regular cafe use also. The initial concept was to really tell a story about Takako-san (Nao’s mother) and her cafe. I didn’t really have an idea developed because I’ve never been there, and was living 8000 km’s from the cafe. Made it hard to plan something! However when I came together with Jireh he had a brilliant idea of using the poem which is on her website, and using this as a voice over on top of some music. It’s a really pretty letter, so cute and motherly, which is the essential feel of the cafe too. Production only took a few hours, as we had a solid idea of shots we needed after a brief discussion. We shot on Jireh’s new LX100 (in 4k) to test out the capabilities. It’s quite a nifty little device, and creates some gorgeous images in a controlled environment! You can see the shots in the video which is posted below. There were a few film crews that used this space while I was staying there for 2 weeks, including local news which did a segment on Spacemarket. Dodonosora was featured in the story because of it’s reputation on the website. Enjoy the film! It’s got a very homey, motherly, warm & happy cafe feel. Here is the narration translation done by Nao, which is the voice that you hear in the film. Yume tte iiyone. A Dream is something very special. Sore wo omou dake de yaru ki ga deru. When you think about a dream, it motivates you. Ganbarou, ganbaranakucha tte omoeru. It motivates you to do more and go for more. Watashi wa kimi tachi mitai ni yume wo akiramenai hito tachi ga daisuki desu. I love dreamers like you who don’t give up on your dreams. Dakara sou iu hito tachi no tame no basho wo tsukuri mashita. That’s why I made a place for dreamers like you. Hontou wa ganbarete nai, mou akirametai, somosomo yume nanka arya shinai.. `I’m not doing enough’ ‘I want to give up’ ‘I don’t even have a dream’.. Iroiro iitai koto wa aru darou kedo toriaezu uchi ni oide. I know you have lots on your mind, but for now, just come over. Guchi wo kobosu mo yoshi, ko-hi- de nagasu mo yoshi. You cal complain all about your day wash it away with a cup of coffee. Koko wa sonna kimi tachi ga katani seotteru mono wo orosu basho dakara. This place is where you can get all your burdens off of your shoulders. Sonna kimi tachi, soudemonai kimi tachi, minna kite iiyo. Dreamers like you, Non-dreamers like you, Everyone, just come over. Hahano futokoro wa kimi tachi no souzou yori mo zutto fukain desu. A mothers arms can hold a lot more than you think. Onaka ippai no lunch to, hoppeta ochichau sweets to, kokoro ochitsuku coffee wo youi shite matte masu. A satisfying lunch plate, the sweetest deserts, and a comforting coffee will be waiting for you here. I will always be waiting for you here. Haha...

The Faculty

By on May 18, 2014 in Corporate, Travel | 0 comments

I spent the last 4 days in Sydney! It was a shoot which I was sent on behalf of Orsino Media (who I have been working with a bit recently), and the event was all about procurement. Procurement is essentially the purchasing of goods from other business, to drive your own business forward. So as a very basic example, if I make wallets, then I would potentially need to buy little zips from a supplier, this is called procurement. The event was like a forum, or a seminar if you will, of many CPO (chief procurement officers) coming together to discuss things within this particular industry. It was filled with very knowledge speakers and was quite a prestigious event. It was glamourous, with everyone wearing business attire, the location was right next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and there was a ferry cruise around the harbour to have dinner. The Faculty organised the vent. The hotel we were put up in was the Pier One Hotel. It was quite nice as you can see from the shots! The brief was to essentially film on my own, but run 2 cameras which could then be cut together in a multi clip edit potentially. I was also to shoot some nice, beautiful shots that could potentially be used for a highlights clip of the day, and also to showcase some of the prettier corporate work that Orsino are known to do. So in order to do this, I had to do a lot of running. And planning. It does put the pressure on you, because for example if you miss something important, you can’t exactly get that moment back. It’s just like a wedding really, and so you have to try and be as efficient as you can be, to the best of your ability. The normal set up I had was one camera on the main action/speaker, and then a second camera shoot crowd and reaction shots. This was the base set up, but I did move around cameras depending on what I needed to get. I think theres a lot left to be desired on a lot of corporate films and videos I’ve seen for seminars. Usually there isn’t much thought put into where the speaker would stand, the layout of the room, lighting, background etc. This shoot was different in that respect. I use backlighting set ups, tried to make sure there was something in the background to give some depth, adequate lighting in each position the speaker was standing in, and of course an interesting composition. It’s quite a step up from your typical corporate shoot, thus why it was a challenge, but also quite fun at the same time. The equipment I used were x2 Sony FS100’s, which for the majority of the time had Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 lenses attached to them (the rooms were quite large so I needed the extra length). The Sony’s also have a 1.6x crop on them (as they aren’t full frame) so the lenses were essentially 300mm lenses. I had something like x6 32gb SanDisk Extreme 80mb/s cards. I had Dedo’s to shoot in some light from the sides and behind, and light panels for some extra fill. The main room actually had some night stage lights so it wasnt necessary for me to really add any light front on. I had audio running into one Zoom H4n from the desk, as well as a backup zoom sitting with some mic’s attached on the lectern.   All up the gear was about 30kg, with a further 15kg in my backpack. Not sure how I got it all on the plane, but it happened! (All these photos were taken on my HTC One, and then edited. Forgot to bring my little X100!) Good times were had! I’ve got a few weddings to finish editing, and then a couple more to shoot. After that, I’m off to Japan! More on that soon! UPDATE: Here’s the highlights video that was put together by Jane at Orsino 🙂 The Faculty ‘Tough Love’ Highlights from Orsino Media on Vimeo....