Japan in Spring 2017

Every time I venture into this country, it teaches me something invaluable. I spent a good portion of my trip in Tokyo, but there were a few days in there where Nao & I could escape to Kyoto.



Kyoto is one of those places that doesn’t soon leave from your memory. It stays, attached, leaving you wanting more. It’s definitely one of the most unique places on this earth.

Part of this trip was also to test the capabilities of the Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera. I paired it with a Aputure DEC Lens Regain & 18-35mm Sigma Art lens.


It captured the falling cherry blossom leaves so nicely, its colour rendition of skin tones is the Blackmagic-y goodness that I enjoy too. Its definitely a lot of grunt for such a small package. I would say that there is quite a fair bit of anti-aliasing going on. Its quite visible in-between very small details. However, I tend to only notice this in a very busy scene. It’s definitely a good b-cam to my Ursa Mini 4.6k though.




On an unrelated note, I found really good coffee shop in Kyoto. Being that I am from Melbourne, I am always on the hunt.
% Arabica Kyoto Higashiyama (also in Arashiyama) is it. Trust me, it does not disappoint





A second portion of my trip involved filming with Eri Ito. She is a talented Hair Stylist in Tokyo, who is also the stylist for my mother-in-law. I always wanted to do more artist collaborations on all my trips in Japan, so this was a perfect time in the cherry blossom season. Nao came along as an assist & translator, and we all instantly hit it off together. We also had a talented model, Midori-san, who was really well versed with what movement is needed with film.


The focus was to film something that embodied Spring, to have Eri speak about her philosophy of hair styling and how it related to this beautiful season. The resulting film is what we created together. (Subtitles will come soon.)


The below films are what I’ve created out of this recent trip. Enjoy & share! Don’t



In collaboration with luvina.co & Eri Make Hair.

Shot on the Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera

Shot on my most recent trip to Japan in April.

ProRes HQ
Aputure DEC Lens Regain
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Lens

Music is from the Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki OST