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A story about building a better life

Posted by on 4:38 pm in Corporate | 0 comments

A story about building a better life

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...

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SHINE Japan (日本)

Posted by on 9:29 pm in Japan, Life, Travel | 0 comments

SHINE Japan (日本)

I am in Japan once more. Back a year later for Shine Japan, which is a large creative ministry event put on by The 4 Points Japan. It’s been a really wonderful time over here, not because it’s such a different culture to be enveloped in, but also because of what God has been doing over here. From the many visions & prayers that people have declared over this nation, to the various healings & testimonies that have come out of this week, hope is slowly being restored to the Japanese. This is a run down on what SHINE Japan is (english below) SHINE Japanは、祈りと伝道のイベント。ダイナミックにクリエイティブに伝道するためグ­ローバル・ディ・オブ・プレーヤーとグローバル・アウトリーチ・ディと協力します。 SHINE Japan is the culmination of connecting Prayer and Outreach, in coordination with the Global Day of Prayer and Global Outreach Day into one initiative to reach Japan with the Gospel in creative, dynamic ways. I’m really open about what I believe in, and that’s why I don’t really hide the stuff I do in my spare time from all the commercial work that I do on this blog. As Christians, we believe that worshipping God is not simply just an act of singing a song on a Sunday, but it’s a daily commitment to live out like Jesus did when he walked on this earth. It means to truly do everything that you do with faith and with the full commitment to glorifying God. This is why I’ve chosen to fly over to Japan and use my craft to help make a difference in other people’s lives. Capturing and documenting the moments in which the Holy Spirit moves is incredibly important to reach a generation that is so visually literate. 7Media, who I met up with last year in Japan have been here for the last 5 or so years involved in different film projects. With a lot of momentum now, the quality of work coming out of this production company is top notch, and it’s brilliant to be able to work with such like minded people as well as skilled. Every day they have been bumping out these updates on what is happening this week, and with 2 more days left in this event, I encourage you all to keep following along every morning as we bring you the latest from over here. Oh,  I was also involved in a very special project that 7Media produced on the weekend, however I’ll keep this a secret until it’s finished. Lets just say it’s going to involve some baseball. I guarantee it’s going to be very very cool. Be...

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J&E A/W Collection 2015

Posted by on 12:01 pm in Ethical, Life | 3 comments

J&E A/W Collection 2015

I spent last Saturday working on some wonderful new projects. One being filming Jacob & Esau’s behind the scenes video for their winter collection which is up for pre-order today. Second, I was also modelling at the same time for this little video. Multi talented hey? I must say this was a refreshingly fun project to work on. I haven’t really done anything fashion related, but it truly came together really well in the end. The girls running Jacob & Esau were incredibly awesome to work with, so it was a breeze to be able to collaborate with them on this project. They also had Big Picture Stuff & Hand Crafted Pictures shoot the collection for them, so that they could put up some beautiful photos onto the webstore. The concept behind this little 50 second video was to just show off the essence of the brand, its style, the character’s that are behind the label & the display the new seasonal threads. Because Jacob & Esau are all about relationships between the makers & the buyers, and are more focused on people, this shows through how they treat those they work with. It allowed for me to capture quite a natural beauty from the models, the photographers and even Esther & Joanne themselves. The music I chose was in the back of my mind the moment I started filming. Something about a hip hop beat and street style fashion that just mixes in so well. If ever there is something you really should get perfectly right, it’s the music & sound in your films. It really makes up half, if not more of your films overall experience. Without further delay, here you...

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A collective of creatives

Posted by on 6:48 pm in The Wedding Fair, Weddings | 0 comments

A collective of creatives

I’ve been apart of a beautiful new venture since august last year with the lovely Tigs & Olivia. It’s called The Wedding Fair! I’ll take a post straight from our site about who we are; We are passionate about weddings and are excited to bring you beautifully curated wedding deals in the Melbourne area. The Wedding Fair was started by us, two sisters  (Liv and Tigs) who wanted to offer a platform for creatives to find opportunities to sharpen their skills and find community in the wedding industry. The group that has formed so far has been an organic growth that has come out of relationship and common values around service and artistry. After shooting heaps of weddings and being asked who could be recommended, the idea came to Tigs (a photographer) to build a one stop shop with excellent skill and craftsmanship. The result, we think is quite lovely! We are super proud of all of our vendors and how beautifully they decorate Melbourne’s wedding scene with their craft passion. We are a collaboration of many vendors. We really want to bring out the best of those within our brand, from those we work with. It’s a great platform to kickstart your business too (that’s the future vision) so that you can get a decent level of exposure from an established brand. We do styled shoots every so often so that we can showcase our vendors and the beautiful photographers which represent our brand. You’ll find them over on our website which has a link at the end of the post. From a filmmaking perspective, I’ve been taking on a more director/editor type roll with The Wedding Fair. Very slowly, but surely, I’m starting to shoot less and edit more. I’m investing some time into a few people throughout this year, so that I can unify The Wedding Fair brand’s vision and style between us all. I do a lot of work outside of weddings as you may have noticed, and I’d love to keep it that way too. Creativity is definitely best kept sharpened when you have constant, ever changing projects.  So hop on over to The Wedding Fair’s website – www.theweddingfair.com.au and have a browse at all our vendors that are available. Everything is there from designs for your wedding’s tableware through to our talented musicians for your day. I’ll leave this video here, our latest, shot by Graham and edited by yours truly!...

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Stephanie & Sven

Posted by on 4:02 pm in Life, The Wedding Fair | 3 comments

Stephanie & Sven

What a ridiculously cute couple. And you probably couldn’t get more attractive either. These guys had some serious chemistry going between them, and it truly shows in this film. Some of the comments i’ve been receiving about this one was how much you could feel the emotions, or feel the ‘vibe’ that is oozing out from in front of the lens. I think one of the greatest ways of measuring success as a wedding filmmaker is whether it moves someone, and not just emotionally. I mean spiritually too, and even sometimes physically too (tears). I’m actually quite unsure how to react to comments like these half the time because they are just so incredibly reaffirming to me. I thank Sven especially for being a friend for a long time, I have journeyed with Sven for some part of his life, perhaps not in the last few years, but It’s definitely incredible to see this really on fire, man of God, get married to the absolute love of his life. And I got to capture it! My shots and cuts are all deliberate, there isn’t one shot that is left there without a purpose. It’s all about the telling of a story, and I think this past 2 years has really shown me that. As a result the films I’m making have truly been getting better technically, aesthetically & emotionally too. There is always room to improve however, and I won’t ever stop trying to top my last job. Enjoy this film, friends. This was in collaboration with The Wedding Fair....

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Esther & TK

Posted by on 1:14 pm in The Wedding Fair, Weddings | 2 comments

Esther & TK

So, I filmed my friends wedding last year. Actually, I have been filming a few of them it seems. It’s high season for weddings amongst my friends! I suppose it’s about time though, 25ish is a perfect age (in my eyes) to be getting hitched. Good times indeed! Esther & TK I’ve known for a while, and as a matter of fact Esther is the Esau in Jacob & Esau, who I did a promotional film for their Pozible campaign last year! The post about that project is here! They had such a brilliant day. There was so much raw chemistry between every single person involved in the wedding, it was so fantastic. Truly a tight bunch of friends who appreciate each other and really were just having one big gloriously awesome celebration. It’s little things like that (which I think i’ve probably talked about so many times) that make wedding films shine. Of course, there is a certain level of skill and creativity involved on my part, but we can’t create a magical film without some magic! I think that this is something which honestly sets some films apart from others. This day took me from Mont Albert all the way to North Melbourne. The wedding reception was in a unique little industrial space called Two Ton Max, and the photo shoot took place around the Fitzroy Gardens. Some beautiful places to film in, and really great weather to accompany it all. Enjoy this wonderful memory of Esther & Timothy’s big day!   Esther & Timothy || November 28th, 2014 from The Wedding Fair on...

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ドードーの空 (Dodo no Sora)

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ドードーの空 (Dodo no Sora)

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...

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XPLUS

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XPLUS

Recently I had the pleasure to use my services in creating a film which would be used on a Kickstarter campaign. The concept is custom watches, which have a fresh & simplistic look. Every detail is looked after, from the design of the watch all the way through to the case that it comes in. Every aspect has had meticulous attention paid to it, and the film was made to capture this. From the symmetrically aligned shots to the soft lighting & highlights, every frame was deliberately chosen to represent the brand as best as possible. The production of the film was done in a day, with the help of some of our friends too.     We shot this on an FS100 & a Black Magic camera, moving between the BMCC for a lot of the more static shots, and then the FS100 for the slow motion & detail shots. Lighting was all down to dedo’s and some photography studio continuous lights. These watches are beautiful, and I think you should  totally go pick one up! These are really great quality, thought out watches. You can totally go back one now over at Kickstarter, and support this wonderfully crafted local product! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/967028108/xplus Video on the...

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Naomi & Anthony

Posted by on 4:18 pm in Life, Weddings | 0 comments

Naomi & Anthony

A sun filled day, so much blessing upon this day! Naomi and Anthony had their wedding along the peninsula down here in Melbourne. The Morning Star Estate to be exact!. It was an incredibly perfect day for film and photos, the sun came out to play, the architecture and gardens were blooming, it truly was special. And plus Naomi & Anthony really were so much fun to be with and shoot. Two brilliant souls coming together. I had such joy cutting this film together. Not only because this couple really had a incredible sense of closeness to each other, but also their closeness to God, together, was really showing through. Its what I really wanted to focus on when cutting this film together! I chose this song specifically because of the beautiful lyrics which keep repeating ‘Son of man, reach out your hand and fill our faith’. I think this really speaks volumes about who these 2 are as a couple, and what they value in their life. My motivation to make this film even more special came from within myself too. I have recently started dating one of the most beautiful people I have ever met, and It is great when you can call upon emotions from things you experience in your own life, which allows you to see things & be sensitive to the moments of other people’s lives. This was all cut & mastered in Premiere Pro CC, my tool of choice. Although I am experimenting with AVID right now, so I’ll see how that goes for me! Enjoy this film friends. Congratulations Naomi & Anthony! Music licensed from MusicBed.com. Loud Harp – “It’s...

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Joyce & Charlie

Posted by on 1:49 pm in Weddings | 2 comments

Joyce & Charlie

I got to know Joyce through her brother who I am friends with, and it was truly a wonderful experience to film her wedding also. From the beautiful old buildings in Camberwell to the sun bathed gardens in Carlton, this film has truly been a joy to cut together. The shoot itself was almost like coming in and filming a long time friends wedding. Joyce & Charlie were so open and helpful, they really let the creativity flow and there was no problem in getting along with the rest of the bridal party either! It took about 15 hours to put this piece together with tweaking and colour corrections too! This was all filmed on my FS100, along side a 7D which was used for some shots. Premiere Pro accompanied me for the editing process, definitely a step up (in my opinion) above Final Cut which I started out on in the early days! There was a lot of symbolism and thought put into the placements of most shots, and also using the most pretty shots too (of course hah). The music was selected after a good few hours of searching though dozens of tracks on TheMusicBed.com. I wanted something which was significant to both Joyce & Charlie, but also had a nice tempo and joyous tone too. Thus Sisterbrother won the tender for this film! The film is here, have a watch and let me know what you think! Congratulations Joyce &...

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