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Esther & TK

By on Feb 17, 2015 in The Wedding Fair, Weddings | 2 comments

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...

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...

XPLUS

By on Dec 4, 2014 in Crowdfunding | 0 comments

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...

Naomi & Anthony

By on Oct 22, 2014 in Life, Weddings | 0 comments

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...

Joyce & Charlie

By on Sep 30, 2014 in Weddings | 2 comments

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 &...