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Olga & Anthony

By on Jun 1, 2014 in Weddings | 0 comments

These two people, are incredibly attractive. Seriously. And I had so much fun shooting this thing! Once again, in conjunction with Tigs Macallan, we went to lovely St Kilda to shoot this gorgeous event. The formula one was actually on this weekend, so it was a loud with all the cars racing around, the jets flying by and the tents being set up for Iron Man. However, it all added to this wonderful little story. There was a beautiful afternoon light that broke through during our afternoon segement of shooting, which was a godsend. Gave us some brilliant light to work with, and trully made it that much more magical! Olga & Anthony really do have a very special bond going, and you can honestly see how in love they both are with each other. I will say it again, like i Have in previous posts, chemistry between a couple really is a game changer for a film! You feel the authenticity and love, and that is indeed my preffered way to shooting things. Of allowing the couple to be themselves, rather than overtly control the situation, setting up poses etc. Good times my friends, good times. Enjoy this clip! Music was by The Icarus Account – Favorite Girl....

Kat & Hamish

By on May 27, 2014 in Weddings | 0 comments

The notion of your most recent work being an indicator of your best work, I think is very true. Working in film, you really are on a mission, a path, to constantly refine your skills, to try new things and explore new possibilities. A filmmaker doesn’t just make a film, they try and also say something with it. This I suppose might not hold completely true to wedding films, but I do think that there is to an extent a way to do so. To have a message in what you film, even if its a documentary styled shoot that is fairly constructive, and the same as other projects. I think this comes out in what you personally bring to a project, not just the idea or concept of the project itself. I think things like life experiences, perspectives on values and life really to affect every single aspect of what you produce as a filmmaker. It’s at your core. This film i believe is one of my best yet, and I really enjoyed crafting this piece. Kat & Hamish were a fantastic couple to work with also, and their raw natural chemistry adds a lot to it too. The day actually started out a little foreboding, with the dark grey clouds and constant downpours of rain. It did clear up thank fully! Good times were had, and I trust you enjoy this one! The song was also chosen by the couple as they really really wanted to see it used in their film. (Oh, it was 500 Miles by Sleeping At Last) Well enough with my verbal blabbering, here you are! Enjoy Peace...

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....

The Gravity Tour

By on May 7, 2014 in Life | 0 comments

Gravity Tour was started by one of my friends (Joel Taylor) who I went to high school with. It started small, and has grown now to a larger size where it’s starting to require a lot more funding if they are going to reach more people. What Gravity Tour does is engage students in high schools with media (which takes many forms) and creates a space to open up conversation between young people to talk about their problems. Mental health illnesses is a big thing, but not a lot of people really grasp that fact. Joel came to me a couple months ago to see if we could put together a simple clip which would show the essence of what they do, and also try and garner some support for this years events too. I edited this while on a plane to Thailand, and I didn’t really have to make many changes. That doesn’t happen to often! Hah. He launched a Pozible campaign for this years tour, and was successfully funded not long ago. Thank you to everyone who gave to this wonderful cause! Here’s the clip. https://www.facebook.com/gravitytour?fref=ts...

Sean & Beth

By on Apr 25, 2014 in Life, Weddings | 0 comments

A proposal video. This was one of my good friend’s big day! The logistics were this: Wire up a whole load of lights in a rain forest in Canberra, then somehow get Beth to come there in a pretty dress and get tricked straight into a marriage proposal. It was brilliant fun though. I captured moments, real moments of the set up and the proposal (plus a few staged shots) to make sure it was as authentic as could be! And knowing Sean there was no hiding anything, and it was all glamorous and romantic. Filming wise, it was all shot on an FS100, a 7D some GoPros and a few phones. The phones didn’t make it into this final cut though. Speaking of cameras, the FS100 has now really shown its worth to me, after editing this clip. The clarity that it offers, especially in low light, is really quite a whole other level above my old trusty 7D. Given I have quite a nice new lens on it (Sony G F4 18-105) it still impresses! I’ve used a track which both these guys love! Here we...