GMO 'Life is a Wonder'



Here is a fun job that we shot recently in the South Island of New Zealand for GMO.

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Japanese Actress Yui Aragaki was excellent to work with, and the commercial was Directed by Tsugihisa Tanaka.

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We had a great crew, and we managed to film some really nice images despite the rainy weather!


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Mad Mike Conquers Highlands



I am very proud to have been the Cinematographer on this clip with Mad Mike Whiddett and his Rad Bul.

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Director Ryan Heron and myself had previously shot the Conquer the Crown clip, and it was great to work together with Mike again.

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We had one day to film the clip, and we could only drive the car on the track between 8am and 6pm, so we needed to be fully prepared.

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To achieve this tight schedule Ryan and I broke down the sections with the team and we shot only what we needed.

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I used several different cameras, and I kept the camera and grip teams busy by shooting one setup while they were prepping and rigging the next.

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I am very happy that we managed to keep the quality high. It's a testament to the talented crew behind the scenes. The reaction to this film by the fans has been great!

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To see some more images there is a terrific Behind the Scenes video from Andy Deere and Heath Patterson.



Huge thanks to Miles Holden for the photos!
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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport



I was the DP on this global release commercial for the new 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
(Also, known as the Mitsubishi Montero Sport).

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The Director was Ryuhei Yokoyama and we filmed in Australia, near Sydney.

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I travelled to Australia with my Queenstown based MoVI Grip Josh Dunn and we used the MoVI M15 for the off road tracking shots.

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For the on road tracking I used the Scorpio Arm.

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The lifestyle shots with talent were important, and I really enjoyed lighting the house and the car interiors with gaffer Matt Russell.

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I was in good hands with my local Focus Puller Paul Shakeshaft and Grip Jason Weekes.



We also filmed a content piece at the same time as the main TV Commercial shoot. Hidehisa Koyanagi was the Director.

It was a big shoot, and everything ran smoothly. Line Production by Kanta Yamaguchi from Green Tea Film and Television.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV



I was honoured to be asked to film this global commercial for Mitsubishi Motors for the terrific new Outlander PHEV 2016. I had previously shot the Japanese release commercial for the 2014 model.

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Masaki Yamazaki was the Director, and I really enjoyed working with him again.

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We filmed in Melbourne, Australia, and it was a two day shoot. I was already in Sydney with my Grip, Josh Dunn, so we flew to Melbourne with the camera equipment and worked in with the local crew.

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For the close ups of the talent I used a low loader and the MoVI M15. This gave me control over the lighting, and I was able to achieve a controlled camera position easily.

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The tracking shots were filmed from an open tracking vehicle and I used a Flight Head 5. It was a really great option on the streets of Melbourne as we had a rolling traffic block, with trams and cars doing hook turns to dodge.

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Melbourne was a great place to work. I really enjoyed the city and the local crew were excellent. Hopefully I get to film there again one day!
(Thanks very much to 2nd AC Michelle Marchant for the photos).




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Two Paddocks 'The Odyssey'



Roger Tompkins asked me to film this project for Sam Neill and his Two Paddocks vinyard.

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Filming took place over several months. I shot on Red Epic with Leica and Canon Lenses.

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When we began shooting, I used gyros and bungy rigs for the tracking shots, and by the end of the shoot the MoVi was available, so I used that!

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It was a really fun shoot with a tiny crew. I hope you enjoy it!
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Subaru Legacy Outback



I travelled to Brisbane, Australia recently to film this campaign for Subaru Japan. Ryo Inoue was the Director.





We shot a TV Commercial, and two content pieces that are screening on Discovery Channel Japan.

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I travelled with 1st AC Roger Feenstra and Grip Josh Dunn. This allowed me to bring my two Red Dragon cameras, Cooke and Angenieux lenses, and MoVI M15.

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It was really terrific working with Darren. As a gifted photographer, he was a pleasure to work with. I really enjoyed the opportunity of having a glimpse into his world.

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We filmed the tracking shots on the beach with the MoVI, along with some of the shots in the city.

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We had a Drone for one day at the beach, operated by Rotor Works. There was also an underwater day filmed by Toby De Jong.

It was a great job with an excellent crew. It was a real pleasure to be able to travel with my key crew, and work with the locals in Brisbane.

Great Behind the Scenes Photos from Skippy Donovan

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BMW



I was the Aerial DP for the new BMW 7 Series Launch Film.

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Ottar Gudnason was the DP, and Knut Burgdorf was the Director.

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Alfie Speight was my Pilot and I used the Shotover System. We filmed Air to Air, Air to Car, and also Air to Car with the plane timed to go through the shot.



I also worked on this BMW X1 Launch Film as an Additional DP.

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Peter Refle was the Director, and Ottar Gudnasson was the main DP.

I was responsible for some of the tripod sequences. Shot near Wellington, New Zealand.
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Denso



I was the DOP on this commercial for Denso. Masashi Muto was the Director.

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The commercial was showcasing both athletes in nature, and cars.

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We filmed in New Zealand, at Mount Cook and in Queenstown.

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There was a lot of tracking involved. To achieve this, I used a MoVI M15.

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I like to use the MoVI with a two man team. My Grip, Josh Dunn carries it using an Easyrig and Serene arm. We communicate with intercoms and I adjust the framing using the joystick.

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This setup also works well with a small tracking buggy, and in this commercial I used the MoVI on the mountain runner, the swimmers (from a tracking boat), the cyclists, and the jogging couple.

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The client requested a Go Pro to be mounted on the bike. I did not want to drop quality by using a Go Pro, so Grip Sam Strain rigged a Dragon for me. I really like the small size of these cameras. They are so versatile.

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It was a great shoot with lots of locations, and a lot of set-ups. We had some challenging weather which really added to the images. I worked with my Queenstown based crew and we had a lot of fun with the Japanese crew.



Here is a wonderful Behind the Scenes video filmed by Emi Arai.
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‘Love from Land Rover’



I was the Director / DP for this Land Rover Commercial.

The Commercial was part of a viral campaign:

Four university friends from New Zealand had listed their beaten and broken 1957 Series I Land Rover, christened ‘The Landy’, for sale on an auction site, following 15 years of ownership. The listing told the story of their many adventures and their sorrow at parting with their beloved Land Rover.
Fate intervened when the team at Land Rover New Zealand read the ad and hatched a covert operation with Will’s wife, Claire, to give ‘The Landy’ a painstaking ground-up mechanical restoration.
And now, for Valentine’s Day, the four friends have been reunited with their Series I thanks to Land Rover.

I worked closely with the agency Y&R, and Location Scout Phil Turner. We established the elements of the journey that the Land Rover would undertake. (We wanted to include an iconic river crossing, the journey through a forest, and the climbing of a mountain).

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We had a very small crew, which was an asset for us. It enabled me to work quickly and use several locations that are off the beaten track.

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I filmed all of the tracking shots with the MoVI M15.

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My second Dragon was in Production Mode and this let us move quickly between the various set-ups.

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It was a terrific shoot for such an iconic vehicle. I really enjoyed working with the crew, agency and client. It was a fitting tribute to mark the end of production of a motoring legend.



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Mitsubishi 'Triton'



Director Masaki Yamazaki asked me to DP this car commercial in Western Australia.

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The creative was very exciting.

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We started with the truck flying through the air. I shot this sequence on a Phantom Flex 4K.

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We then have a series of tracking shots in the desert. (No fancy tracking vehicles here... we made it work with a local buggy).

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I travelled with two of my Red Dragon cameras and my Cooke lenses. I also bought a MoVI M10 and my Grip Josh Dunn with me.

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We picked up additional local crew and equipment out of Adelaide and Brisbane.

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The filming was mostly on location at Parachilna. A terrific place to film... but so many flies!

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We finished off the advert with city tracking in Adelaide.

It was a great shoot with a good crew and it was fun to be filming in the outback again.
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