'Solar World'



Amanda Jenkins from AJ Films asked me to DP this film for Peter Keil. This was a huge honor for me, Peter is regarded as one of the world's top car photographers and I have admired his work for many years.

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This was not an ordinary car shoot. The Solar World GT car is circumnavigating the globe in a race, powered only by the sun.

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We did not want to waste any power with multiple takes, and we had very little control over the car. Most shots were achieved on the fly, with only one take.

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GT was our location scout and fortunately he directed the German crew to leave State Highway 1 and head through the Lindis Pass and into Queenstown. The scenery down here speaks for itself and I love shooting cars on these roads.

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We had a tiny crew. I shot most of the job with my PDW-700 XDCAM in Full HD. I also set up Canon 5D2's as additional cameras, and had the camera assistants hit record on these extra lock off shots.

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I worked closely with Editor Paul Wedel in Wellington and Visual Effects and Grading was handled by Miquel Ubeda in Auckland.

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This was a really fun job, and I am proud of the result. I wish the team all the best for their travels around the world.
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