Wed, Dec 13 2017 03:13
Director Takeshi Asai asked me to DP this winter commercial for Nissan Japan. Line Produced by Jeremy from Red Sneakers.
I used a Can-Am Tracking buggy with my MoVI XL and Black Arm.
I decided to shoot on Red Dragon camera's.
Aerial shots were operated by myself, and piloted by Josh Dunn from
I also used a Phantom Flex 4k shooting at 1000fps for some of the action.
Vera Blue 'Regular Touch'
Thu, Nov 2 2017 02:53
asked me to be the DP for this music video for
We filmed it all in one day in Cardrona, New Zealand. I shot on my two Red Dragon cameras. Running two different sizes on most takes.
I also had the drone team from
filming with the DJI Inspire 2 drone and X5S RAW Camera. It cut in perfectly with the Red footage.
It was a really fun shoot with an excellent small team. I think that we can all be proud of the released clip.
VW Gran Lavida
Thu, Sep 28 2017 03:04
VW 'Lavida' from Ben Ruffell on Vimeo.
'Small, but powerful'
Filmed over two days. I used a Russian Arm for the tracking shots.
The concert scene was fun to light, and I shot it with a GF-8 crane and a flight head.
I ran two sets in the studio, pre-lighting the rev counter shot, while I was shooting the bathroom scene.
The wake boarding was filmed with a flight head… on a very small boat.
I used a Phantom Flex 4K for the slow motion water shots.
It was another great shoot with Director Jem Chen.
The River One
Sat, Sep 9 2017 03:34
The River One from Ben Ruffell on Vimeo.
This project was filmed to promote the new apartment building "The River One" designed by Richard Rogers from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
I shot on Arri Alexa Mini's with Master Primes, and made extensive use of the Freefly MoVI Pro.
Directed by Jem Chen, we shot over two days.
I filmed the time lapses using my Fuji T2, a Canon 5D, and also some were shot on the Alexa Mini.
We had access to a Ferrari for one of the scenes.
I worked in closely with Shannon, my drone operator.
It was a really fun shoot, with a great crew!
Wed, Jun 14 2017 07:53
Here is a really fun commercial that I was the DP for, filmed recently in Queenstown, New Zealand.
It was Directed by Myles Conti, and Produced by
Conti Bros Films
I filmed it using two cameras. A Red Weapon 6K was mounted in the MoVI M15 on the tracking buggy.
A Red Dragon 6K was kept in Production mode, so that I could move quickly between the set ups.
Drone filming was performed by Queenstown based
using a DJI Inspire 2 filming in 5.2K RAW. The drone images cut in perfectly with the Red cameras.
It was a cold tough environment for the crew to work in, and even tougher on our athletes who had to run up the hill all day. A massive credit to them!
Sun, Jun 4 2017 07:55
Directed by Jem Chen.
I filmed primarily with Arri Alexa cameras.
Using an Alexa Mini as my main production camera, and an Alexa XT on the Scorpio Arm with Flight Head.
I also used a Phantom Flex 4k at 1000fps for the super slow motion shots.
Drone shots were handled by Shannon with his DJI Inspire 2 Kit.
It was a terrific shoot. The entire crew was excellent to work with.
Mon, Apr 17 2017 05:11
I shot this for BMW with Director Jem Chen.
I shot on Arri Alexa, using two cameras. (One Alexa Mini for my rigs and as a production camera, and an Alexa XT on the Scorpio Arm).
We also shot multiple cars for alternative releases globally.
It was a great shoot with an excellent local crew.
Mon, Jan 9 2017 02:47
I was lucky enough to work with Director Ryuhei Yokoyama again for Mitsubishi Motors.
We filmed in Australia, and I travelled there with my camera equipment, along with my MoVI Grip and Drone Pilot Josh Dunn.
We bought along our DJI Inspire 1 with X5R RAW Camera. Our company Overview has a CASA Part 101 Operators Certificate for flying in Australia.
It's a terrific drone, and because it is so quick to deploy, we were able to film additional material very efficiently.
The line production was expertly handled by Kanta Yamaguchi from Green Tea Film and Television, and my local Brisbane based crew were excellent.
Snakes, crocodiles, spiders, leaches and ticks are an added bonus when working in Australia!
GMO 'Life is a Wonder'
Sat, Mar 12 2016 03:02
Here is a fun job that we shot recently in the South Island of New Zealand for GMO.
Japanese Actress Yui Aragaki was excellent to work with, and the commercial was Directed by Tsugihisa Tanaka.
We had a great crew, and we managed to film some really nice images despite the rainy weather!
Mad Mike Conquers Highlands
Mon, Jan 11 2016 03:10
I am very proud to have been the Cinematographer on this clip with Mad Mike Whiddett and his Rad Bul.
Director Ryan Heron and myself had previously shot the Conquer the Crown clip, and it was great to work together with Mike again.
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.
To achieve this tight schedule Ryan and I broke down the sections with the team and we shot only what we needed.
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.
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!
To see some more images there is a terrific Behind the Scenes video from Andy Deere and Heath Patterson.
Huge thanks to
for the photos!