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.
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!
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Tue, Dec 8 2015 11:48
I was the DP on this global release commercial for the new 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
(Also, known as the Mitsubishi Montero Sport).
The Director was Ryuhei Yokoyama and we filmed in Australia, near Sydney.
I travelled to Australia with my Queenstown based MoVI Grip Josh Dunn and we used the MoVI M15 for the off road tracking shots.
For the on road tracking I used the Scorpio Arm.
The lifestyle shots with talent were important, and I really enjoyed lighting the house and the car interiors with gaffer Matt Russell.
I was in good hands with my local Focus Puller Paul Shakeshaft and Grip Jason Weekes.
It was a big shoot, and everything ran smoothly. Line Production by Kanta Yamaguchi from Green Tea Film and Television.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Tue, Sep 22 2015 09:02
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.
Masaki Yamazaki was the Director, and I really enjoyed working with him again.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Subaru Legacy Outback
Sun, Aug 23 2015 09:12
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.
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.
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.
We filmed the tracking shots on the beach with the MoVI, along with some of the shots in the city.
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