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A Couple Of Night Owls

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Blackmagic URSA | Cinematography

The Bear in NZ Winter – Beta URSA Footage

This is a collection of footage that Hook has shot with a beta unit of the Blackmagic URSA (EF mount) over the last few weeks. Here are a few words from Hook about the footage…


Disclaimer: I now work for Blackmagic Design but this video was produced the same way as my previous beta videos, and is definitely not some kind of ‘official’ demo video. Its just a collection of personal footage that I’ve shot while getting to know the camera recently. – Hook

I originally tried to upload an UHD Prores LT, but it failed at 88%. :( I will continue to try and replace the current file but even if not, I still recommend downloading the 1080 Prores LT version – the motion looks a little ‘funny’ on Vimeo.

This was all shot using ONLY the built in 10″ screen for composing/focus and most of the time it was just Danelle and I grabbing footage, I really wanted to see if this bigger camera could still be used like the much smaller BMD ones without a crew etc. The only exception to this being some music video footage, but that was also a tiny crew of 3 of us involving me as director/dop/gaffer with Johnathan Guest from Halcyon Digital being camera/lighting assist, as well as DIT and dolly grip!

The rest is friends doing us favours and getting footage while on holiday to celebrate our 10 year anniversary in Queenstown. Carrying around the URSA, lenses, and tripod on ski slopes was tiring and hard work and not much of a holiday! I also almost dropped the camera off the side of a friends mini speed boat while trying to hold it up to get footage going down the river. :P

HUGE thanks to:
Blackmagic Design
Jeremy and Julian McPike
Jim Pollard
Todd Columb and his freerunning friends
Jayden and Ange Keoghan
Sound The Ocean
Johnathan Guest
Chelsea and Michelle Barns
Tracey Bourgeois
and of course my much better half for the last 10 years – Danelle!

Edited and Graded in DaVinci Resolve 11

Mostly shot at 60fps Prores 422HQ in camera and conformed to 24fps

Lenses: Sigma 18-35/1.8 Art, Sigma 50/1.4 Art, Canon 70-200/2.8L II IS
Hoya ProNDs and Tiffen VariND+Hoya IR Cut
Schneider Hollywood Blackmagic 1/4 and Tiffen Soft FX 1

Music: “By Your Side” – used with permission from Alan Poettcker of “The Runaway Club”

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Victoria + Jarrod | Matakana Wedding Photographer

On a beautifully overcast Spring day, Victoria and Jarrod got hitched in a little church in Matakana. Keeping it simple, it was an intimate day with a small guest list of their nearest and dearest. No props or extensive theming. It was all about the people. With a historic barn as a background, we had some fun before the rain set in and headed on to the batch for some shelter and a drink. We had no idea the neighbours kids would be there waiting to show us their cute little ducklings! Victoria and Jarrod both got in a few duckling cuddles (such a sweet moment to capture!) before heading back to see the night in with their family and friends by their sides. These two are such incredibly sweet and genuine people. Couldn’t have asked for anything more!

Photographers: A Couple Of Night Owls
Stables Restaurant, Matakana
Church: St Andrews Church, Matakana
Hair and make up: Bride and Bridesmaids
Flowers: Willoughby Road
Invitations/Stationery: Bride and Groom
Bride’s dress: Rouzili Bridal and Formal Wear
Bride’s shoes: Hannahs
Groom’s suit: PD Bespoke
Cake: Eat Cake
Celebrant: Jillian Taylor, Matakana

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Indie’s Cake Smash

This is our little friend, Indie. She’s a fair bit bigger now, since these were taken over a year ago, but she’s still just as sweet and adorable! Most kids would go nuts given the opportunity to smash up a cake, but not Indie. She gave the cake some gentle pats, licked the icing off her fingers and wished the cake well! Too cute! :P

Indie is one awesome wee girl, who says some of the cutest things! Check out her hilarious dad, Vaughan’s instagram to see some of her cute shenanigans. I’m sure that with their second little girl having recently arrived into this world, Shardé and Vaughan will have an abundance of adorable baby things to share with us.

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