My First World Premiere

I'm incredibly excited and honoured to be premièring my latest feature 'Manila - No Limitations' at Documentary Edge 2014.

We will have some of the musicians from the film at the premiere and there will be a Q&A session afterwards, for those interested in the production of the film.

It's at Q Theatre (loft) on the 22nd of May 2014 at 9pm. Be early to enjoy the music, a drink or two and come and say "hi!"

https://www.facebook.com/events/860499957299669

Posted on May 7, 2014 .

Tokyo - Big, busy and beautiful

I recently came back from an 8-day long video shoot in Tokyo Japan. 

I was following a high-end food tour at some of Tokyo's best restaurants including; Quintessence, Mizutani Sushi, Takazawa, and Den.

The hard thing about shooting a tour like this is getting good audio in often loud and unpredictable environment. The Sony UWP kit does a great job, but that's only if there is one person talking and you know who it is! The Rode Videomic Pro was a better choice often as it captures audio from right in front of the camera, or at least gives you better audio so that you have a better chance of improving it in audio-post.

The other factor is the etiquette of the place. While sitting in a restaurant it is tricky to be in a formal, strict environment, but get your camera out for every course of a degustation! In some places we were banned from filming, such as Mizutani Sushi where the focus is just on environment and so the camera ruins that - not so great for covering a food-tour with video though!

We were at Shibuya station for Halloween in what was perhaps the craziest part of the tour where we met these crazy people...

Posted on December 3, 2013 .

How to ... ?

This week saw the launch of New Zealand's first video CV website - www.cvtube.co.nz 

Being a leader in Video in New Zealand - we produced some how-to videos for CVtube featuring live-action, and animated screenshots.

Posted on October 15, 2013 .

John Newman at Red Bull Studios

Had the pleasure of making a short music video with the talented John Newman and his band this week. The video was comissioned by George FM and shot at the beautiful new Red Bull Studios, Auckland.

I like the golden colours which flow through this, and quite like the first shot. Tell me what you think... 

Thanks to Sarah Ritchie for additional camera. 

 

Posted on August 24, 2013 .

Rainforest Festival Video

Tourism Malaysia recently sent me and Nick D from George FM to the Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, Malaysia. 

I love filming these travel videos, so I jumped at the opportunity! The festival was really enjoyable with workshops during the day and then mus ic at night. I shot over 260Gb of footage! The kit I used was dual Canon 600Ds, with an assortment of prime lenses from 20mm to 80mm. 

There are more travel films coming from this trip which I'm currently editing, so watch this space! Click here to see some photos from the trip.

 

Posted on August 3, 2013 .

A Night with Anna Coddington

Anna Coddington is a renowned singer / songwriter from Raglan City, New Zealand.   

Last night I had the pleasure of attending her concert at The Vic in Devonport, Auckland as part of the 'Save the Vic' series of concerts. 

Here are a couple of stills from the videos I'm making for her as a result of the concert.  

Posted on July 21, 2013 .

A Video Visit to Borneo, Malaysia

Recently I was invited to the Rainforest World Music Festival held in Sarawak, Malaysia to film a short piece promoting the festival and some of the sights in the area around Kuching. 

The festival invites a huge range of musical groups from around the world and is set right in the middle of a beautiful jungle.   

Here are some stills from the shoot, with the final video being released in the next two weeks. Click to scroll through them...

 

Posted on July 21, 2013 .