Z-Flex Skateboards – Jimmy Plumer Skatelapse: Advertisement

Since taking delivery of his camBLOCK Motion Control rig, Graetzmedia director Dan wanted to shoot a piece seamlessly combining timelapse with slow-motion shots. Collaborating with iconic skate brand Z-Flex was the perfect opportunity.

A detailed pre-production shoot allowed us to test our compositing techniques and locations, and make sure the shots we’d planned were going to work without too much painstaking rotoscoping.

This video won a Gold in the “Experimental” category at the 2012 Australian Cinematography Society Queensland awards, and went on to win the Golden Tripod at the National ACS awards!

It also features the beautiful soundtrack of Cowper – Morning Prayer, which I’d filmed with the camBLOCK a few weeks before.

There was a lot of industry love for this piece, so I edited a behind the scenes piece for Graetzmedia, to show everyone how it all went down:

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Cowper – Morning Prayer: Music Video

I’m really proud of this one.

Both video and audio for this clip were recorded in a single session at the flood-destroyed Graetzmedia studios in West End, Queensland, Australia.

To achieve a perfect focus pull over the 4-minute staring contest, I modified the camBLOCK moco system to control a follow focus whip. This clip was the first shoot to utilise this technique. Several months later, camBLOCK shipped their official focus/zoom motors.

There is no trickery in the single-shot nature of this piece. Cowper really can keep his eyes open for that long. In the dozen or so takes we shot, I think he blinked in two of them.

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Surface Paradise – Look at Miss Ohio and The Gulf Stream – Live at Letterbox Lullabies

Letterbox Lullabies is a series of intimate house gigs put on by stalwarts of The Troubadour, Brisbane’s most beloved music venue. This was my second Letterbox Lullabies shoot: Surface Paradise, featuring Matt Redlich, Rowley Cowper and Timothy Carroll.

For these shows I aim to be as unobtrusive as possible, so these videos were shot on a single handheld Digital SLR, with audio recorded by Anto Pink and mixed by Matt Redlich.

The performance of Look At Miss Ohio was one of my favourite live music moments from 2010.

For The Gulf Stream, I wanted to experiment with stabilization (and a little motion tracking of guitar) on the DSLR footage. I was able to get the hand-held footage pretty smooth, but the rolling shutter of my Pentax K7 makes it a bit hard for video geeks to watch.

The entire set is available for download from http://surfaceparadise.bandcamp.com/

Cowper – The Kite Song and Capulet – Live at The Edge

Cowper played at The Edge‘s first Show Pony showcase event. As a Catalyst at The Edge, I was responsible for tech setup and mixing live video, as well as VJing other artists on the night, alongside my weapon of choice: Cowper.

With a couple of capable camera assistants, I was able to put together edits of two songs from the Cowper set:

Audio from this set is available for (free) download.