We had a fun video shoot with perhaps one of the most renowned toy manufacturers in the business: Mattel. Today we filmed a variety of staff interviews, getting an insight of each individual’s childhood memories and experiences with toys. We even had some handy toy props ready, which we passed to the staff to play with and re-live their inner child.
For our on-going collaboration with the Open University of Hong Kong in the coming months, we will be making multiple visits to their main campuses. Today, you see the progress on our recce, where we’re testing our take-off/landing zones for our Inspire 2 Drone and capturing some preliminary shots. The weather wasn’t ideal today, but does give us a great indication of the angles and framing we can use.
Following our Lisbon shoot last year, the bar has been raised once again and we find ourselves landing in Cape Town, South Africa! Here is a sneak peak on one of our many intense days of shooting in incredible 5 storey villas and vast beaches.
Hard at work on our 2 day shoot in the studio, with our fantastic male and female hand models. Lighting has been a big factor in getting the mood to look just right today, but thats only half of the work. We had to constantly remove and add props, reposition and re-angle our models, to best show the products themselves: the watches.
Our first fashion shoot of 2019 with eqiq, involved quite possibly the most oldest and valuable prop we’ve ever worked with: A Mercedes Benz 230SL from the 60-70s. It’s very interesting and rare to actually see these older vintage cars on the roads of Hong Kong. But they definitely draw attention and make for a great scenic shot with our model!
For this photoshoot, we decided on a dual setup to allow two teams to shoot simultaneously in the same studio space. Setting up an extended blackout curtain needed the most time to prepare, as it had to extend to not only the floor to ceiling, but also end to end of the studio walls. Once this was in place, it was a great setup to work with.
Behind the scenes of our photoshoot with Vacheron Constatin, focusing on their ‘Collectionneurs’ range. Initially it looks like a relatively simple shoot to execute, but actually involves a more thorough process. From alternating between materials and accessories, trying different placements, to fine tuning lighting and capturing different watch details. The photo below is not only a starting point for post editing, but also the result of weeks to months of detailed pre-production planning.
A challenge of working within a small confined area with multiple teams of crew and clients, is ensuring that no one enters each others shot while filming. As a solution, we put together the Vaxis wireless system paired to a portable, battery powered monitor. This allowed our clients to view the video from a safe distance, while still maintaining the ability to direct and give necessary feedback.
Day 5 of shooting inside our final location, in a very grand and intricately styled hotel. Here we are mid-way through the day using a tripod supported slider, to prepare a dramatic push in/push out shot.
We have finally made our way across to Lisbon, Portugal, readying ourselves of the challenging shoot ahead. We went ahead with assembling and testing our main rig, with the intention of capturing both photo and video simultaneously: consisting of a RED Epic-W body, Schneider xenon lens, mounted on a DJI Ronin with a wireless monitoring system from Vaxis.
Today we took our newly arrived DJI Inspire 2 for its next flight test! We wanted to get an idea of the quality of images from the Zenmuse X5s camera, in a day and night scenario, as well as a real world indication on the flying time the batteries would give.
With clear weather, both turned out great! The night shots came out especially good, capturing more details than we expected.
Our second studio shoot for eqiq for this year, involved an impressive graffiti inspired PVC printed backdrop. Here we are reviewing some of the more critical shots to be used in the main campaign.
Today a new piece of tech has landed! Shortly after the Inspire 2 arrived in the office, we took it straight back out for its first real world flight. We were impressed by the drones stability and failsafe functions, especially guiding it through the difficult and dense mountain setting of Hong Kong.
The weather is holding up nicely, a great day to shoot outdoors! With just the right amount of wind, and a little reorganisation of the surrounding props, we managed to capture some very spontaneous and fun shots.
Our last fashion shoot for the year involved setting up an extended horizontal pole, which we could hang pieces of fabric, serving as the backdrop. It took a lot of moving and fine tuning for the fabric to fill the space cleanly and show as less creases as possible. Spending a little time on details like these during a shoot, definitely helps the final image captured.
Working on the lighting and preparing some test shots, on the Nine West photoshoot. For this set, a lot of contrasting colours was used as a backdrop along with a checkered floor to really fill the space with a retro 80’s kind of vibe. Very simple, yet fun.