I was the 2nd Unit DP / B Camera Operator on this TV Commercial for Nikon.Henrik Hansen
was the Director and Marc Flennert
was the DP.Big Fish
was the production company and Leilani Tomaszewski from the Sweet Shop
handled the production in both Australia and New Zealand.
We filmed exclusively on Nikon D800 cameras. At the time they had only just been released, and we were pleasantly surprised by the image. They were great to work with, and provided a really nice picture.
We mostly used their Prime Lenses, and a semi flat picture profile. We did tests with an external recorder, but found that there was little benefit for the added bulk and complications.
We filmed part of the spot in remote Fiordland, New Zealand with access by Helicopter.
We filmed the other part of the commercial at Lake Gairdner, Western Australia. We stayed at Mt Ive Station. It was a major undertaking to get the crew there. We travelled in convoy, in Toyota 4x4's with extra water, tyres, and in constant radio contact. It was a very long journey… but the location was worth it.
Lake Gairdner is a Salt Flat Lake, and it was beautiful. We travelled all that way for the early morning reflections and we spent about a week to get the perfect shot.
Our Australian crew was excellent and their expertise at working in the outback was very appreciated.
We also shot a few more stand alone clips for Nikon, and they will be released over the coming months.
It was a great shoot with a wonderful crew, and I am hoping to work with my Australian friends again soon.Thanks to Joe Wigdahl and my assistant Paul Shakeshaft for the photos.
2nd Unit DP / B Camera Operator: Ben Ruffell