Following on from our Red Bull: Conquer the Crown
film, Director Ryan Heron
asked me to be the Director of Photography on this clip for Peugeot and Red Bull.
We filmed at Auckland Film Studios which bought back memories as the last time I worked there was back in 1990's when I was camera assisting on Hercules and Xena.
Ryan wanted the piece to be dark and moody. It was a great lighting challenge. I decided to put in a row of Par Can's along the back wall to add some visual interest and backlight the smoke. With the shiny black Peugeot I was basically playing with large reflected sources.
Tane Kingan was my Gaffer, and I had access to a lot of lighting fixtures… keeping my lighting team very busy! I used a bunch of 5K's and 10K's, pulling power from two and a half studios.
I shot on Red Epic as the main camera. Haimona Ngata was my B Camera Operator on a Red Scarlet.
We bought in Daryl from Phantom Effects with his Phantom camera on the second shoot day. I shot this at 1000fps, for the stunt sequence. This involved a pretty substantial relight to lift the levels for the Phantom exposure, while keeping the dark moody look that we had established.
I am really happy with the final film. It was a big job and a busy couple of days. With everyone working together we came in on time, and on budget. There will be commercial cut downs on broadcast television soon.
Thanks to Graeme Murray
and my Camera Assistant Jymi Best for the stills photographs.
DOP: Ben Ruffell