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  • Kerry

    Film for The North Face Shot on URSA Mini Pro G2

    December 4, 2020, 4:17 pm
    Blackmagic Design today announced that Towers of Tigray, a branded content film for The North Face, has been produced by Colab Creative using a Blackmagic RAW workflow for both acquisition and post.
    Fremont, CA – December 4, 2020 - Blackmagic Design today announced that Towers of Tigray, a branded content film for The North Face, has been produced by Colab Creative using a Blackmagic RAW workflow for both acquisition and post.    


    Conceived by award winning filmmakers William Lascelles and Olya Dendyaeva, the film follows two professional climbers, James Pearson and Caro Ciavaldini, as they explore northern Ethiopia with their young son, Arthur.    

    “The project is a throwback to the unexplored, audacious climbing adventures of the past,” says William. “Given the extent of the challenge, we had to rethink our production workflow and decided upon the URSA Mini Pro G2 as our workhorse. This was supplemented with a couple of action cameras and a drone.”    

    He continues: “The fact that you can shoot high frame rates with the URSA Mini Pro, and record audio in camera easily, is not something I can do on one of the more expensive cine cameras, and makes it a unique and compelling combination at this price point.”    

    Towers of Tigray includes aerial sequences, some long lens shots and content from the climbers’ helmet cameras, but the majority of William and Olya’s film was captured handheld. “We wanted to retain the feeling of authenticity and for audiences to feel as though they are sharing in the experience,” William adds. “It’s about shooting the adventure as it unfolds. James and Caro even set up a fixed line on one of the walls so that I could jumar up with a rigged camera during one section of the climb.”    

    Everything was acquired in 4K using Blackmagic RAW (8:1), and the rushes were recorded straight to USB-C drives. “Not having to worry about swapping out CFast cards while in a harness on the side of a cliff is such a bonus! As is the fact that you can just plug the drives straight into your computer. It made everything so much more straightforward.”    

    For lenses, Colab Creative chose a mixture of EF glass from Canon. “We typically have to shoot stills photography on our trips as well,” William continues. “So it allows us to take a lens off one camera and put it on another, meaning we can easily capture the scene in two different ways for the client, and we don’t have to carry around extra kit.    

    “I thought that the camera might be a bit too heavy but there’s good reason for that – it’s not plastic. Instead it’s made of magnesium alloy which means I can throw it into some extreme situations and not have to worry about it.”    

    Perhaps the biggest challenge William and Olya faced while filming was how harsh the light could be in Ethiopia. “Because of that, we did rely on the internal ND filters on the URSA Mini Pro,” Olya adds. “But filming in Blackmagic RAW meant that we didn’t have to give it too much thought, as we’d have room to play with in post, providing we hadn’t overexposed anything.”    

    The edit and grade were completed in DaVinci Resolve Studio, while in lockdown on a small farm in South Africa using a MacBook Pro.    

    Press Photography  
    Product photos of Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, DaVinci Resolve Studio, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/media/images.    

    About Blackmagic Design  
    Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.     

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    • Kerry
      COLOR

      Koala Mattress Commercial Used URSA Mini Pro 12K

      January 19, 2021, 7:31 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced that Koala Furniture’s new commercial campaign for their new Koala Mattress was shot on URSA Mini Pro 12K. The commercial was shot completely on the URSA Mini Pro 12K using Blackmagic RAW, with post production done using DaVinci Resolve Studio for collaboration and color correction.

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      COLOR

      Afinal Filmes Uses Cintel Scanner

      January 13, 2021, 7:39 pm
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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      Istanbul’s Bando Post Uses DaVinci Resolve Studi

      January 12, 2021, 8:07 pm
      Blackmagic Design has today announced that Turkish post facility, Bando Post, has deployed DaVinci Resolve Studio throughout its pipeline, including edit, visual effects, sound design and final grade.

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      Tones and I's Fly Away Used DaVinci Resolve Studio

      January 12, 2021, 8:04 pm
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      Blackmagic Design Brings Stick Figure War To Life

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      EDITING

      Disney+'s Safety Uses DaVinci Resolve Studio

      December 22, 2020, 3:52 pm
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    • Kerry
      COLOR

      Atlantic Crossing Delivered in DaVinci Resolve

      December 14, 2020, 2:22 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced that 8 part historical drama series, Atlantic Crossing, was graded in DaVinci Resolve by Nordisk Film Shortcut Oslo senior colorist, Dylan R. Hopkin.

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    • Kerry
      VFX

      9 Monkeys of Shaolin Trailers Created with Fusion

      December 9, 2020, 3:02 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced Amsterdam based 3D animation studio Colorbleed used Fusion Studio to create trailers for the announcement and launch of the video game 9 Monkeys of Shaolin.

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    • Kerry
      EDITING

      TerraX Docs Edited with DaVinci Resolve Studio

      December 8, 2020, 3:32 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced that three documentaries produced for national German broadcaster, ZDF, as part of its primetime TerraX series, were edited and graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio.

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      COLOR

      Kiss the Ground Uses DaVinci Resolve Studio

      December 3, 2020, 8:00 pm
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