Director of Photography Judd Overton of the hit Australian show “No Activity” recently used the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K EF to shoot the comedy series written and directed by Trent O’Donnell (“Review with Myles Barlow,” “New Girl”).
Due to the show’s quick pace Overton wanted “a compact camera that was easy to use and could easily fit into our workflow”. Overton continues to explain how the URSA Mini was perfect for their production:
“With the URSA Mini 4.6K, we were able to take it straight out of the box and get shooting with no lag time or learning curve, which was really important for our fast paced schedule. Its usability was impressive but it’s already gotten better with the Camera 4.0 update. The new menu system and interface is very user friendly and all at a touch rather than pages of sub menus. Overall, the camera’s versatility and usability have really helped save the schedule many times.”
For more information on the URSA Mini 4.6K’s use on No Activity see the press release below, and be sure to visit Blackmagic’s site for more on the URSA Mini itself, at www.BlackmagicDesign.com/Products/BlackmagicURSAMini
Fremont, CA – January 31, 2017 – Blackmagic Design announced today that DP Judd Overton is using a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K EF to shoot the hit Australian television show “No Activity” created by production company Jungle for the Stan network. Overton has served as the show’s DP for both seasons and previously used the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K for select rig shots on season one.
“No Activity” is a comedy that follows a team of police detectives and dispatch officers as they investigate crime. Written and directed by Trent O’Donnell (“Review with Myles Barlow,” “New Girl”), “No Activity” is a Stan Original series that recently debuted its second season. Starring Patrick Brammall and Darren Gilshenan as detectives Hendy and Stokes, season two introduces several new characters including affluent businessman Bernie (Damon Herriman) and his wife Elizabeth (Rose Byrne) whose kidnapping sets the course for the show’s season.
“Going into season two, I was really excited to add an URSA Mini 4.6K to our shooting package. The show is shot at a very quick pace with a lot of improvisational humor. We needed a compact camera that was easy to use and could easily fit into our workflow,” said Overton.
“With the URSA Mini 4.6K, we were able to take it straight out of the box and get shooting with no lag time or learning curve, which was really important for our fast paced schedule,” continued Overton. “Its usability was impressive but it’s already gotten better with the Camera 4.0 update. The new menu system and interface is very user friendly and all at a touch rather than pages of sub menus. Overall, the camera’s versatility and usability have really helped save the schedule many times.”
Heading into the second season, Overton and his team needed to not only match but also enhance the show’s look that they had expertly defined in season one.
“While ‘No Activity’ is a comedy, it very much has a drama look with its darker tones. We use high contrast with dark shadows to amplify the show’s feel, which can be much more dark and dry than most comedies. The URSA Mini 4.6K’s dynamic range captured that look perfectly,” explained Overton.
“A lot of the show is cross shooting, playing off two actors that are conversing with each other. For this season, we had one particular scene that was brilliant with Byrne and Herriman tied up facing each other in a basement. They are both hilarious and once they get riffing you don’t want to have to start and stop the scene.
“We knew we’d want closeups, so we mounted the URSA Mini 4.6K to shoot Byrne for one take and then Herriman for the second. We only ever get two takes but we were able to capture exactly what we needed with the camera. Its reliability is crucial with the show’s improvisational nature because we can’t miss a shot or we risk missing comedy gold. The URSA Mini 4.6K is the camera I use when I really need to get that shot,” concluded Overton.
Product photos of the URSA Mini 4.6K, Production Camera 4K and all other Blackmagic Design products are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/
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.