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On what was undeniably a very challenging shoot we found ourselves contending with heat, dust, glaring sunlight, strong winds and filming around learners operating heavy machinery for this TVC (Scary!… But they were very careful of us and we kept a safe distance most of the time). Changing lenses was a tricky process, we were literally covered in red dust at the end of the shoot but all the gear held up beautifully.

The advertisement, shot in the hills just outside of Perth was an exercise in little prep and making the most of a single site location to capture all the interviews and action footage in a short space of time. None of the footage is setup (except for the interviews). We were just running around catching the training action as it happened. The on camera talent were all non-actors and genuine participants in Ocean & Earth’s training program.

Big thanks to Ocean & Earth Training Specialists for being so accommodating and to Kiya and Market Creations for getting us on board for the TVC.

Instead of a long rundown (it’s a while since the shoot so my overview would be a bit superficial) check out the behind the scenes photos below (followed by the gear we used and the commercial itself).


Shane demonstrates body weight squats


Shane shooting on the Sony A7s, Red Scarlet rig foreground


A variable ND is the A7s’s best friend


Just before the first take


Filming the group shot (that didn’t make the cut)


Tough terrain to negotiate for us and the trainees


Gerard was not run over


Sweaty and covered in red dirt at the end of the shoot


A sigh of relief after the last shot


Red Scarlet, Sony A7s, Cinevate Atlas 30 slider, Cinevate Titan Swing Away Mattebox, Zeiss ZE lenses, Small HD DP6,
Sony 24 – 70mm (A7s), Tiffen .9 ND, Miller tripods, Zacuto Recoil, Cinevate Durus follow focus, Rode NTG 3, Sound Devices Mix Pre -D, Zoom H4n

Brief by Kiya Taylor at Market Creations
Camera Operators Dean Butler & Shane Piggott
Sound Recorded by Gerard Ward
Edited by Dean Butler