OldTown Coffee Doc Shot with Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 4.6

Beijing-based Lingfang Media has produced a documentary for OldTown with the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K. The company operates a chain of coffee shops, predominately in South-East Asia, and also manufactures coffee and other beverages.

Lingfang Media is part of Lingfang’s Wonderland co-founded by Taiwanese writer, producer and gourmet Wang Ling Fang and director and cinematographer Hsu Yao Peng. Inspired by “Lingfang’s Wonderland in Vienna,” which was shot with the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini 4K, OldTown White Coffee decided to have Lingfang shoot a documentary about gourmet Lingfang’s visit to Ipoh, Malaysia, where the OldTown brand originated, experiencing the local food and introducing the carefree local lifestyle to the audience.

Shot completely with the  Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K, the documentary’s director and cinematographer Hsu Yao Peng explained why he chose this camera for this project. “We were only given two days for the shoot. On such a tight schedule, we kept shooting from day to night, having no time to waste.”

His first day in Ipoh was a perfect example of the hectic pace of the shoot and how the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K was used. The crew went to Restoran Nam Heong, a renowned local restaurant, where the staff were so busy that no one could stop for a minute for him to set up the camera and lights. Plus, the baristas were very skilled and could prepare a cup of aromatic white coffee in no time, leaving no time for him to do anything.

“I love the HFR button, which enables me to change the frame rate easily. I shoot a lot of shows about food and over cranking is a technique cinematographers love to show the details in cooking or add some poetry to the image,” continued Hsu. “Under cranking is another technique I use a lot. For example, at Ipoh’s night market, I used under cranking to show the lively street, busy traffic and dazzling signs. When in post, increasing the frame rate of the under cranking footage resulted in beautiful motion blur.”

The built in ND filters with IR compensation were helpful when Hsu shot in the sun of Southeast Asia. “Especially at noon, the image could get over exposed easily even the aperture had been set to the smallest value. And it’s very convenient to see the resulting image through the Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder or the built in foldout screen when dialing the filters,” revealed Hsu.

Like other documentaries by Lingfang’s Wonderland, “Lingfang’s Wonderland in Vienna: OldTown White Coffee” was produced by only a two-member crew, so the compact, portable and highly integrated design is another reason they chose the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K. “Far away from home, we only had myself and Ling Fang, who also had to stand in front of the camera as the hostess, so all the shooting was handled by myself. I think the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K is like an individual integrated fighting system, great for a one person crew or documentary productions,” Hsu said. “For the shoots in Ipoh, attached to my URSA Mini Pro 4.6K were an EF lens, a Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder, a Blackmagic Shoulder Kit, a Sennheiser MKE600 microphone, a V-lock battery as well as a light, which could be picked up easily with one hand.”

“Lingfang’s Wonderland in Vienna: OldTown White Coffee” was graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio and the DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel.

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