​James Arthur Promo Show With BMD Raw

London creative studio Electric Light Studios has used the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 to create Sigala and James Arthur’s - Lasting Lover music video.

In a change of tone from the original song and video, Electric Light Studios altered the ambience with a shoot at the Rivoli Ballroom in London featuring James Arthur on vocals and guitar, Sigala on piano and complimented by a string orchestra.

Video Director, Andy Morgan, says: "For this acoustic version of ‘Lasting Lover’ I wanted to contrast the high energy, neon exteriors from the main promo with an open, warm, interior setting. The focus here was on musicianship, songwriting, and performance; showcasing talent without filters.”

“For this shoot, we opted to use the URSA Mini Pro G2 as it comfortably suits our needs for a beautifully cinematic image. The camera operated on a Moviola dolly as I wanted constant movement, but in a more restricted and consistent way than could be achieved with a gimbal.”

“We acquired with Blackmagic RAW at 3:1 in constant bitrate. I love the codec as it gives me a lot of options in the grade at a very reasonable data rate, even at the lower end of the compression ratios. We used this same set up on the previous acoustic session I directed for Sigala as well (We Got Love). There we shot with bolder highlights in natural light, here we had to be more concerned for our shadows, however in either case, the camera held up well.”

Once the shoot was complete, the team took the project into grade and discovered inconsistencies throughout due to the range on the anamorphic lenses. Still, they expect these variables when using vintage lenses.

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