Blackmagic Design has announced that URSA Mini Pro 4.6K was used to produce a series of mini documentaries to demonstrate the value of vocational training and how it helps prepare Australian Rules Football (AFL) players to transition into the workforce post their career. DaVinci Resolve Studio was also used to grade all footage.
The work was commissioned by the Federal Department of Education and Training and was a collaboration between AFL SportsReady, a company dedicated to helping young Australians develop careers through traineeships and educational opportunities, and Melbourne-based filmmaking collective The Anthler Society.
For the mini documentaries, which started airing in conjunction with the start of the 2018 AFL season, Anthler Society’s DP Christian Woodmansey shot eighteen current and former players using the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K as his main camera. These players included Port Adelaide champion Ollie Wines, who is training to be a pilot when he finishes his career, newly retired Geelong star Tom Lonergan and AFLW players Tayla Harris and Chelsea Randell.
Each player was interviewed for both 60-second and 90-second spots, with the 60-second spots used to promote vocational training to the wider community using sports stars as role models. The 90-second spots were developed to be released on AFL SportsReady, the official AFL website and social media platforms during each Round for the next 18 weeks.
For DP Christian Woodmansey, this was his first time using the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K, who chose the camera due to its high-quality images, affordability and its ability to be mobile and quickly set up. He shot the spots in RAW format and used Sigma art series 50mm, 35mm EF mount lenses and a 50mm Zeiss lenses.
“We were scouting for a portable camera that allowed us to shoot on the go – and more importantly, didn’t break the bank – given we needed to film at 18 clubs within a limited timeframe. We found the URSA Mini Pro 4.6k to be the perfect camera for the shoot – not only did it help us save cost significantly as we didn’t have to rent the equipment, it was also lightweight and easy to use.”
AFL SportsReady Digital Content Producer Chris Martin, who was also involved in the production added, “As a Project Manager, I found managing the workflow – from budgeting to shooting and editing – seamless thanks to Blackmagic Design’s equipment. Our shoot times were halved due to the equipment’s mobility and easy-to-use setup, making it possible to have a small crew working on a large-scale project like this.”
AFL SportsReady is a national and not-for-profit company dedicated to helping young Australians develop careers through traineeships and educational opportunities. The online videos are available for viewing on AFL website and social media platforms.