"Who The Hell" - Merlando | Music Video

August 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

"Who The Hell" is the third single from the album "Red Pocket", by Merlando. Yeah, that's me I guess. Buy my album.

I worked on this one here and there over the last month and finally finished it when I felt like actually doing some work.

The basement rap scenes were filmed at my grandparent's house. It features a lot of art from my grandfather, Roger Ing. We shot this using the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, along with a Tokina AT-X PRO 28-70mm f/2.6-2.8 lens, and a SLR Magic 12mm f/1.6 lens. Shots were done with a shoulder rig or Zhiyun Crane V2. Lighting was done using Aputure LS 1S and HR672S lights.

The product macro shots were done at home on a tripod, using the Olympus 12-100mm f/4 PRO lens, also lit with the Aputure HR672S lights.

Equipment Used:

-Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

-Metabones Nikon to M43 Speed Booster

-Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70mm f/2.6-2.8 Lens

-SLR Magic 12mm f/1.6 Hyperprime Lens

-Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 PRO Lens

-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" Recording Monitor

-Aputure Light Storm LS 1s & Aputure Amaran HR672S LED Lights

-SmallRig Shoulder Rig

-CAME-TV Tripod

-Zhiyun Crane V2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer


Trifecta Music Festival 2016 | Highlight Video

August 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Trifecta Music Festival was a free music festival held in Regina's City Square Plaza, on August 19th & 20th, 2016. The lineup included over 30 creative artists from Saskatchewan, spanning multiple genres.

I was responsible for shooting and editing the festival video. I also had assistance from Kellen Rock, David Carnegie and Dylan Dobrescu in covering the event. I am very glad we had a team of shooters to take on this project, as it was pretty difficult to capture all the details as just one person.

I kept things pretty simple for this event, and shot everything on my Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera and Panasonic Leica 25mm lens, all on a shoulder rig. I used RAW 3:1 and 50fps to create the slow motion footage. Grading and editing was done in DaVinci Resolve.

Equipment Used:

-Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

-Blackmagic Video Assist 5" Monitor

-Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Lens

-SLR Magic Variable ND Filter

-SmallRig Shoulder Rig


"Love Never Felt So Good" - The Salsa Bachata Hip Hop Project | Dance Video

August 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

"Love Never Felt So Good" is the 2nd dance collaboration video from The Salsa Bachata Hip Hop Group, which contains members from dance group Continual Surrender.

This video was filmed during a late afternoon/early evening in the Regina Cathedral area. We completed it all within a few hours and faced some challenges with the constant changing in lighting conditions from the moving sun and clouds.

The entire shot was done on a shoulder rig with no additional stabilization equipment. This is possible due to Olympus' 5-Axis Sync Image Stabilization with the E-M1 Mark II camera body and the Olympus 12-100mm PRO lens. This has become my favorite all around lens for the system just due to how versatile it is. While the in body image stabilization isn't quite a full substitute for an actual gimbal stabilizer, it can definitely work in quick shooting situations where you need to get a lot of shots done and not be tied down by your equipment.

I also used an Atomos Ninja Flame monitor to record the footage to Pro Res LT straight to an SSD card, at 23.976 fps. Having my own custom LUTs to load onto the monitor really aided in setting the correct exposure for each shot while the sun levels kept changing. I then brought all the footage into DaVinci Resolve for color grading and editing.

Equipment Used:

-Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

-Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 PRO Lens

-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" Recording Monitor

-SmallRig Shoulder Rig

-SLR Magic Variable ND Filter


"Zone" - DGS Samurai Champs | Music Video

June 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

"Zone" is the second single from the EP, "Crayons" by DGS Samurai Champs. DGS also represents TrifectaYQR, a collective group of artists from Regina, Saskatchewan.

This video was filmed during the course of one afternoon and evening, on location at Wheelhouse Cycle Club. We had a great team of volunteers to cycle all day long on repeated takes. Our friend Connie was the visual director in charge of coordinating the ladies costumes and designing the masks.

The initial lighting setup was done with 2x Aputure 672S LED panels, combined with the existing overhead bulbs in the room. We hung a couple Slimpar Pros to backlight Marvin and Savan. We had Joseph Dunn assist with the special effects, by controlling the beams and smoke machine.

To film, we used a Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera in RAW 3:1 at 23.976 fps. Most of the video was filmed just on a tripod with fluid head, with just a few steadicam shots included. I then color graded and edited this in DaVinci Resolve.

Jon Chan from Athirdtime Photography was on hand taking behind the scenes pictures. Check out his website at the link to view the gallery.

Equipment Used:

-Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

-Blackmagic Video Assist 5" Monitor

-Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7, Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4, Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2

-Aputure AL-672S LED Lights, Chauvet Slimpar Pro VW, Chauvet Legend 230SR

-CAME-TV Tripod

-CAME-H4 Carbon Fiber Stabilizer

-SmallRig Shoulder Rig


"The 90s" - Unkle Adams | Music Video

November 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"The 90s" is the first single by Unkle Adams, from his newest album release "Planting Seeds".

The song is for all people who grew up sometime during the 1990's, and the memories and activities from that time frame. We wanted the video to incorporate as many visuals that matched the lyrics as we could. It was pretty hard to track down a lot of the props in time, and unfortunately we missed some. We also lost a day of shooting due to bad weather.

For this shoot, I used the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera. This has been a great camera for my shooting style and will most likely be my camera of choice for the next little while. I've been using some of of the native Micro 4/3 glass from Panasonic & Olympus as opposed to the vintage style lenses I was using before, just to switch the look up a little bit.

We shot the living room video game scenes at my parents house. This scene was lit with a couple Aputure LED panels, mixed with some practicals. The layout wasn't quite ideal for a video set but we made it work after moving a bunch of shit around.

The outdoor scenes were filmed during the day all with natural light. We found some locations that Unkle Adams grew up in and got what we needed. Some tricky shadows were present here and there on some faces, but we were moving around a lot and weren't really setup to get some fill/reflector light in there.

The filming format was recorded in RAW 3:1 at 23.976fps, and 50fps for slow motion shots. Standard 180 degree shutter speed was used. This was all graded and edited within DaVinci Resolve, which I am now trying to use for everything.

Equipment Used:

-Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

-Blackmagic Video Assist 5" Monitor

-Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4, Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7

-Hoya UV & IR Cut Filter, Hoya ProND Filters, Schneider Hollywood Black Magic 1/8 Filter

-Aputure Amaran AL-672/AL-528 LED Lights

-CAME-TV Tripod

-CAME-H4 Carbon Fiber Stabilizer

-SmallRig Shoulder Rig

-YUNEEC Q500 Typhoon Quadcopter

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