Last month our resident Director Ajay wrote and directed a spec ad for Pearson Publishing as part of the Kodak Nahemi awards. The ad was shot on Alexa Mini over a day in Bishop Thomas Grant school in South London and the effect was created by using an adapted leaf blower and some willing cast.
Writer / Technical / Director: Ajay Arora
DOP: Alfred Thirolle
1st AD: Demian Lovett
PM: Marika Santala
Especial Effects: Phil Anderson
Cast in order of appearance:
Working with ethnic media agency Mediareach; this month Nodachi shot a new commercial for Asian food brand Elephant Atta. The well known flour brand wanted to create a functional ad that highlighted the health benefits of its “Chakki” variety of wholewheat flour aimed at the Asian market. Concept by Mediareach, produced and directed by Nodachi.
Shot on Alexa mini and Phantom Miro cameras using Cooke S4 Lenses.
Nodachi has just taken stock of the new Canon 5D MK 4 SLR camera.
With a low daily rental price of just £80 the new Canon 5D Mark IV is bargain for stills and movie shooters. It shoots 4K, 120fps slow motion in HD and features new Dual pixel Auto Focus for great in camera AF during filming.
Hire the new Canon 5D Mk 4 today from Nodachi in London for only £90/day!
New Sensor & DIGIC 6+ Processor
Full-frame CMOS 30.4 MP Sensor
ISO Range of 100 – 32,000
61 AF points, 41 cross-type.
7fps in continuous shooting mode, 4.3fps with live view.
4K 30p Movie Capture
Ultra high definition video recording in 4K
120fps slow-motion video in HD.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF for improved focusing during movie mode
Grab 8.8MP still images from 4K movies
NFC & Wi-Fi
Wireless file transfer to FTP.
Smartphone remote control via the Canon EOS Remote app.
Built-in GPS for geo-tagging images.
Style & Design
Familiar 5D look & feel with ergonomic refreshes for comfort and control.
3.2-inch Clear View Touch-screen LCD for quick control and AF point selection.
Were pleased to report that the New DJI Wireless Focus is in stock and its awesome!
The new DJI Focus has a nice metal build with a very precise digital dial. The dial itself also has adjustable friction to stiffen of loosen the feel of the focus wheel. The motor has the receiver built in, removing the requirement of having additional receiver boxes on your camera.
The DJI Remote Focus comes with 4 adjustable lens rings, 3 white marking wheels, a neck strap and 2 x D-Tap cables (one short one long) for connecting the motor to power.
Hire the new DJI Focus from Nodachi today – call for promo pricing!
Nodachi has taken delivery of the new Rhino Arc motion panner for the Rhino Slider.
Rhino Arc uses an internal motor and rechargeable battery to pan your camera a full 360 degrees. A beautiful OLED screen lets you know the status of Arc and if it’s paired to Rhino Motion. The platform supports camera setups as heavy as 15lbs and only weighs 1lb 1oz. The Rhino Arc installs directly on to the Rhino Slider’s carriage, it has its own internal battery and is connected to the Rhino Motion controller with an included cable. Rhino Motion has had a firmware update, and now recognises the Arc and syncs its motion.
Setting up your move is as easy as pointing your camera at your subject using the wheel on Rhino Motion from each end of the slider. After the initial setup, your camera will automatically pan in any mode in Rhino Motion as your carriage moves.
Rhino Arc makes difficult panning shots easy with simple motorised control.
Nodachi has taken delivery of the new DJI Ronin-MX.
Much like the original Ronin & Ronin M, this 3 axis gimbal will give your shots a cinematic fluid motion that would normally take a highly experienced Steadicam operator and kit. The Ronin comes with single user and two user modes, by including a remote control to enable a second user to adjust pan, tilt and roll. Included with the Ronin MX is two batteries, a unique Tripod or car mounting kit is also available, this allows the ronin to be hung from a jib or mounted on a car rig.
The Ronin MX is compatible with most small setups including the RED Epic, Arri Alexa Mini, Black Magic Cinema Cameras, Sony A7S & Canon 5D cameras.
The DJI Ronin MX is available to hire in London from Nodachi for as little as £90/day
Last month, Nodachi worked with the innovative design agency, PriestmanGoode for their latest animation for the launch of United Polaris, the new business class experience for United Airlines. Working alongside the visualisation team at PriestmanGoode, Nodachi helped to recreate the 3D aircraft cabin interior within a green screen environment. We used our lighting expertise to recreate interior airplane and airport conditions and assisted PriestmanGoode and United Airlines in directing the actors to portray the comfort and luxury of the new United Polaris experience. We had some fairly complex lighting setups to recreate, to aid us we used our Black Magic ATEM Switcher to give us a live chroma key on set to match up camera angles, and lighting on our actors. The resulting stills was first shown at the global launch of United Polaris in New York City. Received to wide acclaim, it has since appeared on some of the world’s most high profile press outlets including CNN, Mashable and the Huffington Post.
See below for some behind the scenes and the final images.
We’ve taken stock of the new Theta S 360 camera, this fantastic tool allows the user to take dynamic 360 photos and video, easily and quickly. The unit comes with a mini tripod making it easier for tabletop or handheld use. The internal Battery lasts for hours and can be topped up with a mobile phone charger.
Have a look at some of our own experiments with the camera:
Last month Nodachi undertook the challenge to shoot 25 products from one of the largest distributors of wines in the UK. Accolade wines – owner of award winning brand Hardys, commissioned us to shoot their product lineup in a lifestyle scenario. We worked with their marketing department to develop “personalities” for each of their wines and then shoot them in scenes where they would be most fitting. We used a combination of studio and location techniques to create a perfect lifestyle exposure that featured studio style reflections on the bottles. The result was location shots that looked like they were sets built in a studio.