Nissan X-Trail



Director Takeshi Asai asked me to DP this winter commercial for Nissan Japan. Line Produced by Jeremy from Red Sneakers.

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I used a Can-Am Tracking buggy with my MoVI XL and Black Arm.

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I decided to shoot on Red Dragon camera's.

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Aerial shots were operated by myself, and piloted by Josh Dunn from Overview.nz

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I also used a Phantom Flex 4k shooting at 1000fps for some of the action.


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Vera Blue 'Regular Touch'



Director Benn Jae asked me to be the DP for this music video for Vera Blue.

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We filmed it all in one day in Cardrona, New Zealand. I shot on my two Red Dragon cameras. Running two different sizes on most takes.

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I also had the drone team from Overview.nz filming with the DJI Inspire 2 drone and X5S RAW Camera. It cut in perfectly with the Red footage.

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It was a really fun shoot with an excellent small team. I think that we can all be proud of the released clip.
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VW Gran Lavida


VW 'Lavida' from Ben Ruffell on Vimeo.



'Small, but powerful'

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Filmed over two days. I used a Russian Arm for the tracking shots.

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The concert scene was fun to light, and I shot it with a GF-8 crane and a flight head.

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I ran two sets in the studio, pre-lighting the rev counter shot, while I was shooting the bathroom scene.

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The wake boarding was filmed with a flight head… on a very small boat.

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I used a Phantom Flex 4K for the slow motion water shots.

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It was another great shoot with Director Jem Chen.
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The River One


The River One from Ben Ruffell on Vimeo.



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This project was filmed to promote the new apartment building "The River One" designed by Richard Rogers from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

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I shot on Arri Alexa Mini's with Master Primes, and made extensive use of the Freefly MoVI Pro.

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Directed by Jem Chen, we shot over two days.

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I filmed the time lapses using my Fuji T2, a Canon 5D, and also some were shot on the Alexa Mini.

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We had access to a Ferrari for one of the scenes.

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I worked in closely with Shannon, my drone operator.

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It was a really fun shoot, with a great crew!





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ASICS



Here is a really fun commercial that I was the DP for, filmed recently in Queenstown, New Zealand.

It was Directed by Myles Conti, and Produced by Conti Bros Films.

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I filmed it using two cameras. A Red Weapon 6K was mounted in the MoVI M15 on the tracking buggy.

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A Red Dragon 6K was kept in Production mode, so that I could move quickly between the set ups.

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Drone filming was performed by Queenstown based Overview using a DJI Inspire 2 filming in 5.2K RAW. The drone images cut in perfectly with the Red cameras.

It was a cold tough environment for the crew to work in, and even tougher on our athletes who had to run up the hill all day. A massive credit to them!
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Suzuki





Directed by Jem Chen.

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I filmed primarily with Arri Alexa cameras.

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Using an Alexa Mini as my main production camera, and an Alexa XT on the Scorpio Arm with Flight Head.

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I also used a Phantom Flex 4k at 1000fps for the super slow motion shots.

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Drone shots were handled by Shannon with his DJI Inspire 2 Kit.

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It was a terrific shoot. The entire crew was excellent to work with.
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BMW X1



I shot this for BMW with Director Jem Chen.

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I shot on Arri Alexa, using two cameras. (One Alexa Mini for my rigs and as a production camera, and an Alexa XT on the Scorpio Arm).

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We also shot multiple cars for alternative releases globally.

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It was a great shoot with an excellent local crew.

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Mitsubishi 'Triton'



I was lucky enough to work with Director Ryuhei Yokoyama again for Mitsubishi Motors.

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We filmed in Australia, and I travelled there with my camera equipment, along with my MoVI Grip and Drone Pilot Josh Dunn.

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We bought along our DJI Inspire 1 with X5R RAW Camera. Our company Overview has a CASA Part 101 Operators Certificate for flying in Australia.
It's a terrific drone, and because it is so quick to deploy, we were able to film additional material very efficiently.

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The line production was expertly handled by Kanta Yamaguchi from Green Tea Film and Television, and my local Brisbane based crew were excellent.

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Snakes, crocodiles, spiders, leaches and ticks are an added bonus when working in Australia!
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GMO 'Life is a Wonder'



Here is a fun job that we shot recently in the South Island of New Zealand for GMO.

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Japanese Actress Yui Aragaki was excellent to work with, and the commercial was Directed by Tsugihisa Tanaka.

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We had a great crew, and we managed to film some really nice images despite the rainy weather!


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Mad Mike Conquers Highlands



I am very proud to have been the Cinematographer on this clip with Mad Mike Whiddett and his Rad Bul.

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Director Ryan Heron and myself had previously shot the Conquer the Crown clip, and it was great to work together with Mike again.

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We had one day to film the clip, and we could only drive the car on the track between 8am and 6pm, so we needed to be fully prepared.

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To achieve this tight schedule Ryan and I broke down the sections with the team and we shot only what we needed.

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I used several different cameras, and I kept the camera and grip teams busy by shooting one setup while they were prepping and rigging the next.

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I am very happy that we managed to keep the quality high. It's a testament to the talented crew behind the scenes. The reaction to this film by the fans has been great!

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To see some more images there is a terrific Behind the Scenes video from Andy Deere and Heath Patterson.



Huge thanks to Miles Holden for the photos!
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