URSA Mini Pro proves flexible and reliable on set
SINGAPORE: Daniel Yam shot his latest short film, Time, using Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini Pro and completed colour correction using DaVinci Resolve. The Singaporean film director chose the portable camera as could be used as a handheld, on a dolly and with tripods to speed up the production process.
‘We were also shooting indoors and out, so good capture quality for color grading during post production was also a key concern,’ Mr Yam said. ‘We only had two days to shoot. There was a scene where the doors would open and daylight would flood into a night lit scene. I thought the camera’s dynamic range held the highlights and shadows extremely well.’
The director continued by discussing how well the URSA Mini Pro performed. ‘The URSA Mini Pro has spectacular dynamic range, natural colours and a high frame rate. I especially liked that it was reliable. It did not overheat or give any issues when we were shooting in the sun, so we could focus on getting great shots.’
Time was commissioned as part of Viddsee’s partnership with the Singapore Film Commission and marks the former’s first original short film. The film follows a young mother struggling to balance the demands of her son and work and relies on colour and tones to reinforce the narrative. The URSA Mini Pro captured 4.6K raw footage and DaVinci Resolve software was then used to achieve the desired visual mood.