Blackmagic’s URSA Mini Pro and DaVinci Resolve Studio were used for popular singer Kana Nishino’s new music video for her song Girls.
Nobu Sueyoshi directed and shot the video while colorist and DIT Toru Miura from Spice Inc provided colour correction.
Kana Nishino is a Japanese female singer and song writer who has received a number of music awards in Japan. Her latest single, Girls is a song designed to cheer all women up.
To capture that feeling, the music video shows Kana Nishino walking down the streets of Tokyo. It also includes close ups of her singing with a beautiful sunset light and flare, giving a very soft and warm look.
“I rather prefer a look which is kind of low contrast and soft, and not too much of a high contrasty and crisp image. I knew that Blackmagic’s camera was good for shooting the image of my style, which is why I chose URSA Mini Pro. The camera has a built in ND filter which allowed me to shoot more easily. Also, the swappable mount is a great advantage as I wanted to use anamorphic lenses, so I needed a PL mount,” confirmed Sueyoshi.
The URSA Mini Pro was used with Vantage Film’s Hawk V-Lite anamorphic lens with PL mount. “I used the anamorphic lens to get the soft image but using that kind of lens could sometimes look like it’s not focused right. However, the URSA Mini Pro can provide the soft image we want from the lenses, yet what we want to focus on is beautifully sharp,” Sueyoshi added.
The look Sueyoshi aimed for with the music video was neutral, yet not too dark in the shadows. He used a LUT which Miura, who also participated in shooting as a DIT, had created using DaVinci Resolve.
“The URSA Mini Pro is affordable yet captures a beautiful image. It means I could invest more of the budget for lenses while still allowing me to obtain the look I was aiming for,” concluded Sueyoshi.