Dunedin Street Art 2019

Dunedin has some spectacular street art. Filming on the 16th of July 2019, I set about capturing some of the artwork around the city. I chose to shoot them as time-lapses and cut them together into a fun short video. I think that street art adds to the vibrancy of the city and I wonder what impact the art has on the people of Dunedin. Personally, I think that they are wonderful and I hope to see more works popping up around the city.

Music : COAST - Density & Time

Lookout Point, Oamaru, New Zealand

Enjoy a peaceful minute of North Otago. Filming recently in Oamaru, I stopped at Lookout Point and took a moment to capture some footage looking out over the Harbour. Oamaru is a lovely spot and I really enjoyed filming high angle shots! 120 kilometres north of Dunedin, Oamaru is the largest town in North Otago and is known for its steampunk scene and Victorian Architecture.

Port Chalmers in the sunshine

A lovely morning in Port Chalmers to capture the sights. I have a soft spot for Port with my family having a strong connection there, Port Chalmers has a population of 3,000. and lies ten kilometres inside Otago Harbour, 15 kilometres northeast from Dunedin's city centre. The views are stunning especially love looking out to Quarantine Island and Goat Island. I had only recently been into the Hotere Garden Oputae which is a secret garden up the top of the flagstaff lookout, so was great to visit and capture some picturesque views on a Dunnerstunner day!

FMA Music credit : "Who We Are" by Derek Clegg derekclegg.com

St Clair Beach Dunedin, New Zealand

A classic blue sky day here in Dunedin, New Zealand. Filmed on Tuesday the 25th of June 2019 in the middle of what has been a surprisingly lovely winter. We thought we would see if any surfers are brave enough to catch a wave or two? We found one hearty soul! Conditions looked blustery out there. Word on the street is surfing conditions will be better in a few days. Most of the shots in the video are filmed at St Clair Beach and the esplanade, as the sun started to set, the views toward the end of the video are from St Kilda Beach and up toward John Wilson Ocean drive and Lawyers Head.


Music from Free Music Archive : Westy Reflector, "the other side of the end"

Celebrating one year with Trackside

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Trackside is a great organisation to work with and the Otago team this year has been fantastic. It’s brilliant to work alongside like-minded people from all sorts of different media backgrounds. I have enjoyed making connections new and old in the local industry and also being back working in broadcasting in the deep south.

Trackside puts out a mammoth amount of broadcast content. As a result, we work long hours and often travel big distances to and from each venue. This means early starts and a lot of time spent on the road or up a camera tower.

Filming harness and gallops racing, you can appreciate the skill and the competition from the drivers and the jockeys. It is also impressive to witness the power and speed which the horses showcase, a real glimpse inside a classic kiwi sporting world.

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Since returning to Ōtepoti, I have been delighted to be a part of the Trackside team. I have been working as a camera operator, covering race meetings across the South Island of New Zealand.

I thought that the one year mark would be a good time to share what it’s like working for the Otago team and give a bit of insight in to what I have been up to.

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A highlight of the past year was the summer circuit of races. It was really great to be back in Central Otago, covering race meetings in the hot sun at some of the smaller NZ race tracks such as Omakau and Roxburgh. Another highlight was be being involved in the NZ Cup Week in Christchurch, where I got to see how large the scale of production can be. It was very impressive.

One new skill that I am excited to be working on is capturing footage with a steadicam. With the equipment weighing in at over 25kg, it’s not for the faint-hearted! One of my objectives this year is to continue to lengthen the time that I can wear the rig for. Some of the shots that can be produced with the steadicam are brilliant and this spurs me on to continue to improve.