World Renowned Film Director Derek Yee Chooses Blackmagic Production Camera 4K


Last Updated: July 1, 2014 6:08 pm GMT
(Fremont, California--July 1, 2014) Blackmagic Design today announced that award winning director Derek Yee purchased the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K for his production team and to provide footage for his new film, “I Am Somebody.”

DP Chi Ying Chang

As the chairman of Hong Kong Film Directors Guild and a film director known for his critically acclaimed works, including “Protégé,” “One Night in MongKok,” “Shinjuku Incident” and “Triple Tap,” director Yee was no stranger to Blackmagic Design’s products before his purchase of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, as many of his films were graded on Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve.

When preparing for his film “I Am Somebody,” which tells the story of small time actors working as extras in Hengdian, the world’s largest film studio, Yee wanted a portable compact 4K cinema camera. Chi Ying Chan, DP of the film, best known for his work on “The Man with the Iron Fists,” “DOA: Dead or Alive,” “Finding Mr. Right” and “Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame,” recommended the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K for its compact size, light weight, ability to record 4K RAW and easy to use Blackmagic post workflow.

“It is a good camera for us since it has enough resolution and dynamic range for our film projects and the detail is quite amazing. We tried the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K to key out some blue/green screen footage and the result was satisfying, which means it could be used as a great CG source camera as well,” said Chan. “Its menu design is so user friendly that you can quickly locate the setting you want to adjust on the built in touch screen and it’s also good to see what you are shooting and have shot on the screen.”

“Due to the documentary nature of our film ‘I Am Somebody,’ Mr.Yee thought that the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K would be extremely useful as the compact design of the camera would allow us to conceal the camera very nicely and would be able to capture some unique shots of real interaction between the actor and the people and environment around them, making our movie extremely authentic,” said Douglas Chang, coordinator of Yee’s production team.

Chang also noted the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K was great for location scouting because location scouts could take it to a remote location easily and capture some rare weather changes there, such as heavy snow, clouds, strong winds and storms, so they would not have to make a second trip back to the same remote location with heavy production equipment. “By bringing a lightweight portable 4k camera, we are very versatile and able to shoot whatever we like during the recce, which gives us a lot of time and cost-saving advantages,” said Chang.

From the film, shot on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

According to Chang, Yee wanted the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K for underwater shoots as well because Yee was an avid diver and underwater cinematographer. “As soon as he heard that the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is able to produce film quality imagery with minimal accessories and manageable size, he asked his friend, who is the owner of the underwater housing company Nauticam, to produce a housing that fits the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K,” said Chang. “Mr. Yee does have several upcoming projects that will require underwater shooting. Purchasing the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K will give us a good chance to do tests and experiments.”

“The affordability of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K means more talented people now could get their own high quality 4K cinema camera at a much lower cost, which would move the whole filmmaking industry to a higher level,” Chi Ying Chan concluded.

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Re: News: World Renowned Film Director Derek Yee Chooses Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
by Rob Lambert
How are they getting power for the underwater rig? I don't see any giant Goldmount batteries attached.
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