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I was in Italy a few months back as part of the Blackmagic Design European Roadshow where I was speaking for Zeiss lenses. Due to an early flight arrival I got to the hotel 3 hours earlier that the rest of the team

I wanted to follow on from the short demo film I created in while I was in Sweden ‘A Portrait of Stockholm’ and shoot a short montage to show at the event. I wanted to demonstrate that the Blackmagic cinema camera can be used like a DSLR and you can turn around content quickly.

The hotel was on the west of town and not easily walkable into the centre. I had only a few hours and so decided to challenge myself. In Stockholm I went for a walk around the block of my hotel and captured life as I saw it pass by.

In Milan the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day and by some lucky quirk of fate I was upgraded to a suite on the top floor of the Marriott Hotel. This room had a high balcony and so I decided to shoot the film without leaving the balcony.

Exercising the brain
No matter how much experience you have I still enjoy the challenge of a new location and limiting yourself to a single location really works the imagination.

Just like working out if you go to the gym, your creative muscles (the brain) really benefits from a work out.

Working from a single location means you really have to think about light and lens choice to build up a visually engaging sequence.

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