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Dave Grohl’s What Drives Us Shot With Blackmagic Cameras

PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:16 am
by Kerry de Boer
Blackmagic Design today announced that “What Drives Us,” the new documentary by David Grohl of the Foo Fighters, was shot using a variety of Blackmagic Design cameras. This included using URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 and Pocket Cinema Camera 4K to capture interviews with some of rock’s biggest icons, including Ringo Star, Steven Tyler, Ben Harper, The Edge and Slash. The documentary also used DaVinci Resolve Studio to edit and grade the film.

“What Drives Us” shows the commitment of bands and artists to play music for others anywhere the road will take them. The film is filled with interviews from the world’s biggest musicians and looks at the tradition and rite of passage of rock bands going on the road in any vehicle they can afford. To shoot “What Drives Us,” Grohl chose Jessica Young as the cinematographer.

Young was faced with shooting a documentary that included a huge amount of hours of interviews. Due to the hectic schedules and locations of Grohl and the interviewees, she shared the daily shooting duties with cinematographer Todd Bell. Young relied on two Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2s as her main interview cameras, with the Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks being used by different crew members, who were able to easily learn how to operate them and could jump in and capture spur of the moment shots.

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