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BMW Golf Cup 2023

After a great but short three week break over Christmas with family in the UK, I came back to shoot the BMW Golf Cup National final for both the Australian and New Zealand competitions. Both events were held at Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown and it was absolutely fantastic to work with both the competitors and marketing teams from each.


For the New Zealand competition, we shot the competition throughout the day and evening awards at NZ High Country and for the Australian, we shot pre-event welcome drinks the evening before, the competition on the day and evening awards. Production is fast paced on these events and having a second shooter is essential. I contracted in good friend David Oakley as second camera and gimbal operator on the Sony A7s3 whilst I got locked off shots on the Canon C300 MK3 with the 18-80 cine lens and 70-200 2.8. Shooting rates were everything from 25P to 100P.


With a highlights reel required for the evening awards event, we shoot for about 4 hours before doing a card dump, where I can quickly, in large fact due to the power of the new M1 Max MacBook, ingest and throw together a quick edit. This allows me to see what shots are missing, maybe slow-mo reactions shots, or faces etc. We'll then go out for another hour and get those bits and pieces before adding them into the edit.


After the event is finished, I spend about a day tidying up, grading and extending the edit and put together highlights reels of any evening functions that were shot. A great event to be involved in again and really stoked with how it all came together.

James Holman Film, James Holman with second shooter David Oakley at the BMW Golf Cup final evening event at Skyline, Queenstown
David Oakley and me after a day shooting golf at Millbrook and awards evening at Skyline Queenstown.

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