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    Capturing the Natural Beauty of Montana's Fairmont Hot Springs Resort With the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera
    Located midway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, Fairmont Hot Springs is a 153-room resort featuring two Olympic size pools fed by natural hot springs. When the resort wanted to replace an outdated promotional video, it turned to Missoula, Montana-based Gravity Media Productions to produce, shoot and edit a new resort video to be featured on its website.

    Helmed by Kagan Yochim and Tyson Bierwag, Gravity Media Productions is Missoula's only full-service production house providing digital cinema, HD video and graphic and animation design. With clients across the state and the country, Gravity has worked for ABC's "The Bachelorette," The Discovery Channel, "CBS Evening News," MSNBC and ABC's "Good Morning America." Together Kagan and Tyson have earned seven EMMY Nominations with one win and several Gold and Silver ADDY wins for their clients.

    Separating from the Competition
    "When we started Gravity Media Productions, we had a DSLR and a camcorder, but we wanted something to separate us from the competition," said Kagan. "We had an offer from a silent business partner to buy us a complete camera setup in exchange for a percentage of the business. We really considered the offer, but started to research other camera options, as we didn't necessarily want to share the company.

    "When we came across Blackmagic Design, we realized that the cameras not only delivered an amazing picture, but the pricing allowed us to purchase them on our own instead of having to have a third party invest," he added. "We now have a Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF and Pocket Cinema Camera. We also use DaVinci Resolve Studio on a daily basis."

    Both Blackmagic cameras are housed in Tilta cages with Ikan battery sleds and Magic Arms for an Ikan monitor on the Cinema Camera and an EVF on the Pocket Cinema Camera. Gravity Media Productions also uses a Blackmagic MultiDock Thunderbolt SSD dock and a HyperDeck Shuttle SSD recorder for external storage if using a camcorder.

    "Every project gets a fresh 750GB 2.5" Western Digital HDD. The footage is transferred from the SSD to a new HHD using the MultiDock," explained Kagan. "Once the footage is processed in DaVinci Resolve Studio, those QuickTime files are placed on another drive for protection. This way we have the RAW footage on one drive and color corrected .mov files on another drive."

    Capturing Mixed Lighting Conditions
    "The Fairmont Hot Springs project was all about capturing the natural beauty of the resort as well as showcasing how fun it is, so we were outside a lot shooting the pools, the golf course and really highlighting the surrounding nature," said Kagan.

    "There are indoor and outdoor pools with a lot of reflection and fire pit dining tables outside," he continued. "And the Blackmagic cameras were able to deliver amazing pictures in all kinds of lighting environments: dark interiors, hot overhead sun and mixed lighting situations. We usually shoot a lot to protect the highlights, but the dynamic range on the cameras is amazing, so we didn't have to worry."

    According to Kagan, the Pocket Cinema Camera's form factor was especially useful when it came to capturing the far-reaching areas of the resort. "The resort is big, so when we shot things like the golf course, the Pocket Cinema Camera became an "A" camera for that aspect of the shoot," he said. "It wasn't practical to move the Cinema Camera around to the distant holes, but the Pocket Cinema Camera was perfect to throw in a golf cart and go."

    He concluded: "We shoot RAW, and it's amazing how we can alter the footage in DaVinci Resolve Studio. The cameras have an amazing look and having the ability to manipulate the footage as highly as we can in Resolve is something I've always hoped for."

    About Gravity Media Productions
    Gravity Media Productions was started from the ground up by two Missoula natives, Kagan Yochim and Tyson Bierwag. Gravity is Missoula's only full service production house, providing Digital Cinema, HD Video, Graphic and Animation Design.

    Kagan and Tyson have worked together since 2007, with Kagan bringing a branch of a Spokane-based production house to Missoula in 2006. Later they both (again) worked at the University of Montana, with Kagan being MontanaPBS's Media Manger, and Tyson a contract producer and graphic designer. Kagan was also an adjunct professor in the School of Journalism for 8 years.

    With clients across the state and the country, they have worked for ABC's The Bachelorette, The Discovery Channel, The CBS Evening News, MSNBC, ABC's Good Morning America, along with a lot of live sports: SPEED, ESPN, ESPN - 2, ESPN - U and Root Sports. In 2014 Gravity Media Productions went international, working with a Canadian motion picture company, Amsterdam's "TV Show" and Europe's news network RTL.

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