Olympus comes in from the filmmaking wilderness…

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John Brawley seems to be the underdog of the lesser known brands and micro 4/3 cameras. His latest post is about the just announced Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, and I feel like this long post he has created for it is like the “Reverie” of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

After all, it is the “Mark II” right? HA!

John was a very big proponent of the Black Magic Cinema camera when it was announced, And he had one of the first models of that and got a lot of attention for having delivered early samples.

The same thing is happening here with this brand-new Olympus. John has provided some awesome samples as well as a version of “Reverie” shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Of course it isn’t just like Vincent’s movie, but it is a standard story showing a boy and a girl who end up kissing in the end grin.

The only real difference is there is no helicopter and there’s daylight instead of darkness.

Anyway, this is a completely thorough article describing this second generation of a camera that wasn’t even on my radar, and yet, John’s convinced me this is an awesome little camera that has amazing image stabilization built in to the body.

And, there’s also great discussion of the value of 4k vs. HD (and he’s leaning toward HD believe it or not – I knew I liked John from the beginning HA!)

Have a look at what John’s put together, visit his site to download the samples, and if you’re interested, pre-order from B&H here!

Olympus comes in from the filmmaking wilderness…

Via johnbrawley.wordpress.com:

This one’s long…you might want to settle in…there’s a lot of ground to cover…

This is a kind of review, but more kind of my first impression of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. The firmware I shot all these samples with is V0.9 and I have been using several pre-produciton cameras. It’s very likely performance will improve once they start shipping production units. The images and clips I share with you here will improve as the sensor calibration improves. Mainly I think you’ll see this as improved otesoise performance and better colour reproduction / matrix.

I’ve been working with Olympus Australia for the past few months on their new E-M5 Mark II camera, a replacement for their hugely successful E-M5. This is an important camera for Olympus because it’s a signal of intent. It shows they are finally moving towards taking video more seriously, seriously enough that they’ve now made a camera that has some pretty unique and compelling features for a cinematographer.

The biggest leaps for me are the fact it can now finally shoot at 24 and 25 fps and it has their next generation image stabiliser that is leaps and bounds ahead of anything else that I’ve seen in stabilised imaging. It’s really that good.

The best way to test any new camera I figure is to actually shoot something with it. It’s all good and well to point it at some test charts in a studio (which I did as well), but its only when you’re actually using it in the field and trying to get to an end result that you can really say it’s gone through it’s paces. That’s when you audition not only the image quality, and subjective imaging result but the actual utility of the camera and it’s workflow both on set and off as well learning it’s shortcomings.


Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

George Washingmachine fiddles about while I try to stay dry.

Curiosity is the short film / music clip I chose to do with local musician George Washingmachine for his original track “The moon has left town”. It’s a very simple romantic chase scenario.

I enlisted two actor friends of mine Ash Ricardo and Ian Meadows and at the last minute I roped in Director / Editor Tony D’Aquino to help me flesh out the scenario and edit this all together ! I’m in pre-production for a feature film called Scare Campaign at the moment in regional Victoria so it’s been really interesting to try and pull this shoot and edit together in Sydney, grade and finish it across two states on a short turnaround!





Curiosity – Behind The Scenes

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(cover photo credit: snap from John Brawley)


  1. John Brawley has been trying for a number of years now to do something like “Reverie”. Regardless of his talent, which is obvious, I think he is trying to hard to make a statement, which I think Vince Laforet never initially set out to do. Very much like the 5D Mark II, Laforet’s short was kind of an accident, and therein lies the beauty of it, in part. So, though I applaud the efforts in squeezing all the juice out of these new camera’s capabilities, Mr. Brawley, I think that you have to be aware that you will not make a new “Reverie” and I personally think you look quite foolish attempting to do it (it seems you are trying too hard).

  2. Ruben Fernandez Naar I’m not familiar with John Brawley’s work really, but what I see here is simply a showing of what the camera can do.  The story in and of itself, other than the fact that it’s a man and woman, is hardly similar to Reverie.  Reverie was stylistically different, as well as technically.  You say Reverie was an “accident”? How so? Vincent Laforet went up in a helicopter over the city…hardly an accident, lol!  John Brawley’s video here seemed to be a simple story of two lovers playing hide and seek…nothing more, nothing less.  The imagery itself is beautiful and simple as well. Why not appreciate it for what it is, instead stooping to insults, i.e., “I personally think you look quite foolish attempting to do it…”?

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