Production Lamingtons: Fraser Chatham

At 24, Fraser Chatham is a bit of a wunderkind. Like most of us who end up in Auckland, Fraser’s a small towner from Whangamata who came up to the big smoke to study and never left. After finishing up at the Elam School of Fine Arts, he went on to complete the Scholarship programme at Auckland’s Kingsize Studios.

It was at Kingsize that Fraser developed his style, getting a night job there post-scholarship and finally working his way up to Ops Manager. Getting to play amongst all that equipment had an obvious effect on Fraser’s style – his technical ability allows him to play with viewers perceptions of what’s real and what’s computer generated.

This episode of Production Lamingtons follows Fraser as he shoots Auckland based band Leisure’s album cover and begins to dabble with motion. It’s not his first rodeo with one of Leisure’s albums – he shot the cover for their self-titled 2016 album too.

Fraser’s now turning his attention to short video clips, incorporating motion into an already complicated shoot process, particularly because he's not just adding motion to the products or cameras, but to lights as well. The set up takes time, and a whole lot of skill, but is worth it for a fresh end result that puts Fraser well and truly ahead of the pack as video becomes an even more valuable tool in the online world.

There's an art to studio shoots that not everyone has the patience for, but we were stoked to be able to shadow someone as passionate about it as Fraser is.

The Production Lamingtons series aims to show creatives in their natural habitat. It covers everything from equipment, planning, and creative direction, to alternative processes and gives insight into the workflow of filmmakers, photographers and other creatives who are pretty bloody great at what they do.

Dec 12, 2017