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BEHIND THE SCENES The crew take a tour of the Patrón distillery, where the mixologists they’re documenting learn how the piña (the leaf-trimmed agave heart) is turned into alcohol with minimal waste

“It was just me, the DOP Daniel Jaroschik and director Niall Coffey – as a focus puller in a small crew, you run the camera department. You’re responsible for maintenance of the kit; that it’s all there and working as it should be,” explains Rawson. “I had to ensure the batteries were fully charged and we had enough of them, because in some areas of rural Mexico there was no power. It also meant keeping in constant communication with the DOP and director. If we were running low on juice, they would need to be more selective with their shots.” Because the team were constantly on the move, the equipment had to be lightweight. “We used Bebob micro batteries, and shot handheld on the Movi Pro with an Arri Alexa Mini,” explains Rawson. “The Movi Pro had all the Ignite Digi [Australian engineering company that custom-make battery plates for use with the Movi] upgrades, so we could use Ronin 2 batteries – three times as powerful as standard Movi batteries. This meant we could put devices with a much higher draw on there.” He adds: “We didn’t go with the Ronin 2 as our handheld stabiliser because it’s very system-based; it’s so heavy compared to the Movi, which remains light, even with

really looked after us. It was a completely unique experience.” TRUST YOUR SUPPLIER To control the lens, Rawson used the Teradek RT, an ultra-light three-channel receiver, featuring full focus, iris and zoom support. He explains, “It’s got a very small MDR, which is the brain that controls the motors. Certain systems, like Prestons, have big MDRs and therefore better range, but I didn’t care about that. I like to

battery upgrades. At one point, we were driving through the Guadalajara desert with a jimador in his pickup truck, and Jaroschik was just hanging out the back of it with the Movi, capturing B roll shots of sunsets. It absolutely had to be agile. “Before going to rural Mexico, I was a bit nervous. You hear horror stories of cartels, and I just didn’t know what to expect. But the locals are super friendly. We ended up staying on a ranch in the mountains with some of them – they were so attentive and

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