Disney’s Rise Shot with URSA Mini Pro 12K


Fremont, CA – August 1st, 2022 – Blackmagic Design today announced that the Disney basketball motion picture “Rise” was shot with Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K digital film cameras by cinematographer Kabelo Thathe.

Audiences have never seen a story like that of the Antetokounmpos. After emigrating from Nigeria to Greece, Charles and Vera Antetokounmpo (Dayo Okeniyi and Yetide Badaki, respectively) struggled to survive and provide for their five children, while living under the daily threat of deportation. With their oldest son still in Nigeria with relatives, the couple were desperate to obtain Greek citizenship but found themselves undermined by a system that blocked them at every turn.

When they weren’t selling items to tourists on the streets of Athens with the rest of the family, the brothers – Giannis (Uche Agada) and Thanasis (Ral Agada) – would play basketball with a local youth team. Latecomers to the sport, they discovered their great abilities on the basketball court and worked hard to become world class athletes, along with brother, Kostas (Jaden Osimuwa).

With the help of an agent, Giannis entered the NBA Draft in 2013 in a long shot prospect that would change not only his life but the life of his entire family. And last season, Giannis and Thanasis helped bring the Milwaukee Bucks their first championship ring in 50 years, while Kostas played for the previous season champs, the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Rise” stars Dayo Okeniyi, Yetide Badaki, Manish Dayal, Taylor Nichols, introducing Ral Agada and introducing Uche Agada. The film was directed by Akin Omotoso (“Vaya”), written by Arash Amel (“A Private War”) and produced by Bernie Goldmann (“300”). Giannis Antetokounmpo and Douglas S. Jones served as the executive producers.

Thathe, having worked with Omotoso on the film “Vaya,” was brought aboard by Disney and the director. “Akin and I already had a great working relationship, so he put my name forward,” said Thathe.

A big fan of classic cinematography, Thathe likes to avoid overly complex camera work. “I never want to distract from the story,” explained Thathe. “I feel my goal is to have beautifully lit and framed shots that let the actors do their thing.”

“I was introduced to the 12K by our producer Doug Jones, who had recently completed another movie using the cameras and had a great experience with them,” added Thathe. “My initial impression of the image was how surprisingly beautiful the color science was. We were quite impressed.”

Production opted for five URSA Mini Pro 12K bodies on set, shooting at 8K in Blackmagic RAW, recording to Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorders.

For Thathe, a key element to the color science was the sensor’s ability to react well to a wide latitude. “The dynamic range of the 12K was so balanced between shadows, mid tones and highlights,” said Thathe. “They merged together beautifully. That worked well for us because we were often outside in direct sun, so to get that nice balance between the shadows and the highlights was pretty amazing.”

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