In the end, all the struggle was worth it. The commercial won Cauble and team the Film Craft in Cinematography award at Citra Pariwara, an advertising award show in Jakarta. When asked how joining the CPO program had helped him, Cauble said it was a prudent decision, as his CPO ALEXA Mini turned out to be a valuable cinematographic tool in countless situations.
“Having worked with a variety of rental cameras over the years, I have known the ALEXA Mini to be a versatile and reliable camera that produces pleasing colors and tones,” he says. “It has proven itself to be just as capable inside the studio on a dolly with a large lens, as it is scaled down on a gimbal, or for run-and-gun handheld work.”
One of the key advantages of the CPO program is the service provided by ARRI’s sales and sales-support teams. “They are always quick to respond and are helpful in coming up with solutions,” notes Cauble. “During prep, I was able to figure out a way to quickly balance the ALEXA Mini on a single-handed gimbal with help from the ARRI team in Hong Kong. We spent time in their office going through mechanical accessory configurations until we got it right.” Cauble also found it reassuring that CPO cameras come with a one-year service and repair warranty.