Early in 2013 my company, Red Earth Studio, was asked by Skydance Productions and Mt Philo Films in the USA to supply crew and kit for the official America’s Cup film. Filming would take place over six weeks in San Fransisco and additional pickup shoots in New Zealand and the Isle of Wight.
Early sunrises, dreamy sunsets, floating fish markets, canoeing through mysterious inlets, wandering the streets of Saigon, flying north to Hoi An, early morning with fishermen, rice fields, lovely hotels, deserted beaches, gorgeous food, friendly faces, lovely people. All of this whilst having to film a web advert for the new Sony Cybershot camera with a great crew from HMX Media.
I love this country.
Of all the mornings in my intense three week trip, this had to be the worst one I had woken up to.
A hard night’s sleep compounded by some dodgy food from the night before meant I was not in the best frame of mind for any filming.
I was shooting a documentary about a man’s search for buried WWII spitfires by Rangoon airport in Burma for Room 608, a production company from New York.
We’ll be flying to Borneo and filming Orang-U-Tangs and the Bajau Sea Gypsies…Did you see David Attenborough’s Planet Earth?…You know the one where the guy is fishing underwater, with a spear, holding his breath for ten minutes? And they all live on houses on stilts in the sea. Check it out on Youtube…Yes, that one. Are you available?
We had filmed some lovely stuff with Bob, a truck driver hauling water in the oil fields of North Dakota for a feature doco called “Columbus, Oil Rigs and American Dreams” but unfortunately when it came to the edit, he made the cutting room floor and it was such a shame to see his contribution, his time and effort to us go to waste.
Another test on the Canon 5D when it first came out. I met up with spoken word artist and the man behind Chill Pill, Raymond Antrobus.
It was performed at Soho Theatre in Dean Street after a Chill Pill event.
Eight months filming Dorset vet Luke Gamble as he travels the world treating animals in need. Visiting countries as diverse as Zambia, Peru, Nepal, Costa Rica and Uganda, the series sees Luke do his best to treat any species of animal that needs help, both domestic and wild, in places where they have no one else to turn to and challenging his skills to the limit.