Friday, 8 May 2009

Crane shoot

Next project – I am with a group of international Waveski riders at the ocean, working on a documentary film on the sport. My good school friend David Jefferies helped me with an incredible crane project. The guy is a master in what he is doing and built the best crane I have ever seen. No project is too great for him. We tested the crane on a harbour jetty wall flying 4 meters over the edge. The crane focused on the wide moving angles, while I had another camera operator following the action with close-ups. Great weather and light made for an epic day of filming.

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The Parlotones - Giant Mistake

I was fortunate enough to work with a group of wonderful people. The Parlotones is the number one music band in South Africa. The lead singer had a dream of one day making his own wine. Woolworths, the most exclusive shopping centrum in South Africa, supported this idea and together with the country’s top wine makers the Parlotones started the complicated blending process. After the success of the award winning BLANKbottle films Woolworths wanted to have a cult film on the blending process.  Two weeks of no sleep and the winemaking knowledge of my brother Pieter Walser I presented the final script I got the green light and then was giving 3 days with the band to pull this project off.
The Parlotones just won the SAMA (South African Music Awards) for best music video for the song “Overexposed”… so, no pressure on me to deliver the goods…. Ha.


Qatar Airways

I flew with Qatar Airways. Now, in the past I have always been extremely happy with their service, but I must say maybe I am just getting old, for I believe their service is not what it used to be. I traveled from door to door over 28 hours. Being tired, everything started working on my nerves. The friendly Indian guy next to me kept on bumping into me and drove me crazy while I was trying to sleep. A big South African woman talked the entire way from Doha to Johannesburg and I know exactly how the poor little baby boy felt when he was crying for the last 4 hours before landing. I also felt like crying. The food was also not really like I remembered and with unfriendly airhost and the changeover in Doha……. terrible.
The good thing was that I got away with a miracle when I boarded the plain without paying overweight. I took the flight with just under 60 kg of camera equipment and I did not pay any extra for it. Amazing!