Wednesday, 19 January 2011

VIT.B commercial

Another great adventure came to a completion. The Vit.B commercial was truly an interesting project that I thoroughly enjoyed directing. The clip is now official on or you can view it directly below via YouTube. A great thanks to Wade Metzer and his brother Myles. These guys put a lot of hard work into the planning, script writing and voice over.

The VIT.B commercial

The Making of from the VIT.B commercial in Zurich City.

Music from Victoria Loren, Stereobaby and master musician Olivier Girardot.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Vodafone "point of view" commercial

I have been helping as an extra action camera operator and production assistant on a “point of view“ Vodafone commercial shoot. It was a very interesting day with great action. I filmed the actors closely from my snowboard as they skied at great speed down the snowy faces of the Alps in St. Moritz. Focus was set at 1 meter and it was challenging to keep a safe distance.

I don't think the director realized how good the conditions were. Perfect, no wind, blue skies, not too cold and with fresh 20cm of powder. It looked sooo good and I was proud of the Engadin.

Since it got shot from the “point of view“ of the actors enjoying their winter holiday the director thought filming with DSLR cameras would make the commercial more realistic. Almost all the shots got done on the Canon 7D and 5D cameras and that make it much more maneuverable specially being on the snowboard. They also had several GoPro cameras placed in all funny positions. It was refreshing to see that even on a big budget commercial of this sort with a client like Vodafone that they use the same equipment as Sub Graviti.

Here is the commercial.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Neal Stephenson film online

Here is the Neal Stephenson film now on the official Össur Media YouTube channel.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Neal Stephenson

About 18 months ago I worked on a short film for a company called Össur. Its a medical company that builds amazing products for people that where born without limbs or were in some kind of an accident that harmed them in such a way that their leg or arm had to be amputated. An amazing sport person close to my heart was attacked 12 years ago by a shark and in the process lost his leg just above his knee.

His name is Neal Stephenson and to many watermen an absolute legend and to waveskis surfers around the world a hero. Before the accident Neal was South Africas number one bodyboarder and rated amongst the top 4 body boarders in the world. Neal took up waveski surfing after the accident and within a period of 2 years he won back in 2000 3rd place at the world championship in Jeffreys Bay South Africa. I had the privilege of producing a short film about him and now after many months the film will finally be made visible. Össur wants to show people in similar life changing situations that there is real hope of continuing living out your dreams. That your world can truly be a life without limitations.

As soon as its online and official I will post the link here. In the meanwhile enjoy some of the stills coming from the film of this amazing individual.

Also check out more on Neal Stephenson in Mutual Addiction the movie.