More and more im asked to produce multiple resources from one shoot, and on this project I ended up creating 4 films with unique content in all of them, and 100+ stills, not bad for a week!
I shot this film largely on the Sony FS5, using a Sony 24-70 f2.8 G master lens, and a Tamron 50mm F1.4 for the interviews. Aerials were done with a DJI Mavic Pro, the ND filter set was invaluable for this, I went for a set of Polar Pro ND's. For stills I shot with my Panasonic GH5, and 90% of the time I was using the 12-60 F2.8 Lumix lens
African Promise Vision Film
Post production was done in Adobe Premiere Pro and for the first time I put on a film convert LUT to give the whole thing 'the film' look...Its not something I normally do, however I wanted to distinguish this piece and I felt like this helped achieve that.
Enjoy the films and stills, its been a great project to work on.
School specific film
About the project
Ive travelled all over Africa, and yet it still surprises me how beautiful it is. This time I landed into the city of Mombassa, a dusty, humid and frantic place with more vehicles than people it seemed. Charles from African Promise collected me from the airport and off we went.
The Roads in Kenya are supposedly a lot better than they used to be, Chinese investment has brought a lot of change, but their road building abilities are not up to the task of dealing with the relentless flow of traffic that Mombassa, and much of Africa has to offer.
We arrived at Charles home, a small self built hill side cottage with a thatched roof. Simple, elegant and beautiful. Its rare that I get to stay so close to a community, but Charles is as much a part of this community as anybody in it.
My project here was simple, to show off the transformative work that African Promise is doing in this community through school building. But what they do is so much more than just construction. They feed the children, educate the teachers and provide a safe haven for children to learn and grow, and then they support the children with everything they need to succeed.
The landscape across our world is changing rapidly due to climate change, and in East Africa that change is rapid. Rural areas are particularly affected having previously relied heavily on agriculture as not only there source of nourishment but also there sole source of income, they are now face the challenge of diversifying their education so that the future leaders, parents and income generators can pursue careers that lie outside of agriculture. Its a challenging time for developing countries, particularly with the instability of governments globally but the only sure fire way to safe guard children future is through solid education.
Its safe to say that im a fan of African Promises work, it is simple yet effective and everybody that I met who works for them has bucket loads of integrity and passion for the work they do. This is a truly sustainable charity which is fighting for the future with an intelligent strategy. If your into education and want to make a difference for children in Kenya then check them out.