Tuesday, June 29, 2010
___My latest job as D.P. has taken me to South Africa to shoot at the World Cup! It was an amazing trip and I captured some really good stuff. I was able to connect with a guide to take me through the township Soweto. We drove around looking for kids playing soccer in the streets and in open fields. We found some really great locations that really captured both the landscape and the people of South Africa. I shot a lot of footage at a high frame rate, as I wanted to really see the detail in the grass and dirt as the kids kicked up dust while playing. I got some really great moments that I’m glad I shot in Slow Mo, as they could have easily been missed at regular speed.
I also captured the sites and sounds of the city in the midst of the World Cup. There were fans everywhere sporting tons of gear in order to support their respective teams. It was a shame I couldn’t get nearer to the stadiums, as FIFA pretty much had those areas on lock down. I was able to get the massive crowds that gathered in the streets to watch the second South Africa game on a giant projection screen. It was fun yet hectic trying to run around interviewing fans from various clubs. They all had great things to say about the World Cup and soccer in general. I was also able to hop on board some safari trips and capture some of the wildlife as well. I got some really good close ups of Elephants and a few Lions at the Lion Park. Overall, I think I got more than enough footage to accurately portray the atmosphere in South Africa during this amazing event.