Camera13 keeps production processes simple. Clear documentation shall be provided before, during and after a Production. Focus on Communication, providing a set of tools, ensuring that you can make informed decisions, at any given point of the production, thus positively impacting on the outcome of your video. We want the client to own the process. Camera13 was founded in 2001 by tv all-rounder Boris Friedel, who grew up in Germany, Berlin.
Although I had been lucky to bump into the “old man”, or Tata – as many South Africans refer to him respectfully, on various occasions, I never had the pleasure of actually meeting the icon. Meeting Mandela finally took place, when I received a phone call from Nonhlanlha of Mntungwa Communications, who had been contacted by a European Broadcaster to record a statement of Mandela.
Well, it nearly didn’t happen, as my assistant at the time decided to take the car – with checked gear – on a party spree. He overslept, but we got hold of the car and took somebody else to the shoot instead. Not sure how he will explain this to his grandkids? All went well. Madiba came in house slippers, told as a joke about his underwear, we did his piece to camera and used the opportunity to get a picture with the former President.
Did you ever schlep a heavy tripod through the jungle, only to notice that you cant use it, as the ground is just a wobbly mix of mud and vegetation? Well, it happened to me during the course of a trip through Rwanda and the eastern part of the DRC. The Gorilla story was one in three stories for Suisse TV. Rewarding memories, to finally see a clan of Silverback Gorillas, with one big daddy in the middle. I knew nothing about Gorillas and I didn’t know, that this particular Gorilla was a famous one, as he had lost a part of his enormous hand due to a poaching attempt. Apparently, it is some sort of ritual meal to eat the hand of a gorilla. Pretty dumb, if you ask me. But then I also would eat chicken feet.
We came closer and closer, the camera recording hand-held, sweat dripping, ignoring the mosquitoes. The daddy looked at us, but was all sunken in to the lush green bed he made for himself. During our 10 minutes of filming he once stretched his arms and yawned with all teeth out, plus sound effects. It felt like, that his arm extended over my lens. Suddenly we felt that he was very close to us and the gorilla looked much bigger than before. But all mellow. Our guides indicated to pack up.
Christina Karrer, the brilliant Suisse Journalist I traveled with, made some nice pictures of the whole thing and the gorilla, but refuses to hand them over to me. Maybe I get them one day. Who knows?
Tsunami, Sri Lanka
To make it short. Its difficult to believe of what water is capable of. No doubt that the weather is changing towards a more unpredictable pattern. We went to areas, where no human life was to be found.
Only dogs who had started to operate in packs. Nature wins.