I was blessed and fortunate to produce and direct this DVD, and loved working with Israel. He is the most down to earth man I know, and nothing is impossible for him. His crew and band members were also amazing to work with.
I so badly wanted 12 cameras for this shoot, but as always, budget dictates, and there is never enough for a director to play with. So I decided to shoot both shows, (one in the afternoon and one at night) but move the camera positions for the second show, in that way I would have more angles to play with in the edit. I briefed each and every member, telling them of my plan, and emphasising that continuity was of the utmost importance.
Needless to say, we all got caught up in the spirit of the concert, even I, whilst directing, cutting and mixing the various cameras had tears rolling down my cheeks. When we got to the edit, it was only then that I noticed, the percussionist had changed his shirt, Israel himself, had glasses on in some numbers in the previous concert, and off in the second concert for some of the songs.
For those of you that understand an edit, you can just imagine how I was pulling my hair out.
Despite all, the DVD was produced and Israel has told me that wherever he is in the world, people ask him who produced the DVD and that they are so wowed by it – and that is the biggest compliment I could ever have received, more so because when his manager came out to recce, both the manager and Israel were initially insistent on bringing out their own crew and director.
I’ll be teaching the TV production students at AFDA in Cape Town next week – I love giving back – I’m so thankful for my 30 years of experience and the people who mentored me along the way.
I’ll be going down memory lane soon, so watch this space.
Must confess I find this very daunting, as I am a private person and do not like talking about myself….but the universe is changing so dramatically and at such a pace, I decided it was time to climb aboard and start travelling and getting to know all the aliens out there, or better still, giving them a chance to get to know me.
On a very serious note, I find myself in another new space.
After a year of major setbacks, namely being diagnosed with breast cancer, which thank goodness I have overcome, and losing my mom, and very little work due to the state of the TV industry I find myself asking “Who am I?” After 30 years in the industry as a producer and director, for the first time, I have more time to spare than I have had in my entire life ….and that is quite awhile after being a big fish in a small pond, having so much work that I had no time for myself – working almost 24/7. But being the passionate person I am, I loved it.
So here I am re-looking at my life, my goals, my dreams, my aspirations and my logo and my website…time for a change.
How many of you out there are travelling in the same rocket as me?