On Safari in Masai Mara

As noted, I spent my Christmas holiday in Kenya. The highlight of the trip was a two-day safari in Masai Mara, my first.* We stayed at the Sarova Mara Game Camp, and our guide, Ken, was excellent.

*During my year in Rwanda I camped at Akagera National Park several times; there's some wildlife to be seen but not the kind or amount usually associated with a true safari.

We were also lucky. Each of our drives presented animals aplenty, and of the vaunted big five game, we missed only the rhinoceros. We even witnessed a kill--in this case a cheetah taking down a hapless antelope--a jewel missing in most safari-goer's crowns.

Below is a video (Vimeo or YouTube, pick your platform) I made of the trip. The video combines footage I shot with my D7000 as well as my iPhone 5, which served quite well an ersatz GoPro (The high frame rate capabilities of the 5s would've been awesome for this.). Considering it's verboten to leave the vehicle in the park, I was pleased with the variety of shots I got.  Take a look.

SPECIAL BLOG BONUS: At bottom check out a slideshow of the best stills.

My Work on the ABC Promo

Here's a video I wrote and helped produce for Atlanta Bicycle Coalition with Mountain View Group:

Throughout production, this project evolved from a general Atlanta audience promo to more of a mission video aimed at donors and those already familiar with the organization. Consequently the script went through several drafts, as we tried to find the right balance between being substantive without making the piece too dry. One compromise along these lines was putting some of the denser factoids into on screen text rather than in the protagonist's mouth.

The one-day shoot was done guerrilla style, with the small crew getting from location to location on bikes. The main camera was usually shooting from the back of a pedicab and I shot handheld and mounted GoPro footage from my own bike with the help of the iPhone app. We shot two versions of many scenes, one by the script and one with more conversational lines that the other producer and came up with on the spot. Many of these alternate takes made the finished version (the coffee line at 1:25 is example where I managed to weasel some humor in).

During editing I organized the Premiere Pro project, selected music, and helped the editors find good shots from the shoot.

Project roles: writer, associate producer, media manager, B-cam (GoPro) operator, assistant editor.