So I’m sitting in my living room in Nairobi waiting for my taxi to take me to JKIA airport. Within about 24 hours I should be landing in Ecuador – the location for film. Having checked everything about 5 times, I was faced with that awkward period before you leave – the purgatory of travelling – where you can’t really do anything but wait. So I thought it would be a good idea to update you on what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks….
Despite the lack of posts, I’ve been really busy in preparation for filming in Ecuador.
First of all, let’s talk logistics. Originally I was scheduled to fly from Nairobi to Ecuador via London, New York and Miami. Unfortunately, the issue of visas caused a few headaches. My passport had to go off to South Africa to the Ecuadorean embassy which meant that there wasn’t time to get visas for the UK or the US. Whilst this film has been dominating my life for the last month or so, sadly the embassy officials didn’t treat my trip with the same importance. Thanks to the assistance of Brad -my mate from World Vision, who has been amazing throughout the planning, we came up with a Plan B. I’m going to be on board a flight to Amsterdam where I’ll connect to Peru and Ecuador. With Brad’s help I’ve been able to assemble a small crew and cast to help with the shoot and I’m looking forward to seeing the pictures that Hugo (my logistics guy in Ibarra) sent through in real life.
I don’t want to say too much about the film at the moment apart from to explain that I’d decided to make a short drama to explore the work of micro-finance. Now ask any filmmaker and they’ll tell you that drama is quite a tricky genre to nail. Days were spent staring at a blank page, willing words to appear. Thanks to the help of the works of the local World Vision office in Ecuador, I was able to get a better understanding of the great work that they do, including some real life testimonies. This formed the basis for my script. Tucked in my suitcase is a printed script, something that I’m pleased with and I hope other will like . It’s an ambitious project, but hopefully a challenge that I can rise to.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the other four great filmmakers – Michael, Reggie, Tara and Chris – will be working on. Mad love to their previous works and I’m sure we will have five great films come July-August.
My aim is to keep you fully updated through the process…….so stayed tuned……we have lift off!
Peace and light