A Creative Challenge for a London Agency
We love a filming challenge here at Scorch, so when we were approached by our friends at Weber Shandwick to film in the newly formed country of South Sudan, we were all for it!
A beautiful country that had only recently won its independence from Sudan, and that was still in the grips of a civil war, we would be the first film crew to land there other than the occasional news team. This is not a job to be taken lightly, and we resolved to capture the beauty of the country and its people, as well as the good work being done by Nespresso to revitalise the coffee industry, to the very highest standard possible.
Filming on the Amira brought a real cinematic feel to the footage whilst not slowing down the more nimble documentary style of the crew. Being able to react to the spontaneity of the country, and not be weighed down as we navigated tricky roads and wild landscapes was essential, but being able to capture the vibrant colours and broad smiles that abound in South Sudan was key to the film.
The right kit always needs the right crew to wield it and our director Steve Jay couldn’t have managed it at all without the hard work from the crew on this project. This including travel guru and DOP Simon Pinfield, epic adventure camera assistant Jason Lord-Castle, our cool and calm security team from Secret Compass under the leadership of Tom McShane, and our effervescent guides Joy and Jennifer from Technoserve. Add to that the incredible production team back in London who guided us through every moment and were never phased by the lack of infrastructure; we were a very lucky team. As the producer of this film, to me, this picture sums up the team: funny, energetic and always happy to go the extra mile.
What an incredible experience for all involved and what amazing people we met out there.
See the full version of the Nepresso South Sudan film here