Sunday, January 20, 2008

Filming Progress in Rwanda

Production has been going very well here in Rwanda. We've travelled to the East of Rwanda with Elsie, taken aerials from a helicopter above the countryside, interviewed Arthur in his new Bourbon Coffee shop, and much more in between. We've hit several snags, including sickness, scheduling and equipment issues... but each one we've been able to overcome with a little bit of can-do and duct tape.

The RED Digital Cinema Camera continues to impress, though we've had a few growing pains. Check out the image link near the bottom of this page [→] to see why we're so excited about the RED.

We're working hard towards a Tuesday wrap here in Kigali, and then heading south to film in the Nyumbwe forest and at Lake Kivu before Lyn & Jesse leave on Sunday. I'll be staying on an extra week to pick up miscellaneous extra bits of footage and build out my photography portfolio of Rwanda.

Blogger.com (which runs the news portion of this site) has been intermittent at best, so the majority of the coverage of our trip is happening at our personal blogs, lynandjesse.com and trevormeier.com. Follow our progress there, and check out some of the past updates, including a photo gallery I've posted from the first part of the trip.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Return to Rwanda

Lyn, Jesse and I have packed our bags and are catching a plane... we're headed back to Rwanda.

We'll be travelling to Rwanda for two weeks with the fantastic new RED One, a 4K digital cinema camera. We have the honour of being the first 4K d-cinema shoot ever in Africa, and we hope to bring back beautiful images for such a beautiful country.

The trip will focus on capturing imagery to enhance our story. We'll also be catching up with several of our characters, filling in their stories with some of the events that have taken place since the start of production in 2005.

We're again partnering with our in-country hosts, The Wellspring Foundation, with assistance from the Bridgeway Foundation.

We're excited about the opportunity to capture Rwanda in beyond high-definition... and also excited to have a post-production schedule with a window for final picture editing. With some changes in my life, I'm now free to focus exclusively on the editing of the film after getting back to Canada in mid-February. The current schedule has us to picture lock in time for an early April screening of the film in Rwanda.

I'll be keeping regular posts here and on my personal site, trevormeier.com

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