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Ascent – A Short. Film.

Danie Nel VIDEO: Ascent - De Kelders, South Africa from Danie Nel on Vimeo.This short film I shot last year as my brother-in-law was ascending a bouldering route at De Kelders, Western Cape, South Africa. Bouldering is sort of like a work-out for bigger climbs, making your arms strong etc, but a lot of guys specialise in this type of mountaineering. Full length movies are made on bouldering around the world. The Baniff Film Festival shows a couple of these every year.It helps having someone who climbs mountains, jumps off it (paraglider), runs of it (abseiler), rides to it (just completed a 2-month journey from Johannesburg, north through a bunch of countries, to the Ethiopian border and back, on a motorbike, see www.kronkelpad.co.za), and still plays sub-10 handicap golf. It also helps that he’s a recent convert to filmmaking, so he was quite keen on doing this.The rest of the team on the day was sister-in-law, Ella, for moral support and climbing the odd route for herself. Also, she…

Creation: Forward Thinking

This is one reason why I enjoy working with the clients I do. Look at how nicely Creation Wines has integrated video tasting notes I have filmed for them into their social media and web mix. If you click on the pic, you’ll be taken to their Facebook page, by the way. Not just that, but their bottles are now equipped with QR codes, so by using your smart-phone, you can scan the code, and instantly be transported to a guided tasting by Carolyn, right there in the supermarket! When in their tasting room, you can Tweet or FB your findings, by using the ipad supplied to you for this purpose! Now if that isn’t clever, then neither was Einstein.Youtube and Vimeo hosts a number of channels dedicated to wine tasting. Some of these channels entertain a rabid following. Now image how much a mention of your video, or a link, can help with getting buyers from across the globe interested in your product. This is true for all types of business in fact. As bandwidth and online technology allows more …

Music Video: Hosea Said

So after 7 years of listening to this song, it takes a sudden urge (and the need to test something on my camera), to come up with this little video. About an hour of shooting, and an hour or two of editing, no concept to speak of, I came up with this video for my song (I’m a passionate amateur muso – I  give all my music away at http://danienel.bandcamp.com or http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/Danie_Nel ).Challenges? No hands to help. So sync, music, framing, focusing… everything, I needed to do. But it was a great exercise. Now imagine if I had a solid concept, storyboard and the like worked out, what I could’ve accomplished. I liked the idea of a dramatic black-and-white portrait, in motion, and then the idea of the papers and jets came about after I started thinking through the lyrics to get something to peg it to visually, without giving the game away. Just a fun reference, the works visually, but even at a stretch, ties in with the lyrics.Now imagine your company, product, band… l…