I’m currently in Jinja, Uganda, filming with the Busoga trust. I’m making a series of films showing the on-going work the trust is involved in. Myself and Rob Waugh have spent the last 5 days filming the installation of wells and many other projects.
It’s easy reading about the work charities are involved in but it’s difficult to appreciate what goes on until you actually see it. Going around the local villages the last few days I have seen nothing but gratitude towards the trust – the communities are massively thankful for the work going on.
Yesterday we filmed at a well installed by the Busoga trust in 1988. Comic Relief filmed here with Lenny Henry which we are going to cut in to our footage. This is going to be awesome as it shows the longevity of the work that goes on out here.
Last time I was filming in Africa I was pretty tight for space so I couldn’t bring much kit. This time however I’ve been able to bring the slider and Glidecam to get a good variety of shots. Before I left I bought the Samyang 35mm after a recommendation from Danny Bonnar… so glad I’ve got this – it’s an absolute beaut to use on the Glidecam and it’s incredibly sharp. I also bought the Tiffen variable ND filter, just as well as the sun here on the equator has been pretty intense during the day.
Here’s some frame grabs and a few various shots….
Kids went wild when the water started pumping
One of the pump mechanics employed to ensure the pumps continue to work
Driving up to Murchiston falls after a storm the previous night made for some sketchy driving from this Aussie
Absolutely appalling conditions in this traditional water source often used by animals too
Getting some Glidecam shots along a fault line near Masindi
Rob ‘1 take’ Waugh doing a piece to camera at the well where Lenny Henry filmed with comic relief which is still pumping to this day!
A quick interview setup with a new toilet block in the background
This Glidecam shot worked an absolute treat!
A slider shot with Rob chatting to an old colleague
A sanitation project in a slum just outside Jinja
Another Glidecam shot of this fella using his bike to carry water