No Shit: Hollywood In Nairobi

A friend called me, there are need of people joining as statists for filming. There is some money offered, but surely i wanted have a glimpse behind the scene of movie making too. The location was held on Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), an impressive building complex, especially at night. Inside that futuristic looking building is a big conference room, called the Amphitheatre. Rows of empty seats around a red carpeted centre when i get there. Just a few people sitting and standing spread around. No camera or film team in sight. A busy looking lady giving out a form which claims all right on filming on that spot. An amount of money for compensation is promised by that form too. To my surprise i’m told, it’s not a Kenyan production but Hollywood itself shows up, making a science fiction movie. Around 30 people gathered this evening to pretend being members of a parliament or council. Due the delay of the film team, we got coffee and sandwiches first, got fitted in suits and dresses and finally seated in front of the camera, which arrived meanwhile. The next three hours or so, we shifted from row to row, from box to box, from level to level. In the movie, the 30 people of us will appear as around 300 people in the council. Before midnight, the film director was happy with the take. With the welcome cash in my hand and new experience in my head i stepped out in the nightsky.

making of: music clip with my travelcar

At first sight of the scenery i got confused. A girl was dancing on my dirty Land Rover and many spectators were watching her. As i noticed the film crew with all the equipment and the loud music from the back, i realized  my Land Rover gonna be part of their music clip. I didn’t find that clip on internet now, but desperately wanna see it when it’s published. And i’ll share it with you!

The Filmcrew

One night the pool area at my camp got bright lit by a film crew. When i arrived, a girl was dancing in front of camera team with loud music in background. Filming for a music video, a nice guy explained me. But there was not only music and dancing but also filming for some funny comedy movie. A big mama and a gentleman were acting around the place and making lots of fun. Later on i heard i stumbled into quite famous stars here.

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (The Movie)

 

Driving off road trough the stunning landscape of the biggest salt lake area of the world; the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana.

Offroad-Trip durch die atemberaubende Landschaft der grössten Salzseen der Welt; die Makgadikgadi Salzseen in Botswana

Indien, Pushkar: Blue Lotus Festival

Weihrauch und Duftkerzen umwehen die Nase,

würziger Masala Tee umspült den Gaumen,

farbenfrohe Kostüme wirbeln vor den Augen,

dumpfe Bässe lassen die Haut erzittern

und laut dröhnt der fröhliche Gesang im Ohr.

Mit viel Glück durfte ich sehr kurzfristig als Festival-Fotograf teilnehmen. In sechs Tagen fanden 40 Konzerte mit 350 Musiker auf verschiedenen Bühnen, vor Tempeln und auf der Strasse statt. Daneben wurden Workshops, Filme, sowie Yoga- und Meditationsstunden angeboten.

Das Blue Lotus Festival fand das erste Mal überhaupt statt. Trotz der geringen Besuchermenge, wetterbedingten Schwierigkeiten (wer erwartet schon Regen in der Wüste?) und einigen behördlichen Hürden (die Polizei unterbrach ein Abendkonzert wegen „fehlender“ Bewilligung, das aber nach kurzer Unterredung weitergeführt werden konnte)  waren sich alle Beteiligte am Ende einig: Dieses Musikfestival war ein tolles Erlebnis das keiner missen wollte! Schwer in Worte zu fassen und in Sätze zu quetschen, wie diese Musik das Innerste erzittern, der Rhythmus die Füsse schweben und die Farben die Augen blenden liessen.

Ich hoffe die Bilder und Impressionen geben etwas von der Atmosphäre wieder, die für die beteiligten ein unvergessliches Erlebnis bleiben wird.