Afghanistan - Touch down in flight
Please describe what drove your creativity:
Our desire was to show a place that everybody in a way has a picture of and to confront that picture and compell the audience with something that they didn't expect and that might cause them to re-imagine Afghanistan that most people only connect with war and cruelty. One of the challenges was that whenever entering a place people recognize you as a foreigner and get suspicious. I have learned the local Afghan dialect and I also lived there for more than two years which helped me to quickly connect with the local people. Having that insight helped me to overcome most limitations that foreign journalists or filmmakers have. Most important for us in order for the portraits to look authentic was getting trusted by the Afghans. We also wanted to get pictures of a quality that haven‘t been seen of this part of the world. I used the Canon 5d and Canon 7d but these cameras are not at all built for shooting video. I wanted to get the look of a perspective of passing by and at the same time having pictures of intimacy. That‘s why we often used a glidetrack to get those subtle tracking shots.
Please describe how you will use the prize if you win:
To post-produce a film about the inhumane mining of minerals that we shot a month ago in the Congo.
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