1. lukasaugustin.com
    Winner of the CNN Journalist Award 2013

    background:
    As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan.
    We hope the pictures you know will merge with the pictures you see and will enrich your view on the country in the Hindu Kush.

    locations:
    Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif
    We wanted to go to other places as well but there were several incidents and security was too bad. Just one day after shooting at the blue mosque in Mazar-e Sharif a mob started from the very same place storming the UN building.

    I have lived from 2006-2008 in Kabul doing my civil service for a humanitarian aid organization. This March I had the chance to go back with my fiancée to show her the place I love and to capture the beauty of this country with our cameras.

    At the same time I made this as a tribute to a dear friend, who was shot in the streets of Kabul. Gayle inspired me in her love and dedication for the Afghans.

    After a full summer with other work we had now the chance to do the editing.

    Lisa-Maria Puy who composed the music for us was wonderful to work with. We met her on Zanzibar island and back in Germany she composed this wonderful soundtrack within just 3 days (and nights). She studied music at HfM Detmold in Germany and is a very talented artist and we hope to work with her again.
    You can contact her on: puy-music[at]gmx.de

    Last week the clip got published in the iPad edition of Süddeutsche-Zeitung Magazin.

    I hope you enjoy and we are happy for your honest feedback.
    Lukas and Salome Augustin

    Equipment used:
    Canon 5D Mark II
    Canon 7D
    Canon 24-105mm L IS 4f
    Canon 16-35mm L
    Canon 50mm 1.4f
    Canon 85mm 1.8f
    Glidetrack HD
    Handgrip Nighthawk and D|Focus V3 (shoulder mount)
    Zoom H1
    2x Rode Videomic Pro
    Manfrotto 501 HD and 701 HDV
    LCW ND Filter Fader MK II
    We edited and colour graded the entire clip on Final Cut Pro X

    website:
    lukasaugustin.de
    more information and production photos:
    facebook.com/pages/Augustin-Pictures/161244407238332
    Twitter:
    twitter.com/LukasAugustin

    © by Lukas and Salome Augustin
    All rights reserved
    fell free to watch it on Vimeo, to share on Facebook, Twitter etc. but please ask for embed permission and please don't upload the video on Youtube or any other site. Thank you!

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  2. Fatima grows up somewhere in the vast steppe of Somalia. The drought in 2011 and Al Shabab's attacks and pressure caused many nomads to flee their homes and walk for days and weeks through the empty land to arrive at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Kenya or Ethiopia. Fatima loses almost everything. With only her mother she arrives in Mogadishu in a capital that is destroyed by ongoing civil war. Traumatized as she is she stopped singing when she arrived but things changed...

    English subtitled version
    for the German version without subtitles:
    vimeo.com/35108156

    This is a film we produced for Kindernothilfe (KNH) a German based humanitarian aid and relief organization focusing on the need of children.
    kindernothilfe.de

    While this was a promotional video we tried to focus on one local person that has benefited from the help and assistance KNH provided in Somalia.

    Production time was three days in Mogadishu which was extremely short. Though the Islamist leading power Al-Shabab had just left the city a few weeks earlier and foreign aid organizations then got access Mogadishu was in a state of anarchy. Different militia and foreign troops like the African Union tried to control the city. We were one of the first western journalists having access to areas like the Bakara Market that was once linchpin for raw materials like gold and diamonds between Africa and the Arab World. Working closely with a local Somali partner of KNH helped us a lot getting access to different areas. Still for security reasons we could mostly just spend a short amount of time at one place before leaving to another. All the time being surrounded by two pick-up vans loaded with armed security guys made it difficult to get a much wanted natural and authentic atmosphere.

    Post Production was done in Africa and Germany. Out of several hours of interview with Fatima (name changed due to security) that we transcripted during the curfew in the early mornings and evenings we built a narrative that was later voiced-over. Initially we wanted to keep the original voice and subtitle the whole story but as it was made for a German audience and because of distraction from the pictures we ended up letting a German production company do the voice-over.

    Equipment:

    Canon 5D Mark II
    Canon 7D
    Canon 24-105mm L IS 4f
    Canon 16-35mm L
    Canon 50mm 1.4f
    Canon 85mm 1.8f
    Glidetrack HD
    Handgrip Nighthawk and D|Focus V3 (shoulder mount)
    Zoom H1
    2x Rode Videomic Pro
    Manfrotto 501 HD and 701 HDV
    LCW ND Filter Fader MK II
    We edited and colour graded the entire clip on Final Cut Pro X

    contact:
    Augustin Pictures
    Website: lukasaugustin.de
    Twitter: twitter.com/LukasAugustin
    Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Augustin-Pictures/161244407238332

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