For BBC documentaries and many Hollywood productions these lions were used as an actor or stand in. Certain moves and Close ups seen in many Serengeti/ Masai- Mara documentaries. Reasonable tame lions so quite save for us to enter the cage and did some close/ups also. Fantastic experience of a life time. First time in 2005. I could use the new Sony FX1 in HDV mode. 1440x1080i. Soon we go back for another production at this great Hotel near Pretoria. Fortunately I had a small pocket tripod with me. Ideal for low angle shots. Quick set up and pull back.
We have several HD Stockshots from South Africa. Ideal footage for your 2010 FIFA World Championship Football productions! See selection of our clips at: global-dvc.org/pond5.asp Cape Town, KwaZuluNatal, KrugerPark, Dance, TownShips etc.
These boys and girls are from Rorkys Drift. Thats close to Isandlwana in KwazuluNatal South Africa where the English with guns and canons lost from the Zulu's with spears. Prins Charles and Diana used to come here also. All filmed with Sony V1E in HD quality, microphone Tomrig system with DPA. First part from tripod second part to get more action handheld. Notice also the subjective shot where the Zulu fights with the lens!
My big camera was in the hotel. But this proofs you don't need to miss great moments in life with pocketcams! Always at hand! This is one of my first clips with the new mini Sanyo Xacti HD1000 a $400 cam, without any extra's. A miniscule stereo microphone at back of LCD, but amazing quality! But now the FH1 is my favorite even better and smaller and a build in wide angle and Advanced Zoom!
My friends (very polite but very poor) from a township called Khula (sheds without water and electricity) just outside villacity St.Lucia KwaZuluNatal South Africa.
This group performs for tourist on restaurant terraces in St.Lucia and here at the arrivaldeck from a hippo boattour on St.Lucia River at sunset. They sing and swing really great just like the other famous Zulugroup Ladysmith Black Mombazo. This music style is called Isicathamiya. Made famous by Paul Simon. They rehearse a lot and we hope to make them famous also. Help them please if you can. Please also search for "Khula Happy Singers" on YouTube for our one year old clip as promo for a great and very affordable B&B in St.Lucia. Absolutely one of the best spots to spent a few weeks in Zululand, close to the best diving spots SodwanaBay, Elephant coast, birds (Trompetbills), monkeys, many wild Hippo's, Crocks and HluHluwe Imfolozi Safari Wildpark.
We have several HD Stockshots from South Africa. Ideal footage for your 2010 FIFA World Championship Football productions! See selection of our clips at: global-dvc.org/pond5.asp Cape Town, KwaZuluNatal, KrugerPark, Dance, TownShips etc
We made a big six day boattrip by PeramaTours from Bali to Lombok west, by bus to east Lombok and from there by boat to Sumbawa, Satonda, Donggo, Moyo, Komodo, Rinca, Flores. Real nice passengers group, loads of fun and great group of sailor/boatsmen. Filmed (most) in 25P with new Sony HDR-FX1000 + Formatt 4x4 Polarizer in Vocas MatteBox. Underwater with Sanyo Xacti HD1010 in Epoque underwaterhousing + Wide angle. Music specially composed by Vimian Herman Steyn (Johannesburg)
We sure were lucky regarding this latest news!
BREAKING NEWS by CNN:
An Indonesian fisherman has been killed by Komodo dragons March 24 2009 (just a week after our visit). He was attacked while trespassing in search of fruit, officials said. Muhamad Anwar, 32, bled to death on his way to hospital after being mauled by the reptiles at Loh Sriaya, in eastern Indonesia's Komodo National Park, the park's general manager Fransiskus Harum told CNN. "The fisherman was inside the park when he went looking for sugar-apples. Other fisherman took Anwar to a clinic on nearby Flores Island, east of Bali, but he was declared dead on arrival, he added. Komodo dragons, the world's heaviest lizards, can grow up to 3 meters (10 feet) in length and have a toxic bite that they use to kill prey such as buffalo, returning to feast when the animal succumbs to the poison.
Despite their ungainly appearance, the carnivorous reptiles can run as fast as a dog in short bursts, jump up on their hind legs, and kill animals with a blow of their powerful tails.
Attacks on humans are rare, but this incident is the latest in a series in which the monster lizards -- which have forked tongues and fearsome claws --have killed or injured people.
Last month a park ranger survived after a Komodo dragon climbed the ladder into his hut and savaged his hand and foot. In 2007 an eight-year-old boy died after being mauled.
Conservationists have run into criticism by some local villagers who accuse environmentalists of protecting Komodo dragons at the expense of human safety!
One of the remarkable ceremonies in a Hindu Balinese life is tooth filing. When girls get their first menstruation and boys voice changes, they let their teeth file. It is called 'Matatah' in common Balinese. It is believed that pointed teeth are related to animal characters, witches, or bad evils. So, in order to be fully human, the teeth should be filed. Tooth filing is also done to reduce six evil spirits within a human being, called 'Sad Ripu’. 'Sad' means six and 'Ripu' means 'enemy'. They are Kama (desire), Loba (greed). Kroda (anger), Mada (intoxication), Moha (confusion) and Matsarya (jealousy). After filing, a father's duties to his female children are generally regarded as complete. This mini-doc shows this ceremony from a smaller family in the mountains between Candidasa and BugBug. To save high costs for an extra ceremony (priest, dentist (!), food, drinks, pigs, tuak, rice, coconut fruits, etc) these happenings also sometimes take place during a wedding or like in this case with another very remarkable ceremony of baptizing a little baby. Balinese children are not allowed to stand on their feet for 210 days. I will show in Part 3.
All shots from one camera Sony FX1000.
Camera and Editing Jan van der Meer