Hellooooo! everyone, thanks for stopping by, so we just had a shoot commissioned by the National Crime Research Centre (www.crimeresearch.go.ke) which is a State Corporation under the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice and carries out research into the causes of crime and its prevention and to disseminate the research findings and recommendations to the Government Agencies concerned with the administration of criminal justice and other stakeholders..
Here's what we shot :)
The brief was to create a series of non-violent images that highlights the kidnapping crisis in Kenya and in accordance to the recently released report which went public a few months ago; Emerging Crimes: The Case of Kidnappings in Kenya Report,2017. You can check it out on their website or download here: http://bit.ly/2ilNSMt Additional information was that it shouldn't depict people smoking tobacco or with firearms.
An actual police car was also difficult to get on the production day so we ended up using an alternative which would later be replaced with an actual police car at a later date.
First of all let me introduce you to my amazing characters;
On the production day we arrive at location one by 9am but were turned away at the gate so we proceeded to our new backup location where we arrived at around noon, but only for the weather to change abruptly, heavy downpour. For two hours we locked ourselves in the cars waiting for the weather to clear up. Its almost 2pm and we've not had a single shot yet. Things got better and we did our first scene, then proceeded to location two which also run smoothly. By 5pm we were yet to shoot the third scene, things started getting messy again, bad weather!. So we either had to wait or shoot with the current weather, but the problem was the police officers, their time was almost up, they needed to leave asap!
When it comes to directing, getting the right people for the right roles makes my work easier. I mostly prefer using actors who I don't have to tell them what to do, all I need is to share with them my vision for that specific role.
Challenges always happen in every production, these challenges are what makes us grow. I took the blame for the morning hour mess and I promised my team that everything was okay and we had a backup plan (of which I absolutely had none at that time).
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Stephen Muteti, Head of Research at NCRC, each and every member of our team, a tough day it was! Looking forward to new adventures and opportunities to tell more intriguing stories to the world.
Peter Pekat- Producer
Beata Otieno (Ojwa Styling)- Stylist
Kate Waititu (Kanai Beauties) - Makeup Artist
Nick Mitalo- Production Assistant
Ian Kola -Styling Assistant
Location: Kinale Forest
Peter & Kwach- Officers
I shared all my pre-production process on Instagram from day one to the last day. Interested in being part of the production? I always invite a guest assistant who've been following our updates on Instagram.
Do you have any question regarding the shoot, the equipments I used, post-processing? Any complimentary message you'd like to pass? or further clarification? Use the form in this page, i'll get back to you in a split second; ASK KAMAU
The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who "disappeared". That's what the candle is for -Peter Benenson
Yours Truly; @its_kamau