NCRC (KE): Kidnapping Crisis

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 :)

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DETAILS:

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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.

 We initially intended to use this space for the first image but we were denied permit to shoot here, well, they claimed we didn't have appropriate papers. 🙄 So we ended up using our backup plan.

We initially intended to use this space for the first image but we were denied permit to shoot here, well, they claimed we didn't have appropriate papers. 🙄 So we ended up using our backup plan.

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. 

 Perspectives matters. All we had to do is record the right measurements and use them to photograph the car at a later date. The essence of this car was to give the talents an actual element/prop that they can interact with or help them get a sense of bearing. 

Perspectives matters. All we had to do is record the right measurements and use them to photograph the car at a later date. The essence of this car was to give the talents an actual element/prop that they can interact with or help them get a sense of bearing. 

 We had to shoot the car at a location with relatively similar ground texture. With the limited time (less that 15 mins) allocated to photograph the car, we had to sacrifice a few things especially the exact angle car was supposed to be and a wide white backdrop which would help us mask the car easily.  

We had to shoot the car at a location with relatively similar ground texture. With the limited time (less that 15 mins) allocated to photograph the car, we had to sacrifice a few things especially the exact angle car was supposed to be and a wide white backdrop which would help us mask the car easily.  

First of all let me introduce you to my amazing characters; 

  Character 1:  "The Caller" -This is the guys who call/communicates with the families or friends of the kidnapped to ask for ransom money, in our case, this guy was dumb, he disclosed where they were and so the police showed up! We were looking for a tall person with dreadlocks and no visible beards.

Character 1: "The Caller" -This is the guys who call/communicates with the families or friends of the kidnapped to ask for ransom money, in our case, this guy was dumb, he disclosed where they were and so the police showed up! We were looking for a tall person with dreadlocks and no visible beards.

  Character 2 : Lets call him "The Guard" This is the guy who keeps watch, looks over the victims, alerts his members incase something goes wrong. We were looking for someone with bald head and well kept beards. 

Character 2: Lets call him "The Guard" This is the guy who keeps watch, looks over the victims, alerts his members incase something goes wrong. We were looking for someone with bald head and well kept beards. 

  Character(s) 3 : Our poor souls here :( They are co-workers kidnapped as they were heading home from work.

Character(s) 3: Our poor souls here :( They are co-workers kidnapped as they were heading home from work.

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!

 It might seem cool on camera but the weather was so bad the octaboxes were all wet. We couldn't turn on the generator in the open.

It might seem cool on camera but the weather was so bad the octaboxes were all wet. We couldn't turn on the generator in the open.

 We asked the guy in blue to stand there so we could give the officer a sense of direction..thats the direction the "caller" dude was supposed to be running towards.

We asked the guy in blue to stand there so we could give the officer a sense of direction..thats the direction the "caller" dude was supposed to be running towards.

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. 

 POLICE!!! RUN!!!! Shooting the talents separately gives me ability to light them indipendetly and also concentrate on one action at a time, this guy was supposed to be in foreground in this scene, since the other dude was in the foreground in the first scene.

POLICE!!! RUN!!!! Shooting the talents separately gives me ability to light them indipendetly and also concentrate on one action at a time, this guy was supposed to be in foreground in this scene, since the other dude was in the foreground in the first scene.

Brief BTS Clip shot on phone.

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).

 The Team :) The Larger the team, the better the production. 

The Team :) The Larger the team, the better the production. 

 Glad to have been given a limited hardcopy version of the report, signed by Stephen Muteti, Head of Research at NCRC.

Glad to have been given a limited hardcopy version of the report, signed by Stephen Muteti, Head of Research at NCRC.

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.

PRODUCTION CREDITS;

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

TALENTS:

Cynthia Karingu,

Luke Makokha

Stephen Wafula

Anthony Njenga

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

 

Text By; @its_kamau