Slightly longer cut of REEL 2023.
Silverstreet is an impact investor in Southern Africa. This film provides an insight into their Silverlands Namibia grape and date operations
Toboggans in the heat! A look at the creation of a commercial for Nokia’s X smartphone, which includes its new Fastlane operating system feature. The ad involves a one-of-a-kind sled race through the vibrant streets of a sweltering Cape Town.
As I filmed a new branch was added to the human family tree. Shooting far below the surface of the earth as a group of scientists unearthed what would soon be named “Homo Naledi”, a discovery that would go on to make waves around the world. The feature documentary “Dawn of Humanity” that I was shooting for has been nominated for an Emmy award.
Material associated with this shoot appeared in many places on the National Geographic website and featured heavily in the tablet edition of the October 2015 magazine. It was a huge story, and when it broke this material featured on news sites all around the world.
An excerpt from ‘The Evolution of the Dinosaur Project’, a featurette that appears on the DVD and BluRay releases of the film ‘The Dinosaur Project’.
The Dinosaur Project is the ‘found footage’ story of a group of adventurers heading into the Congolese jungle to investigate the myth that prehistoric animals remain undiscovered in its impenetrable interior. We follow them through footage they shoot and the cameras they attach to themselves as a documentary crew tags along. The team manage to attach a camera to one of the creatures they discover…before further startling revelations turn the trip towards tragedy.
The famous Captain Iglo (the brand is called Bird’s Eye in the UK) makes a return as a brand ambassador in Iglo’s new commercials. Gone are the fantastical touches and he has been reinvented in a more realist mould.
A look into how Google Apps has changed the way the Fairview Trust Wine and Cheese Estate does business.
Camera: Garrreth Bird
Another clip from ‘Mermythology’, the ‘Making of’ featurette that appears on the DVD of the Animal Planet feature film ‘Mermaids’. In this clip we hear about some of the eerie visual decisions made for the look of the film.
Excerpts from behind the scenes of a US Polo stills campaign.
Another sequence from the ‘Behind the Scenes’ featurette that will accompany the Mermaids feature film DVD, showing what had to be done to achieve a key scene despite inclement weather conditions.
Alone in the middle of nowhere, waaay above the twisted valley floor.
20 years ago Bobby Woods pulled off a dramatic feat of endurance - climbing 3 of the Western Cape’s sheerest peaks within 24 hours, without equipment, and alone.
The unearthing of a film about the undertaking inspires 2 of today’s local mountain hot-shots to step up and investigate modern speed-climbing techniques to see if the 20 year-old challenge is really as monumental as it sounds.
At what age should one stop climbing hard? “NEVER EVER STOP!” says Colin Crabtree, and it seems to be working for him!
Featuring Colin Crabtree and Elle Pelser
A punchy little collection of more recent stuff i’ve shot that tends towards the wild side. Sound on and up!
A visual Love Letter reflecting the desire to return to the outdoor places we love
The scenery is great, but the idea… maybe not so much?!!
These nutsos decides to fling themselves off the side of Table Mountain, a kilometer above Cape Town. Fresh shorts please!
Strapped to the side of Southern Africa’s wildest cliff faces, filming probably the most famous rock climber in the world as he toured the region. A large dose of adventure! Full film available to rent/buy on Vimeo.
A rather fresh stroll up Lions Head in some ‘near gale’ conditions, requiring some unusual walking techniques!
A film of Matt Bush working the hardest rock climb in South Africa.
Can we create institutions that act as the conscience of humanity? A short experimental film that ponders whether we do enough to protect ourselves from the base instincts of our own species. Best watched with the volume turned up!
Direction, camera, edit, produced: Garrreth Bird
Music: The Young Gods
The opening ascent of a new route on Turret Peak in the Western Cape, South Africa!
A teaser for a proposed documentary about rock climbing and its history on Table Mountain, recently declared a ‘Natural Wonder of the World’, in Cape Town, South Africa. 130 000 views
On the Cape flats the Holloways continue the family tradition of using their horse cart to make a living from scrap and waste. This film screened as part of the ‘My Town’ section of the Encounters International Documentary Festival, and is an excerpt from 33 YEARS, a 20 minute documentary.