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2023 REEL: EXTENDED CUT

Slightly longer cut of REEL 2023.


MURRIMO MACADAMIAS IN MOZAMBIQUE

Crookes farm macadamias in rural Mozambique.


Keeping Them Wild: Pt 2

Mountaineer and mom Jenn Drummond explores South Africa with her 2 kids.



AN OVERVIEW OF SILVERLANDS NAMIBIA

Silverstreet is an impact investor in Southern Africa. This film provides an insight into their Silverlands Namibia grape and date operations


AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ARAMBROOK BOUTIQUE HOTEL


SUMMER SNOW IN CAPE TOWN FOR NOKIA

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.


MY TIME COVERING THE BIRTH OF A NEW TYPE OF HUMAN: HOMO NALEDI

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.


DO DINOSAURS STILL EXIST? THE MAKING OF THE DINOSAUR PROJECT

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.


IN THE CREEPY FOOTSTEPS OF HITCHCOCK: SHOOTINGTHE GIRL

Interviewing Sienna Miller about the making of the HBO/BBC feature film ‘The Girl’. See the promo it was used in Part 1 here and Part 2 here. (Editing and additional interviews by HBO.)

CAPTAIN IGLO STEPS UP TO THE HELM

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.


OUT IN THE WINELANDS FOR GOOGLE DOCS

A look into how Google Apps has changed the way the Fairview Trust Wine and Cheese Estate does business.
Camera: Garrreth Bird

Produced by Glo Films

A VISUAL AUTOPSY OF THE MERMAID MYTH

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.


US POLO COMES ALIVE IN THE POOL!

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.



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ADVENTURE / ORIGINAL


WILL GADD ON SA ICE

Famed Canadian ice maestro blown away by African ice!


KEEPING THEM WILD: Pt 3

Mountaineer and mom Jenn Drummond explores South Africa with her 2 kids.


SLANGHOEK HIGHLINE: SHORT FILM

Alone in the middle of nowhere, waaay above the twisted valley floor.


WOODS N PEAKS - NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM/BUY!

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.


KEEPING THEM WILD: Pt 1


CRABTREE JAMBOREE: SHORT FILM

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


NEW ADVENTURE CINEMATOGRAPHY REEL!

A punchy little collection of more recent stuff i’ve shot that tends towards the wild side. Sound on and up!


LOCKDOWN LOVE LETTER: A VISUAL LOVE LETTER REFLECTING THE DESIRE TO RETURN TO THE OUTDOOR PLACES WE LOVE

A visual Love Letter reflecting the desire to return to the outdoor places we love


LEAPS FROM A KILOMETER ABOVE CAPE TOWN

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!


WILD TIMES SHOOTING CLIMBING LEGEND ALEX HONNOLD IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

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.


BREAKING WIND ON THE LION

A rather fresh stroll up Lions Head in some ‘near gale’ conditions, requiring some unusual walking techniques!


MATT BUSH ON THE HARDEST ROCK CLIMB IN SOUTH AFRICA: MAZAWATEE

A film of Matt Bush working the hardest rock climb in South Africa.


DOES A HIVE MIND BRING WAR OR PEACE?

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

A recent article on related matters.

DANCING UP THE CHOPPING BLOCK

The opening ascent of a new route on Turret Peak in the Western Cape, South Africa!


ROCK CLIMBING ON CAPE TOWN’S TABLE MOUNTAIN

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


HORSE CARTS AND SCRAP COLLECTING ON THE CAPE FLATS

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.



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