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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.


BEHIND THE MODERN MERMAID MYTH ON SOUTHERN AFRICA’S SHORES

‘Mermythology’ is the ‘Making of’ featurette that appears on the DVD of the Animal Planet feature film ‘Mermaids: The Body Found’.

The ‘Making of’ mimics the narrative line of the feature film, a conspiracy mystery/ scientific procedural that lies somewhere between fact and fiction, drama and documentary. This clip is the intro.


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.


THIS PSA USES SCI-FI AND CGI TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HEROIN’S DANGERS

This commercial for the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre takles the soul-destroying power of heroin. There is a slow but persistent increase in usage of the drug among South Africa’s youth. The film was made by swapping a budget for commitment and favours from cool people, and a lot of tight FX work from Adrian. It was a Vuka! awards finalist, winning the best animation award, was nominated for two Loerie awards, and featured on the prestigious ‘Shots’ website.

Director, Edit: Garrreth Bird
VFX Director: Adrian Bergoff
DOP: Dave Aenmay; Justin Youens
Sound Design by Hey Papa Legend
Produced by Filament Film


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.


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.


LUXURIATING IN FERRERO ROCHER CHOCOLATE ON A CAPE TOWN COMMERCIAL SET

Ferrero Rocher is paying more attention to the South African luxury chocolate market with a dedicated commercial. A tasty trip to the Ambassadors pad.


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.


A film of the awesome 2012 K-Way 3 Peaks Challenge trail run, this year won by Andre Calitz in record time. The race summits all of the mountains surrounding Cape Town and includes nearly 3000 meters of altitude gain over its 50 km course.


A glimpse behind the boxing segment of a commercial for an international bank



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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.


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.


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.


THE KIA SOUL DANCES AROUND CAPE TOWN BEFORE THE SOCCER WORLD CUP

With the Soccer World Cup looming again, I was reminded of this film I made for Kia before the last event in South Africa… A peek behind the scenes of the commercial for the Kia Soul. During the World Cup the spot was on heavy rotation both in South Africa and in many other countries around the world.


BEST SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT FILMWINNER FACE VALUE

A short film about the ebbs and flows of an almost invisible security guard. Although I have matured considerably as a filmmaker since this was made, the film has its fans, having screened around South Africa and in the United States, and was awarded ‘Best Professional South African Short’ at the 2006 Apollo Film Festival. Writen, directed, produced, edited by Garrreth Bird
Camera by Michael Cleary
Music by Ben Amato
Featuring:
Phiko Magongoma
Terry Norton
Linki Tengeni
Floyd Dewaal


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


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 documentry.


MATT ON THE HARDEST ROCK CLIMB IN SOUTH AFRICA: MAZAWATEE

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


MUSIC VIDEO FOR CAPE TOWN’S HOG HOGGIDY HOG

A Music Video For Hog Hoggidy Hog’s track ‘Sherry Ann’, made concurently with the PSA above. The video spent numerous weeks at the number one spot on music channel MK89’s video charts and was playlisted by MTV Brazil. Nomminated for ‘Best Animation’ at the 2011 MK89 Music Video Awards.
Director, Edit: Garrreth Bird
VFX Director: Adrian Bergoff
DOP: Dave Aenmay; Justin Youens
Produced by Filament Film


ONE OF THE MARCHES AGAINST THE SECRECY BILL LEGISLATION

The Right2Know march in Cape Town to protest the Protection of Information Bill, otherwise known as the Secrecy Bill, on 27 October 2010, and the meeting in parliament of the Ad Hoc committee on the Protection of Information Bill that followed 2 days later. This film appeared on the Mail & Guardians website. It remains to be seen what direction the passage of the Bill will take through parliament.
Camera, edit: Garrreth Bird


Short excerpts from a student educational film illustrating a few of the possible careers available in Nature Conservation.



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