Social Films recently travelled to Hyderabad in central India to film vaccine production at Biological E. As you can read here, it was quite an experience covering such an interesting company.
Over the following week we crafted what was a strong edit - It was engaging, slick, and emphasised precision and scale. But it needed something extra, a third element to bring it up a notch. We thought some kind of abstract graphical motifs to cut to occasionally would work really nicely.
They say, in our industry, never work with children or animals. Well how about children of animals? After all, getting the chance to film orphan baby elephants is hard to refuse. Every year, IAG Cargo sends airline blankets to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, to be used to keep elephants warm during the cooler months. It’s not only essential work, but quite an intriguing story. We wanted to showcase this partnership in a very delicate, cinematic way.
Continuing our series of films for IAG Cargo, our next international shoot was to be in Kenya. Following on from the Boeing and Biological E films, the next company to be given the treatment was KHE - a vegetable farm close to Mt. Kenya which supplies produce for Tescos and Waitrose. We were on our way to see produce that, a few days later, would be sitting on your local supermarket shelf, still fresh.
This month has been bittersweet. On the one hand, we’ve bought an array of new kit, primarily the C200, which is a really exciting upgrade that I can’t wait to get the best out of. On the other hand, my beloved PMW-F3 has had it’s last professional shoot - and it’s made me sad.
I know I shouldn't get sentimental about cameras - they are only tools, after all - but there were so many things to love about this camera in particular. Such as…
I took the above photo 30,000ft above Canada, on our way to Washington state. A hundred years ago, it would have been impossible to achieve. Now, I can take this photo, have a sandwich, watch a film, and go to bed - all before touching the ground.
Human flight is a fascinating miracle of the modern world, so it was with great excitement that we were on our way to film at the factory where the very aircraft we were flying on would have been built; the Boeing Everett facility, in northern Seattle.
I’ve found that one of the best things about being in the film production industry is the chance to consistently be exposed to a whole range of slices of life, all around the world. This time was no exception. As part of our ongoing work with IAG Cargo, we were this time sent to India to document the amazing work of Biological E - a pharmaceutical company that produces over 2 billion vaccines every year. Once again, the Social Films team had the opportunity to experience a part of a unique industry that we’d rarely see otherwise.