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The movie that changed my life

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Rosestreet 30=
After more than a year when we started shooting on Black Butterflies it will premiere here in Cape Town.
I must say I’m very excited about that.
This movie has changed my life quite a bit. I still remember landing on Cape Town airport the first time not knowing what would happen.
It was a warm welcome, my friend RC was waiting for me with Carice in the hall, they searched my bags so I was last to come out.
That night we had a great meal at Kleine Zaltze, a meal that was a start for a very hectic journey.
first I thought that I would never leave Zaandam, that I never would have kids, or get married.
So never say never is my new line at the moment.
Black Butterflies was an amazing project almost like Wit Licht, everyone who worked on that movie I still meet and speak.
I made new friends and learned a lot in the process. I found my new home and partner.
Things are going good here in Cape Town, and with the help of my friends it’s getting even a bit to easy.
I just Love Cape Town. Thank you to all who made that possible.

Last week in Cape Town

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Duck you sucker=
Time flies when your having fun.
This is my last week here in the Bo-Kaap. Met a lot of very interesting people and made a lot of new friends.
I’m very curious how my trip back will be, I have the shivers already. It will be hard to leave this all behind, but I’m a big boy and just let it all happen.

The man who drunk the world

Monday, July 19th, 2010

@Caveau reading a book=
As everyone knows I’m not a big reader and that’s an understatement. Sometimes though I have a certain craving to read. I really does not happen often. My friend RC was reading this book by restaurant critic Jay Rayner “The man who ate the world” and was very positive about it. I had to read it.
I read slow, but like my last book from Anthony Bourdain “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” this one reads like a MF.
In no time I traveled from Las Vegas to Moscow to Dubai and arrived Sunday in Tokyo.
It’s a damn fun book.
Anyway I think I discovered something, If I read I drink, and that keeps me away from distraction. So I read faster and more, the best part is I even remember.

Anyway count down has started overseas, I get a lot of when are you coming back mails. I even got a complaint to stop moaning and come back home “ouwe zeurpiet” I was not even aware that if someone’s happy categorizes as moaning ;-).

The last days was incredible here in CT, the weather is like our spring, only better, whoops here I start again. Sitting on a terrace this weekend reading my book with a nice glass of Bubbles, what else do you need?
Still like that song from the Clash Catrien 🙂
I can not wait to see Siena, a new born creature at the Gorehounds.

August 10

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Grand Beach Bird=
Almost Time to go, yes Ari more melodramatic stuff on my blog.
I left Holland at the 21st of February it’s now the 14th of July, almost 5 months of pure bliss for me. Not that I want to go to say at least but I have to. (August 10)
Black Butterflies is an incredible project, met a lot of new friends and old Wit Licht friends. And I fell in love with Cape Town, what a beautiful city I like it here a lot.
The people here are much less grumpy and are much more positive than in Holland. Where in Holland it’s always someone els his fault that stuff is going wrong, To hot To Cold, etc. Here people are living on the street and try to make the best out of it, not that they enjoy it, it bloody cold at the moment.
People are proud on their country for the right reason, not because they are bad soccer players but that a country like South Africa did a damn good job for this bull shit fifa games.
After Bafana Bafana lost the competition, all South Africans kept waving their national flag, most of the time in combination of their favorite other country.
Lets try that in Holland, NO CHANCE IN HELL.
The Dutch fake patriotism is one I will never understand that’s exactly why Holland is in the shit at the moment with that bullshit government.
Thank you Holland supporters.
That the Dutch are known for fuckin things up is no secret, but seeing that from the other side of the world is painfull.
Should I stay or Should I go?

New WordPress

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Nice Shiraz=
Not that anyone will notice, Just installed WordPress V3. Looks and works better on the back of this website look will stay the same though.
Just Another month and I’m done here, fingers crossed.
And then? Only time will tell.
Anyway the food is good here, we roasted a pork belly the other day (yes again) and we drunk some of this nice unlabeled Shiraz with it.
The good life, almost getting used to it.

Four Months

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Smuggling Castle Milk Stout out of Mzolis=
Then I woke up 4 months later and it did not even feel that long.
It must be the ease and atmosphere that Cape Town has. I feel very much at home here, not a very nice thing to say for friends and family or to Anet.
For example the photo taken here by Vuyi Qubeka (you don’t believe how that sound like if she pronounces it) is taken at Mzoli’s in a town ship near Cape Town. A bit of a tourist trap on the wrong day but we where there at a soccer game Ghana vs I forgot.
You buy some beers order some meat relax and when the TV goes of the music goes on and everybody starts to Dance.
And I’m not kidding on the word EVERYBODY.
Yesterday was out first day of delivery everybody’s happy, the show goes on, the beat goes on.

Smuggling Herring into Cape Town

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Vers van het mes in Kaapstad=
It worked, RC went for a little trip to Holland and came in on the day the “Hollandse Nieuwe” came on the market. Everybody knows what it is, but the fresh new once are always a treat. Some like the older versions better but now we are part of Europe it makes no difference any more. All Herring must be brined and then frozen.
Maybe it will work a bit but not as in the old days that the herring gets softer and softer.
For me it’s weird, until a couple of years ago I was not that much of a herring fan but as struck by lightning I all of a sudden loved the little devil.
I never liked the little bones that much and still can put me off if the herring is not cleaned well.
This herring came from Hoorn, Wormsbecher Vishandel they have the biggest herrings in the area.
Enough about Smuggling herring.
This is our last week for our first deadline.
Today is a public holiday but I’m here. where’s the rest of the gang, they probably have to make some overtime this week, when I’m sitting on a terrace drinking wine.

First version delivery

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

condor Cape Town=
A bit of pressure on the project.
As planned we have to deliver a first version of all VFX and the cut of the project on the 21st of June.
Yes June that is this month [fergcorp_cdt_single date=”21-06-2010″]
But I’m sure we will have no problem to make it.
Anyway, everyone asks what do you do at night, I’m reading a lot for my standards, not that I enjoy it but I think I have to.
I watch documentaries and spent time with friends.
Not so much going on around here, it’s raining, WINTER, nice like spring in Holland and it’s post production time, doing the same thing for a 1000 times till it’s right, like study piano before the concert.
After the 21st we go in fine tune mode make it better make it nice.

Winter in Heaven

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Making Kibbeling from Yellow Tail=
Post-production is not something to write about.
Not so much is happening except for the additional hardware failure, and human fuckups.
It’s winter at the moment in Cape Town everybody is wearing winter jackets and shawls and even gloves.
I’m going to work on my flip flops and my white T and shorts, IT’S 25 DEGREES GUYS.

But you don’t hear me complaining, I love this kind of weather.
So now and then I try to cook something @ RC’s kitchen, like Yellowtail kibbeling (nuggets) on Anet’s goodbye party the other day.
And then I go and see some movies as I did Sunday. Seen Shutter Island, BORING! Martin Scorsese your getting old find another job, two and a half hours of boredom from a script that I can do in 10 minutes. Not with that same actor who only had one face with every expression.
OK, enough about that.
Did everybody read the news that Dennis Hopper died? He must be in the same place as Frank Zappa (underground)!
Sad news on a beautiful day.
Adios Amigos.

Still alive

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Just another RC creation=
Ja daar ben ik weer.
View people were worried, everything is OK here. Just Working my white ass off.
At night most of the time a nice creation from our friend RC. Lunch is sushi most of the time, or a guy from Condor Cape Town cooks us a nice one.
Working on the Amsterdam restaurant scene at the moment in 4K lots of rendering. 4K DPX files are very hard to work with so we convert them to EXR first. I’m not going to explain what the hell that means. Who is really interested can find it on internet 😉
Anet is safe as well some thought she was on that crashing plane but no she was here for more than a week flying with KLM.
Did I forgot to tell that the wine is incredible here? Yesterday we had a Pinotage from Diemersfontijn koffie, leather, chocolate very rich then we drink a magnum of Haute Medoc very light but very good for a French wine. This was the first time RC en I drunk a non SA wine. very cheap at the Spar so we going to buy all there stock.

So no worries were doing fine, almost weekend and ready for a trip to Stellenbosch and Saturday we eat at Terroir, almost sound like Terror so I’m game.