Archive for May, 2008

The day before the last day

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Last day at work, leaving tomorrow.
It still is and was a hell of an experience, I will probably never forget those months working here in PSJ.
I have met so many interesting people and made new friends and I have leaned a hell of a lot.
South Africa is a weird country, there are things that I really hate, but also hate to love.
Port Saint Johns was my town for almost 4 months, did not meet a lot of locals except for Ethel my (our) Butcher. The stuff that she produce I will miss the most I think, thanks for that Ethel.
I will miss all the “drukkies” from Thea and I will miss telling Belia to talk loud an clear.
Actually I will miss life here, waking up in the morning and seeing beautiful birds, plants, views, etc.
I will miss all the dogs, but in return I will see Di again.
Stop moaning now I still have a day and I will enjoy it. We have a goodbye dinner at the wood ‘n spoon tonight, more later.

stay alive, watch Yethro

The Day After (the wrap party)

Friday, May 30th, 2008

A very long day yesterday, a normal day work that ended with a wrap party.
And a great party it was. Thea did her fillets again on the big fire at the Jungle Monkey.
We organized a slide show that played during the party. I had way to much to drink in so little time.
I was wearing a white T-shirt and took a permanent marker with me so everybody could write on me, which was fun.
I now have a shirt full of memories.
Jeremy and I left at 2:30

the famous hippy fireshow

Last day shooting

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

It is the very last day today and a big party tonight where everybody is looking forward to. Thea is cooking for more than 200 people her special braai, just 2 hours she said.
It is going to be a very long day I’m afraight, so more details later.

Ohh almost forgot, It’s Peter (the editor) Adams birthday today.
Happy Birthday Peter. 🙂
last day shooting

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Yep my last whole Sunday here in PSJ.
Almost 4 months of Wit Licht, time goes fast specially this week the last week. Last week we did some great stuff on visual effect, finally we got our top explosion shot.We ruined 2 of Jeremy’s blue screens but it was worth it.
2nd Unit is back again Craig, Alfie, Mariani and Neil working with DOP Peter “what does it cost” Belcher.
We picked up a lot of stuff in 1 day we have until wednesday, great fun.
I will travel back to Amsterdam the 1st of June,See you all soon.
almost touched the camera

Ethel rules

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Just for all of you who never tasted the meat from Ethel, it was incredible again.
This time in the presence of Ethel her self (next to Catrien).
Like I told everybody before a piece of meat straight on the hot coals is THE way to prepare it.
We had crayfish salad as an appetizer just great.
Well, back to work for just a couple of days 🙂

another picture with people eating

Cheers

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Catriens Pa arrived just before the weekend.
Sunday there was a soccer match organized by Dick Naastepad the head makeup guy from Holland.
He knows even less that me but he liked to watch the game, I was a bit bored as some of you will understand and left for a bite to eat.
The costume breakdown department had there hand full painting shirts with White Light on it, if they only had a screen press.(or call Hendrik – met Carebo :-))
I’m leaning shake at the moment, putting signs on places in the movie.
Lots of stuff to learn so little time, tonight we will have a famous Thea Braai (remember the hot coals) I’m looking forward to that.
Not a lot of stuff to say except that I’m A okay.

more champagne at Wettham Hill

Jungle fever

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Bad news and sorry to say,
My boss lost it completely.
Peter the medic thinks it must be Jungle fever.
I will try to talk some sense into him tonight, hope it will help! sorry Megan These things happen often in the Jungle.

Deer hunter style

Champagne

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Good news,
Catrien discovered a good alternative for champagne at the “Wettham Hill” Last Sunday we had 2 bottles with oude reypenaer.
The view is beautiful, see below. If everything goes according to plan we will WRAP at the 28th so I can leave this place at the 30th and will be home in June.
Funny how things change in the mind.
Two weeks ago I had a kind of home sick feeling, but now the end is near it switched! I’m so used to this place now that it feels a bit like home, but it will be all differed when everybody is gone I suppose.
We went from night shoot in the Jungle to day shoot, a place you can only reach by car if you have a 4X4. The road is very bad and takes 30 minutes to set. It is so remote that we use 2 Satellite dishes for internet en telephones, and when I am around those things everybody is clamping on to me, ‘please can you help me with….’
It’s fun and keeps me sharp for when I come back, I never see so many Mac’s on set, the few with a MS system you can count on 1 hand.
I’m still not used to the waiting part on set, it is so incredible boring I can not explain that in words. But on the other hand I had some other work to do. Christoph the assistant to Peter the editor (that made me the assistant to the assistant 🙂 was a bit behind with syncing sound to the footage that was scanned.
There is so much stuff coming in that he asked me if I could help, No problem of course, made a couple of mistakes but overall a good feeling he is uptodate right now.
Well back to work.
we love champagne

Another new camera

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Finally,
Today my old camera came to PSJ together with the rushes.
My new Leica looks very cool trying to photograph everybody now.
We are going to shoot in the jungle again today on an evening shoot, I will tryout my new camera.

Lynn Paulsen SA next topmodel

Happy Birthday

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

It is Saturday, 2 Birthdays today
Theo van de Sande (D.O.P.) and Wilfred van der Kluft (Best friend)
Happy Birthday to you both.
(picture left Theo and Jean right)

Theo on Left