In Rwanda

I only have a few moments: I’m on a cell data connection, routed through Windows onto my Mac… and it’s way past my bedtime.

We’ve made it to Rwanda, along with all of our gear. Day One started with a bang: rather than a planned easy shooting schedule to ease us into a new system and time-zone, a key interview with our main character, Nicholas, had to take place today because of scheduling issues. Though rain kept us from part of our day, we were able to get some great material with him at the Wellspring Academy and in the Village of Hope.

We’ve run into several issues with our hot-off-the-press RED camera. On-camera audio is giving us trouble, as is one of the cards that the footage is recorded to. Despite the hangups, I’m extremely proud of Lyn & Jesse and what we’ve accomplished together: hot off a plane, we’ve wrestled an unfamiliar, untested gaggle of gear into an elegant image system. And it shoots incredible images. Here’s a sample frame, shot up the hill from the compound where we’re staying. This is a compressed single-frame JPEG, but even then, take a look at the incredible detail and the beautifully smooth tones… and then imagine them in motion on a very large screen.

Rwanda 2008: First RED Shot

Everyone else has been out for a few hours already, so I need to sign off. We’re gathering in the AM to plan out our next two weeks. Tomorrow should be more relaxed… if all goes well I will post some pictures and more info on what we’re doing here.

4 Comments

  1. Posted January 14, 2008 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    The high level of detail on the leaves is incredible!

  2. David
    Posted January 14, 2008 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    WOW!! Just like Kelly said the detail is incredible! Good Luck the rest of the way!!

  3. Posted January 15, 2008 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    Phew! Glad to hear the gear made it. Seriously, if I were you, I don’t know if I could concentrate on the flight knowing that my HDs, etc may be lost and that my carry-on is over weight ;)

    Anyway, we’re still thinking of you guys. Audio aside, glad to see the Red is living up to expectations (even in JPEG).

  4. Posted January 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Great pic Trev! It’s exciting to hear that you’re back in Rwanda, and I’m really interested in seeing the finished product someday…anyway that can happen in the NE United States?? Take care, best wishes on this project, and most of all have a good time with the people there!