7m55sec: Crazy Caleb runs through the night from a roaring male Lion
Caleb stumbles across the Lion pride at night, then flees with the alpha male in hot pursuit roaring. Getting off the filming vehicle at night close to these lions is impossible. We first positioned the filming vehicle slightly downhill from the lions, then Caleb positioned himself away from the vertical poles of the vehicles canopy. Cameraman Jon Michael then composed his picture to include only Caleb and the Lions, easy. After the two shots were captured, we drove well away (to the Lion free north), hopped out and did the entire chase scene in a safe place. Placing the lion roaring throughout the entire scene (in post production) disguises the change in location.
9m21sec: Crazy Caleb films Bush Pigs feeding on carcass at night
Yes, Bush Pigs are highly dangerous and also very cautious of humans! So we needed a safe way to film them feeding on a Impala carcass at night. The best way was to set up a camera trap and leave it over night. Also we did not want Lions blundering into the shot. Schotia Reserve is split in two, we ensured the carcass was in the northern section of the reserve where no lions existed, thus making it probable that we would film a Bush pig (or Brown Hyena).
Well, these are a few of the secrets that we used to ‘bump up’ the action and danger aspects of this film, in a safe and responsible manner. Over the next few months we will expose many more of the little tricks our students use to produce their wildlife films. Hopefully a few of these will come in useful for your film-making in the future! And as Crazy Caleb would say – stay crazy!