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Hanging Plants

5 March 2013

Background: People are keen to learn how to do things themselves, and Green Renaissance wants to help inspire people to do this. As a result, we decided to produce a series of short DIY clips – here is the latest in this series. We love the idea of ‘hanging plants’ – taking an ordinary pot plant and suspending it from a ceiling or high beam using string. We found Marissa from Opus Studios – http://www.opusstudio.co.za/ , who makes beautiful hanging plants in Cape Town. We spend two hours filming with her, getting a better idea of what goes into making these works of art.

Camera Used:Nikon D800 DSLR

Lenses:
– Nikkor 50mm
-Nikkor 35mm

Memory Card: Lexar Professional

To buy any of these beautiful hanging plants go to – http://www.opusstudio.co.za/

Tip/Trick: Often when working on a pro-bono project, it is difficult to film with characters during typical office hours. As Marissa was very busy, we convinced her to film with us after hours, from 5pm and 7pm. We made use of mostly natural light, and positioned the filming near big open windows to maximise this. Get creative – you don’t need to bring a long list of props with you. We used what was available to us in Marissas studio – improvise.

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Save the Sharks, Save the Ocean, Save Humanity

4 March 2013

Human life is not possible without the ocean. The ocean is dying.

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Bicycled – A bike made out of cars

26 February 2013

Cars are convenient but their overall impact is taxing to the earth and all living organisms. But recycling and ‘down-cycling’ old car parts into the most efficient, ecological and healthy means of transportation is a step up.

 

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GoPro Behind the Scenes with Green Renaissance Filming for WWF

23 February 2013

On a recent job for WWF, the Green Renaissance team were asked to capture the moving of Black Rhinos for the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. GoPro kindly loaned the Green Renaissance team a few sets of cameras for this project and this allowed us to get some unique footage.

Ordinarily the Green Renaissance team films on Nikon DSLR cameras, but when necessary we use GoPros to get images we ordinarily could not get.
Thank you GoPro and Nikon for your support.

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Surrender to Swimming

22 February 2013

While driving along the road as the sun was rising, we noticed how many people were taking an early morning swim in tidal pools. We wanted to capture this idea, hoping to inspire others to go out and explore the many tidal pools across our beautiful coastline.

Film Tip/Trick: We adopted a voyeuristic approach, filming people just going about their daily life. For this, we made use of long lenses (200-400mm), keeping our distance and allowing authentic images to be captured. Unlike our other films, we decided not to focus on a single character to tell the story, but rather chose a piece of music whose lyrics and tempo matched the mood and feeling of our images.

Camera: Nikon D800 DSLR
Lenses:
Nikkor 200-400mm
Nikkor 50mm
Nikkor 14-24mm
Memory Card: Lexar Professional

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The Collector

21 February 2013

While browsing for old Nikon lenses in antique stores in Long StreetGreen Renaissance met The Collector – a man with a real passion for cameras. He has built up a collection of more than 1000 cameras over the years. We were lucky enough for him to invite us to his home (not open to the public) to view his impressive collection. He reaffirmed how important it is to do what you love.

Film Tip/Trick: Always be prepared to film – in this case, upon meeting him, we went directly to his home to spend two hours filming. Also, when interviewing, purposefully create pauses between your questions – this allows you to capture the awkward, real moments that occur between answers from your character.

CAMERA USED
Nikon D800 DSLR

LENSES
Nikkor 85mm AF0S f/1.4G
Nikkor 50mm AF-S f/1.4G
Nikkor 35mm AF-S f/1.4G

MEMORY CARD
Lexar Professional

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Find Love in Nature

20 February 2013

Change your perspective. Open yourself to the beauty of nature. Fall in love.

Film Tip/Trick: Green Renaissance spent an afternoon experimenting with bokeh videography. Bokeh is the blur, or aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image. We cut heart shapes out of a piece of black plastic sheet and cardboard, and played around with placing this either on the front or back element of the lens. We found that placing the cut out heart shape on the back element allowed for a sharper image. The result is that any out of focus elements read as hearts.

Camera Used: Nikon D800 DSLR

Lenses:
Nikkor 85mm AF0S f/1.4G
Nikkor 50mm AF-S f/1.4G
Nikkor 35mm AF-S f/1.4G

Memory Card: Lexar Professional

To purchase this camera equipment in South Africa used go to – ormsdirect.co.za/

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Real Vitamin Water in a Jar

11 February 2013

Background: Another in the Green Renaissance DIY series – this film shows us how to make flavored water in a jar at home, using seasonal fruits. It’s so much better than buying Vitamin water in shops.

Inspired by theyummylife.com/

CAMERA USED:
Nikon D800 DSLR

LENSES:
Nikkor 85mm AF0S f/1.4G
Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.4G
Nikkor 35mm AF-S f/1.4G

MEMORY CARD
Lexar Professional

LIGHTING
Breezer 100 Light courtesy of sunshinecompany.co.za

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Home Made Berry Smoothie

8 February 2013

Home Made Berry Smoothie

Background: Another in the Green Renaissance DIY series – this film shows us how to make delicious berry smoothies at home, using seasonal fruits. Eat local. Eat what’s in season. Your taste buds will love it.

Film Tip/Trick:

We made use of many top shots, giving the perspective of being inside the blender. Before flipping the “on” switch, you want to make sure that it is safe to place your lens above a high speed blender filled with food and liquids. Prior to filming, we covered the top of the blender with clingwrap and played around with speed settings. This allowed us to find the perfect speed which still gave us great movement inside the blender, but was safe for the lens too, avoiding any food splatters from bouncing up at the lens.

Inspiration from – theyummylife.com

CAMERA USED:
Nikon D800 DSLR

LENSES:
Nikkor 85mm AF0S f/1.4G
Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.4G
Nikkor 35mm AF-S f/1.4G

MEMORY CARD
Lexar Professional

LIGHTING
Breezer 100 Light courtesy of sunshinecompany.co.za

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The Obsession – Bottle Digger

8 February 2013

Background:

Here at Green Renaissance, we are intrigued by those who find value in what others perceive as junk. We met Dale, the Bottle Digger, at a local market and spent a morning with him, digging for bottles at some of his secret spots, and exploring his vast collection. We have become a wasteful society, and it makes us wonder what we throw away today, future generations will find value in tomorrow.

 

Film Tip/Trick: We only had limited time with our character, so we had to shoot quickly. But at the same time, patience is key – while you do need to capture the beautiful images, you don’t want to rush the character because you risk having them lose their natural style and performance which is so important in creating an intimate, authentic feel. Often you get real moments when you just leave the camera rolling between question sessions.

To contact Dale and buy his bottles e-mail him at – dalesbottles@gmail.com

CAMERA USED:
Nikon D800 DSLR

LENSES:
Nikkor 85mm AF0S f/1.4G
Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.4G
Nikkor 35mm AF-S f/1.4G

MEMORY CARD
Lexar Professional

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant

25 January 2013

Shams 1” the single largest concentrating solar plant in the world, harnessing the abundance of the sun in Abu Dhabi.

 

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Baby Elephant Rescued

24 January 2013

A baby elephant falls into a well and gets rescued. Watch until the end. It’s a heartwarming moment that will surely spark a little emotion.

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Transforming Apartment

23 January 2013

Having less doesn’t make you less. In fact, it gives you more freedom. Take a look at how treehugger.com founder Graham Hill designed his 350 square foot apartment. The simple life.

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Escape for Nature

22 January 2013

Once and again don’t be afraid to call in sick. Then do what you love and do it out in nature.

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Chasing Ice – Dangerously breathtaking

21 January 2013

The makers of this film tackled a unique and daunting task of putting out 25 nikon cameras, in extreme conditions, that would take one photo per hour for as long as it was daylight. The result? Variety calls it “visually breathing” and the film has continued to gardner numerous awards.

Chasing Ice is from the producer of the Academy Award winning film The Cove. It’s obsessive team produced images that will blow your mind and hopefully inspire some reflexive thought. 

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Your T-Shirt Can Make a Difference

18 January 2013

Did you know that the t-shirt on your back has a major impact on the planet? Producing it took 2,700 liters of water, plus it takes a lot of energy to get it from the cotton fields to your closet. But some of your t-shirt’s biggest impacts are in how you care for it. Here’s how you can help reduce its effect on the environment.

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WaterForward – how it works

17 January 2013

Water is one of the most fundamental necessities yet there’s almost 1 billion people without drinking water.

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Ashes and Snow

16 January 2013

“Extraordinary moments of contact between people and animals.”

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Detox Fashion

15 January 2013

What is the effect of fashion on our planet? Consumerism drives chemical waste and environmental degradation.

This anime theatrical trailer-styled short drives the point home.

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A Discovery of Tomatoes

23 December 2012

Green Renaissance recently spent half an hour with Frikkie as he explains just why he is so passionate about tomatoes.

CAMERA USED:
Nikon D800 DSLR

LENSES:
Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.4G

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