In August last year my mum turned sixty. To celebrate, a whole bunch of us joined her on a two week trip to the Northern Cape. We made a nostalgic return to the incredible Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, swung through Namaqualand to experience the psychadelics of the Spring bloom, and ended the trip in the dramatic Ais-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

Seeing as we were hauling a Nikon D600 along, which is capable of shooting pretty decent HD video, we decided to try and document the trip in a little film. We literally had no idea what we were doing to begin with, but we started to figure a few things out along the way. Many great photo opportunities were lost as we diligently stuck to our plan of filming as much as possible, and by the time we got back to Jo’burg we had filled an entire hard drive.

That’s when we discovered that filming is the easy part. The thought of teaching ourselves how to use editing software and then sifting through hundreds of gigs worth of footage was rather daunting. So much so that it all just sat collecting dust for an entire year. A couple weeks before my mum’s birthday this year, we decided it was now or never (amazing what a deadline can do). We downloaded a trial of Adobe Premiere, watched a few YouTube tutorials, and a couple weeks later we had managed to hack 3 little films together. They’re super amateur, but it’s been a great learning experience and we’re definitely going to try do more of this on future trips. Move over, Spielberg.

P.S. Don’t let our last blog post put you off – the Northern Cape is an incredible part of the country. We’re already planning a trip back.

Music Credits:

Part i: Feist – I feel It All

Part ii: Sylvan Esso – Come Down

Part iii: Agnes Obel – Brother Sparrow


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