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#1 Matt Workman

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 08:11 PM

Hi,

I am doing some research into shooting a feature in Kenya. The director and producer are taking care of most of the production research but I want to know more from a DP's view.

I have read about the country's history and recently about the flim commision.
http://www.artmatters.info/comm.htm

Has anyone shot in Kenya, or Africa? I have found several production companies and we are likely to work with one of them, not my call.

Notably Pontact Production who produced "No Where in Africa."
http://www.locationkenya.com/

Is the power/voltage 120v or 220v? I hear there are some crews, locations offices, etc. Has anyone worked with a particular one?

Thanks, hopefully someone has some experience in this area.

Matt
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Posted 11 August 2006 - 08:30 PM

Is the power/voltage 120v or 220v? I hear there are some crews, locations offices, etc.

Matt



See page 516 of Set Lighting Technician's Handbook for Power info on Kenya. There's an Appendix titled "Power and Television Systems Throughout the World".

Says Kenya is PAL with 50Hz line frequency and a line voltage of 240V/415V. Main languages there are Swahili and English.

I think you should take your gaffer with you. Being a grip myself I want to advise you to take your Key Grip with you also. Most people opt to just take the gaffer though. On the big shows you bring them both. It's really helpful! You should at least bring your Gaffer.

This could be one of the greatest experiences of your life...or the worst.

Have a great time!

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#3 Matt Workman

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 09:03 PM

Its a small feature, just in a big place.

We can't afford to bring a gaffer, we are hiring local and working with a production company. I plan on being up to date way before we shoot, I'm just looking for any information you guys can provide.
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#4 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 05:06 PM

https://www.cia.gov/...ok/geos/ke.html
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#5 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 05:56 PM

https://www.cia.gov/...ok/geos/ke.html


I haven't shot there for a while, but they shoot 35mm commercials and had an experienced gaffer (British when I was on a shoot) and local camera assistants.
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