shooting in Africa
Posted 12 May 2008 - 04:58 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 05:39 PM
Edited by James Compton, 12 May 2008 - 05:40 PM.
Posted 13 May 2008 - 09:31 AM
Posted 19 May 2008 - 10:10 AM
I live and work in Uganda, travel with large amounts of equipment a lot in the region and have done so for the past 6 years. We only have issues if travelling with a big crew and a lot of gear (10+ Pelican cases). I have never been hit up for a bribe and have never used a carnet as there are few customs officials here that are aware of the ATA carnet system. Generally a smile and some good manners help. Remember that accountability and anti-corruption procedures are being pushed throughout Africa and customs officials at the airport are very visible, thus are not likely to try anything.
Two things that might help you allay your clients fears and your own...
Judging by the subject matter you will be working within the health system and/or with organizations that would be able to write you an official letter explaining why you are bringing the equipment in.
If you are only bringing a DVX and a few lights then say you are a tourist coming to video gorillas in Bwindi. So many people come through Entebbe with huge amounts of expensive camera gear so it is completely feasible.
Posted 24 May 2008 - 08:33 PM
Shouldn't be a problem. I am actually heading over to Kitgum to film a doc in July. It might be helpful for you to get a letter from the Uganda High Commission in your country. That is what I am in the process of doing.
Posted 26 May 2008 - 11:16 AM
I am a South African 1st Ac who has shot in various African countries travelling out of South Africa.
In My experience do the following.
1. Get a letter from the Ugandan consolate in your country stating what and where you are going to shoot.
2. Get you production company tro draw up a carnet... this helps with insurance and any confusion at arrivals and customs.
3. Be as friendly as possible and stay away from "bribes" ( Africans have a huge interest in film making and often will be greatful if you inform them as to what you are doing in their country.
4. Trea t these people with respect, after all its their country.