The countdown has begun!!!

With our arrival date rapidly approaching I thought I would use a blog to keep you updated on the project. Promise I won’t inundate you with updates though!

It looks like our arrival date in Kenya will be around the 20th of January. We haven’t locked it all down yet because we are still busy completing all the necessary paperwork and organising the logistics of it all. We will be (gulp!) booking tickets in the next week though!

There have been alot of ups and downs for us so far. Financially, we’ve had some great support from friends and family. We cannot really express how much we appreciate their support…it is truly fantastic. We are still looking for sponsors for the project so if you or anyone you know might be interested in sponsoring the project please get in touch. We have a very small budget so even $50 to $100 makes a big difference. On the downside for awhile it was looking very positive that an airline was going to offer us free flights but then our contact just stopped returning our emails about a month ago. No explanation and we haven’t been able to get a hold of him on the phone. Very strange. We’ve also been rejected by about ten funding bodies, which really does suck but in this industry is just part of the process. On the plus side between Diego, Christian and myself we have worked very hard at reducing all our costs (insurance, equipment, accommdation etc.) and are, little by little, chipping away at our budget.


Some interesting stuff, Diego has busy working on lighting solutions for filming. This has been a challenge because we can’t bring the lighting and it would cost us a fortune to rent lights in Kenya.

Plus we are going to be filming in a slum so won’t have electricity readily available. Diego has been busy Macguyvering and has come up with these great portable lights.


They resemble the lights you see hanging in mechanics garages but run off small camera batteries. Each light has 15w of power and it’s powered on a 12v battery.  Each battery has 1.3 amps and a light can last up to 45 minutes on a battery. I think they are going to be very useful when we are shooting.

In all honesty all three of us are getting a bit tired of the organisation and the logistics of it all. There is always something to do, some email to send and someone to call…it never ends. We are looking forward to touching down in Nairobi, getting out the camera and shooting something!!

Thanks for your support. Wish us luck and we’ll keep you updated…


One response

  1. Alexandra Howard

    just a quick note of encouragement to you, riyad and the team. wishing you the best of luck on the trip – all the organizing & detailing will pay off once you re-familiarize yourself with just how basic everything is over there 🙂 keep us posted on your progress, all v. exciting and worthwhile. hope to speak soon riyad. alex

    January 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm

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