Behind-the-Scenes

A fun look at the experience of shooting Tall as the Baobab Tree (Grand comme le Baobab):

(Spoiler alert: the goat was eaten)

With multiple cameras rolling at all times, Tall as the Baobab Tree uses the latest HDSLR technology with a Canon 5D and 7D and sound recorded using a Zoom recorder. Partnering with Wide Open Camera, our gear sponsors include Canon, Zeiss, Birns & Sawyer, Kessler, Marshall, Ikan, Switronix, Zacuto, and Jag35.

The results are stunning, displaying a natural style that elegantly shows off the beauty of rural Senegal and organically captures the natural, improvised performances of our local cast.

Wide Open Camera

ZacutoCanonikanJAG35SwitronixKesslerCarl ZeissBirns & Sawyer

Technical Specs  crew

Shot on location in the village of Sinthiou Mbadane, Senegal
Language: Pulaar
Subtitles: English and French
Running Time: 82 minutes
Screening Ratio: 1.77
Sound: Dolby Stereo

Equipment Tetris: Flying a Film Set out to Rural Africa Director Jeremy Teicher writes about shooting a feature film in the middle of rural Africa. If anything went wrong with our equipment, we were plain stuck.  Pre-production planning would decide whether our crew would fly home with a film—or leave Africa empty-handed. Posted by Ikan, one of our generous equipment sponsors.

Director Jeremy Teicher with DP Chris Collins

Sharing the Magic of Filmmaking in Rural Africa Director Jeremy Teicher writes about using technology to bridge cultural gaps on set.  Posted by Zacuto, one of our generous equipment sponsors.

Shooting in rural Senegal Part 1 and Part 2. Director of Photography, Chris Collins blogs about hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. Posted by Wide Open Camera, one of our generous equipment sponsors.