Shooting documentaries has taken all of us at Copper Pot Pictures around the world. In this blog post, we celebrate a few of the most memorable moments from our time in Africa while shooting WE MUST GO and KEI. Below, we’ve shared some raw footage from these moments. Why would we show the raw footage and not the final shot? We’re hoping that, just maybe, all of the camera jiggles and focus adjustments that didn’t make it into the final films will help give you a greater sense of what it was like being there on the day.
WE MUST GO – BALL BOYS AT EGYPT vs MOZAMBIQUE:
Our most recent trip to Africa took us to Egypt where we began documenting Coach Bob Bradley’s incredible story (to learn more visit the WE MUST GO website). We love this moment. While playing their first game back in Egypt since the horrific Port Said riots which left 74 dead (a game that had no fans in the stadium for security reasons), our cameraman focused in on these two ball boys who were just super excited to see the match.
WE MUST GO – TAHRIR FROM THE ROOFTOPS
While shooting our Bob Bradley doc, we found ourselves in Tahrir Square on the same day that Hosni Mubarak was sentenced. Tensions were high–it was incredible. Our B camera crew scurried to the rooftops to try to capture the scale of the gathering. Check out this video of them coming down from their perch.
WE MUST GO – THE 74 HONORED IN TAHRIR
As night fell, we noticed a new group coming into Tahrir. They were the Ultras: a zealous football supporter club. They waved a huge flag with the number 74 on it. Contained within those numbers were the 74 names of the people who died in the Port Said riot, which has been called the worst football catastrophe in Egyptian history.
KEI – KIDS EMERGING FROM THE GRASS
While in Sierra Leone filming with Kei Kamara, we happened upon an empty pitch. We were filming the rocky field when these kids emerged, not unlike Shoeless Joe Jackson in FIELD OF DREAMS, from the grass.
KEI – KIDS PLAYING PICK UP
These same kids then put on a display of skill of which none of us could have expected – especially because of the condition of the field and the fact that most of them played barefoot.
KEI – RUNNING OUT ON THE PITCH
Possibly the most amazing experience of our documentary lives – running through the tunnel and then out onto the pitch before the Leone Stars vs Egypt African Cup of Nations match. Fun fact: it was actually the last game before Bob Bradley took over as the coach of Egypt. We are glad that we shot this in slow motion, but are bummed because when you shoot this way, you can’t record audio. It was the loudest we’d ever heard a stadium. The camera work stumbles a bit as our camera man loses focus of his subject and gets wrapped up in the epic moment.