SEYCHELLES FROM THE AIR GOES INTERNATIONAL
Seychelles from the Air has been chosen to participate in a German TV production.
A production team of the WDR TV (Westdeutscher Rundfunk/ Fernsehen, a radio and television station in the western part of Germany) were in Seychelles to shoot footage for another episode of their popular TV series, called ‘WUNDERSCHOEN’, which might be translated as ‘fair and beautiful’. The Germans, as usual, like to express this with one word, like, for laughs, this one: RINDFLEISCHETTIKIERUNGSUEBERWACHUNGSAUFGABENUEBERTRAGUNGSGESETZ.
Meaning: law for the delegation of monitoring beef labeling…
Anyway, the producer of the TV series ‘WUNDERSCHOEN’ watched the ‘Seychelles from the Air’ film at the ‘Anse Takamaka View’ guesthouse, where part of the team stayed. The manager of the guesthouse, Roland Becker, sometimes shows the film to his clients. Well, to go a bit fast forward, the producer and team leader of the WDR TV crew, Sabine Fricke, liked what she saw. Whilst the film was running she called me and asked if I agreed to give them permission to use a good part of the film’s footage for their current production.
Of course I agreed and we arranged a meeting for the next day, where I would also shoot an aerial scene of the presenter of the episode, standing at the Anse Takamaka View guesthouse, waving at the camera besides some other shots of the beautiful surrounds at sunset.
At the guest house late next afternoon, of course, there was no one apart from Roland, the manager. He explained that the TV crew had changed their mind and were filming somewhere else, but would be back before sunset. In the meantime he showed me around, and I must say, I like the guest house. Seychelles for me. Beats the 5 star establishments by far, but – that’s me…
Just before sunset, the TV crew arrived and all hell broke loose. They had to do this shot and that shot before dark, and so on. I have worked with international film crews before and I know it’s always like that. Anyway, I was greeted by the producer and she briefed me in great hurry what she needed me to shoot, and I took it easy, got my drone ready, checked satellite connection, flight path and all that very carefully – to the producer’s great bewilderment and dismay. ‘When you hurry you make mistakes, I told her, and then …’
I have learned this from the famous diver and film producer Hans Hass, who had done a couple of dive trips around the Amirantes on my boat. ‘When I have to hurry, I better don’t do it at all’, he used to say.
Well, I did my part and delivered the footage and the ‘Seychelles from the Air’ footage to the good lady, and now we wait for the good news, when ‘Seychelles from the Air’ will be on German TV, being watched simultaneously by Millions of people in hundreds of thousands homes. I must say, I like the idea. And of course what comes with it. Money makes the world go round…