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Uganda (the lost pearl of Africa)

photo by Sean Cousins

 

 

Filmmaker Abroad is relaunching in 2019 with a trip to the “lost” Pearl of Africa, Uganda.

NOTE: This filmmaking adventure is available for only four participants.

You can work alone or in pairs/teams (a discount applies for pairs/teams). You'll receive personal mentorship, advice and encouragement from a highly experienced documentary filmmaker, in the field, with daily feedback on rushes. You'll develop high level insights into the craft of documentary storytelling and advice on the best use of your equipment. 

Western Uganda is one of the most fascinating and ecologically diverse places in all Africa. Less well known than Tanzania and Kenya as a travel destination for Westerners – but all the better for it.  You will film your own observational documentary in and around the Queen Elizabeth National Park without crowds of tourists cluttering your lens. A list of fully researched stories is available to choose from on a 'first in best dressed' basis. 

Act quickly, only four places are available.

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Price from USD$4999 (contact us to enquire about the discount for teams/couples)

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Cambodia

 

  

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Currently we are not offering a trip to Cambodia. We'll wait to see how things pan out politically over 2019. It's a shame because the last two trips were really wonderful.

The 2015 trip was an absolute beauty.  

The 2016 Cambodia experience was awesome. 

Participant Leanne Mangan produced a narrative film (a first for Filmmaker Abroad) which has since gone on to screen at over 20 festivals. 

 

 

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Nagaland

TRAVEL THROUGH THE REMOTEST CORNERS OF NAGALAND. EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST TRIBAL GATHERINGS, THE HORNBILL FESTIVAL.  OPTION TO EXTEND FOR A 'BEHIND THE SCENES' EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD RENOWNED KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY or FILMMAKING, VISITING REMOTE LOCATIONS, ENJOY ENGAGING WITH DIFFERENT CULTURES, AND FINDING YOURSELF IN PLACES WELL BEYOND THE BEATEN TRACK, THEN THIS IS FOR YOU.

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Borneo; make a film, make a difference.

Use quality equipment for a hands-on in-the-field filmmaking adventure. It includes after-hours tuition in story craft and reviewing of ‘rushes’, privileged access to rarely visited locations where Orangutan research and care takes place, extensive wildlife and local scenic viewing, visits to indigenous Dayak villages living traditional lifestyles, unique insights into the devastation caused by the palm oil industry. Accomodation in quality local hotels as well as camping in the forest. The trip involves some intrepid experiences, like sleeping on a riverboat. In every way we try to make the experience just like being in a real film crew!

You will also be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting Orangutans - as an endangered species - and their rainforest habitat in Indonesia. Your film will assist, by drawing attention to their important work, and your donation (included in the fee) helps cashflow the project.

 


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Colombia (Barranquilla - 2nd biggest Mardi Gras on Earth)

The second biggest Carnavale in the world (after Rio) is held in the industrial port town of Barranquilla. Every February, the place erupts for a five-day non-stop party - a quirky celebration of Spanish, African and indigenous cultures – even more eclectic than Rio’s.  But long-term planning and local knowledge is essential as accommodation is hard to come by and of course it’s more fun to participate than observe. We think to truly experience Carnavale you need to be taken “inside” the celebration. So book early to have the party of a lifetime and make a film that you’ll be justly proud of.

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Alaska (adventure filmmaking Mecca)

This trip is best suited to the Northern Summer Months.  

Whether it’s the old frontier gold and copper towns like McCarthy, the Kodiak bears or the “last wild frontier” of Nome, with the vast tundra on it’s doorstep, Alaska is a place filled with stories.  Come film your own version of Ice Road Truckers or Deadliest Catch with the support of the research crew who put these shows together. Alaska is unlike any other place in America – and that’s the way they like it.  Come and enjoy the almost 24 hours of daylight and make your own documentary in one of the greatest wildernesses on Earth.


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Papua New Guinea (privileged access to untold stories)

Travel with experienced Australian filmmakers with strong local connections to the historically important and stunning Kokoda Valley - the end of the Kokoda Trail.  Our experienced team will help make introductions and clarifying your purpose throughout the filming process.  Option of homestay (make your film about your host family?) or private accommodation. There are also small-scale engineering projects going on while we are there – perfect material for a short doco.

Of course the Kokoda Track is also the location of one of the most famous battles in Australian military history – second only to Gallipoli in terms of its cultural significance.  So many wonderful stories to choose from – such a wonderful way to get to know the community in more depth than you ever could as a tourist.  

The itinerary is completely flexible. You can spend some time in home stays, you can walk the Kokoda Track (with our partner No Roads Expeditions) or you can even join a medical expedition (No Roads To Health) and make a film about the work being done by volunteer doctors and nurses to provide health care and education to the health workers in the villages of the Owen Stanley Ranges.  We'll work out a price for you based on your wants and needs.  You can fly into Kokoda, or you can fly to Popendetta and travel by road to Kokoda.  It's your adventure - let's work out together what you want to do.

Like all Filmmaker Abroad trips you can have a passive or active experience. You can be the filmmaker, and learn from an experienced mentor how to make a documentary film. Or you can engage an experienced filmmaker to tell your story. You can be the subject of the film or you can be a host. Filmmaker Abroad can give you tuition in the art of hosting as you make your own film. If you just want us to film your adventure and make a film for you to share with family and friends, that's cool too.  Infinite possibilities, endless fun!

"PNG is without question one of my favourite places in the world, and a brilliant destination for filmmaking adventure"

- Sean Cousins (Filmmaker Abroad Founder)


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Cuba (cars, guitars and cigars)

Make your own documentary in beautiful complicated tantalising Cuba.  With the support of experienced local fixers you will be able to drill down into Cuban culture to tell the story you want - whether you are interested in rolling cigars, American cars or playing guitars.  Cuba is a perfect setting for a foray into documentary making. 


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Solomon Islands (Morovo Lagoon = paradise)

The vast magnificent Morovo Lagoon is one of the natural wonders of the world. Come and stay in homes and eco lodges and live like a local as you spend two weeks telling the stories of the people of the lagoon and their incredible lifestyle.  Huge pods of dolphin, manta rays and tropical fish are at your doorstep.  So are stories of the devestation caused by logging and the struggles of local children to get to school each day in open canoes.


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Madagascar (like nowhere else on Earth)

One of the most stunning and unique places on Earth.  Base yourself in the less visited south and get to know the country by telling your own story – whether it’s a micro-natural history doco or a story about a Famadihana (ritual digging up ancestors bones from a stone crypt. Or perhaps you’d like to try your hand at Zebu wrestling, a rite of passage for young men in the southern highlands. Madagascar has some of the most exotic creatures on earth – but the people and their hybrid cultural practises are just as fascinating.  With the support of highly experienced local fixers we can help you tell the story you want to tell.

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FLORES (Visit the Hidden Villages of Flores)

Wae Rebo

Explore the Hidden Villages of Flores.

One of the most beautiful and exotic islands of Indonesia, Flores is a hidden gem.

Best known as the gateway to the Komodo National Park, the island retains several traditional villages and maintains ways of life little changed since Europeans first arrived in this part of the world.

Some of the best places to visit are not easily accessible for most tourists (access requires a ten km walk and an overnight stay).  

In return for your efforts you'll have a chance to witness traditional lifestyles and get to know the people who live there.

This is one of the most cost effective Filmmaker Abroad experiences.


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Ghana (it's got rhythm!)

The slave coast. Incredible drumming and dancing.  A country with a rich culture of kings and queens and battles royal. A sport loving nation.  Ghana is a country bursting with stories, historical and contemporary, cultural and emotional.  Let us take care of the logistics and make the contacts for you with our local expertise.  Ghana is a friendly, proud and fascinating country, rich with stories waiting to be told. 


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Rio De Janeiro, BRAZIL (the greatest city on Earth?)

I think Rio is the most exciting city on Earth. But now is the time to go. With the World Cup and the Olympics coming to town, Rio is going to be changed forever. There are so many stories to tell in this wonderful city – from the changing culture in the favelas, to the emerging fashion industry, to the stories of third generation beach attendants, or learn how to make feijoada from an expert.  We have timed our visit to coincide with the Folklore Day festival which celebrates aspects of life in Rio through story.  Let us help you find the story you want to tell - and see Rio before it’s too late.


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Fes, Morocco (step back in time)

The real Morocco is found in Fes.  You can hear the real cultural and religious heart of the country beating loudly here. Perhaps because it’s not drowned out by cars (banned in the old city) – proudly the largest living Medieval city in the Islamic world. Instead of internal combustion engines you can hear the hooves of donkeys and mules and the rhythmic beating of hammer of copper pot.  The smells are different too.  Die pits and tanneries that appear unchanged since medieval times.  But to know the city takes time.  With the privileged access of a camera you can begin to lift the veil on this magical city and leave with a lifetime of memories in the form of your own film. What could be better?


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