We were supposed to stay in Morocco for two weeks, but eventually it turned into nearly a month of fun-filming in Africa (alright, strap up for some #gearporn now) using DJI Ronin, Sony FS700, Odyssey 7q, Cannon 5D and 7D, as well as 3-axis motion control system Dito Gear. We’ve got a bunch of epic shots and timelapses. Not often do you see someone with a Ronin, running around the Moroccan medina, or setting up DitoGear in the middle of Erg Chigaga dunes in Sahara, or at the bottom of the Atlas mountains, in Berber villages.
We’ve seen fair amount of off-road, as well luxury. We stayed in a traditional, 16th century riad, and one of the oldest based in the heart of the Marrakech Medina, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site. This special road is the only one in the Medina with a courtyard on the first floor. We almost destroyed our Canon 7D’s shutter on the roof of our riad – but those timelapses should be so worth it!
Our next location was a former fortress – Kasbah Agafay Hotel & Spa – set high on a hill with panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains, that belong to the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.
We’re creating some great promotional content for them, but not only.
We traveled around Morocco for more than three weeks
working on our personal project, video full of remarkable nature shots and time lapses. We played hard with our new toys from Dito Gear: OmniHead + Wedge + Evolution Motion Control System & Modulo and DJI Ronin stabiliser.
We were looking for stunning landscapes:
traditional, lost somewhere in the Atlas Mountains Berbers villages; crowded, hot, hectic maze Marrakech and super crazy Jamaa el Fna square or a tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. We even drove through the Sahara desert – we really wanted to test the limits of our equipment (review coming soon) ;)
Morocco is a filmmaker’s paradise
– it suffices to travel a couple dozen kilometers, and the landscape will change numerous times, the architecture knocks you off your feet (they’ve shot many scenes for Game of Throne’s Daenerys motif here). Add in incredible handicraft and tasty food and it becomes increasingly difficult to go back to Polish pierogies, or better yet, English sausage :) The only thing you need to have is the license to shoot video, which we’ve luckily got :)
Get acquainted with a bunch of behind the scenes pics below. Soon, we’ll let you in on another interesting travel-related African project with yours truly.