Bula! Welcome to this overview of the Naqaqa Estate (pronounced Nanganga) and Naqaqa Giving Foundation, founded by Gavin de Becker on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji. Watch all the way through to the end coda and you’ll be amply rewarded with an emotional experience of the place and the people.
Filmmaker and storyteller extraordinaire, Gary Yost, has created an emotional and moving piece about the Naqaqa Giving Foundation in Fiji. He shared with us some of the inside story about the process of filming this piece:
The Inspire was a champ, albeit with me being both pilot and camera operator, and being such a total noob to AC in general, I was fairly conservative with the unit and used it mainly for big expository shots. Doing close work in 25-35mph wind around all those trees was a bit nerve-wracking so those kinds of crane/job shots are limited. But in general, that baby performed wonderfully. Had absolutely no problems and was very happy to be working in a country that didn’t have a 400’ AGL ceiling. I was very careful about situational awareness but did take it up to 1500’ a few times. It was pretty exciting, gotta tell ya!
The point is, without these aerial shots, this piece would have less than half the impact that it does. When telling a story about a beautiful place, there’s nothing like really seeing the place from the perspective of a bird. And of course the corollary is true… without an actual story, the images of the place have very little meaning. Perhaps this film will inspire people in the drone community to use their powerful instrument as a storytelling tool… something that is about more than just what the landscape looks like.
BTW, this film was shot with 5 cameras… iPhone, Sony RX100, Panny GH4, Sony A7s/Shogun, and DJI X3. Anticipating the X5R for sure… I’m pretty much done with the X3 and am looking forward to image quality that doesn’t make me shudder. (That’ll make an incredible difference in the quality of the aerials.) Surprisingly it all graded quite well together in Resolve, which as always is the key to making any show look its best.