In October, a crew from leading Brazillian travel & sport channel, Canal Off, came to camp to film one of their episodes as part of a Kenyan series. The series, Aerials, is made by Sylvester Campe, who is one of the worlds most accomplished and daring documentary directors and photographers. Specializing in docu-dramas, extreme adventure and cultural films, he has claimed two Emmy awards for his work on the reality series, “Amazing Race”.
Aerials follows the adventures of two paramotor fliers, including British Paramotor champion Dean Eldridge, as they explore the globe and fly in some breath-taking and spectacular locations. The series showcases different landscapes, people and cultures and this has taken the team from Brazil, to South Africa, Europe, and now- Kitich Camp!
The team stayed in camp for 3 nights and filmed daily around the area, in the forest and Engalai village. Needless to say, all us kids (big and small!)were fascinated by the paramotor, which was used for many of the film shots, along with a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The paramotor pilots have a camera on their headset, a camera on the wing and one above the canopy, which they can control with toggles. There is also a camera man on the ground filming them take off and land and of course, the UAV buzzing about doing tracking aerial shots which would otherwise be impossible to capture.
However the visit wasn’t all flying- the camp staff were included as extras on the shoot, being interviewed and filmed and, once the episode has aired in February, some of the footage will be available for us to share with you- watch this space!