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An award winning campaign for a major client with locations in different counties.
Jürgen, the AD had lots of marvelous tales and to start with, we produced the “Caravan Story” in Morocco.
Flying to Marrakech, then by car crossing the High Atlas mountains in the snow, I travelled further south to Zagora to find, well, the – “desert look” – we wanted.
I had to send the location shots via courier back to Germany and then wait for the final OK.
Next on the agenda was to find the talents, along with their camels. Now they’re not the sort of folk you find around the corner.
Finally, I spotted them, their nearest camp 60km away. However hard we tried, they rejected the offer to collect them with a truck. All we could get from them was a promise to show up at the right place on time. This “loose” arrangement made me mighty nervous but then I was so relieved to see them arrive at the first crack of dawn on the day of the shoot.
Erecting the frame was the other big challenge. It had to come from Frankfurt, Germany via Spain and the Algeciras-Tangier ferry on a 4wheel drive VW-van. Somehow, our driver managed to bring the huge rooftop box through customs and all the way south, and arrived almost on time.
Without mobile communication available this was pretty nerve-racking for the whole crew.
But, as always, we made it happen and had a perfect day for the shooting.
Retouching was not an option before Photoshop, so everything had to be done in one shot.