Life in Western Mongolia is an adventure. Training eagles to hunt, herding yaks, and racing camels are just a few of the daily activities of the nomadic Kazakh…
Awesome documentary that give you a peek of what life is like as a nomad in Mongolia.
This is sooo awesome! I saw it on Vimeo a while ago and I had a great conversation with Brandon Li, the director about how he was able to make it happen. Here's the transcript: Pete: "So freaking great! May I ask, how many people does it take to capture such a cinematic footages in a foreign land? Interpreter, porter, no? I assume most are scripted right (asking the locals to pose etc.)? I can never get the people I shoot to do what I want them to do. :/"
Brandon: "Hi Pete, the crew was usually camera/producer/interpreter. The characters spoke no English so all direction had to be translated. Sometimes my producer Ansley operated 2nd camera as well during the action scenes."
Will Yao: "It must have been a tough job to capture all the scripted scenes with such a lite crew, however the result turns out perfect, love it! Also i'm really interested in how did you get the locals to cooperate? They look so natural and unposed! Did you pay them for portraiting this short? Thanks!"
Brandon: "Hi Will, I did compensate the locals for their time. I directed them (through a translator) about half the time, and half the time I just followed them and filmed their real lives. So the result is kind of a mix between docu and "scripted""
Great insight for an amateur like me :)
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