The Truth

The Down-Low, Straight Up.
July 2019

Hot shots.

In the heat of Australian summer, Bruce heads off for a surf with the sharks, box jellyfish, and stonefish, while the sheilas stay on the deck and opt for an ice-cold glass of Nespresso. Sheilas are smart. Be like sheilas.
– by Porteus Xandau
March 2018

My lace or yours?

In this online film for Trenery, director Porteus Xandau profiles Pierre Fouche, textile artist. In a light and airy studio, Fouche tells the story of how he fell in love with simple thread, the DNA of clothing. A considered, reflective tone was key to the piece, held up by the quiet, intimate voice performance from the subject.

January 2018

PAMPERS | a case study filming in Hong Kong

TRUTH BE TOLD, Hong Kong may be ‘Asia for beginners’, but it’s allergen hell for Gluten Free aficionados. Especially when the best Dim Sum is across the road from the hotel. Apart from that, filming there will be one of the best production experiences you’ll ever have.

Director Porteus Xandau and I have only been to Hong Kong once – working on a Bravo Zulu co-production with A New Life Film for Saatchi & Saatchi Shanghai. The project was Pampers ‘First Touch’ for China. We may not have visited the city many times, but hey, we’re opinionated, so here are some thoughts for other first-timers.

The pre-production in Hong Kong was seamless and methodical (we don’t think the production crew ever slept with around-the-clock emails). As with any international production, however, allow sufficient prep time to overcome professional, cultural, location-finding and other quirks that will slow you down no matter how great your team is. Fortunately, the crew on set was proficient, enthusiastic and super-friendly. Make yourself part of the team early on and you’ll find they’ll have your back (isn’t this true for anywhere you shoot anyway?) Make friends, make jokes, and have fun, because you’ll work your fucking ass off!

Language was not a problem at all. Although some crew cannot speak English, all the HODs and production team were fluent in English. A few details might, however, get lost along the way, so make sure to check on the important stuff regularly (photos speak louder than words – thank you WhatsApp). Communication, as with every production, remains key!

Depending on what locations you’re looking for, one thing worth mentioning is that big houses are not found in the inner city. Due to the density, most of these large spaces with exteriors are at least an hour’s drive outside of HK city – expect to add 2 hours travel time to your day (a worthwhile journey nevertheless).

Oh, and remember that homes are shoe-free, so make sure you pack badass socks or slippers – nobody will judge! Weather-wise, it’s usually very hot, humid, and potentially wet! It often rains all day!

For the first-time production team, Hong Kong will please you with great professionalism, a strong sense of team effort, and amazing people. If your experience is anything like ours, you’ll be sad to get back on the plane. We’re dying to go back!

– by Herman le Roux