While trying to recall all the bad things that happened today, I asked my group members where it all started.
Me: “What’s the first bad thing that happened today?”
Robyn: “We woke up…”
That sums it all up. Today was one of those days where it feels like a dark cloud is following you all day – what’s even better is when the cloud finally bursts and you get rained on… or rather, hailed on – Literally. But before we get to the drenched clothes, lets go back a few steps.
I don’t know how I slept but for most of the day I couldn’t fully turn my head to the right without flinching, so filming wasn’t fun. I had two interviews scheduled for this morning, they didn’t feel right – I’m concerned about the direction my video is going because of my characters – but oh well, we’ll see. All my main interviews are done so I mainly just have to focus on b-roll and stills.
My second interview started with my character explaining that she was dirty – she and some volunteers had been trying to manually unblock one of the drains that were over flooding in the market. Robyn saw how this would be a great image for Zelmarie’s story. She came back fuming after people in the market started rudely telling her to leave before she got in trouble… All the fuss over a few pictures of a puddle… A puddle?!?
After filming my interviews we went on to film for Robyn, more like cutaway shots where we warned against pickpockets and robbers while filming.
Then for her Anazi, we watched a young woman botch her first try at cooking pap for her fiancé. We didn’t bat an eyelid when we led her to believe she was on the right path :/. So maybe the bad luck was actually karma.
We then sought out Nazi’s next character. She knocked on the makeshift door a few times to make her presence known then walked in… 5 seconds later our usually brave Anazi, passed by Robyn and I running and raced down the stairs. Apparently she had walked into a couple being “intimate”.
Anazi: “Why did I have to be wearing my glasses?! I could see everything!”
Poor woman couldn’t get the image out of her head all day.
We met our mentor this afternoon to catch up, do recon and get invaluable advice. A great day we had on the patio discussing Yeoville. Her meeting calmed our nerves and we were in great spirits. She honestly made our day.
En route to the department we get a flat tyre… I was driving practically on the rim while stuck in 5pm peak time traffic, with a lopsided car. That’s when we all start panicking, but we figured we’d make it to the gas station next to the Wits Arts Museum.
That didn’t happen. We could barely move, and so a homeless man on the four-way intersection told us to park in the next street and he offered to change my wheel. We stood around watching him work. The drizzle came…. But he kept at it, right until they rain stopped 20 minutes later. Great man he was! The homeless all reminded us to be helpful, “One day, you’ll help me too” the man said in response to us thanking him.
Sound kit wars, or as Robyn calls it, “The Great War of 2014”, lead us back to Yeoville, to return a sound kit to another member then back to the department. Where we finished the day with great jokes and Robyn almost losing our audio SD card in the wrong slot of MacBook… I saved the day… Of course 🙂
So maybe this bad luck stuff doesn’t always stop at three…