Taufiq Jafaar on assignment in Nepal, for Al Jazeera 101 East
Talented Taufiq in Nepal
The Singapore team has had a busy first-half of 2015, with a truly eclectic mix of work. The big news story unfolding right now is the earthquake in Nepal, and our very own Taufiq Jaafar is there, working with Al Jazeera English’s flagship current affairs programme 101 East, covering the aftermath. We’ve not heard much from Taufiq since he left Singapore and that’s understandable given the circumstances, but he did find time to send us a picture of where he and the Al Jazeera team are sleeping, which gives a sense of the conditions journalists covering the story are under.
Singapore High Flyers
Meanwhile, back in Singapore, the team has been working hard on the next season of Bloomberg High Flyers with Haslinda Amin, the interview show featuring Asia’s top business movers and shakers, now in its 4th series on Bloomberg TV. We’re in full swing production with “Flyers” right now and the show will be airing globally from July 23rd 2015. The series is a real test for our Singapore office, because it involves turning one of the cramped capsules on the famous Singapore Flyer ferris wheel into a six camera TV studio! What’s more, the team has less than one hour to do it in, because the Flyer stops for no one! Rigging needs to happen in perfect in sync with the revolutions of the ferris wheel so that the crew is ready to roll when guest and presenter walk into the capsule. You’ll see in the timelapse below, that we’ve got the setup down to a fine art!
Initially we worked with the Sony EX-3 camera, to shoot Flyers. Last year, we switched to the Canon C300. This has made a big difference on the look and feel of the show. We’ve also been getting very creative with GoPro cameras, having recently aquired some new GoPro HERO4‘s, which we can mount in all sorts of funky places for unconventional cutaway shots.
In this season of Flyers, Haslinda Amin (@haslindatv) continues to take on the cream of the crop of Asia’s sharpest business minds to talk about their lives, strategies, successes (and failures). And this edition of Flyer won’t disappoint! Amongst the stellar lineup of guests, Haslinda meets the founder of Southeast Asia’s biggest taxi app, Australia’s biggest online retailer and one of India’s richest women. Tune in on Bloomberg TV and online from July 23rd 2015.
On the Road with AsiaWorks Singapore
Singapore has the best airport in the world, with almost 1,000 flights a day, serving 302 cities in 79 countries. For us, that means being based in the best place in Asia for regional and international media travel. AsiaWorks has a large customer base in the USA and Europe: companies, broadcasters and agencies eager to shoot in Asia and further afield. We’re in a great location to help them and its no surprise that we spend a lot of time on the road, simply because we’re well placed to provide them with consistent, high quality services around Asia-Pacific and beyond. Its also important to have the support of a dedicated network of offices, staff, freelancers and partners in other major cities that span APAC. Whether it be scrambling to get to the latest breaking news story in Nepal, a corporate shoot in Beijing’s CBD, or heading to a tropical beach in Malaysia to shoot a TVC for a luxury hotel chain, we’re better positioned than most. One of our Singapore team who’s been shooting in some pretty cool locations of late is Senior DP Siew Yaw Hoong. Take a look at some of the places he’s been recently and what he’s been shooting… Fox International Channels: A vignette shoot for Malaysia Tourism Board. On route to Mantanani Island, Sabah, Borneo Myriad Global Media: Construction of Tullow TEN FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel at Jurong Shipyard Panaromic scenery near Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo
Another member of the Singapore team who’s been on the road in far off places, is Creative Director Andrew Clark. He’s just returned from a month in Madagascar, working on video projects with Unicef and Water Aid. A few of the many pictures Andrew posted whilst on his trip are below. To see them all follow Andrew on Instagram .
That’s all for now from the Singapore team. If you have any stories to share, any enquiries or questions, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll be checking in again later in the year to keep you up to date with what we’re up to!
Another type of Sifaka #lemur we saw yesterday, called Decken’s Sifaka. Crazy beautiful creatures. #Madagascar A photo posted by Andrew Clark (@razafi) on
#WaterAid #Madagascar that’s a wrap! Amazing team. Inspiring stories. Unforgettable experiences. A photo posted by Andrew Clark (@razafi) on