TANZANIA | Tortilis Camps by Jared Paisley

In June of 2019, I was commissioned by Fell+Company to film a few short promotional pieces for a safari camp company in Tanzania. This was the first project I’ve taken on as lead creative. There were many times I felt in over my head, but thanks to the support & trust of the Fell+Co team, it all came together in the end. See below for the film, and a few extra photos.

Production Company: Fell + Company

Producers: Greg Fell & Kirsten Gerber

Director / Cinematographer / Editor: Jared Paisley

Script Writers: Ryan Scott & Kirsten Gerber

Colourist: Leon Visser / Kin Media

Sound Design & Final Mix: Morné Marais / Sound Surgeon


I’ll be honest, the experience was something else. Wildlife like I have never seen in my life; lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, jackals, buffalo, hippo, even cheetahs in our car. I definitely wasn’t present enough through it all though, I spent most of the time panicking that I was getting what we needed for the edit, constantly working out what we needed more of, or prioritising certain sightings over others, “we’ve seen tonnes of cheetahs, lets leave these and try and spot something different!“ Not a phrase I ever expected to have to use.

A Maasai in the Ngorongoro Highlands.

A Maasai in the Ngorongoro Highlands.

The creative freedom that was allowed in this particular brand film was quite refreshing. Sure, there was an extensive shot list that needed to be checked off for a variety of other content, and that is what kept us pretty preoccupied for most of the shoot. What I was most happy with, was being able to come back into the edit suite and shape something creative, different from what I am used to creating, and have a team of people that were invested in getting it to be the best it could be.

Okay, enough waffling for now, the rest of this post will be some images from our time in Tanzania.

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The team, sans Dan (stills) and Deb (stills & styling). My trusty  Shimoda Explore 40  even made an appearance.

The team, sans Dan (stills) and Deb (stills & styling). My trusty Shimoda Explore 40 even made an appearance.

Dan  was on stills duty on this job. We studied film together ages ago, it was awesome to get to work with him again on this job.

Dan was on stills duty on this job. We studied film together ages ago, it was awesome to get to work with him again on this job.

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JORDAN | An unreal landscape. by Jared Paisley

Jordan has to be one of my favourite places to film and photograph, and in particular the Wadi Rum desert. 

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I was recently on assignment in Jordan and Wadi Rum was one of our locations. After hearing this my eyes lit up, and the creative anticipation started building, something that I’ve been battling to get going lately. Sometimes all it takes to get you excited to shoot again is an incredible landscape. Maybe it’s because it makes it too easy? Everywhere you point it’s just a beautiful frame, boosting your confidence big time.

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It’s such a unique landscape that I haven’t seen anywhere else in the world. The massive rock that rises abruptly out of the desert sand looking as if it’s been molten, but the temperatures in the winter are below freezing. Both of my experiences in this desert have involved camping there, and the silence and stillness at night is so calming and overwhelming, I definitely think this adds to my love of the place.

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This was only the second time I’ve been to Wadi Rum, and the first time to Wadi Araba desert. This trip definitely reaffirmed my love for the place though. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the convincing as I’m still working out this writing thing.

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The Shimoda Designs Explore 40 in the desert. I’ve been strapping the Ronin-S to the tripod pocket.

The Shimoda Designs Explore 40 in the desert. I’ve been strapping the Ronin-S to the tripod pocket.

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