Test shoot for my first film in South Africa – “Two Arrows”

A famous South African author is offered a fortune by a rich American to turn his memories into a novel.

As the woman from the story takes shape, the writer realizes he needs to face his past…
Genre: Romantic drama

Release date: 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWJuYz3llf8&feature=share

My First South African Film

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The film is inspired by Kyudo (the Japanese archery) and the Zen philosophy, starring some of the best young South African actors.
The crew is made up of talented and dedicated people from different African and European countries.

“Two Arrows” tells a very unusual love story.
A famous South African author is offered a fortune by a rich American to turn his memories into a novel.

As the woman from the story takes shape, the writer realizes he needs to face his past…
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Story Synopsis

Felix is a famous South African novelist.

These days he has retired from the outside world.

He is living in his own Universe and is generally feeling very zen.

Except that he can’t write a good story anymore.

Until one day, a rich American, Jason, arrives at his house as he is practicing kyudo.

Jason offers him a lot of money to write a novel which would be based on Jason’s love story with his wife.

He starts sending him letters with his memories. At first Felix refuses to tell his story in a book but later he starts reading the letters and decides that they would make a great novel.

And just when he feels that his inspiration has come back, Felix finds out that the story is about Jason and his wife, Alice, who happens to be Felix’s ex-wife.

Felix tries to destroy Jason’s letters and the novel but there is one letter from Jason to Alice that Felix has not read, in which Jason asks her to keep the letters as a memory of their love and reveals that he has cancer.

Felix realizes that this is his chance to apologize to Alice for what he had done to her in the past, so he saves Jason’s letters and publishes the novel.

In the end Alice and Felix meet at the book’s launch.

Please support my film at:
https://igg.me/at/2arrows/x/16922518

Every share would also be highly appreciated!

Thank you good people 🙂

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Sleeping in the Desert 

Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.

Four hours of driving and we passed only two very small towns on the way from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, to the Namib Desert. 

We stopped in Solitaire – an interesting place known for its cars drowning in the sand.
I was seventeen when I went to Egypt and saw the desert for the first time: a million stars in the sky and I thought the sand came from another planet. Some nights I still wish I could go back to this moment just to feel it twice.

We don’t have the luxury of going back in time but this was a new and beautiful opportunity to experience something close to it and yet – so different.

Namib was incredible. I felt the same way again – smaller than nothing, standing in front of the old sand dunes.

I never really understood what was so special about the sunsets until I came to Africa – the sky here is just different and the horizon stands much lower.
We slept in a tented lodge and this is definitely one of my most memorable travel experiences ever.

A view through the window of the tent:


It was extremely cold at night and very windy – although it wasn’t supposed to be like that. 

The good thing is that the tent and the nets keep the incests away, so if you don’t want to share a bed with a scorpion, this is a great option (much better than a room but definitely not as comfortable in terms of temperature).


There are a few people living and working in the lodge and they were all very nice. The chef was taking his job seriously – the food was really delicious, the main specialty was Oryx – a type of antelope, huge and with big horns.

We also met Meowie – the local cat hero who fights scorpions and cobras. He was the cutest kitten ever and he had survived several poisonous attacks. He managed to sneak in one night and purr on the bed – I love cats, so that was a great surprise for me.


I believe Namibia could be a very interesting and beautiful honeymoon destination too, especially during the summer season (most of the year).
Don’t miss the sign Tropic of Capricorn on the way to Swakopmund – after all, there are only two tropics in the world 🙂

Namib Desert

I was thinking of the fox in the “Little Prince” as I was leaving the Namib Desert and there he was, right in front of me.He winked at me.

I saw many mirages that day but this wasn’t one of them. It was so surreal that I had to make sure I took enough photos.

You probably remember this part:

“So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the hour of his departure drew near –

“Ah,” said the fox, “I shall cry.”

“It is your own fault,” said the little prince. “I never wished you any sort of harm; but you wanted me to tame you . . .”

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“But now you are going to cry!” said the little prince.

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“Then it has done you no good at all!”

“It has done me good,” said the fox, “because of the color of the wheat fields.”


It made so much sense in the desert – and it happened just as I was leaving Namib. In my previous post I mentioned that Namibia was a magical place.

One doesn’t go to the desert just like that. Most people prefer to go to Paris or Venice or a fly to a tropical island with white sand and turquoise water.

The desert is a special place where you are all by yourself and your inner demons; there you can set them free.

Have you ever felt the same way during some of your travels?

MY DOG SAVED ME FROM A MAN WHO TRIED TO ATTACK ME TODAY 

It happened today, on a beautiful and warm Sunday morning.

I have two big dogs, a Japanese Akita Inu called Yuki and a Golden Retriever puppy (7months old) called Neo.


So because they are big and strong dogs and I only weigh 50kg, I usually like to walk them separately.

I went to the park with Neo and he played with two small dogs. As most Golden Retrievers, he is an extremely nice and friendly dog.

We were walking back home when I heard steps. 

Someone was walking behind me. I didn’t suspect anything as I knew that my neighborhood is one of the safest in the whole city and it was 11 o’clock in the morning. 

Neo felt that something wasn’t right, so he started barking and growling at the guy that was walking behind me. He said “hi” and they continued speaking in another language. I quickly said “hi” and tried to ignore him, I was just one street away from my house.

He wanted to steal my bag, so he told me to give it to him. I refused and he tried to attack me but my puppy stood in front of him and barked and growled. I shouted at him to go away and a neighbor heard me and Neo, so he came out. The idiot walked away as if nothing happened.

I’m sure he would have managed to attack me if my dog hadn’t protected me.

People think that Golden Retrievers are too nice to attack and but they would definitely protect their family. Of course he wouldn’t have attempted an attack if my Akita was also with us but Neo has a brave heart too.

Thank you Neo, my hero puppy ❤️❤️❤️

A VISIT TO THE MAGICIAN 

To me, Yucatán was another world.

 The people were not taller than a meter and a half, of native origin, and the women were wearing their hair in incredibly long and thick braids, and their clothes did not seem to have been influenced by the fashion trends outside of Yucatan.


I was still worried about my very limited Spanish, although most of the locals were speaking in Mayan, using Spanish only if it was absolutely necessary. 
We went in some of the local clothing stores and while señor Jonas bought a few traditional shirts, while I didn’t have the courage to actually wear a Mayan dress. I was definitely experiencing a culture shock because Yucatán is nothing like the other Mexican states and nothing like the film cliches about Mexico and the Mexicans.
We spent the rest of the evening under the fans in the nearby restaurant, the food was extremely hot and I tried to balance it out with something called agua fresca in Mexico.

There is everything in Yucatan – from the huge and rich haciendas to the very simple huts built with simple materials, but everywhere there is a sense of hope – because of the many young people living in the smallest and most remote villages and surely because of the sun and the heat , and because everything is painted in bright and warm colors.
The hacienda, which is next to Uxmal, offers an ancient setting, a lovely pool and a hammock under the thick shades of a gazebo made of palm trees.


Uxmal is just out of this world – they even had an Observatory that actually looks like a modern observatory!


The pyramid of the Magician is huge and it’s interesting how fit the shamans that had to climb it were. 

If you look up close, you’ll see come scary monster faces on the walls:

There is a very interesting legend about the Magician, he was a son of a local witch but he wanted to be a king, so he managed to kill the king by using magic and competing with him in difficult challenges until he managed to kill him… As most traditional Mexican stories, it’s not exactly about love, piece and humanity.

Nevertheless, an incredibly interesting and stunning place.

MY NEW LIFE IN SOUTH AFRICA 

It’s been almost a year and a half since I moved to the other side of the world.
Africa.

South Africa.

It’s autumn now, almost winter, while the Northern Hemisphere is expecting the summer. 

The stars are different. 

August brings hot wind and red dust, December – heat waves and rain that does stop for a week. 

There are eleven official languages in South Africa and countless accents. 


Most people go home before sunset; the day starts at 5 in the morning with the shouts of the incredibly loud hadeda birds. People sing while walking on the streets. 

Now I know what is the true meaning of the safaris.

I’m not afraid of lions anymore. I know how to track different animals in the savannah and have no problem sleeping in a cave. 

The Ocean’s waves are huge but that makes them great for surfing. 

I made friends with a few blue cranes and a penguin colony. I learned more in one year that I had learned during my entire 4-year undergraduate degree . I know who are the people that I can trust even when I’m at the end of the world.

 I used to wait for the summer to come, now I’ve come to the summer. Because at the end of the day, the winter in South Africa is like a nice summer day in most countries.


Life is short and precarious and boring, so we must take the opportunity to change this and live it the way we want it to be.
No reason to stay is a good reason to go.