Home Sweet “Home”
BY M.K. RACINE – LUSAKA, ZAMBIA AFRICA – Today we shot at Kwazulu Kraal Resort, the lodge at which we’ve made our “home” the past two weeks; where we will reside until our departure from Zambia. Shooting at Kwazulu Kraal means reliable power, quick set changes and no stair climbing. Our rooms were used as sets, and our personal belongings as props.
Though we’ve been provided great locations to film thus far, working from “ home” has been extremely efficient, contributing to a less hectic work day and more streamlined operations. Daudi, the lodge chef, has also benefited from such a work location. There was no need for him to box our lunches or arrange lunch pick-up and drop-off. On site craft services allowed him to step from the kitchen, into the courtyard and place lunch on our table, as he would for a family dinner.
Another significant benefit of shooting from “home” was that our cast knew the location of our lodge, which eased their travel and work day as well. For a couple of scenes we were able to go into the community and invite local villagers to join the cast as extras. Jeniece made up more people today than any other day, so far, and in a very short period of time. It’s great to move production along quickly and be happy with the work, the cast and the venues. We look forward to continuous success with this project, up until our departure from our second “home” to our own home sweet homes.