“Hi, Vix. How’d your kids like to be a music video?”
“We’re making the Jo’burg verison of Pharrell’s Happy music video.”
And that’s how it started.
So, on a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon I assembled the troops and went deep into suburbia.
It was a nice street with Jacaranda trees forming a beautiful arc across the road.
A quiet street with wide pavements and the scent of pomegranates in the air.
A nondescript street with a nondescript gray building at one end.
Not a pretty building. The kind of building you try your best not to have in the shot.
We set up, and by that I mean, I sat on the grassy verge and had a conversation with my son about the merits of Iron Man and Captain America and which of them I’d choose over their father.
The focus of the shot in question was a skateboarding Golden Cocker Spaniel.
Like all shoots it took a while to discuss how this was going to go.
When suddenly a large black security van pulled up. They sat and watched for a few minutes and then descended from the behemoth cradling large semi automatic weapons.
I sent my kids back to the car.
Another black van joined the first.
A flashy BMW came for the party.
Another flashy BMW came to the party.
Soon the crew was surrounded by some rather scary heavyset individuals bristling with firepower and barely restrained testosterone.
Turns out that boring old gray building is a sight of national military importance.
I don’t what threat they though a skateboarding spaniel was, but I wasn’t going to argue.
Soon after that the kids and I jumped into a pile of leaves and threw them at each other for a bit and went home feeling rather uncomfortable with leaves in places leaves should not be.
I didn’t think much about it until yesterday when I got the link on my Facebook.
It was a privilege to have been a part of making this extraordinary homage to my city.
Thank you for letting us be part of it.