This film contrasted two types of youngsters. One group have their eyes trained on their smartphones social media apps even in the presence of physical friends while the other chose to enjoy their friendship through real human interaction.
For this campaign, we brought in Alberto Accettulli, a director based out of Milan for the shoot in Indonesia. This isn’t the first time Alberto is shooting here and he very quickly adapted to the local pace and style of working.
Raised in the historic Italian city of Genoa, well known for its arts, music and cuisine, Alberto was a globetrotting professional freestyle mountain biker before exchanging his wheels for a camera to shoot action sports.
We also brought in as DoP his compatriot Luca Costantini, an alumni of the reputable Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
The film required a scene with talents jumping off onto a water catapult blob but the waters around Jakarta weren’t ideal for that purpose. In came photos from Bali and several locations were identified as possibilities. The recce team then went in search of other locations within Bali for the other scenes boarded.
The inflatable blobs were ordered from China and arrived just in time for the shoot. After putting it through some testing, it was trucked off to Bali for further testing on location.
Searching for a location where talents could jump off from a height of 5 metres while the blob stayed relatively still wasn’t easy. We finally settled on a calmer part of the ocean between Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan islands about 45 minutes by speed boat from the main Bali island.
The first day was spent on Bali shooting locations in Nusa Dua, Sanur and Denpasar. The weather was kind and stayed dry through the day. Alberto and Luca worked fast as a team with the local crew and we covered all the scenes at those locations within the time allocated.
The next morning, everyone headed out from their hotels before dawn for the marina to board speed boats leaving at first light for Nusa Penida.
With the filming done about 70 metres off the shores of Nusa Penida, and the waters leading onto the shore were too shallow for boats to approach, everyone had to be based on boats and on a floating pontoon. With waters 7 metres deep coupled with a swift current, only the stronger swimmers could swim between the boats while others had to be ferried by jet skis.
Conditions were physically challenging. Other than the heat from a scant cloud cover — which was good for cinematography — staying adrift on a bobbing boat took its toll, with quite a few developing sea sickness.
That scene finished around 2 pm and everyone headed back to Bali under extremely choppy water conditions due to the incoming tides. We encountered some waves about 1 metre high and riding those bumps left some rolling on the floors of their speedboats.
Once land bound, we headed to the beach near Pandawa for the sunset scene, the last scene of the shoot.
Alberto prefers to edit his own films and didn’t waste much time jumping straight into it. The rest of the post production went about without any hiccups and Alberto left for his next adventure shooting supercars burning Pirelli tyres on a race track in Estoril, Portugal.