Interview with Filmmaker Johann Vorster (CAPITAINE)

CAPITAINE was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the April 2020 Documentary Short Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Johann Vorster: My love for the outdoors and fly fishing. There are not many pristine places like in the film left I the in the world. Film also serves as awareness I the hopes to protect through eco tourism.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

All in all about a year. That part of Cameroon is really hard to get to. Travelling there took almost 5 days. We explored the river and its surrounds whist filming just over 2 weeks. The editing you do in between paying jobs, not the best as you lose some momentum in the process.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Water Elephant

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Charging camera and computer equipment deep in the bush is difficult.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

It was great to hear that non fishy fans enjoyed a fishy film.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

Collaborating with like minded friends, like African Waters, who’s main objective is to use sustainable sport fishing to create long-term meaningful and positive changes to the people, fauna and flora in here remote areas.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Wayne’s World

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

It’s simple and works great.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Anything from Pantera.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I am finishing up on a Cheetah conservation based film. It still needs a name.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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