Mandrake and Rogue Agent film in Haiti for relief organisation sponsor Jeep
Czech creative agency Mandrake and its US production partner Rogue Agent have produced a new film showcasing the relief work being done in Haiti by J/P HRO. The organisation was founded by actor Sean Penn and is supported by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep brand.
“We were very lucky to have a very experienced fixer, Sebastian Petion, who provided great support and insight into the local ways,” says Vladimir Jedlicka of Mandrake.
“Production infrastructure is close to non-existent so we had to bring everything in. That wasn’t too much of a problem, since we were a small team of six people.
“There is however a local film school in Jacmel that was very forthcoming, so I believe that they are a very competent breeding ground for good crew in the future.”
The team’s security was taken care of by two off-duty police officers, who Jedlicka says were “more respected” by the locals than a private security team, although he adds that the team “never felt threatened”.
Production infrastructure is close to non-existent so we had to bring everything in.
Vladimir Jedlicka, Mandrake
“Since there is really no infrastructure for filming and no experienced crews the place is obviously a challenge for filmmakers,” Jedlicka continues, “but it more than makes up for it with weather, friendliness of its people and beauty.
“Once you get out of Port-au-Prince, where almost five years after the earthquake its effects are still felt, [the impact is] visible everywhere with rubble, crowded streets, and bad and congested roads.”
Jedlicka considers that getting a good fixer was crucial to helping the team navigate all the unwritten rules of Haiti and avoiding the no-go parts of the country.
Client: Jeep (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)
Production Company: Rogue Agent
Haiti Fixer: Sebastian Petion
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