Skybok recently covered events for Rotary PE West as part of their “Medieval Festival”. It’s a whole weekend of festivities themed around the Middle Ages and it’s hosted at Victoria Park in Port Elizabeth. Their “Royal Banquet” is on a Friday night where everyone arrives dressed up in costumes from the Middle Ages. There is a dinner and lots of entertainment. During the Saturday, they host an entire day filled with arts, crafts and activities that people during those times used to play! Together with my brother, I filmed and photographed these events for them. I spent about two days editing and adding music and I am so excited about the final result! It was such a festive evening and day and we managed to capture the spirit and ambiance into two easy 2 minute video profiles. See both videos below. To watch in the best quality be sure to change the viewing settings to 1080 p HD (click on the cog in the toolbar at the bottom of the video). If you are in South Africa and would like to get in touch with us to film your business or event, see our facebook page here. We also have our twitter here, our YouTube Channel here and our website here.
Happy Friday, guys! I’ve spent the week running around. I’m working on some big film projects for the tourism board and at the same time i’m working on shooting a profile of my family’s business Doubell Machines. I’ve been rolling my sleeves up, putting on my army boots and walking around the factory scaring all the men with my very intimidating tripod and Canon 5D MK II! (luckily i don’t have sound in the videos else i might just deafen you with the high-pitch of the welding) I love a good productive week. This was also the week I got my awesome Lenovo laptop which I’m so excited about! It has a core i.5 processor, 6 GB RAM, 500 GB hardrive, 15″ screen and – best of all – it has Windows 8. If you have Windows 8, here are my top 6 suggestions for great apps to download from your store (nice ideas for your android or iphone, too)
- Flipboard. This is a really great social magazine featuring the latest stories from any field that interests you. It collects the content of social media and other websites and presents it in magazine format and allows users to “flip” through their social-networking feeds. I love it because it gives me instant access at one click to the current news in everything – from the music industry to the film industry to world news to news from my favourite companies and brands (I follow national geographic). I definitely recommend this one.
- Aviary. This is a really great photo editor which allows you to add effects and text to your images as well as a whole bunch of other editing tools.
- Instagram Explorer. This is basically Instagram on a computer screen. It has an easy layout which allows you to access instagram on your computer and not just via your phone. But note that you can’t actually upload via this – it’s exclusively for viewing.
- Ballstrike. This is a fun exercise app that gets you moving (think wii fit) If you have a webcam you can use this easily; it generates targets on your screen for you to hit, so you watch yourself punch and kick the air around you for hours on end. And it also tells you how many calories you’re burning, which is great!
- Netflix. An online video-streaming app, Netflix allows you to watch any movie, show or TV series in the world by paying a simple flat-rate fee once a month.
- TuneIn Radio. Tune In Radio allows you to listen to terrestrial and internet streaming radio stations from around the globe. This is great for me in Cape Town, where we have a subculture of these online radio stations popping up everywhere! It’s a pity that it doesn’t have 2oceansvibe radio though.
How about you, what apps are must-haves for you? Anything I’ve left out I should know about?
I live in Africa, more specifically, South Africa. We are surrounded by so much beauty here every day that sometimes I have to sit back and thank God for all the many gorgeous sites he provides for us here. Around where I grew up on the east coast is a lion park. It’s called Seaview Lion Park. If you’re ever planning a trip to South Africa, this is where you wanna go. Don’t be fooled by the name though, they have many other animals there also.
We were recently there shooting their video profile. I absolutely love nature so this was a heavenly project for me! The park is really well-run and clean. Even though all the animals are in cages, trust me, they are well-looked after. They are very tame (i say ‘very’ rather cautiously) and seemed to be very sociable with all the tourists. Curious even.
These wild animals, believe me when you see them up close, are truly a marvel. You realize that there is so much out there we don’t know and I can’t believe anyone who meets them could believe there isn’t a God who created them.
1. Power. They are so huge in person and so strong (even the babies). I was just amazed that they didn’t hurt us. In the photos we are petting them. Don’t know how we did it, they could have taken us out at any moment they wanted! I remember we were filming a scene of a black panther and he got curious about our tripod. He came over a couple times and started pawing it (is that a verb?) Anyway! He was very gentle – even his gentle was quite impressive – but he didn’t aim at hurting anyone. To him it’s playing. Being friendly. It’s like they are emphatic and can tell when you mean them harm and don’t mean them harm. He could definitely have managed a good dent in the metal, and in any of us for that matter – good thing we caught him in time!
2. Beauty. Each of these animal is so majestic, just looking at them inspires you! Each are so different, just like us in this world, each with their own unique skills and talents to contribute to the ‘Greater Order’ of things! Not only are they beautiful, but they take moments to appreciate the beauty of the world they live in. Like this lion below feeling the cool wind on his face during a hot morning. How often do we stop to do that?
3. Connecting. My favourite part was when I petted the baby tigers! These animals can really teach you the value of connecting; to each other, to them, to life itself. And that is a thrill in itself! To feel you are connected to the world around you, to be open, to take a chance and maybe even a risk. For the sheer thrill of connecting with the wild spirit that lies fundamentally in each one of us. Life, and nature, is meant to be enjoyed wholeheartedly! Get out and experience it!
I encourage you to tweet this, pin this, facebook this or whatever your flavour is to SPREAD THE WORD!!
Oh, and all the photos were taken by my brother Dane Doubell on his CANON 5D MK II
(and yes, I get that Tigers are not native to Africa but the pics were sooooo gorgeous I simply had to include them anyway!)
Here is the gorgeous video we shot: SEAVIEW LION PARK SKYBOK PROFILE.
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I’m very blessed in that, through the shoots we do for Skybok, I get to travel to so many different places, meet so many different people and – best of all – see amazing things. I’m remembering now back to a place we filmed in Cape Town called Vovo Telo. It’s a trendy little bar at the waterfront and they are really well-known for their coffees and pastries. I also love their pizzas and artisan breads. I’ve realised that the coffee culture truly has grown both here and internationally. Now, it’s becoming an art to pour the milk and mix the froth! The competition is on for who can make the best shapes on the top of the cappuccino nowadays. But for the most part I try not to get too sucked into drinking coffee for the sake of it. On the day we filmed their video profile, I just stuck to a peach iced tea. I love them and BOS is my new favourite make! How about you? Are you a coffee fiend?
To check out what we filmed, click HERE:
This past week I attended a very fun event here in Cape Town, South Africa. It was held at the Shimmy Beach Club at the harbour. I loved the vibe of the evening. There were loads of people all gathered together to see who would win the coveted title of the Cosmopolitan Hottest Bartender of the Year (with prize money of R20 000)! Cosmopolitan magazine, in partnership with Collison’s White Gold Brandy, announced on 14 January this year the five guys and five girls who got the nod to compete for the title of “SA’s Hottest Bartender”. The 10 finalists for 2013 were featured in the February issue of Cosmo. Readers had the opportunity to scrutinize these movers and shakers of creative cocktails, and to vote for their favourite. The aim of the Cosmopolitan Hottest Bartender search every year is to find a bartender with the perfect combination of creativity and charisma, who has his or her craft honed to perfection.
The competition is not judged only on looks: each entrant has to submit an original cocktail recipe.
They will then be required to prepare their cocktails on the night of the big finale in Cape Town on 14 March, and the overall winner will walk away with the grand prize of R20 000.
The 10 finalists were:
- Dillon Nuss from Taco Zulu, Durban
- Le Riche Meyer from Carnival Court, Cape Town
- Nicole Adams form Boulevard, Durban
- Gabriella Trollip from Tiger Tiger, Cape Town
- Domenico De Lorenzo from Molecular Bars, Johannesburg
- Johnny Bezuidenhout from Café Caprice, Cape Town - WINNER
- Robyn Horwitz from Movida, Johannesburg
- Imaan Mac Quena from Jade Champagne Bar & Lounge, Cape Town
- Nancy Ellis from Hooters, Durban
- Donovan Prince from Café Caprice, Cape Town
I personally loved the girls. They had a lot of spunk and could definitely hold their own next to the boys. But I have to say, the boys had that cockiness that’s a huge crowd pleaser in something like this. Let’s put it this way……while the girls were smiling, doing a few dance moves from behind the counter and tamely stirring in the vodka, the boys were literally ripping their shirts off, jumping on the counter and flexing their tattoo-covered muscles while shaking that martini!
And let me just say .. HUBBA HUBBA! I mean, C’mon, They had us at HELLO
The winner was Johnny Bezuidenhout from Cape Town’s most popular beach bar Café Caprice and he was really deserving. MC Poppy Ntshongwana didn’t have a hard time handing over the cheque!
We shot Caprice‘s Skybok Profile a few months ago and for the video, we got Johnny to prepare a Mojito for us on-camera – check out his talent for yourself by watching it HERE.
A great performance was given by iScream & The Chocolate Stix after the show and I really enjoyed their performance. It’s nice to hear local bands singing good music. Check out their blog HERE.
Thank you to everyone involved for bringing us an awesome event!
The 1820 Settler’s National Monument, Grahamstown
Algoa FM, Port Elizabeth
African Dawn, Jeffreys Bay
Die Walskipper, Jeffreys Bay
The Mexican, Jeffreys Bay
SAMREC, Port Elizabeth
Friar Tucks, Grahamstown
Rat & Parrot, Grahamstown
The Highlander, Grahamstown
Albany Museum, Grahamstown
Bridge Street Brewery, Port Elizabeth
Roastmaster Cafe, Port Elizabeth
Bocadillos, Port Elizabeth
Mangiamo / Wickerwoods, Port Elizabeth
Nanaga Farm Stall, Port Elizabeth
Ron Belling Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth
Che Restrobar, Port Elizabeth
Castros, Port Elizabeth
Charlie Superstar, Port Elizabeth
For The Love of Wine, Port Elizabeth
Salt, Port Elizabeth
Yias Yias, Port Elizabeth
Deli Street Cafe, Port Elizabeth
Flava, Port Elizabeth
The ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre, Port Elizabeth
Memory Lane, Port Elizabeth
Urban Espress, Port Elizabeth
East London Golf Club
Coming soon from Cape Town, Western Cape: Caprice Camps Bay, The Grand Beach Club Granger Bay, The Grand Beach Club Camps Bay, The Bay Hotel Camps Bay, Vovo Telo V&A Waterfront and more!! Follow us on Twitter & Facebook @Skybok_ZA & Skybok Profiles
Coming from Cape Town I’m used to my fair share of nightlife ………….. but Friar Tucks was something else altogether!
A classic nightclub in the heart of Grahamstown, South Africa, with a massive dance floor and 2 bars, you won’t be coming home until the early hours of the morning!
We filmed the club’s video profile for Skybok.net – Online Video Profiles Showcasing South Africa.
It’s been voted as South Africa’s number 1 nightclub.
You can find them on our website under ‘Grahamstown’ (change your city in the top right-hand corner) under ‘Nightclubs’ and ‘Bars and Pubs’.
I absolutely loved the vibe at this venue………. it was packed with students and everyone was having a great time!
I love the music – they often have popular DJs in for the night.
Listen to DJ Skullet’s mix from when he played there in August last year:
For more official photos Skybok took click HERE.
Shooting the famous ‘Highlander’ in Grahamstown for Skybok was an absolute delight.
It’s video profile appears on our website under ‘Grahamstown’ (change your city in the top right-hand corner) under ‘Pubs & Bars’, ‘Restaurants’, ‘Conference Centres’ and ‘Bed and Breakfasts’ seeing as it offers accommodation as well.
It’s a fantastic spot to come for a drink and a meal in the evening and socialize with friends or simply watch the latest sporting event.
They serve fantastic meals and I personally think it’s a winning spot to hire out for a function you are having.
My brother and I were joined by two friends during the shoot – Nick, my cousin, and Siphokazi my long-time friend.
We made a great ‘Crew’ on the shoot as together we kept it fun and easy.
(Definitely needed after a long day of hard work shooting venues all over Grahamstown!)
Click HERE for official pictures Skybok took of The Highlander, as well as The Lowlander downstairs.
The Lowlander is also a bar and space for people to have private functions.
We shot the Highlander during the day and actually came back to get The Lowlander that night – where we were met by a massive 21st party which we soon joined in with after we shot!
The whole Highlander venue lies adjacent to Saint Andrews College, and I have a feeling this spot is very popular for birthday parties and special occasions celebrated by students!
Fully licensed and with wheelchair access, the Lowlander also opens up (just like the Highlander above it) to an area where smokers can go.
It was absolute madness and loads of fun.
We took some hilarious pictures – see them HERE.
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I’ve always heard stories about The Rat & Parrot in Grahamstown, South Africa.
But I never believed them until I saw for myself the raucous behaviour that goes on amongst its devoted patrons – 90% of them students from nearby Rhodes University!
We had so much fun shooting their official video profile for Skybok – check it out at the top of this blog post or on our website “Skybok.net” or on our YouTube Channel “Skybok Travel”.
Categorized under “Bars & Pubs” on our website, I can’t think of a better description for the venue other than utter mayhem and a place where unforgettable memories are made!
Some of the drunk students we captured on film are hilarious and absolutely perfect to truly capture the atmosphere and essence of what you can expect here!
We had so much fun and it was an honour shooting their profile for them.
Everyone there was game and put their best foot forward when the camera was rolling…………. Thank you!
Skybok’s team was recently in East London to shoot the video profile of The East London Golf Club.
You can find the video on our website under ‘East London’ (change your city in the top right-hand corner) under ‘Golf Estates’.
What a beautiful place!
I’m proud to say it’s video profile does the place complete justice.
Photos can be deceiving, but video cannot lie!
For more photos Skybok took of the venue, click HERE.
And for blog articles written about it on popular blogs, see below: