Hands-on Experience VS Long, Boring Lectures | With 2018 Cine Graduate Johann Rademeyer

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Before starting the programme, I was more excited to get my RPL than the actual programme itself. But after the first couple of days, I realised that I definitely made the right decision, and in the end, it was one of the best years of my life. Being able to go into class every day and get hands-on experience instead of long boring lectures was unreal. I’ve learned so much during this course and it gave me a lot of confidence going into the industry knowing I have basically been doing it for a year already.

“How best can I capture the natural beauty that surrounds me?” This was the main motivator behind videographer and 2018 graduate of our One-Year Full-Time Cinematography for Content Creation programme, Johann Rademeyer, to pursue the various and optimal ways to capture nature, and his adventures within it, as beautifully as possible.

We caught up with him to chat about his thoughts surrounding the programme and advice he could share with anyone interested in getting the RPL qualification, and what is ideal future is with the craft:

Rita Pienaar

When and why did you first become interested in cinematography?

Johann Rademeyer

My love for the ocean and outdoors is the reason I started getting into cinematography. I wanted to show people what I do and how I see things. I took photography as a subject at school, but the photos just weren’t real enough. Especially after I saw what you can do with Photoshop. So from about 15 years, I started making videos of my friends surfing and going on adventures in the beautiful Garden Route.

RP

What were your initial expectations of the One-Year Full-Time Cinematography for Content Creation programme? Did it live up to those expectations?

JR

Before starting the programme, I was more excited to get my RPL than the actual programme itself. But after the first couple of days, I realised that I definitely made the right decision, and in the end, it was one of the best years of my life. Being able to go into class every day and get hands-on experience instead of long boring lectures was unreal. I’ve learned so much during this course and it gave me a lot of confidence going into the industry knowing I have basically been doing it for a year already.

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RP

Tell us about your year so far – What have you been doing since graduating from the Cine programme?

JR

My highlight of the year so far must be the trip I just came back from. I went on a two week trip to the Namibian desert to film some 4×4 and fishing videos. It was an amazing experience being in the desert with only the basics. No electricity, no reception, limited food and some of the best people I know. But other than that, I’ve shot a wedding in February and I did some odd jobs here and there.

RP

What is your ultimate goal with cinematography and visual storytelling?

JR

My ideal future within the craft of cinematography and visual storytelling would be to showcase tours and adventures as it happened. I want to give people something that they can treasure forever and a memory that will last a lifetime whenever they return from a trip. I love the outdoors and it is where I spend most of my time. And that’s the reason why I enjoy filming people on an adventure. Whether it’s hiking, surfing, fishing, hunting or basically any action sport. No matter what sport or activity you are doing, as soon as adrenalin kicks in, we often don’t realize what’s actually happening. And to capture that moment and relive it is what keeps pushing me. The reaction you get from people when you play them the video is priceless. It’s a feeling only a filmmaker gets to experience.

RP

You recently completed the RPL course with us, as part of the Cine programme. What has been your biggest motivator behind attaining the RPL qualification?

JR

When I started with my RPL, have never flown any drone and didn’t know anything about it. It is quite intimidating if you’re not from an Aviation background. But I really want to be a drone pilot, it’s something I wanted to do for about 2 years prior to the course. The people were also really helpful and kept on motivating me to finish.

RP

What is it about using drones that appealed to you and how were you envisioning it to contribute to your visual offering?

JR

I love shooting GoPro because of all the different perspectives you can get. And that’s exactly the reason why drones appealed to me. The drone just gets a perspective that a lot of people have never seen before. And to see how everyday things and locations look from the sky always blows my mind.

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RP

What advice would you give to people who are considering doing the RPL course?

JR

Ensure that you do your homework before you make up your mind. Know what you are getting yourself into and also understand the whole process. It will also help if you know exactly what you want to do once you have your RPL. These are the things that I wish I did before the time.

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