Tour de Timor 2012

Peter Wall | September 7 2012 | no comments
Tour de Timor 2012

Hey everyone. This is freelance camera/producer Peter Wall writing for the Jungle Run blog.

We’ve just arrived in Dili, East Timor and are getting set to shoot the 2012 Tour de Timor, South East Asia’s largest mountain bike race. The Tour is a 6-day 555-km route that snakes along the Timorese coast and up into the mountainous countryside. This year over 300 riders are taking part. What’s really special about the Tour this year is for the first time it will cross the border into neighbouring Indonesia. A short history lesson will tell you this is a very big deal.

All this will be filmed by the intrepid team from Jungle Run. This is the third year Jungle Run has broadcast the Tour, and the team this time around is… well, huge! We are 19 in all – including 9 cameras, a sound man, editors and production support. Tomorrow, Jungle Run founder Joe Yaggi will head out for a pre-race recce, while other members of the team will shoot the “Ride for Peace” a friendly community bike ride in Dili. 700 local kids will ride alongside some of the riders from this year’s Tour.

Riders, volunteers, and media have been gathering all day – and will continue to gather all weekend – at the Timor Lodge, Dili’s most unique hotel. The lodge has over 100 rooms, mostly in shipping containers, each with their own small AC unit. The riders are unpacking their bikes, the mechanics are tuning everyone up, and volunteers are buzzing around making sure everyone is ready for when the race starts on Monday.

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2011 Year of Forests

Joe Yaggi | February 13 2011 | 2 comments
2011 Year of Forests

Jungle Run has just been chosen to support WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) with the production of a nine-month webcast series. The GFTN promotes legal and sustainable forest  practices with market-based incentives, including certification.

Jungle Run’s relationship with WWF and GFTN began back in 2003. We traveled three days deep into the “Heart of Borneo” to document WWF and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) joining forces with timber giant Sumalindo Lestari Jaya. A ground-breaking project tracking wood from stump to shelf helped the company achieve FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification and revealed to this crew some of the healthiest forest we’ve seen anywhere in Borneo – including the national parks! Indeed, there’s a lot to be said for forest management with vested long-term interests.

In 2006 we returned to Borneo to work on TIMBER FUTURES. This film, produced by Television Trust for the Environment and broadcast on BBC World’s Earth Report, asked the question, “Can the market save Indonesia’s forests?”

Cut to 2011, the UN’s International Year of Forests, and the jury’s still out. Embarking on our latest forest film series in Indonesia, we find destructive logging and wholesale forest conversion still very much the norm. But thanks to organizations like WWF, the push towards sustainable forest management remains strong. Coming years bring special hope in the run-up to the 2012 climate talks. That’s when the global community can deem trees worth more alive than dead. Here at Jungle Run, we hope that Indonesia’s vast stores of forest carbon will be valued in the fight against global warming, while conserving precious habitats and sustainable resources for humans and animals alike.

Indonesia forest photo by Djuna Ivereigh

Tour de Timor 2010

Joe Yaggi | February 13 2011 | 1 comment
Tour de Timor 2010

Patrick Lavaud shooting Tour de Timor 2010 for Jungle Run

Jungle Run founder Joe Yaggi and GM Stephen DeMeulenaere are just back from East Timor, where we presented our final film series chronicling the grueling 2010 Tour de Timor mountain cycling race.

The 5-day race was an intensive production, powered by 8 jam-synced HD cameras and 4 Avid editors. In all, we headed up a 15-person crew hailing from East Timor, Indonesia, the US, Canada and France. After a run of all-night editing sessions, the post team turned out an adrenaline-pumped product.

The trailer:

The buzz:

“Thank you very much, excellent work!”
His Excellency Jose Ramos-Horta, President of Timor Leste

Jason, Amin and Dewa editing at Tour de Timor 2010

“Wow, that was amazing. Was your editing team wired on Red Bull or what?”
Toby Gibson – Participant TdT 2010

“I can’t wait to sign up for the next race!”
anonymous participant

“I’d love to work with you again.”
Clementino Maia – Timorese freelance cameraman

“Excellent guys, well done. You’ve made our jobs much easier.”
Sean Borrell – PR Manager, Office of the President

From the race on through editing and animation back home, the final outputs for Tour de Timor 2010 include:

  • 6 x 7 minute films on each district the race passed through
  • 10 minutes of race footage uploaded nightly for international broadcast
  • 5 x 6 min short stage report films
  • 1 x 30 minute final race film following the entire tour
  • Heaps of HD stock footage

Tour de Timor 2010 Film Crew

Timor Leste scenic photography by Djuna Iveriegh
Jungle Run staff photography by Shinta Okta

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