Climate Solver 2014 Solar Turtle

Filmmaker Q&A with Director Yvette Lambrecht

Is there a particular video, film, campaign or filmmaker that had a major influence on your career?

Michael Moore, Werner Herzog, “Amelie”, “City of God”, local South African filmmakers


What motivated you to make this film?

WWF South Africa commissioned the film. Its interpretation was up to me.


Please tell us what camera(s) you shot with primarily – and any other special equipment that you used and why you used it.

Canon 5D Mk II – no special equipment at all!


Please tell us about any special styles or techniques that you used during the production of your film to help tell your story. 

We employed documentary filmmaking techniques, using the interview with James to cover the content and carry the story.


How did your story evolve from day one, to the very last day in post? Is your story what you thought it would be?

As we discovered more about the Solar Turtle project, the film evolved. It did not end up being what we thought it would. We added shoot days and interview footage due to this change.


Please describe the most rewarding experience you had while making this film. 

Providing the organisation with a worthwhile, useful film. Informing viewers about this exciting innovation.


What advice can you give to other impact filmmakers?

The key is a cross over between content and creative.


What’s your favorite part about the filmmaking process and why?

Pre and post production. I love the planning and unfolding of ideas and then “bringing it home” and how it really translates on screen.


What’s the one item you always take with you when working out in the field and why? 

Notebook and pen. This is an essential item for any filmmaker at all times.


Please share a personal story about your experience making this film.

I got to know the innovator well during the making of the film and we have remained in contact. This is often the case with film “subjects” and leads to so many more opportunities and linkages.


Can you describe any obstacles you encountered in making your film and/or in your distribution/exhibition efforts?

As this was not a classic documentary, not really.


What do you want audiences to take away from your film?

There are solutions to the energy crisis and they don’t all have to be huge plants and grid-based.


Please list key points that should be covered in a post-screening discussion:

The Solar Turtle was a 2014 Climate Solver winner in South Africa. The project was in its pilot phase at that point, but has grown and evolved since.


Please provide information on any recent developments regarding the issue or subjects of the film. How have things changed or not changed?

The Solar Turtle has grown and developed as a concept. We recently updated this video for them. They are currently rolling out a pilot in the Eastern Cape in South Africa and learning a lot.


What opportunities are available for those interested in getting further involved?

Entrepreneurs can apply to own a Solar Turtle in their communities.


Please provide any additional resources (websites, links to additional videos, forms, articles, etc.):



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