Scenes for a documentary, Too Many Degrees, commissioned by the British High Commission to look at the effect of climate change on human security were shot at various locations in Johannesburg during October. Using water as the key driver, the doccy, by Cape Town-based One World, explores individuals and communities affected by floods and drought; and the resulting affects of failed agriculture, forced migration as well as the inevitable health and social issues.

Jozi skyline
Producer Leigh Page comments: "There is no key presenter - the fabric of the story is sewn with the thread of expert testimonies from the top scientific minds in the field, including Prof Anthony Turton, Dr Peter Ashton, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda and Dr Guy Midgely. Interspersed with these are the human drama stories of three families - one in Tanzania affected by drought, one in Zambia affected by flood and one from Zimbabwe, forced to migrate to Johannesburg.

"We shot on and off in Johannesburg during October. The Zimbabwean migrant in our story, Ambrose, currently lives at the Central Methodist Church in President Street, Johannesburg. In documenting his life, we followed him around downtown Jozi, as well as spending a substantial amount of time with him and the many other migrants inside the building. In addition, we shot the obligatory establishing shots of the Jozi skyline and a very effective time-lapse shot of sunset over Alexandra. We also travelled to Beit Bridge to shoot Migrant Camps in Musina. And then there was Tanzaina and Zambia mentioned above."

Principal photography took just over a month in three countries. November was spent editing and the film will premier in December at COP15, the United Nations Climate Change conference in Copenhagen, where the world's policy makers will re-assess and improve on the Kyoto Agreement.

"Due to the amount of travel and the exorbitant costs, we had to keep the crew as small as possible," continues Page. "We managed with three, all of us wearing several hats when the need arose. But the biggest hats we wore were Producer - Leigh Page, Director - Bertrand Guillemot and Cinematographer/Sound- Shaun Lee."

Camera, lights and sound gear were rented from Big Blue, and the post production was handled by Daniel Mitchell of Be Phat Motel, titles and artwork by the gifted Floyd Paul and original score is by Matthee & Matthes.

"After the Copenhagen screening, flighting on various international channels will follow," concludes Paige. "I would just like to add that Seitiso Mogoshane from the Gauteng Film Commission was remarkably helpful - even to the point of making recommendations of shooting locations."