Beautiful storytelling by director Walter Stoehr from Mainz, Germany. “!aouo !a!a wa” translates from traditional San Bushmen language to mean “The Stumbling Cheetah,” and was inspired by time Stoehr spent volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary and carnivore research facility in Namibia last year.
Combining an origin story of the world’s fastest animal with the dangers the species faces today, the short features stunning footage, all captured with a vintage 16mm camera and four rolls of expired Fuji stock. As Stoehr shared with us:
“I‘ve met wonderful people there, who in one way or another shaped this film. The team literally consisted of one guy with a camera and so I am especially grateful to the guides who helped organize the shoot and to the talent in front of the camera. They contributed greatly to capturing these images. Close encounters with the cheetahs only strengthened my desire to raise awareness for the difficult situation these majestic animals are in today.”
Watch “!aouo !a!a wa” above and check out some behind-the-scenes photos below.
Director, Cinematographer & Editor: Walter Stoehr
Music composer: Nikolas Altmannsberger – Schall & Rauch Audio
Sound designer: Floyd Fürstenau – Schall & Rauch Audio
Sound mixer: Robin Harff – Schall & Rauch Audio
Title designer: Philipp Kuhn
Colorist: Samuel Muff – SLGH ZH