We Are What Took You So Long
We tell stories. Guerrilla filmmaking takes us to the most remote areas of the world. We look for untold stories and unsung heroes. Care to join?
We are a filmmaking team of strong and varied talents.
Guerrilla filmmaking is an informal and flexible method that fits the situation, culture, country, and people we are shooting.
It’s about building relationships through living with the people you film, travelling by public transport, and working with local partners and volunteers.
Guerrilla is a lifestyle as much as a method. We live where we work, and encourage participation in the creative process.
Guerrilla is not a closed circle and neither are we.
From Mauritania to Mongolia, through Papua New Guinea, and with a detour to Central America, we’ve filmed in over 60 countries.
What Took You So Long is a team of documentary filmmakers dedicated to filming unsung heroes and untold stories.
We like to film what we love, and that has led us to food, farmers, nomads, entrepreneurs, designers, innovators and educators.
We’ve worked with the biggest and the smallest, the head honchos and the grassroots.
Our main game. Short web videos to feature-length creative projects. We get into the field and work in difficult places, like Somalia, Iraq, Congo, Liberia. We end up filming what we love: food and people making helpful projects.
It doesn’t matter if you’re eight or eighty, everyone has an imagination, and every story has a beginning. We can be at the starting line to guide a script , storyboard, or plan from idea to video.
WTYSL does things a little differently and we sometimes get asked to talk about that. We’re pretty good at Open Space discussions and workshops around guerrilla filmmaking.
What started out as using volunteers as cheap labour has turned into a way of encouraging people to think outside of the film box. Now we offer filmmaker training on the road and on the job.
Storymaker and storyteller, dreamer of Guerrilla education
Small but powerful visionary cinematographer, compact editor, and documentary photographer.
Whirlwind connector of dots, agitator and motivator. Shakes things forward.
Viking with a good camera eye. People and sauna lover.
Behind the scenes maker and adventurer. Loves livestreaming.
Scouring Africa For Impactful Projects To Turn Into Beautiful Movies. What Took You So Long is a guerrilla video studio that travels around Africa,
making beautiful movies about people driving change on the continent. Oh, and camels. Lots of camels.” Fast Company’s Co.Exist
on the work WTYSL is doing in Africa.
Their camel milk quest took the grassroots production crew on an expedition to find local camel farmers and milk producers who are actively selling, distributing and championing this superfood, while running into camel activists, renowned doctors from international universities, and a local camel milk bar owner, who all profess its great health aspects as well as its growing economic worth.”
Afrinator’s Neva Mwiti reviewing Hot Chocolate For Bedouins, “Filming in Africa was done in Northern Kenya, and while the camel cheese (and milk) project started there, it took the team to 18 countries in Asia and the Middle East, where camels are the mainstay of local Bedouin and nomad tribes.
Many small grants to fund great culture. Crowdfunding is a growing alternative to the traditional cultural support.”
Nanushka Yeaman for Sweden’s Fokus Magazine
on the WTYSL’s crowdfunding efforts.
Is camel milk the future for drought-stricken Kenya?… as drought ravages northern Kenya, some development workers are arguing that camels could provide a more drought-resistant alternative to cows and other livestock.”
CNN’s Inside Africa
writer Emily Wither, on the challenges pastoralists in Kenya and elsewhere face and how some are turning things around.
What does the film crew of the 21st century look like? It’s rogue, under the radar and it’s asking: “What took you so long to join them?” Supported by a global network of passion-driven individuals who become part of their “skeleton crew”, the What Took You So Long Foundation is blazing entirely new trails.”
Friend of the WTYSL and Sandbox Network’s Brock LeMieux on the search for unsung cheese.
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