The Visual Content Gang (VCG) are the go-to guys for urban culture content, period. They’ve captured some of the most iconic moments in local popular culture with a bunch of your faves. We sat down with the co-founder of VCG, Zunaid ‘The Editor’ Green to hear what really went down at Fill Up FNB Stadium, Cassper Nyovest’s record-breaking concert, where the gang filmed behind the scenes.
GQ: Your team just came from an iconic gig. How are you feeling right now?
Zunaid Green: You can’t feel any other way but inspired. As a team, we’ve witnessed the progress of Cassper Nyovest as an artist and his success is a real motivator.
GQ: How much preparation actually goes into what you do?
ZG: We covered the lead up and behind the scenes of the show. I wouldn’t say the actual day needed to be prepared for – our relationship with Cass had grown over the years to the point where we could comfortably film him in his hotel and really get him to be open and honest with us.
GQ: What was the brief to your team?
ZG: Cass and his team had lots on their plates, so there was no real brief per se. Batandwa [Alperstein] was guiding the questions and we let things move organically on the day. Part of the reason for Cassper’s success is how real he is, so we wanted to show that but also highlight what a real star he is at the same time.
GQ: In terms of shooting, what is the one non-negotiable?
ZG: For me, it’s about getting your energy right. Regardless of personal issues or other project stresses, when you’re on set you’re there to work and you need the right energy for that.
GQ: There were some amazing photos that came from #FillUpFNBStadium. What stood out for you?
ZG: There was the image I shot that Cassper currently has as his Twitter profile pic, of him near the front of stage with all the traditional dancers around him and fire visuals on the screens. I felt like the energy at that moment was so powerful, and to capture Cassper looking so strong and proud to be African was something I’m proud of.
GQ: What other moments come to mind?
ZG: When Riky Rick hugged Cassper and kissed his head. This was such a real moment between brothers – you could feel the love. Then to Capture Kwesta and Cass dancing together had such a vibe and I was basically dancing while taking the pics. I must give a special shoutout to Jabu Nkosi, who must have the biggest pic of the night – a top-angle shot over the crowd with Cassper on stage. Truly a huge moment.
GQ: Seeing that there were many photographers, was it an ego-less affair?
ZG: I think generally it was good spirited. I might have bothered certain people – especially since I’m more into filming than photography – but in general nobody got pissed off.
GQ: What’s it like to work with Cassper and his team?
ZG: Cassper is one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve met, and to be working with him and his team is very exciting. Things were sometimes last minute but it’s the nature of the game and we were able to adapt. We also filmed some content leading up to the event, such as the Cîroc phone piece and the God’s Must Be Crazy spoof that was played at the show. It was fun to do those and Cassper is a natural entertainer, so the amount of times that I needed to stop myself from laughing and ruining a shot was a lot.
GQ: This was his biggest gig ever. Was it yours as well?
ZG: We’ve had bigger projects with other brands but, in terms of cultural relevance, this has to be up there for us. Just to be a part of the historic moment is enough.
GQ: Was the lion like real real?
ZG: Pretty much. Somehow they sourced it – I’m assuming from a taxidermist. So it was a trip. Also, in his backstage room there was a full-sized lioness that was just there to add to the vibe. He really committed to the theme.
GQ: What was the mood like after the show?
ZG: It was as general sense of relief and excitement and the weight of the moment had not sunken in yet.
GQ: I take it you guys shot a film of some sorts. How much editing goes on before we see the final product ?
ZG: To be honest, this is a part of a bigger project and we’ve still got lots of planning and shooting to do, so I can’t say when tit will go live. We want it to be impactful and that takes time.
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