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“Sea Fever”: A Cinematic Poem Commercial Short Film For NSRI Directed By Tristyn Von Berg (2013)

“Sea Fever” is a Cinematic Poem Commercial Short Film For NSRI Featuring Poem by John Masefield Directed By Tristyn Von Berg.

Directed by:  Tristyn Von Berg

Production Company – Velocity Films

Producer – Chantel Kriel
Client – NSRI
Agency – Ogilvy
Cinematographer – Shaun Lee
Editor – Reggie Vogas


“This powerful commercial by Velocity’s Tristyn Von Berg and Ogilvy Cape Town explores the passionate relationship South Africans have with the sea. A reading of John Masefield’s 1907 poem “Sea Fever” accompanies beautiful imagery, showing that a love of the ocean is an understanding of its great power.

The ad serves as a reminder that the ocean is a safer environment when the NSRI volunteers are on duty. It was shot at various locations in the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Teams had to work through difficult weather days and harsh conditions, yet the end product speaks for itself in a poignant ode to the sea.”


“Sea Fever” by John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.