Leading a creative team remotely

Film production, to a large extent, has remote work built into it’s processes. Departments and their HODs are briefed, and get on with their tasks, regrouping and reporting when necessary, This is of course true of both director-based, and service-based work, where briefs happen long before we get to meet our clients and colleagues in…

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NFVF and SWIFT want to know more about gender equality in SA film industry

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has announced that it’s partnering with Sisters Working in Film (SWIFT) to study gender roles in the South African Film Industry. The study is a follow up on another, recent study that was conducted by SWIFT and launched at the 2017 Durban International Film Festival. The study uncovered…

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Cape Town’s reached 14 hours of daily sunlight – and climbing

One of the many reasons Cape Town is so popular with filmmakers in summer are the long days of sunlight. Today, 4 September, Cape Town’s twilight starts at 05:37 and ends at 19:53 – so 14 hours of ambient light has arrived! On 20 November, there are 14 hours between sunrise and sunset; with 17 hours…

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Variety punts budget-friendly shooting in SA

Back in March 2017, Variety praised South Africa for its multiple advantages to filmmakers, including spectacular landscapes, extensive production infrastructure, and experienced crew. It’s worth revisiting that article, just before the summer filming season kicks in, to review why, and just how popular, South Africa – and Cape Town and Johannesburg in particular – have…

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Association for SA specialist camera operators created

The South African Society of Cinematographers have created a new association for specialist camera operators, called the South African Society of Operators (SASO). SASO is open to specialist operators who, as yet, do not qualify for full membership within the SASC, and include aerial, drone, water, steadicam and tracking camera operators. Operators wishing to join…

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Submission of SA films invited for 2018 best foreign film Oscar

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is extending a call to all South African producers to submit their films for entry into the 90th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars). The Academy has opened a call for entry for Best Foreign Language Film Award, inviting South Africans to submit…

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