Cape Town gets marketing mojo at Cannes from Wesgro

The number of filming permits issued by the City of Cape Town has doubled over the past two financial years, and the city is looking to substantial increase that, according to Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. de Lille’s comments come as the city seeks to make a big impact at this years’ Cannes Film…

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South African Society of Cinematographers calls for 2017 award nominations

The South African Society of Cinematographers (SASC) has called for nominations for the 2017 Visible Spectrum Awards, which recognise the highest levels of excellence in Cinematography currently active in the South African industry. These awards celebrate and acknowledge the very best work produced by South African Cinematographers, and are an opportunity for Cinematographers to show off…

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Why so much Hollywood CGI is produced outside of the USA

A New York Times magazine piece explaining why some of the most thrilling CG for Hollywood blockbuster movies is being produced all over the world, especially in London, rather than in the USA. CG is one of the creative processes that can happen anywhere there are talented artists and technicians, and the tech and fast internet required to support…

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8th Durban FilmMart promotes record number of film and documentary projects

A record 22 fiction feature film and documentary projects in development from around Africa have been selected for the 8th edition of the Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place in Durban, South Africa from July 14 to 17. A joint programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s film industry development unit, the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the…

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‘Alike’ Bittersweet animation about resisting efforts to kill creativity

“Alike” is a lovely, bittersweet animated short film directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez. It’s about how society tries to kill the creativity in a child, and how that loss affects her relationship with her Dad. We love its simplicity and power.

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Tips for background extras

There’s no excuse for disrepectful treatment of background extras on a film set by any of the crew. And likewise, extras really need to behave professionally on any set. Backstage has some great tips for extras about behaving professionally on a film set, and making the best impression on the 1st AD and production team.  

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