Safe Surf Set reopens for shoots

One of the advantages of the Inyoni film location farm near Cape Town is that you can have the set entirely to yourself. Under normal circumstances, this might be self-evident. But it’s a huge advantage under the Covid 19 Pandemic: The set has no residents, and no neighbours, so you can implement total access control.…

Cape Town film permit office reopens

The City of Cape Town will reopen the film permitting process, following the announcement by the South African national government to allow local production film companies to return to work, according to an article published by IOL As part of its permitting process, the City’s Film Permit Office has developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) aimed…

CPASA lobbies SA government to restart commercial production

The Commercial Producer’s Association of South Africa is lobbying government to allow commercial production to resume at lockdown stage 4, which commences countrywide on Friday 1 June. They’ve released a list of strict protocols for production companies to follow that addresses how to continue film making during the Covid 19 pandemic, from prep, technical recces,…

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…

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…

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…