On Saturday, our sports division – Moonsport – started production on ”Round the World in 80 Days” – following cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont, live, on his epic journey as he cycles 240 miles / 16 hours each day. Beaumont is preceding his July start with a “test-run”, cycling 3500 miles around Great Britain over 14 days. Cape Town based cameraman Helmut Scherz and editor/stills photographer Johnny Swanepoel will be on the road with Mark and his support team for the same relentless 16 cycling hours every day. Daily uploads will illustrate his progress and tell the story. Moonsport’s Trent Key and Manni Ferreira will be steering the production over the next 5 months. You can follow Mark’s progress on www.artemisworldcycle.com on Twitter at @MrMarkBeaumont #AroundBritain #80Days.
Hungry Man’s Dave Laden shot Mekanism’s World of Tanks campaign with us over 2 days in Cape Town. Noordhoek Common swapped its usual occupants (local dog-walkers) for the star of these Super Bowl featured ads – the legendary Sherman World War II Tank (circa 1940). Driven down from Bloemfontein’s military war museum on a flatbed, our hero was skilfully driven by a South African army tank commander, destroying 4 immaculate set-builds, with 2 resets for each. We had to do regular “sweeps” of the surrounding bushes, uncovering numerous locals hiding to watch!
We are incredibly proud to be involved in the landmark circular economy project “The Virtuous Circle” , that has been launched in South Africa to tackle the challenges of childhood nutrition, food packaging waste and education about sustainable waste management . 2 weeks ago we shot an educational video for the project with South Africa’s own legend Tresor that shows delivery of Futurelife Twin pouches to schoolchildren as well as the first wave of Wildlands Green Desks that are created entirely from recycled, flexible packaging.
The Virtuous Circle is co-ordinated by DuPont in close collaboration with Futurelife®, EqualTrade4, Amcor, Wildlands, RWPA and Wastebuster among others. @3PillarsZA Wastebuster Intergalactic
A few behind-the-scenes from the best few days shooting with multi-award winning and platinum selling Tresor, the legendary Captain Busta, the Khayelitsha Peacemakers & director Carl Houston Mc Millan for the UK’s not-for-profit Wastebuster CIC with Katy Newnham. Huge thanks to Carl Houston McMillan and the amazing crew who gave their time and expertise. And special thanks to the amazing Moonlighting team that includes Chantel, Carl, Jess, Eve & Allan. We’ll show you more when we can.
Moonlighting was incredibly proud to undertake and sponsor the production of the Robben Island Museum’s mobile replica Mandela cell, launched last month at Spine Road High School, Mitchells Plain in the presence of former political prisoners Ahmed Kathrada, Eddie Daniels, Andrew Mlangeni and Dennis Goldberg; Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and Home Affairs Deputy Minister Fathima Chohan and more than 1200 matric students from surrounding Mitchells Plain High Schools. Huge thanks and respect to the amazing workmanship of Johnny Breedt, Rae Wynne-Roberts, Mustakim Salie, Nic Buchanan, Drew Jarvis & Robert Burger, who designed and created the cell & its trailer (construction, illustration, printing). The cell will be taken around the country by the Robben Island Museum & The Ministry of Home Affairs, to educate children about the country’s past.
Moonlighting were one of the proud sponsors of this year’s Indie Karoo Film Festival, held at the Showroom Theatre in Prince Albert.
South Africa’s own, Academy Award winning director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) came specially for the screening of his latest movie Eye in the Sky that he shot with the festival’s co-organiser, Production Designer Johnny Breedt (shot with Moonlighting in South Africa). Winners included producer Barry Strick for best feature Twee Grade van Moord. Pictured: Gavin Hood with festival co-organiser Cecilia Voges.
European soccer legends Oliver Kahn, Michael Konsel, Geert de Vlieger and Peter Schmeichel bump into each other on a beautiful golf-course, ‘somewhere in France’ and begin their sporting challenge; so begins the new UEFA 2016 campaign directed by Mike Morley and shot with us in Cape Town for Germany’s leading sports betting provider Tipico..
Art Director Naobi Noisette worked alongside model-maker Lee-Ann Heath to design and create 24 massive icons to represent each UEFA qualifying country. For France, for example, they made a poodle and a 3m high frog with baguette and wine (now resident at Moonlighting); for the UK – a red telephone box sofa; for Germany – a 5m “cake” of the Brandenburg Gate; for Croatia – a massive dalmation (now the mascot at a local animal shelter). We worked with prosthetics master Clinton from Cosmesis to create the ageing masks for Kahn and Schmeichel. It was a multi-camera shoot including Steadicams, a Phantom, a Drone and we tried out the Teryx Quad Bike system with Predator arm.
Poor Shayne and Beccy roughed it in Cannes again this year. We were based during the day at the Mandala Beach Restaurant as part of the GPN (Global Production Network) base; thanks to all the clients who came to visit us there and joined us for morning yoga on the beach (!), SUP-ing on our branded GPN boards (! again), breakfasts, drinks, lunch and great chats. We partied at the PIG / Tantor Films BBQ sessions; at the Lee Films pool party; at the Casta Diva apartment; at the SHOTS party; the Location Guide Soiree; and of course co-sponsored the best party of the week – Friday night’s South Africa party at Long Beach. DJ’s Marc Algranti and Juan Woodbury rocked it again. By Sunday 26th it was all over for another year.
Moonlighting’s digital company Thread just shot Laura Mvula’s music video “Phenomenal Woman” with Director Alex Southam and London Alley. We shot in 1 day in Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap, working in 2 -3 minute sessions to allow for no lock-offs and the area’s 5 prayer times. UK stylist Alex Noble (stylist for Lady Gaga) designed costumes and we cast locally with mostly professional dancers.
Great interview in the Hollywood Reporter with producer Bill Gerber – praise for South African crew, the South African tax incentives and for Moonlighting 🙂
Yesssssss!!!!! TWO South Africa Music Award nominations for THREAD!!!! One for Army of One (Jack Parow & Freshlyground) and one for Caviar Dreams (Al Bairre & P.H.fat).
I even got a quote from Jon Savage in all the excitement!!! “Thank you Xperia Mashlab on 5FM!This is testament to Sony Xperia’s bravery in creating something unique in the landscape of musical collaboration!”
Thread has produced 9 music videos for Sony xperia Mashlab, working with the above artists as well as David Kramer, Toya DeLazy, Kwesta, Black Motion, Tresor, The Kiffness.
We are looking for a bidding / pre production assistant to join us full time, to start asap.
The ideal applicant will have some production experience and will be organized, detail-oriented, enjoy research and want to grow within a production environment. This is a long term Position and we hope to find someone who wants to work in-house for an extended period of time.
This is a great opportunity for someone who is keen to learn within a busy production environment. There will be some time spent on set but this position is primarily office-based, so will not suit someone who wants to be on set all the time.
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Huge congratulations to the cast and crew of Mad Max Fury Road.
SIX OSCARS for: Best Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Film Editing, and both Sound Mixing and Editing.
We are very proud of the phenomenal crew and cast.
Hollywood “blown away” by SA production crews – written by Francesca Fazey / Cape Business News
South Africa’s international reputation for excellence in the film industry is fast extending beyond its scenic locations to now include the quality of its production crews. This is according to Chris Brancato, Executive Producer of “Of Kings and Prophets,” the first big-budget television series from American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Studios to be shot entirely in South Africa.
Brancato was speaking at a press conference on Thursday on the series set, located in Stellenbosch. “I have worked on film sets all over the world, and can honestly say that this is one of the best crews I have ever worked with,” Brancato said.
He described the attention to detail in every level of the production as “jaw-dropping.” Brancato also praised the work ethic and depth of talent available in the country and said he had received several unsolicited comments from seasoned Hollywood directors involved in the show who were “blown away” by the quality of the South African production team. The ethnic diversity of the crew in senior positions and “not just as assistants”, was another strong feature that was rare in the industry, Brancato said.
For full article, see http://www.cbn.co.za/component/k2/hollywood-blown-away-by-sa-production-crews
Of Kings and Prophets was shot with Moonlighting Films
Production value in South Africa is at an all-time high thanks to our all-time low Rand. Which means 33% more value for your $ or € and 25% more value for your £. Basically, $50 -70 will get you a meal for 2 in a 5 star restaurant with wine. And a sunset. By the ocean. Production is also easier now that 4 features have wrapped.
Of Kings and Prophets – shot with Moonlighting Films in South Africa – will premier in the US on March 8th.
Published in Business Day: 19 February, 2016
THESE are fire-treated so they can go up in flames, says costume supervisor Stephen O’Rawe. There’s a battle tonight and O’Rawe is in the thick of it. He’s marshalling uniforms for three different tribes so that everything is ready when the 400-odd extras arrive to be dressed. The clothes of the various “soldiers” will catch alight in the midst of the fray — without the actors being crisped.
It’s dusty and hot in the bleached hills outside Durbanville in the Western Cape where the American Broadcasting Corporation Studios’ (ABC’s) television series Of Kings and Prophets is being filmed. It’s the largest ABC production yet to be filmed in SA.
“He came from Game of Thrones,” says costume designer Moira Meyer of O’Rawe. “He says he’s never going back.”
O’Rawe is marching about showing off Philistine masks and leather jerkins. Game of Thrones in some ways marked a new era in television drama: the television spectacular. The Home Box Office (HBO) series has won 26 Primetime Emmy Awards and attracted record numbers of viewers and a broad and active international fan base.
Of Kings and Prophets, which traces the rise of a shepherd, David, to become the Israelites’ most famous king, is ABC’s answer to the rise of these superseries.
For full article, go to: http://www.bdlive.co.za/life/entertainment/2016/02/19/of-local-film-crew-kings-and-vital-profits
8 music videos down, 1 to go in the Sony Xperia Mashlab project being produced by our digital company Thread. The 7th is Evergreen, a collaboration by Tresor & The Kiffness, directed by Quinton Lavery, that – as voted by Sony Xperia Mashlab fans – combines “Tarantino tunes & summer vibes”. It’s high in the national charts and playing on MYV and Trace. We shot it on Seapoint Beach at sunset and invited fans to come and be extras. Very cool, you’ll love it. Here are some pic. Videos to follow. #Sony Xperia Mashlab #5FM #Tresor #The Kiffness #Evergreen #Thread