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    The Best Christmas Party Ever

    8 January 2013

    Moonlighting Commercials and Moonlighting Films got together for the best Christmas Party ever at Harbour House at the Waterfront the Friday before Christmas. Manni surpassed himself as usual as organiser / Master of Ceremonies.


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    Fotobuch for Fifty-Seven

    3 October 2012

    This is the commercial we shot this winter with Fifty-Seven GmbH, director Christiane Brunner Schwer and TBWA Berlin. Filming with elephants. It doesn’t get much better.


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    Research, Bidding, Production – The Team

    3 October 2012

    (In picture Jarrod Allies, Shayne Brookstein, Carl Booysen and Claudia Hall)

    Shayne, Philip and producer Michelle Godson are joined for season this year by Claudia Hall – another of Cape Town’s most respected producers.  They work alongside our great research and bidding team to give you the best chance of winning your bid and then make it happen.  Small jobs and huge ones are equally important – they all need the right resources at the best price and a fast turnaround.   We have 23 years of Production Services behind us to exploit for your benefit. If you think your board could shoot abroad or want to explore what there is on offer, these guys look forward to hearing from you.


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    Winter holidays?

    3 October 2012

    We spent our winter months happily on set, working around Cape Town’s rain with studios, Joburg shoots and luck! Projects ranged from small to big and included: filming elephants (always such a privilege) up at Brookers Farm for Fifty-Seven GmbH; working with 18 babies in studio for 3 days; filming interviews for Canada; and one of those dream shoots up at Atlantis Dunes with  4 x 4’s + galloping stallions + stunning model + helicopter + sunny days (phew) + great clients = a lot of fun. Thanks Frans Marais for stunning behind the scenes pic. Meanwhile, Grinder’s Tabletop director Rob Payton was in Poland shooting for Knorr; in Moscow shooting for Prodo and then in Bangkok for National Foods.


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    Wheatfields until mid-November

    3 October 2012

    A quick recap of what’s around at the moment: we will have golden wheatfields until mid November; spring flowers until end of October; ripe corn and maize in December in the Free State; 13 – 14 hours of daylight; green meadows and lawns as well as dunes, desert amd african landscapes. Moonlighting’s database is forever being updated and increased by research gurus Bibi and Max; we can find pretty much whatever you need and if we don’t have it, you can guarantee that we will find it via one of our partners at GPN (Global Production Network – representing some 35 service companies and 65 countries around the world.)


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    NCIS’s Daniella Ruah and Underwater Time-Slice

    3 October 2012

    This is the commercial we shot with Portugal’s Krypton Films (Media & Advertising’s Best Production Company of the Year) for Agua das Pedras, with NCIS actress Daniella Ruah.  South Africa was one of the only countries in the world that said underwater time-slice could be done within the budget. Shooting with a Phantom and 28 Canon 600d’s, Director Augusto Fraga got his stunning underwater shots of the NCIS actress  in a specialised diving tank at the Simonstown naval base where the water is the clearest you will find in the country. Special thanks to: time-slice technician Jono O’Connel and Frog Squad’s Jason Martin.


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    Filming in South Africa with Moonlighting

    13 September 2012

    Moonlighting’s head of production Shayne Brookstein’s interview with The Location Guide has been blasted throughout cyberspace! Check out the article on  http://www.thelocationguide.com/blog/2012/09/filming-in-south-africa-with-moonlighting%E2%80%99s-shayne-brookstein/


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    Bosberaad 2012. aka “Humiliation by paintball”

    25 July 2012

    So er probably a good thing none of us ever joined the military – not sure the country would be so safe…. (well aside from “don’t mess with me Nadia”).

    “Let’s go on a team-building fun weekend” they said. 48 hours later, we’d eaten and drunk for the country, talked very quickly about work and then spent hours running around fields in the rain paint-balling each other. Very satisfying! And very good fun.

    Carl and Anton were both convinced they should have replaced Daniel Craig as James Bond, Nolan tried very hard to make the accounts department look scary. And Shayne struck a worryingly good commando pose…


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    Sears, Dressman, Ellos shoot for multi-media platforms

    5 July 2012

    New York’s Sandwick Films came to shoot their Sears campaign with us this February with director Matthäus Bussmann. Sears usually shoot in the Czech Republic so this was a first for them and us.  Being able to offer Cape Town Films Studios was a key deal-maker here with competitive rates for their world class facility. We used one studio for the tv shoot against green screen and next door’s stage for the stills shoot with photographer Dane Tashima.  Our great Dressman friends  were back with us for the 4th time in 4 years shooting  with the Film By Us team Jerker Joseffson and Gustav Olden who then returned after Christmas to shoot tvc, stills and digital footage for Ellos with Brazilian model Fabiana Semprebom.  We are now frequently incorporating multiple cine and photographic camera formats into one production, as well as negotiating with talent agencies to secure distribution across multiple media platforms.


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    Home away from home

    5 July 2012

    Where you lay your production-filled head at night on away-shoots is crucial to your overall experience. We get that and want to make sure we take away as many of the ouches as possible. Our production rates at many of Cape Town’s 4 and 5 star hotels are super competitive and, thanks to Manni’s persuasive way, our success rate in negotiating early breakfasts and early check in / late check out is pretty good, with phenomenal support from production friendly hotels such as The Mount Nelson, The Pepper Club, The Hippoboutique and The Taj.  Manni is also the local knowledge for restaurant recommendations, day safari’s, shark cage diving, hiking and many more of the things you can do here when you’re not working. He’s even been known to organise weddings and anniversaries…. For ideas or more info you can email Manni at emanuel@moonlighting.co.za


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