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    Beyond Borders: Shooting the Real Africa

    5 July 2012

    Tchibo Coffee offered the kind of opportunity that our producers were fighting over. Our HOP Shayne Brookstein pulled rank and got to work with director Lars Büchel, Hamburg’s blm and Scholz & Jung von Matt Hamburg in Kenya and Tanzania in May for their recent coffee ad. “The entire storyline revolved around Mt Kilimanjaro. We had to wait for it to come out of the clouds and when it did, it wasn’t quite our scheduled shoot day but what’s a little mad, last minute scramble between friends?! We got the shot.” She adds, “We worked in the sunny days you get in between May’s morning and night rain showers – we just stocked up on gum boots and had a tractor available at all times!”. The crew shot in some of the world’s most beautiful coffee plantations as well as in Masai land with real Masai warriors as well as elephants in Amboseli.”Our base was Moshi. While they are not really geared for tourists they looked after us amazingly; the hotel did all our on-set catering and provided, according to our crew, an excellent bar service.”.


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    NCSI’s Daniella Ruah & Underwater time-slice

    5 July 2012

    South Africa was the only country in the world who said that underwater time-slice could be done for the Agua das Pedras commercial that Krypton Films shot with us in May. Twenty-eight Canon 500’s later from time-slice technician Jono O’Connel, and director Augusto Fraga got his stunning underwater shot of actress Daniella Ruah (NCIS: Los Angeles) at a specialised diving tank at the Simonstown naval base where the water is the clearest you will find in the country. Frog Squad’s Jason Martin rigged and helped art department dress the underwater set of a submerged living room. The rest of the underwater footage was shot on a phantom; the results: stunning.
    Images – the rig, the submerged set; talent?


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    McCullough for B-Reel

    16 May 2012

    Tom Malmros for Stockholm’s award-winning B-Reel and agency NY. Makes you look at chainsaws in a whole new light.


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    Flake for The Talkies

    16 May 2012

    A truly international production shot in Cape Town with Chilean director Claudio Droguett Larrain for The Talkies, Beirut and Saatchi & Saatchi Dubai. Special mention amongst the great crew goes to greens man Spook for one amazing maze; to Stefania Moreland for THE dress and to Premier Post’s Jeremy Hattingh for post.


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    Voices for New York from the Wild West

    8 May 2012

    New York’s BG Productions approached us recently to cast authentic Angolan Portuguese voices. One of those challenges that’s too good to miss, it meant casting in Luanda – Angola’s own lawless Wild West that’s in the midst of its own “black gold” rush. Unstoppable co-ordinator Silvio Gourgel lined up candidates from local theatre groups, radio stations and general canvassing; a hotel room served as a casting studio with South African voice director Roberta Fox and sound recordist Helmut Scherz. Around 50 candidates were screened with 4 selected for the final product whose voices were laid down at the city radio station. A great experience all round. Moonlighting has in the past produced work for Angola via producers in Portugal, but this was all executed in Cape Town and was our first step in establishing our own footprint in a neighbouring country that promises a lot for the future.


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    Unity Media – Director Jan Wentz…

    8 May 2012

    for Tempomedia and Kempertrautmann West. This is beautiful. Shot here in Cape Town over 5 nights with 3 location moves a night, 3 set builds from a heroic art department and ALL the toys: intelligent lighting and specialised lighting rigs built by the gaffer and DP, 100 ton crane, cherry pickers, technocrane 50, remote head, Wendy lights & tracking vehicle.


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    Euromillions for Outsider

    13 February 2012

    The first of a series of ads we shot with Outsider for Euromillions. This one was shot on the glorious sandy beach of Llandudno, white horse, palm trees and all. The other – snow and Christmas trees in 30 degree heat…. Directed by Bart Timmer, Produced by Paul McPadden.


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    Locations update: animals, film studios and the world beyond Cape Town

    15 December 2011

    Cape Town really can “do” a world of locations without a doubt but for those other locations, there’s a whole lot of options out there. Hot this month are Mozambique (white sandy beaches), Namibia (arid / desert landscapes), Joburg (worldwide downtown + a closer “Africa”) and closer to home – the little town of Botrivier! It’s here you will find animal wrangler Luke Cornell, his numerous animals and his on-site studio – making it that much easier to film “wild” animals in a contained environment. For sample location sites please contact Shayne@moonlighting.co.za. Just 40 minutes outside town, Cape Town’s 4 new sound stages (Cape Town Film Studios) are “a state of the art production facility giving Hollywood a run for its money” (Hollywood Reporter May 11) and have recently hosted numerous commercials plus major productions for Working Title, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. Facilities include: 18,300 feet of fully furnished production offices, 68,000 square feet of multipurpose workshops and art departments, 2D/3D 37-seater grading cinema as well fibre optic networks that allow for cost effective transfer of rushes to any global position.


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    Meanwhile, on Michelle’s Cape Town set…..

    11 November 2011

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    Snow, snow, snow. Another day in the life of Trish’s shoot last week

    7 November 2011

    Can’t wait to show you more of this one. A 4 day shoot for the UK – shooting snow (on a summers day in the Winelands) and white horses on a beach in Llandudno, Cape Town.


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