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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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    Servicing the Digital World

    11 July 2011

    “Why is it that no production service companies seem to talk about servicing digital media jobs?” asked a German producer friend. So we’re talking! Loud. Because our last 2 seasons have seen the world of commercial making evolve to incorporate multiple digital platforms. It’s required a different approach to service and we’ve been learning a lot.

    For some projects, it’s meant integrating the world of moving and still images across all media applications from TV to phone to tablet; working with multiple camera platforms across the specific requirements of each media; thinking big and small at the same time and working within each media type’s budget. We’ve also negotiated highly competitive multi-media talent contracts which have benefitted the most from economies of scale. (For Dressman and Ellos for Sweden’s Hobby Films, we shot for TV, internet and stills; for Jacobs for Ireland’s Fish Films we also shot online banners and an online campaign music video.) This month Moonlighting worked with Joel Satore from National Geographic to assist in compiling a library of images once again for multiple media platforms.

    For others, like Telia for Stockholm’s It’s Showtime, it’s been fine-tuning our expertise to quote and produce projects purely for online use which in reality has meant making much smaller budgets work without compromising the final product. Telia was a 3 day shoot with a small crew, great vibe and gorgeous results.

    Having the Grinder Films Studio right on our doorstep has really helped too for both convenience and economy, whether it’s been for product shots or shooting the artists against a blue screen.


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    Moonlighting takes over Prince Albert

    27 May 2011

    Take a bunch of Moonlightingers (including Sylvie all the way from Chile), some bicycles (…yup – it was a little scary but only 1 casualty), a lot of delicious food and wine, a little bit of work, some ghosts and mix well in the Karoo town of Prince Albert. Result – our annual Bosberaad and a lot of laughs.


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    Tony Kaye, Jean-Pierre Philippot, Traktor

    28 March 2011

    We have been privileged to work with (and learn from) some phenomenal directing, cinematography, agency & producing talent this season. Amongst others, director Tony Kaye (American History X) was in Cape Town with us for USA’s Supply & Demand, as was Tempesta’s Jean Pierre Philippot (acclaimed for his work for L’Oreal, Garnier, Vichy), Nicolas Caicoya, here with Milan’s Alto Verbano, and cinematographer John Perez (music videos for Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, JayZ, Alicia Keays..) who was here to shoot Jacobs with Chris Cottam for Fish Films and O & M, Dublin. Moonlighting Chile heralded some great feedback from GDT (Believe Media) last month and will be soon be welcoming Traktor.


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    Behind the Scenes – Jacobs

    18 March 2011

    Chris Cottam’s gorgeous, sizzling, all singing, all dancing extravaganza in pink for Jacobs biscuits – for Fish Films and Ogilvy and Mather Ireland – had our art department positively salivating and they excelled themselves with a tight budget and 5 days prep.


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