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    Wear a Doek Friday

    28 August 2014

    We support Women’s month, managed to persuade the ladies in the office to wear scarves!

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    Moonlighting Bosberaad 2014

    18 August 2014

    AKA team-building / soul-searching / eating delicious cake / spending a day out the office in beautiful Franschoek with 22 cool Moonlightingers.

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    Researcher Position Available

    29 July 2014

    Moonlighting Films is looking for a full-time Researcher to join the In-House team from mid-August. This is a crucial role in the company, that combines a broad base of local knowledge with good presentation skills and lateral thinking to fulfill location briefs. A minimum of two years of experience in the Film and Television Industry is required. Experience in Features is preferable, but not essential. Candidates should possess strong visual literacy and communication skills, and exhibit a decent understanding of architectural styles and geography, both local and international. This is a fast-paced environment, and candidates should be able to work well under pressure, with occasional long hours. Own vehicle is a must. Salary negotiable.
    Please send applications, including a CV and a cover letter, to william@moonlightingfilms.com

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    Mandela Day

    24 July 2014

    Moonlighting staff doing their bit for Mandela day making sandwiches for a local soup kitchen

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    The Giver

    30 April 2014

    The Weinstein Company’s has released this new featurette on The Giver, directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift.

    The haunting story of The Giver centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. The August 15 release is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner of the 1994 Newbury Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

    The Giver was shot with Moonlighting Films.


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    ‘Homeland’ Set for Summer Shoot in South Africa

    30 April 2014

    Showtime and Fox 21 announced Friday that award-winning drama series “Homeland” is set to begin production in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Production will begin in mid-June and continue through November on the popular drama centered around bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes.

    “We’ve been so lucky to work with one of the best crews in the business for the last three seasons in Charlotte,” “Homeland” showrunner and exec producer Alex Gansa said in a statement. “We knew going into season four that we would need to move the production overseas to tell the story of Carrie returning to the Middle East as chief of station.  We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four production off the ground.”

    The show’s fourth season, set to premiere this fall, finds Carrie back on the front lines in the war on terror as she is assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East.

    In addition to stars Danes and Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend will also return for season four, along with Nazanin Boniadi, who was recently promoted to a series regular.


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    Garage Hard Lemon

    23 April 2014

    Some images from the Kind of Genius. Kind of Campaign we shot with Hobby Films and Duval Guillaume for Garage Hard Lemon shot by Oskar Bard. We shot in 40 degree heat out near the du Toitskloof Pass for the Medieval scenes and in studio with some of the Boulders Beach penguins for the snow scenes.

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    Kind of Genius. Kind of.

    23 April 2014
     This is Hobby Films and Duval Guillaume’s new work for Seth & Riley’s Garage, a new drink by #Carlsberg Breweries. Directed by Oskar Bard. Featuring a funeral, crazy penguins and a lot of slow motion. It’s #KindOfGenius #KindOf

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    3 shoot days dancing for DNAWelho

    7 April 2014

    We danced on the forest, by the lake, in the park, on the race track, on the beach, downtown and underwater. This was one of those feel-good shoots. Shot for DNAWelho and Finlands’s Rawland and agency Taivas with director Sam Shingler. Here is one – check out the main website for the others. Oh – and check out DJ Aran – DJ by night, Moonlighting IT by day.

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    Four Corners Review

    7 April 2014
    Weekend review of Moonlighting Films and Giant Films’ newly released must-see “Four Corners”:
    This South African production can stand proudly next to international gang thriller, City of God.


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    Who’s your inner man?

    21 March 2014

    Shot with Minivegas for Crispin, Porter & Bogusky – McCoys “Ultimate”.

    Producer – Lauren Becker; Director – Minivegas; Line Producer – Suzanne Currie; EP – Shayne Brookstein;


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    Filming on location in Cape Town – The Location Guide

    12 March 2014

    Cape Town has gained a well-earned global reputation amongst producers, directors, cast and film crew as being an extremely film-friendly shooting destination. Cape Town is the second most populous city in South Africa (nearly four million people) after Johannesburg and is the provincial and legislative capital of the Western Cape.

    Local location tip: “As most commercial production is concentrated in the six hectic months of summer there is a huge demand on resources, so the longer the pre-production time can be stretched the better, especially when there are a lot of locations involved. – Shayne Brookstein, Producer, (Moonlighting)

    Read more at http://www.thelocationguide.com/blog/ma-location-focus-filming-on-location-in-cape-town/

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    and thats a wrap

    6 March 2014

    This was on day 4 of an epic shoot that made me proud to be part of this industry. What a team! We had art department creating set builds of amphitheatres, houses, rodeos and creating a carnival complete with float, giant grasshoppers, flamingos, elephants. We had wardrobe producing costume after costume, sometimes as a last minute change. We battled unseasonal gale force winds and still managed the helicopter shot. All at Cape Town’s busiest time of year. I can’t even name the brand or the team yet but I will so shout it out there once this one’s flighted. #CapeTownfilmindustryrocks.

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    The Location Guide on our Windhoek Lager shoot

    13 February 2014

     Moonlighting doubled filming locations in Turkey for Africa in a new spot for Windhoek Lager that also involved shooting in Kenya and South Africa. The Journey shows football star Didier Drogba being inspired to dribble a ball across African landscapes on his way to a packed stadium.

    Given that the production schedule was largely dictated by Drogba’s availability, Moonlighting travelled to the Ivorian star’sIstanbul base – he plays for Turkish team Galatasary SK – to double parts of the city for African locations. Istanbul’s winter weather conditions were among the larger challenges of this leg of the shoot.

    “It was freezing cold and raining which made it difficult!” recalls producer Shayne Brookstein: “There was a below-freezing wind chill and we were shooting on the Black Sea with extras filming in African dress as if it were hot, plus Didier in shorts!”

    The spot’s African village, a collection of remote African roads and the finale’s stadium were among the locations found inTurkey. Filming then shifted to Malindi in Kenya, which was used as a practical double for Ghana, before South Africa was used as a stand-in for British locations, while also providing a striking cliff-top scene.

    “Our last shoot day in Istanbul was pushed by a day because of Didier’s schedule,” Brookstein comments, “but we could not then push the shoot days in Kenya or South Africa so we effectively lost a day of prep in Kenya.”

    “This meant we ended up landing in Kenya at 8am, set out on a recce for eight different locations, arrived at the hotel at 8pm and then the call time was 4am the next morning. But the team in Kenya were amazing and it worked,” Brookstein adds.


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    New York Times votes Cape Town Number One City to visit 2014

    22 January 2014

    $ – ZAR10.8 ||  € – ZAR – 14.8 || £ – 17.7

    These are today’s crazy exchange rates ensuring 20 to 24% more value to production budgets this season. Combine that with the heady news that the New York Times and the UK Guardian just voted Cape Town THE number one place to visit (out of 52) and there can’t be many reasons to keep you away.  Cape Town is a hotspot of international productions this month but amazingly, thanks to Manni, Moonlighting accommodation guru, we have managed to get rooms for our client teams under really demanding circumstances.  NOTE: If you want to book at restaurants The Test Kitchen or Pot Luck Club, I suggest you get us to book in the minute you think you might be coming.  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/01/10/travel/2014-places-to-go.html?_r=0

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    Moonsport and 6 months with the Proteas Cricket Team

    21 January 2014

    The Castle Lager Proteas Test Team “Road to Number One” documents the journey by the SA cricket team to lead the log by a huge margin.  The South African Cricket board partnered with Moonlighting and some of the greatest cricketers the world has ever seen – Graeme Smith, Gary Kirsten, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander –  to tell this story.  Released in time for Christmas, the doccie is the result of a 6 months labour of love directed by Liza Key and with production by Emanuel Ferreira.  It is also the first production from Moonsport – a division of Moonlighting that is providing digital sports content resulting from strong player relationships the company has nurtured through the years.  The company capitalizes on having serviced the sports industry in many disciplines since inception.


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    Four Corners – South Africa’s Official Submission to the 86th Academy Awards ©

    20 January 2014

    Director Ian Gabriel’s powerful coming-of-age crime drama was produced by Giant Films and Moonlighting Films. Set in the heart of the Cape Flats, the all South African cast includes Lindiwe Matshikiza who plays Zindzi Mandela in the Golden Globe © nominated “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”.

    Nominated by the International Press Academy for “Best International Film” as well as being South Africa’s Official Selection for the 86th Academy Awards ©,  Four Corners chronicles the lives of four characters confronted by gang violence and the difficult choices that life in their community offers them. Reviews include award winning actor Danny Glover’s “See Brendon Daniel’s committed performance in a powerful movie” and Academy award winner Gavin Hood’s “a searingly honest piece of art”. The film is released in South Africa on 28th February. To watch the trailor, see www.fourcornersthemovie.com 

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    Windhoek Lager with Didier Drogba in Turkey, Kenya & South Africa

    15 January 2014

    Unusual for Moonlighting, the brief came from South African agency Jupiter Drawing Room; the requirement – an international director used to working with sports stars. A few weeks and a lot of flights later, the result was this spine tingling spot with Ivorian soccer star Didier Drogba that aired on December 19th.  Directed by US-based Matt Bieler, this was a very cool international collaboration.  Moonlighting’s Head of Production Shayne Brookstein produced, taking her team (Bieler, Japanese award-winning DP Masa Takayanagi and Australian AD Ian Astridge) to Turkey, Kenya and back to South Africa in 2 short weeks. Shot for the African market, the commercial celebrates the story of a beer from Africa that has grown to be loved and celebrated worldwide and draws comparison with a man who has followed a similar journey. Drogba is seen journeying across African landscapes and rough terrain before arriving at a soccer stadium to claim victory. Big congratulations to the team!


    Director Matt Bieler, Producer Shayne Brookstein, Agency Jupiter Drawing Room, Exec Producer Philip Key, DP Masa Takayanagi, AD Ian Astridge, Creative Director Jonathan Beggs, Creative Group Head Andrew Lang, TV producer Lauren Trevelyan.

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    Sunrise out at Wolfgat Nature Reserve

    12 December 2013

    From Istanbul to Malindi and home to Cape Town for shoot day 5 and a calm, beautiful sunrise out at Wolfgat Nature Reserve.  – with Director Matt Bieler

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    Thank you Madiba

    6 December 2013

    Thank you Madiba from the bottom of our hearts.
    You left our world a better place and you made us proud to be South African.
    May you rest now.
    Hamba kahle Tata.


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