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    Who’s Who

    7 February 2013

    We have been lucky to work with some inspirational directors so far this season. We’ve mentioned Agustin Alberdi, Ian Cassie, Richard Ward and Chris Patterson. Jean Pierre Philippot just shot his second commercial of the season with us with French production company Tempesta; Jerker Joseffson from Stockholm’s FilmByUs wrapped Dressmann with us last month and is back again now. Scott Lyon was here in October shooting Dove. Anders Rune was here last weekend; Ralph Loop was here before Christmas on an underwater adventure and JJ Keith just wrapped, working with legendary DoP John de Borman.


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    Filming at the Aquarium

    8 January 2013

    More of this one to come later. We can just say that we filmed at the Aquarium early December; that the resident sharks were most accommodating; that the turtle was very inquisitive; and we ended up filming sunset at Llandudno Beach – doesn’t get much better than that!


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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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    The Dinosaur Project

    25 July 2012

    New movie The Dinosaur Project, shot with Moonlighting Films and set to be released in UK cinemas August 10th, features previously unseen footage from the ill-fated, eponymous 2011 expedition to the Congo in search of the Mokele Mbembe. Discover a world lost for millions of years.
    Studiocanal are delighted to finally bring this astonishing story of the missing Congo expedition to UK audiences, and the findings of the Cryptozoological Society to audiences around the world. The film features stunning recovered footage of creatures thought to be extinct for 65 million years. As the search for the missing crew continues, questions remain about the source of the missing footage and the manner in which it was discovered. Producer Nick Hill said in a statement, “It has been incredible to have the original source material to work with, and we have great respect and admiration for the work of the Cryptozoological Society and are keen to support them in their search. The movie raises important questions about species which conventional science tells us have long since become extinct, and we hope it will help raise awareness of the search to locate the missing persons and the BCZS’s ongoing work in the Congo. http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/07/11/the-dinosaur-project-trailer


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    Harry Patramanis’ Fynbos flourishes in Durban

    19 July 2012

    Long-time friends and clients Harry Patramanis and Eleni Asvesta will compete at this years’ 33rd annual Durban International Film Festival with their debut feature film, Fynbos.

    Set in contemporary South Africa, Fynbos is a mystery drama about a real estate developer on the verge of bankruptcy. In a last ditch effort to preserve the life he knows, he travels to a lavish and remote property in order to secure a prospective business deal. The feature stars an all-South African cast including Warrick Grier (award winning South African actor and a Fleur du Cap winner for Open Couple), Jessica Hains (Disgrace, The Bang Bang Club) and multiple award winning-actress Susan Danford (Invictus, Catch a fire, 7de Laan).

    “With Fynbos I set out to make a film that was an exercise in minimalism. Not as an artistic end, but as a way of allowing seemingly specific things to happen in the film to remain open to multiple interpretations.” says Director Harry Patranamis. “Eleni and I have been coming to South Africa for twenty years. We feel connected to this part of the world.”

    Fynbos has been nominated for all major award categories including best film, best direction, best screenplay as well as best leading actors. The film makes its premiere on Sunday 22nd of July at 7pm at Suncoast Cinema. For a sneak peak, take a look at http://afourletterword.net/trailer.html


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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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    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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