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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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    Safe House, shot with Moonlighting Films, is a first for Cape Town

    6 February 2012

    Universal’s “Safe House” starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, which will be released on Friday 10th February, was shot in and around Cape Town with Moonlighting Films and represents a first for Cape Town and for the South African film industry.

    Safe House, directed by Daniel Espinosa, is the first major Hollywood action film to be set in Cape Town. Genevieve Hofmeyr, supervising producer for Safe House and owner of Moonlighting Films, says “Cape Town transformed itself for this Hollywood action film which would not have been possible without the incredible co-operation of the public, the City of Cape Town and the many traffic officers to whom we owe huge thanks. The success of the production shows that Cape Town has been elevated to a city that can accommodate big Hollywood projects. The city’s co-operation will ensure that Hollywood keeps coming back for more.”

    The feature film was in pre-production for 5 months and then shot for 14 weeks. Locations included downtown Cape Town (with numerous road closures, including Western Boulevard), Belville, Langa and Moorreesburg. “We built a huge set right in the heart of the Langa community where we shot an extensive night sequence. We are incredibly grateful to the residents and community leaders of Langa who engaged with us whole-heartedly to make it work, as well as fulfilling positions ranging from security to extras”.

    The positive impact of the production on the City of Cape Town and the South African film industry is significant. “This was a great opportunity for us to showcase the formidable crew talent that we have here in South Africa, and to grow it exponentially thanks to the skills transfer between international and local crew,” Genevieve continues. “Furthermore, we are for once proudly presenting Cape Town and iconic locations such as Greenpoint Stadium and Table Mountain instead of doubling our city for somewhere else – this will no doubt result in a considerable boost in “film” tourism for Cape Town.”

    Safe House is produced by Scott Stuber and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was written by David Guggenheim and directed by Daniel Espinosa. Executive producers are Denzel Washington, Scott Aversano, Adam Merims, Alexa Faigen, Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans.

     


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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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    Christmas comes early as weak SA Rand gives 18% more value

    13 December 2011

    The current weak Rand means you’re getting between 16% and 18% more bang for your buck than this time last year, with a 8.1 Rand / Dollar, 10.83 Rand / Euro and a 12.68 Rand / British Pound. What’s more, we can lock in a particular exchange rate as quoted by our Bank at a particular time with a Forward Exchange Contract in order to give you maximum assurance on the effects of currency. It makes sense when you think that last year’s R1million job might cost you R200,000 less this year!


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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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    75,000 sq. ft of world class sound stages in Cape Town

    18 October 2011

    The long awaited Cape Town Film Studios have been in full swing for the last 3 months and complete Cape Town’s offering as a full service destination. Described by The Hollywood Reporter (May 2011) as a “state of the art production facility giving Hollywood a run for its money”, the studio has recently hosted major productions for Working Title, Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and an estimated $35,000,000 project for DNA Films – Dredd. 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. For more information, please contact us.


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    Shooting digital content for new Ford Ranger campaign

    2 August 2011

    Moonlighting SA’s Shayne just spent 2 weeks with Australia’s Gorgeous Films, shooting the digital content for the all new Ford Ranger Campaign in some of Southern Africa’s most remote locations with director Rowan Webb and agency Wunderman. Take an 11 man crew (well 9 men actually + Shayne & our client), 2 hero cars, 3 vehicles, 7 cameras, a lot of biltong, a few baboons & crocs, snow and ice and you get a lot of fun and some great footage. Can’t really show you any pictures yet but they will be worth waiting for.

    Shooting more and more digital content has meant a different approach to service and we’ve been learning a lot. For some projects like Ford and Telia for Stockholm’s It’s Showtime, it’s meant fine-tuning our expertise to quote and produce purely for online use which in reality has meant doing what has been our approach for some time now – making smaller budgets work without compromising the final product.

    For other clients, it’s meant integrating the world of moving and still images across all media applications from TV to tablet; working with multiple camera platforms; thinking big and small at the same time; working within each media type’s budget & negotiating highly competitive multi-media talent contracts. For Dressman and Ellos for Sweden’s Hobby Factory, 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. For National Geographic, we worked with Joel Satore to compile a library of images for multiple media platforms.


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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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    Skoonheid and Retributon premiered at the Durban Film Festival

    11 July 2011

    Oliver Hermanus’ Skoonheid (screened at Cannes Film Festival 2011 and winner of the Queer Palm Award) and Mukunda Michael Dewill’s psychological thriller Retribution – two feature films co-produced by Moonlighting Films – will have their South African premier at the Durban Film Festival, running from 21 – 31 July.

    Retribution starring Joe Mafela and Jeremy Crutchley is a psychological thriller of the Cape Fear genre and was written and directed by Mukunda and produced by Moonlighting’s Philip Key. Skoonheid, produced by Equation in association with Moonlighting Fims and starring Deon Lotz and Charlie Keegan was directed by Oliver Hermanus and produced by Didier Costet and Dylan Voogt with Moonlighting Films’ Marvin Saven serving as Executive Producer.


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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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    Skoonheid awarded at Cannes 2011

    25 May 2011

    The second annual Queer Palm Award at Cannes 2011, presented independently, has gone to Skoonheid – a film by Oliver Hermanus produced by Equation in association with Moonlighting Films.

    Hermanus was on hand at the ceremony on Cherie Cherie Beach to receive the award which was presented by actress Julie Gayet and director Joao Rodrigues.

    The Queer Palm 2011 jury was comprised of Elisabeth Quin (president), Gerard Lefort, Thomas Albetshauser, Fred Arends, Esther Cuenot and Roberto Schinardi.

    Visit the website for Skoonheid at www.skoonheid.com.


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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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