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    Christmas Party 2017

    22 December 2017

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    Discovery and Google’s new VR series with LA’s Here be Dragons

    20 December 2017

    LA’s Here Be Dragons, with director Addison O’Dea, came to Cape Town to shoot episodes of Discovery and Google’s ground-breaking VR series “Discovery TRVLR” which takes viewers directly into the lives of fascinating locals in every corner of the globe through a 360 degree storytelling experience. In South Africa, after extensive research, we focused on 4 unique locals including Christie, a young Sangoma who gave us unprecedented access to her initiation ceremony, and Bradley, one of the last surviving members of the ancient Bushmen tribe. https://www.discoveryvr.com(To view, you will need a browser that supports playback of 360° videos).

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    Toyota’s epic, 5-country “Mobility for All” shot by John Hillcoat and Serial Pictures for Saatchi & Saatchi.

    27 November 2017

    John Hillcoat and Serial Pictures’ beautiful epic “Mobility for All” spot for Toyota and Saatchi & Saatchi kicked off Toyota’s global Olympics sponsorship. The ad spotlights 100 people in every stage of life, showing one for each age from 1 to 100 years old. It was shot in 5 countries: South Africa (with Moonlighting), Canada, Czech Republic, Thailand and Japan. In South Africa we cast 32 roles, including a Nigerian Paralympic power-lifter, a 97 year old woman and a 99 year old man from Johannesburg, a 75 year old dance teacher and the cool 70 year old surfer in the picture. This was a really incredible production to be part of.

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    The Dark Tower – shot in South Africa with Moonlighting Films

    8 September 2017

    The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey and directrd by Nikolaj Arcel was shot in South Africa with Moonlighting Films.

    Click here to read Daniel Derckson’s article “South Africa helps to bring Stephen King’s The Dark Tower to life” by Daniel Derckson. 

    Here are some highlights –

    When filmmakers searched for locations to shoot the highly anticipated film of Stephen King’s celebrated The Dark Tower book series, they found a perfect home in South Africa which “offered unique landscapes and awe-inspiring forests for the alternate dimension. The production took the company to such remote places as the barren Karoo desert, where they built the Mid-World sets. To add a further layer of a parallel universe, the company moved to the Cedarburg mountain range, where the protected nature reserve features dramatic caves and characteristic red rocks.”
    “Mid-World is a sort of a wasteland, yet not quite,” says Glass. “There are a lot of remnants of an ancient civilization that are scattered around this place; weirdly, the civilization is a future civilization that has now become ancient.”

    “In South Africa, we found otherworldly deserts – it was almost like being on Mars,” Glass continues. “The horizon just kept going; I’ve never seen anything like that before. I think that there’s a romance and a certain sense of adventure that goes into filming in Africa.”

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    1stAveMachine – Izze Fusions

    27 May 2017

    US production house 1stAveMachine shot 8 days with us in December for agency TBWA / Chiat / Day’s sumptuous launch campaign for PepsiCo’s Izze Fusions. The shoot comprised 3 different units working with 3 incredible directors – Karim Zariffa, Nico Casavecchia and Tim Brown – who shot simultaneously in studio and on location. Many elements were deliberately whacky or challenged the norm. Credit to Art Director Leon Morland, Wardrobe Stylist Bridget Baker, Gravitron for SFX, our SA production team and crew and our fantastic clients. We were proud to get this feedback from our US Exec Producer – “Every project that comes across my desk I try to figure out how to shoot it in SA with you. It was seriously one of the best production services experiences I’ve had and I shoot all around the world.” You can catch most of the footage at @izzeofficial.

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    Round the World in 80 Days

    4 April 2017

    On Saturday, our sports division – Moonsport – started production on ”Round the World in 80 Days” – following cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont, live, on his epic journey as he cycles 240 miles / 16 hours each day. Beaumont is preceding his July start with a “test-run”, cycling 3500 miles around Great Britain over 14 days. Cape Town based cameraman Helmut Scherz and editor/stills photographer Johnny Swanepoel will be on the road with Mark and his support team for the same relentless 16 cycling hours every day. Daily uploads will illustrate his progress and tell the story. Moonsport’s Trent Key and Manni Ferreira will be steering the production over the next 5 months. You can follow Mark’s progress on www.artemisworldcycle.com on Twitter at @MrMarkBeaumont #AroundBritain #80Days.

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    World of Tanks Campaign – Dave Laden, Hungry Man, Mekanism

    27 March 2017

    Hungry Man’s Dave Laden shot Mekanism’s World of Tanks campaign with us over 2 days in Cape Town. Noordhoek Common swapped its usual occupants (local dog-walkers) for the star of these Super Bowl featured ads – the legendary Sherman World War II Tank (circa 1940). Driven down from Bloemfontein’s military war museum on a flatbed, our hero was skilfully driven by a South African army tank commander, destroying 4 immaculate set-builds, with 2 resets for each. We had to do regular “sweeps” of the surrounding bushes, uncovering numerous locals hiding to watch!

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    The Virtuous Circle

    24 January 2017

    We are incredibly proud to be involved in the landmark circular economy project “The Virtuous Circle” , that has been launched in South Africa to tackle the challenges of childhood nutrition, food packaging waste and education about sustainable waste management . 2 weeks ago we shot an educational video for the project with South Africa’s own legend Tresor that shows delivery of Futurelife Twin pouches to schoolchildren as well as the first wave of Wildlands Green Desks that are created entirely from recycled, flexible packaging.
    The Virtuous Circle is co-ordinated by DuPont in close collaboration with Futurelife®, EqualTrade4, Amcor, Wildlands, RWPA and Wastebuster among others. @3PillarsZA Wastebuster Intergalactic

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    Behind the Scenes on Wastebuster

    21 October 2016

    A few behind-the-scenes from the best few days shooting with multi-award winning and platinum selling Tresor, the legendary Captain Busta, the Khayelitsha Peacemakers & director Carl Houston Mc Millan for the UK’s not-for-profit Wastebuster CIC with Katy Newnham. Huge thanks to Carl Houston McMillan and the amazing crew who gave their time and expertise. And special thanks to the amazing Moonlighting team that includes Chantel, Carl, Jess, Eve & Allan. We’ll show you more when we can.

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    Replica of Mandela’s prison cell sponsored by Moonlighting

    20 October 2016

    Moonlighting was incredibly proud to undertake and sponsor the production of the Robben Island Museum’s mobile replica Mandela cell, launched last month at Spine Road High School, Mitchells Plain in the presence of former political prisoners Ahmed Kathrada, Eddie Daniels, Andrew Mlangeni and Dennis Goldberg; Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and Home Affairs Deputy Minister Fathima Chohan and more than 1200 matric students from surrounding Mitchells Plain High Schools. Huge thanks and respect to the amazing workmanship of Johnny Breedt, Rae Wynne-Roberts, Mustakim Salie, Nic Buchanan, Drew Jarvis & Robert Burger, who designed and created the cell & its trailer (construction, illustration, printing). The cell will be taken around the country by the Robben Island Museum & The Ministry of Home Affairs, to educate children about the country’s past.


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