About Moonlighting Commercials

Moonlighting began in 1989 and was one of the first commercial production services companies in South Africa. Today, we offer 23 years of accumulated experience out of our Cape Town office where the team is led by Shayne Brookstein, founder Philip Key and their dynamic production team.  With a formidable research team and database as well as two in-house IT wizards, they offer hands-on, problem solving and intuitive production throughout Southern Africa to commercials companies from around the world.

South Africa is kind of the Utopia of production that continues to lure clients back year after year for international commercials, feature films, stills and TV. It offers a Southern Hemisphere climate, European time zone, production value, depth of talent, formidable crew, proven experience &track record and a diverse mix of locations. You’ll find locations that can double for pretty much anywhere in the world within 2 hours of a major city. Moonlighting work throughout Southern Africa and beyond including the Seychelles, Mauritius, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Ghana and recently in Ethiopia, Egypt and Nigeria.

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Compare the Market

14 June 2018

At last! The Hollywood musical extravaganza we shot with London’s Passion Pictures and director Dave Scanlon for VCCP for Compare the Market and Meerkat Movies. Spot the original Ghostbusters car and Cate Blanchett’s dress from Elizabeth – both flown in for the shoot; the choreographed 500+ extras and 48 dancers. Credit to Production Designer Ninon de Klerk; Wardrobe Stylist Moira Anne Meyer; the fantastic crew and as ever our dream production team Suzanne Currie, Lerié Neethling, Wade Olckers; Robyn Snell, Shayne Brookstein.

#meerkatmovies #comparethemarket #comparethemeerkat#twoforonemovies

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campaign – Comparethemarket.com reveals its most ambitious campaign yet

2 June 2018

…to bring to life the variety of films available with a year’s membership to Meerkat Movies.

The ad by VCCP reimagines Barbara Streisand’s Rain On My Parade, sung by the loveable meerkat Aleksandr, and is packed with iconic film references to capture the magic of the silver screen. It was shot in Cape Town with Parisian choreographer Oliver Casamayou, who has worked with Kylie Minogue, Will Young and Cirque Du Soleil. The wardrobe was curated by Moira Meyer, who has worked on films such as Blood Diamond and The Hurt Locker, and includes Brad Pitt’s uniform from Fury and Cate Blanchett’s dress from Elizabeth. For the first time Comparethemarket.com used a 60-second radio ad to launch the campaign, which will be followed by a TV spot airing on 18 May during Coronation Street.


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Moonlighting wins Production Service award at Ciclope Africa 2018

11 April 2018

We won in the Production Services category with Mark Zibert and Skin and Bones’ Tangerine – Stuntman!!! Thank you to all the amazing crew and to @skinandbones, Mark Zibert and john St, Toronto. #tangerine #stuntman #ciclopeafrica2018

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Daikin for Tohokushinsha, Tokyo

5 April 2018

This is Daikin – shot with director Daisuke Kobayashi & Tohokushinsha Film Corporation over 4 days in Johannesburg and 2 days in Cape Town last year. Made possible by the ever brilliant Timeslice Cinematography with special thanks to Stefan who piloted the drone throughout the 8 day recce and then the 6 days shoot.

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28 March 2018

No more Advance Specialist Visas (Section 11(2)) required for directors, DP’s and photographers coming to shoot in South Africa for less than 90 days from visa exempt countries!!!!!

They will now be able to come in as Oversights with a FIVA letter that they will present at immigration upon arrival.

This is thanks to the incredible efforts of Rudi Riek of FIVA (Film Industry Visa Assistance)

Visas will be required as usual for all travelers from non-visa-exempt countries, as well as other specific members of crew; however, they will not be restricted to only applying in their home countries. More info available from Moonlighting.

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Cape Town’s water situation is improving daily.

8 February 2018

We are happy to reassure you we are NOT queuing for water, many gardens & parks are still green and life is fine!
Unfortunately the press is still sensationalising the situation and doesn’t portray the reality as it is, or the good news. So – with apologies for yet another email – here is an update.

  • Yes, we are experiencing a serious drought but all the many steps being taken by the City of Cape Town and residents are allowing our water supplies to be gradually replenished.
  • Millions of litres of water have been re-routed to Cape Town’s water supply from other Western Cape dams that are no longer needed by the farmers. (There is still a lot of water in dams outside of Cape Town).

We can assure you that film shoots and tourism are going ahead as usual with no adverse effects whatsoever.

  • As you can see from the photos, we have green parks and gardens; these are just a few of many.
  • When you stay in Cape Town, you will have water as usual at your hotel, our office, restaurants and anywhere you go. The only thing you might notice is that your hotel may encourage you to shower instead of taking a bath, and perhaps replace towels and linen every other day. That is probably the only real way it is affecting visitors.
  • The Cape Town Argus Cycle Tour with 35000 cyclists, many of whom are from outside Cape Town / overseas, is going ahead with confidence in March.

The prospect of the much-mentioned “Day Zero” (a term intended mainly to make residents save water) is looking even less likely. Current official projections have now pushed it back to mid-May (3 months away, well into our winter) but it’s still unlikely. Even then, if it happens, central Cape Town and surrounding business and tourist districts will not be affected.

We will never allow your shoot or stay here to be compromised in any way and will keep you fully informed of the situation.

Just think – you can tell everyone you survived the Cape Town drought (while sipping on your ice-cold Sauvignon Blanc as you gaze at the ocean)!


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