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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW about travelling to South Africa (updated 19 Nov 21)

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW about travelling to South Africa (updated 19 Nov 21)

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Travel is now fully open between South Africa and the rest of the world with no quarantine on arrival in South Africa and no quarantine for most when you return home. Welcome back!!
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Small is good

Small is good

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Live, transatlantic interviews with Charlize Theron and Andile Nebulane are two examples of how the scope of our work has expanded over the past 12 months. ...
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May 21st is World Diversity Day. We’re proud to be using #diversitytype today

May 21st is World Diversity Day. We’re proud to be using #diversitytype today

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In honour of World Diversity Day, we're proud to show off our Moonlighting logo in Diversity Type - the world's most diverse typeface that was created specially for World Diversity Day by UK agency Distillery with designs from creatives across the world.
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DIOR: Charlize Theron interviews CTAOP scholars in celebration of International Womens’ Day

DIOR: Charlize Theron interviews CTAOP scholars in celebration of International Womens’ Day

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We were proud to work with Capisco (Paris) & Dior - partner of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) - to capture this inspiring conversation between Charlize Theron and 2 of the CTAOP scholars
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HOW FRUSTRATION LED TO INNOVATION (Or How we learned to shoot in a pandemic)

HOW FRUSTRATION LED TO INNOVATION (Or How we learned to shoot in a pandemic)

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In February 2020, our Chinese clients could not be physically present at their Cape Town shoot ... what followed was our first remote production and the beginning of a whole new world in service production.
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CNN: “South Africa reminds us what is possible!”

CNN: “South Africa reminds us what is possible!”

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At last - the media is acknowledging South Africa's low Covid numbers despite the so-called "South African variant"- and the success of wearing masks and social distancing. Thank you CNN! "This a reminder that basic public health measures work. South Africa reminds us what is possible"......
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Facts on shooting safely in South Africa + client feedback from 15 shoots for UK, USA, France and Italy as South African daily average Covid numbers right down by 92%

Facts on shooting safely in South Africa + client feedback from 15 shoots for UK, USA, France and Italy as South African daily average Covid numbers right down by 92%

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As our 15th client team since November fly home after a successful shoot and fantastic time in South Africa, the news from South Africa is good. With all our clients and crew testing negative ...........
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FACTS A-Z: Shooting safely in South Africa now: from flights to streaming, Covid testing & virtual safaris …

FACTS A-Z: Shooting safely in South Africa now: from flights to streaming, Covid testing & virtual safaris …

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Facts from first hand experience of shooting in South Africa in times of Covid. Find out about airlines, bringing Africa to the agency, covid testing, covid protocols, curfew, hotels and villas, restrictions, streaming, vaccinations, virus variants & more
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TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS and visas (updated 24 Nov)

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS and visas (updated 24 Nov)

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South Africa is open and it’s business as usual for film industry travellers from all countries. Read our walkthrough covering travel requirements for South Africa, visas and COVID requirements.
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7 THINGS TO KNOW about shooting in South Africa in this new world

7 THINGS TO KNOW about shooting in South Africa in this new world

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It’s Summer! Our borders are open for all business&film industry travellers,  our grass is green thanks to a wet winter and the exchange rate means 23% more production value than last year. 
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10 REASONS WHY South Africa is still the best production destination in the world

10 REASONS WHY South Africa is still the best production destination in the world

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It would be hard to find a reason not to shoot your project in South Africa, even in today’s world. Rest assured, South Africa will look after you and justify your decision to come here 10 times over. As a quick reminder (because we love to boast), here’s the full click-baity checklist .....
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SAFETY IS KEY: Pandemic-proof production protocols (updated 9 December)

SAFETY IS KEY: Pandemic-proof production protocols (updated 9 December)

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You need to know that your production is a safe one. To put your minds at ease, here’s how we shoot responsibly.   
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THE EXCHANGE RATE ADVANTAGE: up to 23% cheaper than 2019 (updated 9 December)

THE EXCHANGE RATE ADVANTAGE: up to 23% cheaper than 2019 (updated 9 December)

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There has to be a silver lining out there and production value is it. Better exchange rates can make up for lost budget.
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REMOTE PRODUCTION and its unexpected benefits

REMOTE PRODUCTION and its unexpected benefits

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Now that we’ve solved the key issues like bandwidth and comms, we think the additional benefits of remote production are here to stay.
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SHOCKPROOF: Moonlighting’s approach to a changing world

SHOCKPROOF: Moonlighting’s approach to a changing world

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COVID-19 is a speedbump. A big one. One of those sneaky ones that no-one was expecting. Read on to see how we’re staying on track in 2020 and beyond. 
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SOUTH AFRICA: praised by World Health Organisation for our Covid strategy

SOUTH AFRICA: praised by World Health Organisation for our Covid strategy

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Here’s a quick summary of South Africa’s Covid strategy, our numbers, our strict protocols that remain in Level 1 and info on our world-class private healthcare.
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South African travel regulations: a few new Covid travel requirements, same visa rules, no quarantine

South African travel regulations: a few new Covid travel requirements, same visa rules, no quarantine

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South Africa is open and it’s business as usual for film industry travellers from all countries. Read our walkthrough covering visas and COVID requirements.
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South Africa is open for business: our borders opened on 1st October

South Africa is open for business: our borders opened on 1st October

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It’s been a long 6 months and we can’t wait to welcome you back. While there are still restrictions for tourists from high risk countries, these restrictions don’t apply to business travelers. We’ll have full details of all immigration requirements early next week and will let you know as soon as we can.
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South African borders will open on 1st October! Here’s what we know so far:

South African borders will open on 1st October! Here’s what we know so far:

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We are beyond excited to tell you that South African borders will open again to international travellers from 1st October! We're still waiting for the full details and any restrictions but here's what we can tell you so far:
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Testing bandwidth and connectivity in remote locations

Testing bandwidth and connectivity in remote locations

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How far and remote can a producer, 2 VT operators and a technician get in a Jeep on a really rainy day?
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What happens when you get 53 producers from 53 countries on a zoom call? Production gold, that’s what.

What happens when you get 53 producers from 53 countries on a zoom call? Production gold, that’s what.

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Since the world went into various stages of Covid-19 lockdown, the 53 companies that make up the Global Production Network (GPN) have been meeting twice a month, sometimes more. ...... As Moonlighting’s Philip Key says “Put together, there is a serious amount of brain power with centuries of collective experience. What makes this uniquely powerful is that the service ethic is baked into the DNA of these companies so we all approach production issues from a common viewpoint.”
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Roman Rütten’s OPPO RENO3 – our first remote shoot

Roman Rütten’s OPPO RENO3 – our first remote shoot

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This is Roman Rütten’s OPPO – shot with London’s 1stAveMachine with Moonlighting in March – and our first remote commercial shoot. Shot on location in and around Cape Town in the heady days before social-distancing, with the clients and agency joining remotely from the UK and China.  As Roman told LBBOnline, “it was pretty intense. But we did tests before, and it actually worked really well......
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Latest remote test shoots

Latest remote test shoots

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We've been running more test shoots with remote director, sync sound and full Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols to streamline communication channels.
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CPA Covid-19 Protocol for Commercial shoots – 4 May 2020

CPA Covid-19 Protocol for Commercial shoots – 4 May 2020

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Read the full contents of the CPA Covid-19 Protocol for Commercial shoots here.
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SOUTH AFRICA OPEN FOR FILMING AGAIN

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We are really pleased to say that we are open for shooting again. As long as our borders remain closed, we are able to shoot remotely using the expertise we developed on our shoot in March and which we have been refining over the past few weeks.
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Art in Lockdown: Frans Marais and Karen Germishuys’ art recreations are pure genius

Art in Lockdown: Frans Marais and Karen Germishuys’ art recreations are pure genius

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​Breathtakingly inspired recreations of art have been emerging daily from the home of Dreamcatcher’s Frans Marais and Karen Germishuys as they treat us to their #artchallenges.
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Life in Lockdown

Life in Lockdown

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Downing our PPM booklets and location recces to head home mid production season is just another of the many surreal elements of our current normal. As is happening all over the world, a team of active, busy, hard-working people suddenly find themselves at home in the South African lockdown that’s just been extended to the end of April.
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Moonlighting implements first South Africa video virtual village

Moonlighting implements first South Africa video virtual village

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Moonlighting has created a Virtual VT Village which we have just used successfully on our recent shoot with London production company 1st Ave Machine. Their clients were unable to travel so we took the shoot to them, enabling them to have full, real-time participation as normal.
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No more long wait for visas in the film industry South Africa

No more long wait for visas in the film industry South Africa

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Film industry applicants for South African work-authorization visas will no longer have to apply in person but can send an agent or proxy to apply on their behalf. This is a huge step forward in the film industry visa situation and comes thanks to the team at FIVA .... Read More for the full list of amendments and improvements
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What is the secret ingredient that makes South African media production services so good?

What is the secret ingredient that makes South African media production services so good?

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South Africa – especially Cape Town - is unquestionably one of the most consistently popular film locations in the world; it has a unique basket of advantages that gives us solid production relevance and places us right up there as a tough place to beat. But that’s not the only reason. There’s something else, something less tangible, that comes from having to ride the ever-changing tides of South Africa’s own unique journey .....
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French Connection: de Paris à Cape Town

French Connection: de Paris à Cape Town

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​Forts de leurs nombreuses années d'expérience dans la production française, le producteur Vincent Roussel, et la directrice artistique Isabelle Longue viennent de débarquer au Cap, chez Moonlighting ! Ils y offrent désormais des services de production exécutive pour le marché français .... Ils ont aussi amené leur "French Touch" au bureau
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French Media Connection

French Media Connection

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French Producer Vincent Roussel and Art Director Isabelle Longue have brought their many years’ experience in the French production world to Cape Town and Moonlighting where they are now servicing commercials and stills for the French market........you'll find something subtly French in the air at the office ..........
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The days of hundreds of plastic bottles on set are on the way out.   Sustainable production should be a given.

The days of hundreds of plastic bottles on set are on the way out. Sustainable production should be a given.

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Those little plastic bottles are probably one of the main examples of why film sets used to be such waste-grounds.
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Moonlighting embraces new technology with Africa’s first REMI studio

Moonlighting embraces new technology with Africa’s first REMI studio

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Moonlighting recently assembled the first multi-camera, remote studio in Africa through its sports content division Moonsport, significantly lowering the costs of production for remote & multi-venue filming.
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Authenticity was key for US cheese brand Sargento’s 8 day shoot

Authenticity was key for US cheese brand Sargento’s 8 day shoot

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Authenticity was key when casting the 240 ‘real’ people and 22 locations for the 30 vignettes we shot with Fiona Media and director Theresa Wingert ...
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An “American” Arm for South Africa.

An “American” Arm for South Africa.

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A useful addition to the armory needed for so many car shoots is the Motocrane recently bought to the country by Kevin O’Reilly.
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Shooting with Bugsy Steel for lovepork.co.uk

Shooting with Bugsy Steel for lovepork.co.uk

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Art department created an incredible movable set of a kitchen that opened out onto an Asian market ......
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Life begins at 40!  Shooting Jula with Traktor and Giants & Toys

Life begins at 40! Shooting Jula with Traktor and Giants & Toys

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We built a seriously steep skateboard ramp for our 40+ businessman that unnerved the best of them...
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Marshall – Hit the Road: Shot on film by Dog Eat Dog & Kevin Castanheira

Marshall – Hit the Road: Shot on film by Dog Eat Dog & Kevin Castanheira

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Film gives you a depth of image and beauty that just can’t be recreated in the digital world” enthused Moonlighting producer Valentia Fisher after completing an intense 7-day shoot for Hit the Road
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Talent Actor Rates and Casting Real People

Talent Actor Rates and Casting Real People

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We have had great success this season in negotiating competitive but fair talent rates based on the merits of each project. We have also seen a huge increase in the need to cast “real” people
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Formula 1 comes to Cape Town

Formula 1 comes to Cape Town

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The Moonsport guys just had one epic weekend, being involved with the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Event with David Coulthard and the RB7 as well as with Virgin Active for their Global Grid Games 2019 finals.
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More commercial productions finding value in Cape Town Film Studios

More commercial productions finding value in Cape Town Film Studios

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One of the unexpected advantages of having the Cape Town Film Studios on our doorstep is the value that it adds to the Commercials Industry. 
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Marcus Svanberg’s “Apoteket – Outbreak”

Marcus Svanberg’s “Apoteket – Outbreak”

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This has to be our favourite Apoteket ad ever! Brilliantly shot by Marcus Svanberg...
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DubaiExpo2020 – Behind the Scenes shot by Frans Marais

DubaiExpo2020 – Behind the Scenes shot by Frans Marais

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We covered just about every location shooting DubaiExpo2020 with the team from Joy Films - skateboard park, train station, National Library, classrooms, gardens, meadows, mountains, hospital, stadium, studios....
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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

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Celebrating International Women’s Day today. These are some of the phenomenal women at Moonlighting Commercials -
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Right to Play – We Will Rise. Shot by Mark Zibert

Right to Play – We Will Rise. Shot by Mark Zibert

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We were incredibly proud to be involved with this production for the global NGO Right to Play and are grateful to all the fantastic South African crew who joined us. You can see some of the Behind-the-Scenes here.
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Moonlighting Commercials shortlisted for Shots Awards 2018

Moonlighting Commercials shortlisted for Shots Awards 2018

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We were shortlisted for the Shots Awards Production Service Company of the Year 2018 .....
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Tomb Raider shot in South Africa

Tomb Raider shot in South Africa

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Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider movie features Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and filmed mainly in South Africa, doubling the country for locations around the world..... Article featured in KFTV
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