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What happens when you get 53 producers from 53 countries on a zoom call? Production gold, that’s what.
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.”
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……
We’ve been running more test shoots with remote director, sync sound and full Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols to streamline communication channels.
Read the full contents of the CPA Covid-19 Protocol for Commercial shoots here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DHA waives need for visa applicants to appear in person + new 5-day turnaround and other great new advances in the South African film industry visa process
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
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 …..
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
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 ……….
The days of hundreds of plastic bottles on set are on the way out. Sustainable production should be a given.
Those little plastic bottles are probably one of the main examples of why film sets used to be such waste-grounds.
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.
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 …
A useful addition to the armory needed for so many car shoots is the Motocrane recently bought to the country by Kevin O’Reilly.
Art department created an incredible movable set of a kitchen that opened out onto an Asian market ……
We built a seriously steep skateboard ramp for our 40+ businessman that unnerved the best of them…
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
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
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.
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.
This has to be our favourite Apoteket ad ever! Brilliantly shot by Marcus Svanberg…
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….
Celebrating International Women’s Day today. These are some of the phenomenal women at Moonlighting Commercials –
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.
We were shortlisted for the Shots Awards Production Service Company of the Year 2018 …..
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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