Through the course of writing this blog I have learnt about many things in the South African film industry that I had never heard of before. Perhaps one of the most interesting not-so-secret secrets of this industry, is Retro Afrika Bioscope. When Ian Rijsdijk mentioned during the interview I had with him earlier this year that Gravel […]Read more "Film Reincarnate"
WARNING: RANT ALERT. I’m at a family lunch, a friend’s birthday party, or even just standing in a store aisle when someone I kind of know asks me, “So, what do you do again?” This has happened so many times, because for some reason the term ‘general B.A.’ doesn’t stick to people’s brains as well […]Read more "So, what do you do again?"
According to the six degrees of separation theory, everyone knows someone famous. Well, after my interview with Anthony Silverton, I now only have one degree of separation from actor Liam Neeson. But, that is not the story that needs to be told. The real story is how Mr. Silverton went from being a man of science, […]Read more "Making the make-believe happen"
I’m sorry to break it to Harry Potter fans that the magic they obsess over in the Warner Brothers films doesn’t exist…except it does, just in a less wand-waving form. Fire-breathing dragons can’t be bought at your local pet shop, but with the right technology and skill, special effects technicians can bring that “Hungarian Horntail” […]Read more "Very Special"
So, you are a new or experienced filmmaker in South Africa, and you have a creative bun in the oven in the form of your fiction, non-fiction, or documentary film idea. But, where do you get the money to finance these ideas, and once produced, how do you get the film screened someplace other than […]Read more "(Sell)uloid : How money makes the movies go round"
Although Jaco Smit’s Vir Altyd can be argued as being successful in the South African box office, making R13.4 million in its first four weeks alone, it failed to contribute anything of moral or emotional value to the repertoire of Afrikaans films. In fact, I felt the film’s subject matter and its casting reflected a rather archaic […]Read more "Always, always a bride:”Vir Altyd” film review"
“Action! Background action!” shouts the director and you begin walking, pretend talking, or simply sitting still and not getting in the way. Being on the set of a movie, music video, or commercial may seem like an exciting experience, but being an extra on these productions isn’t all that glamorous. Hours of waiting around (in sun, […]Read more "Extra (Ordinary): A personal account"