Over 4 years ago JT Moatshe joined Spitfire as their in-house sound designer and music composer. Fiercely in love with film, curious and eager to learn, he worked his way up to videographer and photographer and eventually found his seat at the table as a fully-fledged Spitfire director. JT has already built up quite a reel of content and commercials, but what makes this filmmaker such an agile director is his ability to combine his visuals with his ear for music and sound design chops. Here’s why JT Moatshe should be on your radar.
Congratulations to all the Pencil and Merit winners in The One Show 2022. Special shoutout to the legends at Joe Public, again stealing the show with two Silvers and a Bronze for their work on Chicken Licken🍗. Winners were announced in advance of The One Show in-person awards show which took place on May 20 in New York. Ain’t nobody got time to fly to NY so here we’ve made it incredibly easy to find all the winning work and the winning people who created it.
Made Films’ directing roster is getting even bigger as they welcome director James Reynolds. He first joined the company just over half a year ago as an Assistant Director to Made director Dani Hynes. He first caught the team at Made’s attention because of his experience in research, writing and assisting as well as the time he had spent in just about every production department. As an actor, he’s worked all over the world and is a skilled street and portrait photographer and award-winning short film director – a ‘Jack of all Trades’ as Dumi (Made Producer Dumisani Mvumvu) calls him.
SHE DID THAT is a female filmmakers showcase that shines a spotlight on the women in the South African production industry. Although we will only be featuring women and non-binary people, the goal is that it will encourage the inclusion of more underrepresented filmmakers across all production work created by South Africans. This month features Amy Allais from Ola! Films, Wandile Xaba from They, and Zee from Blacklist.
Joburg-based production company Cake have announced that they are opening another production office in London. Founders, Executive Producer Cat Lindsay and Director Nadezna Radcore say the new Cake shop will be servicing their growing number of international clients, but that their local clients need not panic. Both Nadezna and Cat will be travelling between South Africa and the UK regularly to ensure that all local shoots are business as usual.
Made Films is expanding their directing roster by welcoming Bongani Morgan to the family. Having established himself as a narrative filmmaker with a deep love of our country, its stories and its people, the team at Made Films had their eye on him for a while and are excited to announce that it’s official. Bonus points, he’s also a really cool and kind human – Made material!
Patriot Films has added comedy and performance director Tumelo Moropa to their talented stable of directors. Tumelo is known for his humourous and authentic takes on Mzansi, creating hilariously relatable characters and an offbeat visual style in his work.
Dani Hynes has directed Bokomo’s latest commercial; an almost 3-minute film starring a 9-year-old, her grandpa, a duck and a snail. The ad does not do much to serve the old adage ‘don’t work with children or animals’, but then again, Dani has always loved a challenge. In collaboration with agency MullenLowe, this beautiful cinematic and emotive piece of storytelling takes you on a heartfelt journey exploring two nurturing relationships and the passing on of wisdom that is sure to pluck at the heartstrings.
Industry renowned film director Jonathan Parkinson has joined the Osu Creative team to launch PHI 3.0. Previous iterations of the PHI creative concept saw Jonathan co-direct with director Nicole Ackermann (PHI 1.0) for 3 years and then Matshepo Maja (PHI 2.0) for 3 years. PHI 3.0 will now take on a slightly different shape, where Jonathan will be collaborating with the Osu talent to broaden their creative offering.
South Africa’s Dan Mace and JOE Films turn impossible ideas into reality with hit show for Warner Bros. Discovery ‘The BRU Show’
South Africa’s viral hitmaker, original-content king, and founder of JOE Films, Dan Mace, has merged YouTube and traditional TV in ‘The BRU Show’ for Warner Bros Discovery. With the show already gaining big traction internationally, we thought it’s time South Africa got the scoop on how the fairly new production company, JOE Films, produced a 12-part hit show based on impossible ideas, from beginning to post.
10th Street have recently branched out into long-form storytelling and are behind the much-anticipated documentary about Springbok’s Makazole Mapimpi, the first South African to score a try in a Rugby World Cup Final, titled MAP1MP1.
Robot’s Zandi Tisani is a director with a finger on the pulse of pop culture, a background (and awards) in scriptwriting and a heart set on crafting considered narrative films with impactful visuals. About to serve as a jury member on the board for the Creative Circle for her second term in a row, we wanted to find out exactly what Zandi had to say, catch up on her latest work and honestly, just hang around her because we’re obsessed.
SHE DID THAT is a female filmmakers showcase that shines a spotlight on the women in the South African production industry. Although we will only be featuring women and non-binary people, the goal is that it will encourage the inclusion of more underrepresented filmmakers across all production work created by South Africans. This month features Ayanda Duma from Robot, Justine Calverley from First Pencil, and Nicole Maria Ackermann from Romance Films.
Interview: Director Kim Geldenhuys ahead of the release of evocative debut short, ‘The Little Match Girl’
0307 Films’ Kim Geldenhuys, took some time out from commercials to direct his debut short film. ‘The Little Match Girl’ is an evocative piece of storytelling about the plight of the houseless and the human need for acknowledgement. We spoke to Cape Town-based Kim, who opened up about the film and how it personally affected him.
Based in Amsterdam and Cape Town, production company Eyeforce has signed new talent to their Cape Town roster. We rolled out the red carpet to welcome Director Ross Hillier and Head of Production Samantha Lowe. The duo not only share Eyeforce’s affinity for sports, adventure, sustainability and human stories but will be bolstering the company’s commercial offering.
Can fully integrated campaigns be created in less time, more cost-effectively, while still maintaining high production values? Blacksmith Culture Collective says yes and are fresh from delivering 3 integrated content packs for top brands, on TV, digital and social. Let's go!
SUPERVISION is production with aplomb. Based on Ksenija's own desire to collaborate with the greats, she has launched a new production company where she plans to centre the values of adaptability, transparency and trust and attract talent that shares in those values. This is Ksenija Strydom-Mičić. This is SUPERVISION films.
SHE DID THAT is a female filmmakers showcase that shines a spotlight on the women in the South African production industry. Although we will only be featuring women and non-binary people, the goal is that it will encourage the inclusion of more underrepresented filmmakers across all production work created by South Africans. This month features Cindy Lee from The Star Film Company, Hallie Haller from The Rudeboy Collective, and Thati Pele from Giant Films.
It’s been just over a year since Director, Creative and Photographer Anthony Bila partnered with Executive Producer Dale Love-Ballantine to expand Indie Village into a full end-to-end production offering. We checked in with the two about the impact the move had on the production company, how the industry has responded and how positive transformation drives their success.
Congratulations to all the winners in the 2021 Creative Circle ‘Joe Public United of the Year’ awards…wait, wait, we mean ‘Ad of the Year’ awards. But damn Joe, well done team on picking up 15 of the 24 awards 🔥 The awards were held on the 10th of March and here we've made it easy peasy to find all the winning work and the winning people who created it.