Bryony is no newbie to the production game and has worked in production for 23 years. She started her career in the service industry in Cape Town and has also worked on numerous feature films. For the last 14 years she has produced TV commercials, music videos and documentaries big and small for some of the top directors and production houses in the country. She has spent the last 3 years as Head of Production at Gentlemen Films.
Q: Why make the move to FirstPencil?
Bryony: “I really admire the FirstPencil team. Besides their talent, they are just flippen great people to be around. Anybody who has worked with Lebo, Justine and Brenda before will want to work with them again. I also know good work when I see it and when I rewatched Justine’s reel I actually became emotional. Her work is evocative and I want to be a part of that.”
Q: Name a spot from the FirstPencil reel that you wish you produced?
Bryony: “What I often find is that when a director is good with performance, they’re usually not always great with communicating a powerful aesthetic. Justine handles both so delicately. She is so detailed and such a layered director and it was especially her latest piece for Standard Bank that just proves how talented she is.”
It’s been a wild year, so in case you need reminding, here’s Justine’s spot that Bryony just mentioned for Standard Bank. She directed this just before lockdown hit. FirstPencil collaborated with VMLY&R on this campaign, #RewriteTheRules, which posed the question, “Do the rules on how we treat each other feel wrong?” And, ahem, it was also awarded in South Africa most prestigious Craft Awards *drumroll please* our very own IDIDTHAT Craft Awards.