Last month we got in touch with the team at Gentlemen Films who had come up with a totally out-of-left-field, intriguing idea that we simply couldn’t resist! Our patience paid off as the results of this project are nothing short of epic, breathtaking, hilarious and utterly surprising.
THE BRIEF: To welcome Director Jono Hall to Gentlemen Films. THE IDEA: For each Director at Gentlemen to make one film. Featuring Jono. BUDGET & SCHEDULE: Each Director was given:
The rest was up to them. The result? See for yourselves:
‘I Didn’t Feel Anything’ directed by Greg Rom
Greg: I discovered that one of Jono’s greatest fears is dancing in front of the camera. Enjoy.
Credits: Director – Greg Rom DP – Brendan Barnes Producer – Lawrence Goodman Sound – Samantha Nell Edit and Final Mix – Julian Redpath Grade – Nic Apostoli Online – Michael Naidoo Music – ‘You’re High’ by Agar Agar (Crackirecords)
Special thanks to: Jono Hall (for leaving it all on the floor), Mark Middlewick (for staying on the floor), Upstairs Ludus, Douglas Machogo, Ingrid Engelbrecht, and Mari Schultz
‘Warp 9.9’ directed by Travys Owen
Travys: I wanted to suck Jono into this psychedelic world, twisting and turning him and then bringing him back again in his clean white suit and bowtie. Basically, I played around in After Effects, doing the weirdest, trippiest things I could! Disclaimer: May cause epileptic seizures.
Credits: Director/Edit/Grade/Post: Travys Owen DP: Willie Nel Music: Ross Finck (www.finck.co.za)
‘The End Is Nigh’ directed by Mark Middlewick
Mark: Growing up as a coddled boy in the Northern suburbs I loved Buddy Holly, zombies and ice-cream. So I figured I’d try and combine all of these passions into my dream commercial.
Credits: Director: Mark Middlewick DP: Brendan Barnes Producer: Lawrence Goodman Wardrobe & Makeup: Kelly-Jean Gilbert Special Effects Makeup: Stella Kalymnios & Menio Kalymnios Edit: Julian Redpath Grade & Final Mix: Samantha Nell Online: Michael Naidoo Voice Over: Melody Kaye Music: ‘True Love Ways’ by Buddy Holly
And if you thought that the mere idea of performing for these films was a baptism of fire for Jono, he too was tasked to make his own film. An ode to himself, if you will:
‘Inside Voice’ directed by Jono Hall
Jono: When people ask me what I do for a living, I never really know what to say. Now I can just show them this video.
Credits: Director: Jono Hall DP: Willie Nel Producer: Bryony Webster Sound: Samantha Nell Edit and Final Mix: Julian Redpath Grade: Nic Apostoli Online: Michael Naidoo
Special thanks to: Upstairs Ludus, Bryony Webster, Ingrid Engelbrecht, and Tsholofelo Mokomane
It’s clear that Jono fits right in with the self-confessed bunch of film nerdsat Gentlemen. They also let him play cricket in the corridor. Check out some of their favourite pieces of work from Jono’s reel here:
Carling Black Label ‘The Arrival’
KFC ‘Pep Talk’
1Life ‘One Day’
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