Q: Where did the idea to make her pet a duck come from?
Dani: When I first read the script I knew it was important to show the little girl also nurturing something. We see the grandfather nurture her in the film and that intergenerational wisdom felt really authentic. I wanted to see her pass on her wisdom too, so adding a pet made sense. The duck solved a practical problem, but it also added a layer of magic.
Q: And that moment where she gently stroked the snail at the pond was beautiful!
Dani: Funny story about the snail…Day one of the shoot our animal wrangler told me ‘One of your snails has run away’. Honestly, how far can it be I thought. Well…We found it 3 weeks after the job had wrapped, in a jar on a spinach leaf. It was safe and healthy.
Q: Wait, so you…
Dani: Yes, we had an animal wrangler for a snail.
Q: What was a highlight for you working on this film?
Dani: The team at MullenLowe were so invested in the story and they worked so hard on every element of this project. This germ of an idea was enhanced by everyone involved and at every point they added so much thought, style and knowledge of the brand. When I saw the collaboration on the screen, I was reminded that it is possible to grow and enhance ideas rather than just capture them.
Dani Hynes has established herself as a versatile director. Comedy, emotive, performance, beauty, food, alcohol, animation for live-action, problem solver, kids and animals; she seems to do it all and her reel is proof. Even though she has worked on such diverse genres over her years of filmmaking, there is one golden thread to her work and that’s the attention to detail. Dani is obsessed with finding authenticity in even the smallest of moments, beautiful honest moments that stay with you long after you’ve watched them.
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Credits for Bokomo ‘100 Years Young’
CEO: Sarah Dexter
Executive Creative Director: Kirk Gainsford
Creative Group Head: Jeanine Gomes
Art Director: Jenny Glazier
Agency Producer: Riska Emran
Agency Producer: Keyana Govender
Prod. Company: Made Films
Director: Dani Hynes
Executive Producer: Melanie Curtis
Producer: Dumisani Mvumvu
Production Manager: Sazi Mbalekwa
DOP: Motheo Moeng
Focus: Evelyn Makgata
DIT: Ludwig Bezuidenhout
AD: Westley Durand
Grips: Mlungisi Dube
Gaffer: Phumlani Ngwenya
Art Director: Sue Steele
Wardrobe: Mel Finch-Keshwar
Packs: Steven Short
Sound: Tony Honeybun
Makeup: Lisa Wasmuth
Location: Cherise Haskins
Offline Editor: Jade De Jager
Grade: Nic Apostoli
Audio Final Mix: Sean Jefferis
Online & Animation: Shaun Froneman