Motion City Films

Motion City Films is an award-winning Cape Town based production company specialising in commercials and branded content. VIVA

Cape Town

Directors: Helen + Kim
Executive Producer: Lisa Grobler

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Helen + Kim are a two-headed director. With Helen’s background in performance and aesthetics and Kim’s technical experience as a DP and editor, the two form a director-duo with a strong skill-set. They believe that filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and their diverse strengths allow them to expertly execute every detail of the process. Known for their visually rich style, the pair have won numerous awards and have directed work for brands such as adidas, Volkswagen, KIA, Jameson Irish Whisky, Ford, Elle Magazine, Vaseline, Sprite, Fanta and Cell C.

  • D&AD 2017 – Pencil (Creativity For Good): VW Amarok Test Drives For Good (Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town)
  • Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans – Helen J. Raine (Film and Media)
  • 2017 Creative Circle Ad of The Year – Third (Integrated Campaign): VW Test Drives For Good (Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town)
  • 2017 Creative Circle Ad of The Year – Third (Experiential Advertising): District Six Travelling Suitcases (Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town)
  • Prism Awards 2017 – Silver (Corporate Responsibility): VW Amarok Social Test Drive (Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town)
  • Loeries 2016 – Silver (Integrated Campaign): VW Amarok Social Test Drive (Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town)
  • Loeries 2016 – Silver (Integrated Campaign): VW Amarok Social Test Drive (Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town)
  • Loeries 2016 – Bronze (Online video): VW Amarok Social Test Drive (Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town)
  • Creative Circle Ad of the Month: District 6 Travelling Suitcases (Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town)
  • Creative Circle Ad of the Month: Amarok Social Test Drive (Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town)
  • Bookmarks 2015 – Silver: VW Polotag (Agency Ogilvy One)
  • Bookmarks 2015 – Bronze: RedHuxley #RoadTorancho (Use of Online video and audio content)
  • Mark Lives ad of the week July 2014 – CellC ‘Don’t Hang Up’ (Agency 1886)
  • Loeries 2014 – Silver (Branded Content): Red Huxley #RoadToRancho 
  • Loeries 2014 – Bronze (Branded Content): Jamesons’ The Indie Channel (Agency: Native VML)

CAPE TOWN OFFICE

Unit 19 / Old Castle Brewery
6 Beach Rd, Woodstock,
Cape Town, South Africa, 7915

Executive Producer | Lisa Grobler
+27 82 451 5968
lisa@motioncityfilms.com

Awarded by IDIDTHAT

AWARDED: BEST IN CRAFT (DIRECTION)
Motion City Films | Helen & Kim
Short Film ‘Boni & Wes’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Suhana Gordhan, ECD at FCB Joburg
March 2020

Judge’s comment: “This is a hard story to tell because in many ways it’s still a protest story in this country, and in the world. I think it’s remarkable to be able to do protest in a gentle and tender way. Every choice made by the directors – from the way the narration overlays the story, to the quiet yet confrontational intimacy to the mingling of moments of light and shade – makes this film really powerful, effortlessly honest, and beautiful.”

AWARDED: CRAFT MENTION (CINEMATOGRAPHY)
Zenn van Zyl (Cinematography)
Short Film ‘Boni & Wes’
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Suhana Gordhan, ECD at FCB Joburg
IDIDTHAT Guest Judge: Ricky Boyd, Film Editor at Deliverance Post
March 2020
*Entered on behalf of Zenn van Zyl by Motion City Films  

Suhana’s comment: “It felt only right to acknowledge the role of cinematography in the making of ‘Boni & Wes’. I think the cinematography played a significant role in honouring what I mentioned the directing did – which was to tell this story in such a gentle way. The lensing, lighting and framing all contributed to creating this fine balance of intimacy yet bold openness. It’s truthful without being stark, beautiful without being overly orchestrated.”

Ricky’s comment: “On this controversial piece from Helen and Kim, Zenn van Zyl has worked hard to combine contrasting visual styles with unusual lighting and grade treatments. The attention to detail in the framing is immediately apparent and while some “looks” work better than others, they complement the awkward and tricky subject matter.”

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