Best of Reel for Direction Craft awarded to CMMNT at 7 Films.

The SA Film Reel awards the very best in craft by Productions companies in South Africa. This month we asked Gordon Ray, Executive Creative Director and Founding Partner at M&C Saatchi Abel Cape Town, to select his standouts. Congratulations to all the winners.

7 Films | CMMNT (Direction Craft)
Surf Shack ‘Dead Fish Eyes’

BOMB Commercials | Tebza Malope (Direction craft)
McDonalds ‘Love is a thousand different things’

Plank Films | Peter Pohorsky (Direction Craft)
Louis Enslin | Produce Sound/Produce Music (Sound: Final Mix Craft)
Cadbury ‘Graduation’

Egg Films | Terence Neale (Direction Craft)
Coca-Cola ‘Jordan Spieth – Rain’

Judges Comments by Gordon Ray, Executive Creative Director and Founding Partner at M&C Saatchi Abel CT.

BEST OF REEL: Surf Shack ‘Dead Fish Eyes’ by CMMNT from 7 Films (Direction Craft)
“Among all the epic and all the funny, there was one commercial that stood out, simply because it felt the most honest. A powerful story, authentically told without the need for much smoke or mirrors. 7 Films’ Surf Shack commercial is my pick for ‘Best of Reel’ this month. It’s one of a series, each masterfully written and then sensitively shot. Congrats to the team. I hope these convert at Loeries.”

 SPECIAL MENTION: McDonalds ‘Love is a thousand different things’ by Tebza Malope at BOMB Commercials (Direction Craft)
“Other entries worth a mention this month are BOMB’s McDonald’s commercial. Keenly observed and beautifully paced. It’s a Jozi love story without all the clichés.”

SPECIAL MENTION: Cadbury ‘Graduation’ by Peter Pohorsky at Plank Films (Direction Craft) and Louis Enslin from Produce Sound/Produce Music (Sound: Final Mix Craft)
“I also had to chuckle at Plank Film’s Cadbury commercial. Mr. Pohorsky knows how to extract a spontaneous laugh or two and his work continually feels fresh and relevant. Uncomplicated. Unpretentious, just the way funny should be. Great Audio work from Louis Enslin at Produce Sound/Produce Music made the spot all that more brilliant.”

SPECIAL MENTION: Coca-Cola ‘Jordan Spieth – Rain’ by Terence Neale at Egg Films (Direction Craft)
“Another superb ad, highly entertaining, and laden with smiles and ‘how did they do that’s’ was Egg’s Coke ad, featuring golfer Jordan Spieth. A good old celebrity endorsement skilfully handled. Nice.”

About Our Judge

Gordon Ray is a founding partner at M&C Saatchi Abel and ECD of the group’s Cape Town office. As a founder, Gordon has seen the start-up grow to become one of SA’s most admired agencies. Under his leadership the agency has won some of the country’s most creatively prestigious accounts as well as metal at all the major local and international award shows last year. Recently, the agency he co-founded in 2010, was named Adfocus Agency of the Year, an accolade traditionally reserved for agencies 10 years and older. Gordon is currently the World-Wide Creative Chair of the M&C Saatchi Global Network his mission is to inspire work that changes the world and builds on the proud legacy of the brothers Saatchi.

All SA Film Reel Entries

7 Films | Shane Knock (Direction Craft)
Slow Mag ‘Demotivational Speech: CrossFit’

Arcade Content | Lebogang Rasethaba (Direction Craft)
Operation Smile ‘#Operation45 – Episode 3’

Arcade Content | Kyle Lewis (Direction Craft)
Volkswagen ‘Match Your Style’

Bioscope Films | Hylton Tannenbaum (Direction Craft)
Ford ‘Tough Hacks’

BOMB Commercials | Teboho (Direction Craft)
Vodacom ‘Oh Baby’

Giant Films | Sam Coleman (Direction Craft)
ABSA ‘Cultivating the Exceptional’

Plank Films | Peter Pohorsky (Direction Craft)
Hunters ‘Bring the Heat’

Helen + Kim | Motion City Films (Direction Craft)
Sprite ‘More Refreshing Than’

The Upstairs Ludus (Offline)
Cadbury ‘Bubbly’

The Upstairs Ludus (Offline, Grade, Online)
ABSA Champagne ‘The Making Of’

Howard Audio | Adam Howard (Final Mix)
VIP Magazine

Produce Sound/Produce Music | Louis Enslin (Final Mix)
ABSA ‘Alan Watts’

Pulse Music | Marc Algranti (Music Re-Orchestration)
Hunters ‘Bring The Heat’

Howard Audio | Adam Howard (Original Music)
Tracker ‘Ray Charles’

Pulse Music | Marc Algranti (Original Music)
Cadbury Bubbly ‘Aquarium’

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