iDidTht: Who are some of your regular Zootee clients?
Stacey: Only the best obviously! Zootee’s regular clientele include production companies like Stage5 Films, Carbon Collective, Motion City Films, Arcade, Moonlighting, Gambit Films, Penguin Films and Sketchbook Studios. Agencies that regularly call on us include Publicis, FoxP2 and many independent Directors like Ryan Kruger, who is one of the best music video directors in the country having directed over 70 music videos and award-winning Documentary Filmmaker and Producer Jolynn Minnaar.
Just in case Stacey was making up names, we got in touch with Directors Ryan and Jolynn to find out just what Zootee has meant to them.
Jolynn Minnaar (Director): “Ever since opening their doors, Zootee Studios and Stacey have generously supported an entire generation of filmmakers. From assisting producers on a budget level – often at her own expense – to always working hard to find a solution for your shoot requirements; from creating a safe space for young filmmakers to ask any question to Stacey herself stepping in to help out on your shoot, Zootee Studios goes far, far beyond what you would expect from a gear rental company. More accurately, Zootee Studios has enabled an entire industry to learn, grow, survive and flourish.
As a woman, working with Stacey and her female-run company has always been incredibly empowering and rewarding. It is impossible to imagine where I am today without Zootee Studios and I am certain many esteemed film professionals, working in the top of their field today, would echo this.”
Ryan Kruger (Director): “As a local Director I used to deal with many smaller budget music videos that started my career and if it wasn’t for Stacey and Zootee I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. Zootee Studios has always backed me and believed in my visions to grow as a director over the years. Now as an award-winning Director having MTV/SAMA/GHOEMA awards behind my name, I am very grateful to know Stacey and they will always be family to me. They have been there from the start.”