“From the moment I read the scripts I knew I had to do this! It's such a fun idea and I loved the whole East meets South vibe,” enthuses Allais.
But faced with a brutal one week deadline to pull the campaign together Allais and her producer Olivia Leitch knew they would have to get balkanised! Click Here:http://cdn.bizcommunity.com/fw/0907/article/38322_Vodacom.mpg
“What was a challenge was to put a fresh spin on the whole idea and not just repeat the same old cliches. I'm a huge fan of the films of Emir Kusturica and it was great to re-watch those great gypsy soap operas. And the music is fabulous - we blasted Gogol Bordello, Beirut and Devotchka for most of pre-prod as inspiration.” However casting was certainly not ‘maklik' according to Allais: “South Africa is surfer boy country! We needed men who could really rock a handlebar moustache.” But then in walked in Jo-hannesburg comedian Darren Maule and it all clicked into place.
Allais is now busy with a series of follow up spots for Vodacom and has a busy winter ahead. “But I really hope that people get a kick out of the spots. And there is more to come... there will be goats!”
Ola! Films is a new kid on the block but the girl-owned shop has already built up an im-pressive roster of clients and 2009 is set to be a breakthrough year for the team. Re-cently they juggled three demanding shoots for Allais in one week and are currently pull-ing the levers on a huge job for an LA client, that's helmed by “Lars and the Real Girl” director, Craig Gillespie. Ola! Film's success in a brutal economic climate is due to a frisky mix of professionalism, creative chops and the ability to give clients more then they asked for. “When we opened our doors last year we were determined to make Ola! Films an ego free zone. We wanted our clients to feel like they could trust us to do what's right for them - not just what's right for our show reel. That means putting extra love and effort into every aspect of every job,” explains Leitch.
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