When it comes to breaking barriers, working on award-winning campaigns and putting staff talent and client-centricity first, Ludus has it down to a fine art.
Ludus at the Loeries
Named after an ancient Roman school known for producing gladiators, the post-production company slays all creative giants and wins every war for its clients – Offering a facility that caters for the needs of production houses, directors and agencies alike. Ludus takes pride in being all about supporting its ‘work-family’, with the team spending so much time at the office that nurturing a family-culture is imperative.
“One only needs to look at our social media to see that we are all about sharing this story with our clients, suppliers and friends. We are all about making our days memorable and exciting for both our clients and ‘The Fam’," says Ludus Client Liaison and Senior Producer Mandy Biart.
In a perfectly diverse creative world
“Historically, our industry hasn’t been a leader in diversity and inclusion,” says Biart. But, Ludus is committed to promoting South African women of colour to prominent positions to bring about real change. She continues: “It's important that our industry corrects the ratios and ensures women, and most importantly women of colour have a seat at the creative table.” Due to the gender bias gap, Ludus is committed to seeking out female talent for any new career opportunities that arise. All senior positions are held by women.
Biart goes on to explain that the company take various steps in order to safeguard female employees against unwanted attention, as well as give them a voice in the organisation - A ‘velocity matters’ meeting is held once a week, which sets out the roadmap of what needs to be accomplished - on time and on budget. These are run by Ludus’ female managing director, Ashleigh Oates, and implemented by the all-women team of producers.
Celebrating Ludus women
How does Ludus live out its focus on people and talent above all else?
‘The Fam’ (the Ludus team) is considered among the most valuable assets that the Ludus has. “They contribute to the mission and the company's overall success, which means it’s worth investing in them in order to motivate them to provide their best work,” comments Biart.
According to Ludus philosophy, the key to developing ‘The Fam’ to the utmost of their potential is understanding their drives and what motivates them – getting to know what will reach and inspire them to push themselves further. “Placing greater responsibility on someone’s shoulders might seem like a burden for some, but for others it serves as a reward and motivation. It’s a show of faith on your part in their abilities, and a demonstration of your belief that they’re capable of handling more,” Biart concludes.
Telling better creative stories
As post-production partners for The Loeries 2019, Ludus also believes in pushing South African creatives to tell better, more diverse and authentic stories, encouraging industry players to work together to retain the value of their crafts and find new solutions which offer clients the best creative talent. Mark Ash, Senior Offline Editor, elaborates: "Our industry needs to pull together and unite as creatives rather than chip away at each other. Rather create synergy and greater capacity through collaboration with like-minded people, re-imagining the current way of working and rendering it far more inclusive. Doing so is the only way in which collective longevity can be ensured in an industry in flux."
Since the Loerie Awards offer the most prestigious industry accolades on the continent, it is the ideal fit for Ludus, as the company’s corporate responsibility focus is to partner important events like this one. The Loeries post-production needs are diverse and road-mapped well in advance, months before the actual awards. As a facility, Ludus has the necessary capacity to roll out these requirements on time throughout the year.
This year, Ludus saw the following winning works at the Loeries:
In the category: Film - TV Cinema Commercials - Up to 90s – Nando’s 'You People’ (TV1A-19-11108): Award: Silver Editing company: The Ludus Editor: Mark Ash Post Production: The Ludus Agency: M&C Saatchi Abel Account Management: Nadine Govender Agency Art Director: Lubabalo Mtati Agency Producer: Bronwyn Henry Art Director/Stylist: Lauren Wilensky (Darling) Brand Representative: Chief Marketing Officer Chief Creative Officer: Neo Mashigo Cinematography: Devin Tosseli Creative Director: Jabulani Sigege Executive Creative Director: Neo Mashigo Film Director: Chloe Coetsee Production Company: Darling Films Media Agency: The Media Shop Music Composer: Garrick Jones Recording Studio: We Love Jam, Sterling Studios Sound Designer: Arnold Vermaak (We Love Jam), Sean Williams (Sterling Sound) Strategist: Makosha Maja-Rasethaba Writer: Gabriella (Bella) Evans
In the category: Film - TV & Cinema Commercials - Up to 90s – Nando’s ‘Afrotising’ (TV1A-19-11668): Award: Grand Prix Editing company: The Ludus Editor: Andrew Traill Agency: M&C Saatchi Abel Account Management: Nadine Govender Agency Art Director: Wade Barnes, Joshua De Kock Agency Producer: Bronwyn Henry Art Director/Stylist: Bobby Cardoso / Bee Diamondhead Brand Representative: Doug Place Chief Creative Officer: Neo Mashigo Cinematographer: Adam Bentel Creative Director: Wade Barnes, Joshua De Kock Executive Creative Director: Gordon Ray Film Director: Tebza Malope Production Company: The Star Film Company Music Composer: Tigerfight Performance: Hamilton Dlamini, Khuli Chana Producer: Adam Thal, Ashley Kadish Recording Studio: Sterling Sound Strategist: Keke Mahlelebe, Johannes Keiper, Jason Finklestein Writer: Joshua de Kock, Wade Barnes Post Production: The Ludus
In the category: Film - Direction - Up to 90s – Nando’s ‘Afrotising’ (TVWA-19-11124): Award: Craft Certificate Editing company: The Ludus Editor: Andrew Traill Post Production: The Ludus Agency: M&C Saatchi Abel Account Management: Nadine Govender Agency Art Director: Wade Barnes, Joshua De Kock Agency Producer: Bronwyn Henry Art Director/Stylist: Bobby Cardoso / Bee Diamondhead Brand Representative: Doug Place Chief Creative Officer: Neo Mashigo Cinematographer: Adam Bentel Creative Director: Wade Barnes, Joshua De Kock Executive Creative Director: Gordon Ray Film Director: Tebza Malope Production Company: The Star Film Company Music Composer: Tigerfight Performance: Hamilton Dlamini, Khuli Chana Producer: Adam Thal, Ashley Kadish Recording Studio: Sterling Sound Strategist: Keke Mahlelebe, Johannes Keiper, Jason Finklestein Writer: Joshua de Kock, Wade Barnes Post Production: The Ludus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRwiu-QsiSk
In the category: Film - Branded Content Film - Series, Outsurance ‘It’s a calling’ (TV1H-19-11888): Award: Bronze Editing company: The Ludus Editor: Mark Ash Post Production: The Ludus Agency: Outsurance Executive Creative Director: Bryn Puchert Film Director: Zee Ntuli Production Company: Darling Films Music Composer: Chris Letcher Producer: Lorraine Smit, Melina McDonald, Mmameyi Mphahlele Sound Designer: Lorens Perrson Recording Studio: Sterling Sound VFX Operator: Michael Naidoo
In the category: Effective Creativity, Huggies ‘Baby Marathon’ (XC1A-19-12287): Award: Campaign Gold Editing company: The Ludus Editor: James O'Sullivan Post Production: The Ludus Agency: Ogilvy South Africa Film Director: Matthys Boshoff Production Company: The Star Films Company Music and Sound Design: Louis Enslin, Theo Potgieter Creative Director: Catherine Wanliss, Gregory King Chief Creative Officer: Pete Case Executive Creative Director: Mariana O'Kelly Art Director: Chantelle Dos Santos, Jade Amic, Suzanne Jenner
In the category: Film - Online Film - above 30s, Brand SA ‘The Prayer’ (TV1D-19-12365)” Award: Silver Editing company: The Ludus Editor: Nick Gishen Post Production: The Ludus Agency: The Odd Number Account Management: Kazi Mestile Agency Art Director: Elzanri Kirsten, Sbu Sitole Agency Producer: Shoni Nekhabambe Brand Representative: Sithembile Ntombela, Tshepiso Malele Chief Creative Officer: Sbu Sitole Cinematography: Brendan Barnes Executive Creative Director: Terry McKenna Film Director: Ernest Nkosi Production Company: Seriti Films Performance: Richard Njoku Recording Studio: Sterling Sound Sound Designer: Sean Williams VFX Opperater: Michael Naidoo Writer: Neema Nouse, Terry McKenna
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