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A Game of Homes

So, here's the thing. The last time the world was united in a single cause to this extent was World War 2. This time around, however, it is not a battle against an ideology but one that is in opposition to one of the oldest frenemies of man: the virus...

By Edward Herridge 8 May 2020

Celebrated screenwriter Tertius Kapp talks about 'Griekwastad'
Celebrated screenwriter Tertius Kapp talks about 'Griekwastad'

Daniel Dercksen chats with Tertius Kapp, who wrote the screenplay for Griekwastad, the true story of the cruel acts which shook the world to its core in 2012...

By Daniel Dercksen 29 Apr 2020

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Brave new world: (Once the lockdown's over the shooting begins)

As the country and the film and advertising industry gears up to confront the post lockdown new normal, a great deal of attention has rightly been focused on the fresh creative and communication challenges the industry will confront in the days ahead...

By Ian Gabriel 29 Apr 2020

Covid-19 advertising, a video supercut shows it's all the same
Covid-19 advertising, a video supercut shows it's all the same

"Times like these," "more than ever," "home," "family," "here for you," "we've always been there for you," "we may be apart, but we can stay connected," "we'll get through this together." A universal brand message of solidarity, accompanied by sombre piano music and B-roll footage of empty public spaces. It's all the same.

By Jessica Tennant 24 Apr 2020

Johnny Breedt talks 'Sergio' on Netflix, Covid-19's effects on film industry
Johnny Breedt talks 'Sergio' on Netflix, Covid-19's effects on film industry

Production designer and filmmaker Johnny Breedt talks about Sergio and how the coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted the entertainment industry...

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Apr 2020

#FairnessFirst: The impact of Covid-19 on the industry
#FairnessFirst: The impact of Covid-19 on the industry

It goes without saying that the marketing and media industry has been impacted by the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic...

By Jessica Tennant 30 Mar 2020

Behind the scenes of the award-wining SA sci-fi/horror film 'Fried Barry' - Q&A with director Ryan Kruger
Behind the scenes of the award-wining SA sci-fi/horror film 'Fried Barry' - Q&A with director Ryan Kruger

Celebrated music director Ryan Kruger's first full-length feature film, Fried Barry has been winning over both local and international critics and fans alike. We got in touch with director Ryan Kruger to chat inspiration, improvisation and cult followings...

By Ruth Cooper 23 Mar 2020

Oliver Hermanus talks de-nuclearising a gay slur with his new film, 'Moffie'
Oliver Hermanus talks de-nuclearising a gay slur with his new film, 'Moffie'

Daniel Dercksen chats to South African-born film director, writer and photographer Oliver Hermanus about latest film Moffie...

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Mar 2020

'Vergeet My Nie' director André Velts talks the universal appeal of love stories
'Vergeet My Nie' director André Velts talks the universal appeal of love stories

Daniel Dercksen chats with director André Velts ahead of the release of his new film, Vergeet My Nie in local cinemas tomorrow, 14 February...

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Feb 2020

Christiaan Olwagen talks the modern-day relevance of Poppie Nongena
Christiaan Olwagen talks the modern-day relevance of Poppie Nongena

Celebrated filmmaker, screenwriter and playwright Christiaan Olwagen chats to Daniel Dercksen about bringing Poppie Nongena to life on film..

By Daniel Dercksen 28 Jan 2020

Employee rights proposed for film and TV industry workers
Employee rights proposed for film and TV industry workers

On 11 December 2019, the Minister of Labour in South Africa issued a notice calling for interested parties to make submissions on his proposal to deem persons in the film and television industry as employees for the purpose of selected portions of South Africa's employment law...

By Johan Botes 24 Jan 2020

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Disney is removing 'Fox' from the production company's future branding

After buying 21st Century Fox in a $71bn deal last year, Disney is reportedly removing the word "Fox" from the production company's future branding...

By Shereesa Moodley 20 Jan 2020

Having fun underwater
Having fun underwater

40-million dollars is a lot of money. That is the loss Cats is expected to make. It is a re-occurring event in film. A sure-fire winner that fails...

By Damon Stapleton 15 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: The politics of rage; the quest for middle ground

By the end of 2019, the rising anger around the globe was palpable, as were the divisions that fuelled the rage...

By Dion Chang 6 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Trends for the near future
#BizTrends2020: Trends for the near future

In the knowledge economy, every glimpse of the probable future carries monetary value...

By Marian Salzman 6 Jan 2020

Neo Mashigo, chief creative officer of M&C Saatchi Abel, announced as the FM AdFocus industry leader 2019. Image credit: M&C Saatchi Abel.
#FMAdFocus2019: Creativity holds keys to exciting solutions for old problems

Creativity is a word that carries a magical, if not mystical, aura. Creatives are often seen as different people, in a different room, while the suited folk get on with the business of running companies and the country...

By Neo Mashigo 28 Nov 2019

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The risk of not taking risks

In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Martin Scorsese said that he didn't think Marvel movies were cinema. As you can imagine this statement caused much gnashing of Twitter teeth. So, to explain his position, he wrote an article for the New York Times...

By Damon Stapleton 27 Nov 2019

#Newsmaker: Legend Manqele shares his vision for the new Destiny and Destiny Man
#Newsmaker: Legend Manqele shares his vision for the new Destiny and Destiny Man

Juanita Pienaar talks to Legend Manqele who shares what it took to get where he is today, listing a couple of career highlights and he also elaborates on his vision and approach for the new Destiny and Destiny Man magazine...

By Juanita Pienaar 27 Nov 2019

Africa's first shorts come to life
Africa's first shorts come to life

The first collaboration between an international content creator, a local animation studio and creators from across Africa has seen three uniquely African stories being brought to life in the form of three-minute shorts...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Nov 2019

Creating relevant brands for African audiences
Creating relevant brands for African audiences

WarnerMedia recently hosted a panel discussion around creating relevant brands for African audiences at Discop Johannesburg 2019. Julien Borde, head of Channels for France, French-speaking territories, Africa and Israel tells us more about how the company plans to implement these insights across the African market...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Nov 2019

Addressing date rape in new SA film Cut-Out Girls - Q&A with writer-director Nicola Hanekom
Addressing date rape in new SA film Cut-Out Girls - Q&A with writer-director Nicola Hanekom

Cut-Out Girls tells the story of how six young women's lives are altered by the actions of two aspiring sportsmen and marks the feature film debut of celebrated writer-director Nicola Hanekom...

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Nov 2019

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The right video for the right time

In Nielsen and Taboola's "Moment of Next" study, the two company's took a look at video-watching...

By Travis Bussiahn 24 Oct 2019

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This is where your target market is. Where are you?

The data on video marketing isn't nebulous stats. That's where your target market is...

By Travis Bussiahn 9 Oct 2019

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Video, the new document: Where do you start?

A lot of people don't know where to begin with video in today's digital space...

By Travis Bussiahn 1 Oct 2019

#Newsmaker: Fort appoints Earl Abrahams, a director with a passion for social development
#Newsmaker: Fort appoints Earl Abrahams, a director with a passion for social development

Earl Abrahams is the newest director to join Fort, bringing a range of directing, photography and cinematography skills to the team as well as his passion for social development and the NPO sector...

By Juanita Pienaar 18 Sep 2019

#Newsmaker: Philippa Heal on Showmax's winning campaigns and the rise of full-service in-house agencies
#Newsmaker: Philippa Heal on Showmax's winning campaigns and the rise of full-service in-house agencies

Philippa Heal, Showmax's in-house creative lead on why the rise of full-service in-house agencies is particularly significant both locally and abroad...

By Juanita Pienaar 16 Sep 2019

Brett Michael Innes talks about his masterful adaptation of Fiela Se Kind
Brett Michael Innes talks about his masterful adaptation of Fiela Se Kind

Filmmaker Brett Michael Innes chats to Daniel Dercksen about his adaption of iconic South African classic Fiela Se Kind...

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Sep 2019

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How to produce a marketing video for a brand

As a film and TV creative professional, I've picked up a few tricks on how to make a marketing video for a brand...

By Lungile Mayindi 27 Aug 2019

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Marvel loses Spider-Man to Sony after financial 'dispute' with Disney

Marvel lost the little hold it had over Spider-Man in the MCU.

By Shereesa Moodley 22 Aug 2019

Quentin Krog talks new film Ander Mens and its bloody Tarantino influences
Quentin Krog talks new film Ander Mens and its bloody Tarantino influences

For director Quentin Krog, Ander Mens is the type of film he wants people to "get lost in, laugh at and get thrilled by all at the same time"...

By Daniel Dercksen 21 Aug 2019

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