I took the skills and experience I gained from working on commercials and the feature film 'The Fall' to London in 2004. There, I was fortunate to work on a variety of productions including two series' of BBC's Waking The Dead. Working as Standby Art Director allowed me to represent the Art Dept on set and work closely with the DOP and Directors. The Standby Art Director's job is also about keeping a keen artistic eye on each frame that passes through the camera - an excellent way to keep my visual understandings exercised in terms of composition, light and camera.
Lab Set, Waking The Dead
Another lunch at Waking The Dead
Sideways view of me in a 'Lost Boy' mask and half of Marcus (one of my fab propmen) in the fake snow
I was very happy to work on the Film London funded 'Shifty' - based on the true story of a Muslim crack dealer. We shot this fast paced feature film in only 3 weeks, with all departments working out of one truck. Quite a rush! But worth the effort as the film was screened in cinemas around the UK and has been nominated for a BAFTA.
Driving with Terry- off to Friday country pub lunch
Yay! Its Baby Spice!
Ant / Dec
Arriving back in SA I got to work on the SABC 'Hopeville' series, landing up in the tiny town of Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga. With no prop houses to hire from I found myself in and out of the locals' house borrowing furniture, curtains and rugs, meeting some pretty endearing characters and being laiden with lentil stews and melk terts.
Gosser commercial - Long St, Cape Town
I love working in film because of its quick pace, and immediate need for creative problem solving. I also get to be bossy and visit all kinds of amazing places. No two days are the same and I get to bond with all different kinds of peoples through long hours on set or off.
Party time with new found friends Kate and Norah @ ITV, London
Another fab friend, Emma - discovered during hours and weeks and months of filming
Idealy I would love to be a creative co-director of a film that pushes all known boundaries of filmic visual possibilities whilst inspiring minds and flying hearts in hot air ballons above lands elegant and eclectic. Be hardcore in a direct engagement with subject matter that is relevant to where we are at and where we want to go as a species. And be as environmentally responsible as possible. There is enough time and budget not to have to throw so many water bottles in the rubbish.
M&M's Commercial SA 10
Pinewood Studios, London
Working on drawings for the film draughting course I did. Original Batmobile drawings and photos in the background on wall.
''Glamour and Gloria'' Two Oceans Productions Jan – April 09
Worked as Lead Set Dresser on the 2 part German TV Film under Art Director: Darryl Hammer
‘’Slapper’’ Celador Films Sept 07
Short Film Written and Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Worked as Standby Art Director under Production Designer: Erik Rehl
‘’Shifty’’ Between the Eyes August 07
Film London funded feature film. Worked as Standby Art Director under Production Designer Erik Rehl and Director Eran Creevy.
“The Fall” Made in Africa and Radical Media UK Production April 04
Worked as Set Decorator’s Assistant during pre-production on the 1915 period film (SA) Director: Tarsem Singh, Production Designer: Ged Clarke, Art Director: Lisa Hart, Set Decorator: Riccardo Pugliese
''Hopeville'' Curious Pictures November 08 – December 08
A six part South African TV drama series for SABC 2. Worked as Set Decorator under Art Director: Karel Flint
“Waking the Dead’’ BBC January 06 – October 06
Standby Art Director on the BBC Drama, under Production Designer: Jonathan Taylor and Art Directors: Norah Marshall and Nick Harding
“Waking the Dead” BBC January 05 – August 05
Standby Art Director on the BBC Drama, under Production Designers: Mark Tanner and Colin Monk and Art Directors: Debra Overton and Lucienne Suren.
“Waking the Dead” BBC October – December 04
Art Department Assistant under Production Designer: Mark Tanner
‘’Dove’’ Evidently Corporate Video Production, (UK) May 08
“Carmen.com” Love Productions, Art director: Dan Betteridge (UK) October 04
“OceanSpray II” Peter Gird Productions, Art Director: Thomas Reynecke (SA) May 04
“Expedia.co.uk’’ Peter Gird Productions, Art Director: Thomas Reynecke (SA) April 04
“Rabea Expressions” Shakin’ the Tree, Art Director: Richard Cook (SA) March 04
“Super de Boer” Razor Edge Films, Art Director: Dave Robinson (SA) March 04
‘’Skip “Pockets” Velocity Afrika, Art Director: Richard Cook (SA) March 04
“Kofola” Stilking Films, Art Director: Lance Mostert (SA) February 04
“Yoplait’’ Velocity Afrika, Art Director: Lance Mostert (SA) Jan/ Feb 04
“Wanda’’ Velocity Afrika, Art Director: Lance Mostert (SA) Jan/ Feb 04
Various Commercials under Art Director: Belinda Johnson (SA) Dec 02- Mar 03
The Rakes ’22 Grand Job’ Godman (UK) October 05
The Streets ‘Could well Be In’ Independent, Art Director: Natasha Rand (UK) October 04
TV: Light Entertainment:
‘’Ant & Dec’s’ Saturday Night Takeaway’’ Granada TV Feb – Mar 08
Worked as Art Director under Production Designer: Norah Marshal Sept - Oct 07