1ST AC / FOCUS PULLERS

ALEX BAYNE

Alex Bayne is a gift on set. His passion for all things camera department stretches way beyond focus pulling- a skill he has also mastered. He is passionate about problem solving, technical knowledge and thinking that goes into making the images really count for the creative and production teams. His work ethic and careful consideration of all departments and their part in the process means that he brings an overall joy to the comradery on set and a reliability to the camera team that allows everyone to relax and give of their best. He has his eye on everything at all times – you couldn’t wish for a better guy beside you.

BRENDAN WASSERMANN (RONIN TECH)

Brendan’s journey in filmmaking started at the age of 20. He didn’t have a plan, all he wanted to do was create, but after just one year, he decided to seal his fate and major in cinematography. It paid off because he went on to win, big time.

“I changed my major to Cinematography and from there on I won the best cinematographer award in both my 3rd and 4th years respectively. After film school, my goal was to focus pull for the best In order to one day become the best.” It was important for Brendan to learn cinematography inside out, so he knows how the entire machine functions. Because of this, he went on to be one of the best coming out of SA. He finished his Honors Degree in Cinematography with 3 Cinematography awards, which includes a SASC award for Best Student Cinematographer. It has been 7 years in the industry and every job is still as exciting as the first.

“Film itself is communication with feeling, each job has a new feeling and to experience that feeling before the world does is the most thrilling thing in the world. Each job in film is a privilege and I’m honored to be a part of it.” For Brendan this is just the beginning. If you think his doing great, just wait and see what he does next.

DEAN HIBBERT

Dean Hibbert graduated from AFDA in 2009 and has been honing his craft in the camera department on ever since.

He works on music videos, documentaries, commercials but is most in his element when working on feature films. He has a quiet confidence that his DOP’s enjoy as they know he is standing by and he has their back.

Dean has also started operating and we are excited to see what opportunities come next for Dean.

GRAHAM CLARK

With 20 years under his belt, Graham is a mine of skills and techniques that the industry has seen, loves and yet to uncover. Graham suffers from a desk job allergy that led him to this job; something he has come to love and enjoy…”I love the fact that every gig is different and has it’s own challenges, nothing gets me down”.

This sees him pushing boundaries and going beyond his job description.

In the future he would like to work with more international companies; to see how the rest of the world sees our country and what experience they bring to the table. He also wants a chance to show off his skills and hopefully make a name for himself in the film industry worldwide; so they can see how amazing South African crew can be.

GABRIEL ATTWOOD

For Gabriel, time on set is second only to time spent in the wild places of the world. It’s only fitting that he’s spent the better part 5+ years working on a myriad of exciting documentary and commercial projects throughout Africa and beyond.  Having completed a DUT Video Tech Diploma, he soon left broadcasting behind him and set forth on a fast paced career progression with a tight-knit set of DP and Directing mentors.

Working as a 1st AC in a demanding industry requires a specific and niche skillset. By combining a true love of craft with high level problem solving and technical aptitude, Gabe is at home on even the most challenging shoot days. He views the title “Swiss Army Knife” as a valuable one; a student of all, and master of more than a few.

Having spent the best part of his 25 years diving and surfing in the Indian Ocean, or climbing and hiking SA’s most picturesque mountains, he looks for any opportunity to merge this experience with his work in the industry. Knowledge of the ocean and rope experience have proven invaluable on more than one occasion on set.

Based in Durban, dedicated to working anywhere and everywhere.

JOSHUA DEAN MARAIS

Having studied Cinematography in Cape Town doing a 3 year Bachelor of Arts degree, Josh now calls Joburg home. He works as part of a strong team doing commercials, international and local feature films. 

He has set his trajectory on becoming a DOP and will operate, pull and load to gain the much needed skills until then.

For now it feels like there is no camera that Josh has not had his hands on and his technical knowledge is ridiculous.

JUAN WHITE

Juan White wanted to see the world through a view finder for as long as he can remember. Born in pe and raised in Jhb he always felt that his sights should be set on something higher than being just another guy from the East Rand.

At 23 he bought his first camera. And he never put it down. At 27 he set aside his own business and put himself through film school. He worked tirelessly on anything he could to get as much time pulling as possible and was rewarded with a focus puller credit on the award winning movie Necktie Youth (2015).

There is not an hour in the day where Juan is not trying to get even closer to becoming one of the best in the world. Becoming part of cinematic history is what motivates him to hold his gaze on the job at hand.

MACAIRE COX

Growing up in a film mad family, Macaire brings his knowledge and discipline onto each and very set he works on. Starting off as a darkroom loader on 2005, he made the move to focus puller in 2011 and has worked successfully in every medium – commercials, local and international feature films and television series.

MALCOLM CROSS

Malcolm is a focused, considered and proud focus puller.  He has a very high standard which he places on himself to ensure that his gear and his team are looked after.  He strives to keep his team on point and his gear in excellent working order.  Malcolm is working towards making himself indispensable to production by keeping his eye on the details and flagging issues with production before they arrise.

Malcolm worked on local favourite ‘The Girl from St. Agnes’ as well as “Still Breathing’ currently on Mnet.

LIPHUMILE ILANGA GODUKA

You never forget your first encounter with Liphumile, always a shared story and most defiantly a lot of laughter.

Having started her journey in journalism she did her loaders course at Media Film Series in 2009 and has not looked back with an impressive list of credits under her belt.

Mentored by some of the finest, she is now paving her own way, always humble, she reminds us to allow space for trainees so that we can keep our industry growing and keep the knowledge flowing.

RICHARD SWART

Richard is a man of very many talents; with a degree in engineering and a creative flair there really is no end to what he is capable of doing. He has spent years perfecting his art and has become quite skilled as a focus puller, loader, VT-opp, data wrangling and all kinds of Gimbals-Tech. Richard aspires to become a DOP and is climbing his way to the top. He loves his work and spends most of his time perfecting his art as well as creating and modifying gear; looking for new and innovative ways to work different tools and achieve the best for his craft. He is committed and the kind of man you would want on your team.

1ST AC / FOCUS PULLERS

ALEX BAYNE

Alex Bayne is a gift on set. His passion for all things camera department stretches way beyond focus pulling- a skill he has also mastered. He is passionate about problem solving, technical knowledge and thinking that goes into making the images really count for the creative and production teams. His work ethic and careful consideration of all departments and their part in the process means that he brings an overall joy to the comradery on set and a reliability to the camera team that allows everyone to relax and give of their best. He has his eye on everything at all times – you couldn’t wish for a better guy beside you.

BRENDAN WASSERMANN (RONIN TECH)

Brendan’s journey in filmmaking started at the age of 20. He didn’t have a plan, all he wanted to do was create, but after just one year, he decided to seal his fate and major in cinematography. It paid off because he went on to win, big time.

“I changed my major to Cinematography and from there on I won the best cinematographer award in both my 3rd and 4th years respectively. After film school, my goal was to focus pull for the best In order to one day become the best.” It was important for Brendan to learn cinematography inside out, so he knows how the entire machine functions. Because of this, he went on to be one of the best coming out of SA. He finished his Honors Degree in Cinematography with 3 Cinematography awards, which includes a SASC award for Best Student Cinematographer. It has been 7 years in the industry and every job is still as exciting as the first.

“Film itself is communication with feeling, each job has a new feeling and to experience that feeling before the world does is the most thrilling thing in the world. Each job in film is a privilege and I’m honored to be a part of it.” For Brendan this is just the beginning. If you think his doing great, just wait and see what he does next.

DEAN HIBBERT

Dean Hibbert graduated from AFDA in 2009 and has been honing his craft in the camera department on ever since.

He works on music videos, documentaries, commercials but is most in his element when working on feature films. He has a quiet confidence that his DOP’s enjoy as they know he is standing by and he has their back.

Dean has also started operating and we are excited to see what opportunities come next for Dean.

GRAHAM CLARK

With 20 years under his belt, Graham is a mine of skills and techniques that the industry has seen, loves and yet to uncover. Graham suffers from a desk job allergy that led him to this job; something he has come to love and enjoy…”I love the fact that every gig is different and has it’s own challenges, nothing gets me down”.

This sees him pushing boundaries and going beyond his job description.

In the future he would like to work with more international companies; to see how the rest of the world sees our country and what experience they bring to the table. He also wants a chance to show off his skills and hopefully make a name for himself in the film industry worldwide; so they can see how amazing South African crew can be.

GABRIEL ATTWOOD

For Gabriel, time on set is second only to time spent in the wild places of the world. It’s only fitting that he’s spent the better part 5+ years working on a myriad of exciting documentary and commercial projects throughout Africa and beyond.  Having completed a DUT Video Tech Diploma, he soon left broadcasting behind him and set forth on a fast paced career progression with a tight-knit set of DP and Directing mentors.

Working as a 1st AC in a demanding industry requires a specific and niche skillset. By combining a true love of craft with high level problem solving and technical aptitude, Gabe is at home on even the most challenging shoot days. He views the title “Swiss Army Knife” as a valuable one; a student of all, and master of more than a few.

Having spent the best part of his 25 years diving and surfing in the Indian Ocean, or climbing and hiking SA’s most picturesque mountains, he looks for any opportunity to merge this experience with his work in the industry. Knowledge of the ocean and rope experience have proven invaluable on more than one occasion on set.

Based in Durban, dedicated to working anywhere and everywhere.

JOSHUA DEAN MARAIS

Having studied Cinematography in Cape Town doing a 3 year Bachelor of Arts degree, Josh now calls Joburg home. He works as part of a strong team doing commercials, international and local feature films. 

He has set his trajectory on becoming a DOP and will operate, pull and load to gain the much needed skills until then.

For now it feels like there is no camera that Josh has not had his hands on and his technical knowledge is ridiculous.

JUAN WHITE

Juan White wanted to see the world through a view finder for as long as he can remember. Born in pe and raised in Jhb he always felt that his sights should be set on something higher than being just another guy from the East Rand.

At 23 he bought his first camera. And he never put it down. At 27 he set aside his own business and put himself through film school. He worked tirelessly on anything he could to get as much time pulling as possible and was rewarded with a focus puller credit on the award winning movie Necktie Youth (2015).

There is not an hour in the day where Juan is not trying to get even closer to becoming one of the best in the world. Becoming part of cinematic history is what motivates him to hold his gaze on the job at hand.

MACAIRE COX

Growing up in a film mad family, Macaire brings his knowledge and discipline onto each and very set he works on. Starting off as a darkroom loader on 2005, he made the move to focus puller in 2011 and has worked successfully in every medium – commercials, local and international feature films and television series.

MALCOLM CROSS

Malcolm is a focused, considered and proud focus puller.  He has a very high standard which he places on himself to ensure that his gear and his team are looked after.  He strives to keep his team on point and his gear in excellent working order.  Malcolm is working towards making himself indispensable to production by keeping his eye on the details and flagging issues with production before they arrise.

Malcolm worked on local favourite ‘The Girl from St. Agnes’ as well as “Still Breathing’ currently on Mnet.

LIPHUMILE ILANGA GODUKA

You never forget your first encounter with Liphumile, always a shared story and most defiantly a lot of laughter.

Having started her journey in journalism she did her loaders course at Media Film Series in 2009 and has not looked back with an impressive list of credits under her belt.

Mentored by some of the finest, she is now paving her own way, always humble, she reminds us to allow space for trainees so that we can keep our industry growing and keep the knowledge flowing.

RICHARD SWART

Richard is a man of very many talents; with a degree in engineering and a creative flair there really is no end to what he is capable of doing. He has spent years perfecting his art and has become quite skilled as a focus puller, loader, VT-opp, data wrangling and all kinds of Gimbals-Tech. Richard aspires to become a DOP and is climbing his way to the top. He loves his work and spends most of his time perfecting his art as well as creating and modifying gear; looking for new and innovative ways to work different tools and achieve the best for his craft. He is committed and the kind of man you would want on your team.

2ND AC / LOADERS

KELEBOGILE MOKANYANE

Kele’s broad smile is contagious.  She is that person, and if you are lucky enough to have her on your team you will know what if feels like to be well looked after.

Having completed her BA degree in Film and Television in 2017, Kele was working on sets before she even graduated.  Her willingness to submerge herself in the craft of film making has allowed her to get on sets with all the toys.

Her technical skill and camera knowledge and the way she builds a camera are something to see.

She has a greatness yet gentleness about her,  she goes above and beyond for her DOP’s and focus pullers and boy have they started to notice.

OBAKENG NCUTLE

OB as we call him is starting to solidify his place as more than a trainee and has started to get some series work as a loader under his belt.

OB’s can do attitude and his willingness to learn and give his all, is what is taking him from one job to the next.  We are excited to watch OB grow and establish himself on set.

MANDLA DLAMINI

Mandla has international shoot experience and has worked alongside some pretty big names.  He has earned his reputation of the guy to call when the job is not your run of the mill show, and you need to know and trust you have your bases covered.

Mandla also works his magic a Movi tech and is starting to rise up the ranks to begin puller where he is given the chance.

2ND AC / LOADERS

KELEBOGILE MOKANYANE

Kele’s broad smile is contagious.  She is that person, and if you are lucky enough to have her on your team you will know what if feels like to be well looked after.

Having completed her BA degree in Film and Television in 2017, Kele was working on sets before she even graduated.  Her willingness to submerge herself in the craft of film making has allowed her to get on sets with all the toys.

Her technical skill and camera knowledge and the way she builds a camera are something to see.

She has a greatness yet gentleness about her,  she goes above and beyond for her DOP’s and focus pullers and boy have they started to notice.

OBAKENG NCUTLE

OB as we call him is starting to solidify his place as more than a trainee and has started to get some series work as a loader under his belt.

OB’s can do attitude and his willingness to learn and give his all, is what is taking him from one job to the next.  We are excited to watch OB grow and establish himself on set.

MANDLA DLAMINI

Mandla has international shoot experience and has worked alongside some pretty big names.  He has earned his reputation of the guy to call when the job is not your run of the mill show, and you need to know and trust you have your bases covered.

Mandla also works his magic a Movi tech and is starting to rise up the ranks to begin puller where he is given the chance.

DIT

BRIONY MACLEOD

“Briony first discovered her passion for film through fine arts when she created a short film for an art exam final. She started earning her on set hours as a camera loader, and quickly climbed her way up to the DIT position. Evolving through each level of the camera department has given her vital knowledge in the field that she has been able to apply to workflows both on and off set.

Not only is she a key asset on set, but has developed a talent for Colour Grading in Post Production. An advancing knowledge base around colour and exposure has allowed her to build trust based relationships with DOP’s on set, adding to the overall aesthetic of a project, both creatively and technically.”

RICHARD MULLER

Richard’s well rounded experience includes feature films, documentaries, television shows, commercials and stereoscopic 3D productions.   As well as being an experienced colourist and editor,  he has a strong background in post production and specialises in managing high-volume multicam shows and complex colour and look pipelines. His early experience as a camera assistant and operator, strengthens his role as a DIT and technical director. 

Some of Richard’s latest projects include the Alexa65 based Netflix series Dark,  The Kingdoms of Fire (5 months of LF action-insanity in the Sahara), Jadotville, Avengers : Age of Ultron and Chappie.

Crew United
The DIT Book

SONDIA VILJOEN

“It chose me, I didn’t choose it”- that is how we usually describe jobs that we enjoy doing and never dreamed we would find ourselves there. That is the case with Sondia and being a DIT. The job was presented to her and man did she grab those horns and ride the bull. Her confidence and willingness to learn got her where she is today.

After completing her studies at AFDA in Cinematography and screenwriting she worked in both post and on set through Bladeworks Post Production. She also freelanced as a DIT and for the last 4 years has been working at Panavision; where she got to play with the coolest and most trending equipment in the industry. All of that has shaped her as a camera technician, one who has overcome a lot of challenges and obstacles that she is most certainly grateful for because now she is able to handle anything that comes her way and troubleshoots any technical problems she is faced with.

She hopes to keep learning and expanding her knowledge and offer the best service possible.

DIT

BRIONY MACLEOD

“Briony first discovered her passion for film through fine arts when she created a short film for an art exam final. She started earning her on set hours as a camera loader, and quickly climbed her way up to the DIT position. Evolving through each level of the camera department has given her vital knowledge in the field that she has been able to apply to workflows both on and off set.

Not only is she a key asset on set, but has developed a talent for Colour Grading in Post Production. An advancing knowledge base around colour and exposure has allowed her to build trust based relationships with DOP’s on set, adding to the overall aesthetic of a project, both creatively and technically.”

RICHARD MULLER

Richard’s well rounded experience includes feature films, documentaries, television shows, commercials and stereoscopic 3D productions.   As well as being an experienced colourist and editor,  he has a strong background in post production and specialises in managing high-volume multicam shows and complex colour and look pipelines. His early experience as a camera assistant and operator, strengthens his role as a DIT and technical director. 

Some of Richard’s latest projects include the Alexa65 based Netflix series Dark,  The Kingdoms of Fire (5 months of LF action-insanity in the Sahara), Jadotville, Avengers : Age of Ultron and Chappie.

Crew United
The DIT Book

SONDIA VILJOEN

“It chose me, I didn’t choose it”- that is how we usually describe jobs that we enjoy doing and never dreamed we would find ourselves there. That is the case with Sondia and being a DIT. The job was presented to her and man did she grab those horns and ride the bull. Her confidence and willingness to learn got her where she is today.

After completing her studies at AFDA in Cinematography and screenwriting she worked in both post and on set through Bladeworks Post Production. She also freelanced as a DIT and for the last 4 years has been working at Panavision; where she got to play with the coolest and most trending equipment in the industry. All of that has shaped her as a camera technician, one who has overcome a lot of challenges and obstacles that she is most certainly grateful for because now she is able to handle anything that comes her way and troubleshoots any technical problems she is faced with.

She hopes to keep learning and expanding her knowledge and offer the best service possible.

VT

KHYLE DU PLESSIS

My interest in cameras and photography began when I was 16 years old. I started shooting on 35mm B&W film and started developing and printing my own photos at 17. My areas of focus have been product and fashion photography.

I have a background in post-production where I learned data management, editing, colour grading, and compositing.

I started my film career as a Loader, VT assistant and DIT Assistant working on advertisements in Johannesburg. I worked on Survivor Champions (filmed in Malaysia) which gave me a taste of international, larger scale productions. I moved my way up to being a full time VTO and Junior DIT and started working on long form productions such Our Girl Season 4 (BBC), The Professionals (Amazon) and The Watch (BBC).

I divide my time between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

 

VT

KHYLE DU PLESSIS

My interest in cameras and photography began when I was 16 years old. I started shooting on 35mm B&W film and started developing and printing my own photos at 17. My areas of focus have been product and fashion photography.

I have a background in post-production where I learned data management, editing, colour grading, and compositing.

I started my film career as a Loader, VT assistant and DIT Assistant working on advertisements in Johannesburg. I worked on Survivor Champions (filmed in Malaysia) which gave me a taste of international, larger scale productions. I moved my way up to being a full time VTO and Junior DIT and started working on long form productions such Our Girl Season 4 (BBC), The Professionals (Amazon) and The Watch (BBC).

I divide my time between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

 

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MICHAEL CHITTERS

A problem solving miracle worker, Michael uses his particular set of skills for good. His uncanny ability to call a set from both a production and directors perspective allows him to bend the space time continuum. A pyrotechnical whizkid from age 11 it is hardly any wonder he can balance craft and time better than anyone.

Michael Chitters is not just a film maker, he is also a devoted father and part time social cricketer. He is also the guy who stretches minutes into hours and turns what if’s into shots.

TRAVIS NEL

Travis Nel is not only an excellent human, he is the genius glue that can hold a shoot together against all odds. Funny, fast thinking and solution-driven he creates space for creative without sending production into over drive. His ability to delicately balance physics, creative requirements and keep things spontaneous is a rare gift.

Travis is the guy you want beside you when it seems impossible, because if you give him the chance to figure it out, he will always, always find a way. You don’t have to believe us. Ask anyone who has ever stared down the barrel of a ticking clock with him and they will tell you even father time slows down to see how he can help Trav.

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MICHAEL CHITTERS

A problem solving miracle worker, Michael uses his particular set of skills for good. His uncanny ability to call a set from both a production and directors perspective allows him to bend the space time continuum. A pyrotechnical whizkid from age 11 it is hardly any wonder he can balance craft and time better than anyone.

Michael Chitters is not just a film maker, he is also a devoted father and part time social cricketer. He is also the guy who stretches minutes into hours and turns what if’s into shots.

TRAVIS NEL

Travis Nel is not only an excellent human, he is the genius glue that can hold a shoot together against all odds. Funny, fast thinking and solution-driven he creates space for creative without sending production into over drive. His ability to delicately balance physics, creative requirements and keep things spontaneous is a rare gift.

Travis is the guy you want beside you when it seems impossible, because if you give him the chance to figure it out, he will always, always find a way. You don’t have to believe us. Ask anyone who has ever stared down the barrel of a ticking clock with him and they will tell you even father time slows down to see how he can help Trav.