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 finished his honors degree in Cinematography from AFDA in 2015 finishing with the top cinematography awards in 2014 and 2015. Since Brendan has worked as a 1st AC servicing local and international productions in over 12 African countries. Brendans experience includes commercials, TV Shows and Feature films. Brendan strives on running a flawless camera department with his knowledge as a Ronin and Noda wheels technician aiding his skill set. A glass half full kind of guy always ready with solutions for whatever set throws at him.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 finished his honors degree in Cinematography from AFDA in 2015 finishing with the top cinematography awards in 2014 and 2015. Since Brendan has worked as a 1st AC servicing local and international productions in over 12 African countries. Brendans experience includes commercials, TV Shows and Feature films. Brendan strives on running a flawless camera department with his knowledge as a Ronin and Noda wheels technician aiding his skill set. A glass half full kind of guy always ready with solutions for whatever set throws at him.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LUCY NGOBESE

Lucy originally had dreams of being an actress, but after a few gigs on set her curiosity about the camera department grew and she began asking questions until finally deciding her place was behind and not in front of the camera. Her main inspiration in the industry is Gaopie Kabe – she gave Lucy the drive to also reach for the top and is taking every opportunity that comes her way to become a DOP. While Lucy is from Mpumalanga originally, she has made Johannesburg her home. She is a keen learner and excited to begin her journey into the world of creation.

MARTIN NDLOVU

Martin first fell in love with the industry in Grade 10 when he was invited to join a crew through his church and has never looked back. Coming straight out of high school, Martin joined the team at Media and got to know not only the gear well, but also got to meet a lot of influential DOPs during his time there. He is excited by the places and people the industry exposes him to and loves to see the creativity firsthand on set – watching magic happen in real time. He is keen to broaden his experience, both on set and with equipment.

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.

REFILWE SOMORO

Refilwe, known affectionately as Fifi, completed her Advance Diploma at City Varisty in 2016 and began her internship at Visual Impact the very next year. 2017 was also the year that she got to work on film set – and none other than Tomb Raider! She was a VT assistant but found herself drawn to the camera and asked a lot of questions. It was on that set that she decided her final destination would be DOP. With every commercial, feature and TV series she works on she is working towards this goal – she cannot wait to shoot her own movie one day!

THEMBA MABASO

Themba started life on set making coffees in craft but his love for cameras, fuelled with ambition and a craving for knowledge, lead him to Panavision to get the training he needed to move into the camera department. He is passionate about film making, loving both commercials and features alike. His advanced knowledge of Gimbels and his quiet thoughtful presence on set has lead Themba to become one of the most sought after 2nd ACs, with his ultimate goal being to climb the ladder to become a DOP.

2ND AC / LOADERS

BUSISWE MTSHALI

Busisiwe, also known as Steezy, is without a doubt a firecracker – a true definition of dynamite in small packages. Whether it be in front or behind the camera, this young woman is a force to be reckoned with. Busisiwe started her career in front of the camera but has si Save nce found a passion for behind the scenes too, giving her an all-round understanding of the full picture. This dynamic young lady has redefined her artistry in finding a world where both her passions collide. Her infectious energy on set is without a doubt what sets her apart.

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.

LUCY NGOBESE

Lucy originally had dreams of being an actress, but after a few gigs on set her curiosity about the camera department grew and she began asking questions until finally deciding her place was behind and not in front of the camera. Her main inspiration in the industry is Gaopie Kabe – she gave Lucy the drive to also reach for the top and is taking every opportunity that comes her way to become a DOP. While Lucy is from Mpumalanga originally, she has made Johannesburg her home. She is a keen learner and excited to begin her journey into the world of creation.

MARTIN NDLOVU

Martin first fell in love with the industry in Grade 10 when he was invited to join a crew through his church and has never looked back. Coming straight out of high school, Martin joined the team at Media and got to know not only the gear well, but also got to meet a lot of influential DOPs during his time there. He is excited by the places and people the industry exposes him to and loves to see the creativity firsthand on set – watching magic happen in real time. He is keen to broaden his experience, both on set and with equipment.

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.

REFILWE SOMORO

Refilwe, known affectionately as Fifi, completed her Advance Diploma at City Varisty in 2016 and began her internship at Visual Impact the very next year. 2017 was also the year that she got to work on film set – and none other than Tomb Raider! She was a VT assistant but found herself drawn to the camera and asked a lot of questions. It was on that set that she decided her final destination would be DOP. With every commercial, feature and TV series she works on she is working towards this goal – she cannot wait to shoot her own movie one day!

THEMBA MABASO

Themba started life on set making coffees in craft but his love for cameras, fuelled with ambition and a craving for knowledge, lead him to Panavision to get the training he needed to move into the camera department. He is passionate about film making, loving both commercials and features alike. His advanced knowledge of Gimbels and his quiet thoughtful presence on set has lead Themba to become one of the most sought after 2nd ACs, with his ultimate goal being to climb the ladder to become a DOP.

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.”

REGINALD NGATO

During his third year working as a camera technician at Media, Reggie shadowed DITs during gear checks and found his way into the department as a full time DIT. From on-set trainee to tackling multi-camera commercials and feature films, Reggie has learnt from the industries best. He enjoys working with new teams and is hoping to advance even further.

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.”

REGINALD NGATO

During his third year working as a camera technician at Media, Reggie shadowed DITs during gear checks and found his way into the department as a full time DIT. From on-set trainee to tackling multi-camera commercials and feature films, Reggie has learnt from the industries best. He enjoys working with new teams and is hoping to advance even further.

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.