Columbia University Film Festival 2012

We just completed the vfx and title design for the Columbia University Film Festival trailer.

Written and directed by Daniel Zimbler.


SHNIT Film Festival

FOCUS will be screening Friday 7th October at 7pm at the Labia Theatre on Orange Str in the MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA competition.

MY BACKYARD will be screening Saturday 8th Oct at 6pm at the Labia Theatre on Orange Str in the KAAPSE BOBOTIE 2 Section.


One Small Seed - Interview

Thanks to the guys from One Small Seed for the profile piece.


Witch Doctor Watts

We’ve been working on a new web series called Witch Doctor Watts for the launch of 2oceansvibeTV.
It stars comedian Rob van Vuuren and the talented Tinarie van Wyk Loots.

Stay posted for the clips.


Focus Mashups

Some people seem to have enjoyed Focus so much they mashed it up and made their own music videos out of it. Here are some that are floating around YouTube at the moment. Funny.


Vimeo Stats

I’ve recently realised the power of social networking.
I was trawling the net when I came across a really cool site called The Directors Notes. I started following them on Twitter and they immediately followed me back. Through my profile they linked to my site and Vimeo Channel with all my short films. They then did a post on my short film Focus on their blog and very soon I got a notification mail saying that Focus had been added to the Vimeo HD Channel.
Since that happened the film exploded online. After having been averaging only a couple hits every day to within a week reaching 60K plays and over 1 Million Total Loads. It’s generated a large amount of great feedback and comments as well as reaching an audience world wide.

I’ve been debating for a while the benefits of launching a film online vs keeping it offline whilst it does a festival run (which normally takes about a year). I have another short film which I haven’t launched yet called My Backyard. It’s currently being submitted to festivals and as a result I’m keeping it offline for the time being. However after this recent ‘blow up’ it’s made me question the traditional way of launching a film seeing that the exposure your film can potentially reach online is unparalleled to an audience it can reach through film festivals.

I recently came across a very interesting article discussing all of the above which if you’re interested should check out over here.

Would also just like to say thanks to everyone again for the great feedback on the film !


Elvis Festival Africa

We just returned from an awesome weekend of filming the Elvis Festival in Storms River. It was great to meet and interview all the different Elvis Tribute Artist’s and watch them perform.

Many people came up to us during the festival asking to be notified of when the documentary will be coming out. If you enter your mail address into the ‘subscribe’ form below we’ll keep you posted on the developments of the piece.


Tropfest 2011

I have been selected as a finalist for Tropfest 2011 for my short film ‘Focus’ !

MOVIE EXTRA TROPFEST GIVES FILM FANS THE FINAL CUT

Rising Hollywood star Joel Edgerton, ‘Umbilical Brother’ funnyman David Collins, Underbelly pin-up Damon Gamaeu, and Cape Town filmmaker Ari Kruger are among the Finalists in Movie Extra Tropfest 2011, the world’s largest short film festival.

Organisers say the number and quality of entries this year are so strong they were unable to decide on the last film to be for screened on festival night. So, for the first time ever, Tropfest is letting the public choose one of the 16 Finalists.

Ten great films that narrowly missed out have been selected from the official shortlist and Tropfest is inviting the public to vote for their favourite. The film with the most votes will become an automatic Finalist, screening live on the night in front of hundreds of thousands of films lovers. These films can be viewed on Tropfest’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/tropfest) and voting will stay open until Wednesday 16 February.

John Polson, Tropfest’s Founder and Director, says he’s excited to have Tropfest fans decide who should be the 16th finalist. “It’s a difficult task selecting the 16 Finalists each year, and this year was particularly challenging because of the high quality of entries. I’m ecstatic to be giving our audience the opportunity to have a say in this year’s line up, and I encourage everyone to go to our YouTube channel and vote for your favourite.”

Tropfest is a great launch pad for filmmakers and Finalists will compete for a total prize pool of $100k in cash and prizes, including a Canon XF305 digital camera valued at $10,499.

Tropfest’s new partnership with YouTube, enabling online entries for the first time, has been a huge success, organisers say. Over 700 entries came in from across Australia and the world, including films from USA, Canada, China, Iran, Israel, Italy, Hong Kong, Thailand and Portugal. One Finalist comes from South Africa (the director will be flown in for the night of Tropfest) and one of the films in the “16th Finalist Competition” is from Singapore.

Movie Extra Tropfest will be screened live on Sunday 20 February to an anticipated audience of 150,000 at free outdoor public events across Australia. It is also televised live on Subscription TV channel Movie Extra to an audience in excess of 235,000.

Click here for more info.


Rolling A Rollie

I recently purchased the Canon 7d. It’s amazing.
This is a quick little test I shot yesterday to test out the video functionality.


Flipsters

My cousin and his buddy in Australia recently conceptualised, conceived and produced an innovative kind of flip-flop which basically can fold up and be neatly tucked away in your bag. They’re called the Flipsters.

Besides for the fact that I helped them with the 3D images of the flipsters folding out for their site I think it’s something worth checking out.

Show your feet some love and visit their site!

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