National Arts Festival Appointed Curators Of SA Pavillion At 55th La Biennale di Venezia

The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown today expressed its delight
at being chosen to curate and stage the South African exhibition at the
55th La Biennale di Venezia, saying that it would embark on the project with the best interests of our country’s artists at heart.

Acknowledging this event as the “world’s premiere showcase for the
contemporary visual arts”, Festival CEO Tony Lankester said that participation in the La Biennale di Venezia was something that all artists should aspire to. “Venice is arguably the most prestigious and well-established visual arts showcase in the world, and having their work shown there is a major opportunity for our artists to get global exposure,” he said.

The choice of the National Arts Festival as curator was announced
by the Department of Arts and Culture today at the end of a public process in which proposals were sought from parties wishing to lead the process.

“We submitted a proposal to the Department and we’re delighted that they have bought into the curatorial vision we expressed,” Lankester said. “In putting the proposal together we drew on the expertise of Brenton Maart, who will be the exhibition curator, and his colleagues from our Festival Artistic Committee – Nomusa Makhubu, Dominic Thorburn, Brett Bailey and Jay Pather.
Together this team will now refine the idea behind the exhibition, and bring it to life through the work of an array of local artists.”

The theme and concepts underpinning the exhibition to be mounted on the South African pavilion will be unveiled to the public once this process of refinement is complete.

Lankester, who is currently chair of the World Fringe Alliance and
Treasurer of the African Festival Network, stressed the importance of global exposure for South Africa’s artists: “A platform like this is an important part of their growth as makers of art, and it enriches the perspective they bring to their work. It is also a step toward establishing their names and reputations in the global arts market and getting due recognition and reward for their talent,” he said.

The 55th International Art Exhibition will take place in Venice
from 1 June to 24 November 2013. The title chosen by Exhibition
Director Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th Biennale is Il Palazzo
Enciclopedico / The Encyclopaedic Palace
.

The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard
Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net.

And The Oscar Goes To…

Best motion picture of the year
Argo

Best performance by an actor in a leading role
Daniel Day-Lewis
actorleadingrole2013

Best performance by an actress in a leading role
Jennifer Lawrence
actressleadingrole2013

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christoph Waltz

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role
Anne Hathaway
actresssupportingrole2013
Best achievement in directing
Ang Lee
bestdirector2013
Best writing, screenplay written directly for the screen
Django Unchained
bestscreenplay2013

Best writing, screenplay based on material previously produced or published
Argo

Best animated feature film of the year
Brave

Best foreign language film of the year
Amour

Best achievement in cinematography
Life of Pi

Best achievement in editing
Argo

Best achievement in production design
Lincoln

Best achievement in costume design
Anna Karenina

Best achievement in makeup and hairstyling
Les Misérable

Best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original score
Life of Pi

Best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song
Skyfall

Best achievement in sound mixing
Les Misérables

Best achievement in sound editing
Skyfall

Best achievement in visual effects
Life of Pi

Best documentary, feature
Searching for Sugar Man

Best documentary, short subject
Inocente

Best short film, animated
Paperman

Best short film, live action
Curfew

 

Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award Winners At Infecting The City

The Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) partners with the Africa Centre in Infecting the (Mother) City with public art projects, from 12 – 16 March 2013.

In line with GIPCA’s interdisciplinary mandate,Trespassing
Permitted
engages with “off limit” zones within the performance space. The initiators ofthis work, Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award winners Mike Rossi and Ulrich Suesse, have created a crossover performance, featuring acclaimed musician Feya Faku on trumpet, and dance artists Nicola Elliott, Alan Parker and Richard Antrobus.

The composition process was informed by exploring and experimenting with boundaries; by developing new musical sound
and by collaborating in music and mixed media productions. Performers are not constrained by detailed notated scores; they are free to move, participate and improvise with their own contributions – Trespassing Permitted. Improvisation encroaches on composition, jazz invades western classical, African and European sound spectra are interpolated, dancers meddle in the creation of sound. The programme moves from individual performances to an increasingly participatory performance, with parallels being drawn to the reopening and re-activation of city spaces.

Old and new converge with the Cape Consort’s exploration of early
vocal repertoire in Shades of Grey, a fractured audioscape of late medieval European and 19th-century colonial culture in historically informed interpretation. The work is the result of a Donald
Gordon Creative Arts Award, awarded to musicologist Rebekka
Sandmeier.

Manuscript 4.b.5 of the Grey Collection in the National Library of South Africa – an office book from diocese of Münster – contains the late medieval chants for the office of St Liudger. Late medieval
chant is often seen as “impure” or “decadent” by plainchant scholars and not much is known about it, both in terms of scholarly research and performance. This dearth of knowledge gives the opportunity for experiments such as the use of isons and early improvised polyphony or composed polyphony. In this regard, Shades of Grey follows the tradition of historically informed performance.

In order to ground the music in space and time, it will be interspersed with music from the time of George Grey’s government, and substituted with readings from Grey’s writings on the collection and current views on his government. The music can be perceived as if through an aural kaleidoscope, which even though it fragments the image, unites the fragments into a pattern: the original veneration for the saint in 15th-century Münster, Grey’s inclusion of the music in the collection during his governance of the Cape Colony, today’s research on early music and its historically
informed performance.

The Cape Consortis comprised of Tessa Roos and Vasti Knoesen (alto), Nick de Jager and Lance Phillip (tenor), Charles Ainslie and
Patrick Cordery (bass), and Erik Dippenaar (organ).

These performances are presented by The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, as part of the 2013 programme for the Infecting the City Public Arts Festival. Trespassing Permitted
will be performed on Church Square at 20:00 on Tuesday 12 March and Thursday 14 March as part of Programme B. Shades of Grey will be performed at the Slave Church in Long Street at 12:30 on Thursday 14 March and 10:30 on Saturday 16 March as part of Programme E. For more information on the Festival, see
www.infectingthecity.com or www.gipca.uct.ac.za

Permit Applications And Registration With City Of Cape Town

Letter from the CEO of the Cape Film Commission (CFC), Denis Lillie:

As of today, we can confirm that for the first time in its 12 year history, the Cape Film Commission is registered with the City of Cape Town as an organisation which is able to officially enable the application of film permits within the City of Cape Town property and roads portfolio for our Members.

As many of you know, achieving this registration has been an uphill struggle. We required this registration to afford many of you the opportunity to apply for film permits as Members of the CFC. Previously there was an implied requirement that to apply for a permit, especially if you were not registered with the City as a Production Company, you would have to align yourself to a local production company. Many of you have expressed to us on many occasions that you did not want to do this and have requested that we register on your behalf, this we can now do.

The CFC registration now means that subject to the provision of certain required documentation, our individual members and SMMEs together with inbound production companies can now come through the CFC and use their CFC Membership number, our postal address, together with PL insurance obtained through us, to apply for a permit to film on City property and roads.

The registration cost with the CFC for applying for permits using your CFC Membership is a flat rate of R500 per annum to cover administration costs. Permit applications through the City are still free of charge with associated costs for roads closures, traffic officers etc.

Please note that we also manage the referral process for filming on Western Cape Provincial Property. We also serve as the interface with Home Affairs on visa and work permit applications where you may be encountering some challenges. The CFC is also the DTI, SEDA and SETA partner for the film industry.

With many of our Members from Gauteng, KZN and from the international community wanting to film in and around Cape Town, the opportunity that has been granted to us from the City of Cape Town is a welcome addition to the services we offer and we thank them for that.

We look forward to working with you on this new initiative.

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola Showcases The Best Of SA Music

New romantic comedy Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, a contemporary romantic comedy about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society, is a real treat for South African music fans with a soundtrack that features a number of popular and lesser-known local artists.

“The 23 tracks on the soundtrack represent many different genres of South African music,” says producer and co-writer Janine Eser, who also selected music for the film. “The selection process was exciting because the broad choice of tracks came to represent the collection of diverse characters in the story, which is about what happens when an Afrikaans guy and a Zulu girl fall in love. Choosing the right music was a vital part of the filmmaking process and the music almost became an additional character in the movie.”

Adam Schiff, the composer of the score for the film, and Eser spent many months listening and trying to find a combination of music tracks that would work in the scenes and with the characters.  “We chose well-known artists like Hip Hop Pantsula, Jack Parow, Freshlyground, Radio Kalahari Orkes, Lira, Mi Casa, Teargas, Bongo Maffin and fokofpolisiekar,” says Eser. “But we also felt that a few underground tracks would be interesting, so we included artists like Mix n Blend, Richard the 3rd and P.H.Fat. There was an amazing range of spectacular South African music to choose from.”

A highlight of the film is Chris Chameleon in the role of Fanie’s successful brother Sarel, a cheesy Afrikaans pop star. “He‘s not only a fantastic artist, but also a skilled comedic actor. As a well-known singer himself, he understands the dynamics of Sarel’s character. His contribution to the film, and all the songs he wrote with Hunter Kennedy (Die Heuwels Fantasties/fokofpolisiekar ) and Fred Den Hartog (Die Heuwels Fantasties) is truly brilliant. He not only took his role to heart, but his three “Sarel Fourie songs” added another dimension to the soundtrack.”

Composer Adam Schiff says both the score and music tracks should enhance the emotion or mood that is already present in a scene. “In ‘Fanie Fourie’s Lobola’, in a comedic scene like the one where the timid but friendly Fanie meets Dinky in a bakery, the score plays with the existing comedic dynamics and heightens them subtly for maximum effect.” In scenes that are more ethereal, such as when Dinky is walking down a dirt road to meet with Fanie for their first date, the visual image is filled with an otherworldly quality, which is almost suspended in time. “Fanie is transfixed by her beauty,” says Schiff. “She’s walking down a dirt road, but it looks like she’s walking the red carpet. The score had to make us feel that we were in that magical moment with them.”

Schiff’s score is a mix of comedy and drama. It incorporates musical ideas from both lead characters’ backgrounds and weaves them together into a body of music that captures the main themes of the film in a modern way.

“Instead of a large orchestra or musical group, I used various South African instrumentation in an intimate and neatly intermingled manner,” says Schiff. “Traditional Afrikaans instruments like the banjo and concertina represent Fanie’s universe, while Dinky’s brings in drums, marimba and kalimba. The instruments don’t always sound natural as I treated them to give the score a more modern resonance.”

On the process of scoring a film, Schiff says it should be organic and echo the characters and tone of the film. “Instrumentation and melody need to combine to form the aural heartbeat of the film,” he says. “Once the instrumentation is decided on, usually by experimenting with different combinations of instruments while watching the visuals, I start writing the themes or even mood pieces that become themes later on as the score progresses.”

With ‘Fanie Fourie’s Lobola’ Schiff believed it was important to feel that each melodic choice was rooted in specific African instrumentation. But he also wanted to allow the score to have a modern, non-traditional feel. The result is a score that feels as contemporary as the film.

Official Website: www.Faniefouriemovie.com

On SAMDB: www.samdb.co.za/film/1587

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fS8lnglPSw

85th Academy Awards

Just under 8 hours to go to the 85th Academy Awards, and the Dobly Theatre is a hive of activity.

 

Preparations for the governers ball.
Preparations for the governers ball.

History

The Academy

The Academy is an artist-driven organization that advances the art and science of motion pictures. The Academy’s mission is to preserve the past, honor the present, and shape the future of film. It is composed of more than 6,000 members who are distinguished by their achievements in the movie industry.

The Academy is an artist-driven organization that advances the art and science of motion pictures. The Academy’s mission is to preserve the past, honor the present, and shape the future of film. It is composed of more than 6,000 members who are distinguished by their achievements in the movie industry.

The Award

Shortly after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was incorporated in 1927, a dinner was held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to discuss the goals of the new organization. One of those goals was devising a method to honor outstanding achievements, thus encouraging higher levels of quality in all facets of motion picture production.

Once the decision had been made to institute an award, a major item of business was the creation of a trophy to symbolize film achievement. MGM art director Cedric Gibbons designed the statuette and Los Angeles sculptor George Stanley was selected to bring to three-dimensional form the figure of a knight standing on a reel of film, hands gripping a sword. The Academy’s world-renowned statuette was born.

Since the initial awards banquet on May 16, 1929, in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Blossom Room, 2,856 statuettes have been presented. Each January, additional new golden statuettes are cast, molded, polished and buffed by R.S. Owens & Company, the Chicago-based awards specialty company retained by the Academy since 1982.

“Each Oscar statuette is individually handcrafted,” says Scott Siegel, president of R.S. Owens. “This statuette is only a tiny portion of our overall business, but it makes us known all around the world. No other award is as universally recognized as the Oscar, and we treat it with the extra-special tender loving care that it deserves. We are extremely proud that the Academy has entrusted its manufacture to us.”

The Oscar statuette is the most recognized award in the world. Its success as a symbol of achievement in filmmaking would doubtless amaze those who attended that dinner more than 80 years ago, as well as its designer, Cedric Gibbons.

It stands today, as it has since 1929, without peer, on the mantels of the greatest filmmakers in history.

The Hosts

Seth MacFarlane will be hosting this year, with a long list of presenters:

  • Jack Nicholson
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Jane Fonda
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Kerry Washington
  • Michael Douglas
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Paul Rudd
  • Salma Hayek Pinault
  • Melissa Mccarthy
  • Liam Neeson
  • John Travolta
  • Ben Affleck
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Halle Berry
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • The cast of Chicago — Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah
  • Charlize Theron (making a “special appearance”)
  • Channing Tatum (making a “special appearance”)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (making a “special appearance”)
  • Daniel Radcliffe (making a “special appearance”)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers cast mates Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo
  • Meryl Streep
  • Jean Dujardin
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear co-star Ted
Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear co-star “Ted” © Universal Pictures
Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear co-star “Ted”
© Universal Pictures

The Nominees

The nomiations for the 85th Academy Awards were made on January 10 by host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone.

Best motion picture of the year:

“Amour” (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Les Films du Losange/X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film Production
Nominees to be determined

“Argo” (Warner Bros.)
A Stage 16 Pictures Production
Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight)
A Cinereach and Court 13 Production
Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers

“Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
A Weinstein Company and Columbia Pictures Production
Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers

“Les Misérables” (Universal)
A Universal Pictures and Working Title Production
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers

“Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox)
A Fox 2000 Pictures Production
Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers

“Lincoln” (Walt Disney/20th Century Fox)
A DreamWorks Pictures/20th Century Fox Production
Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

“Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)
A Weinstein Company Production
Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers

“Zero Dark Thirty” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
A Columbia Pictures Production
Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers

Best animated feature film of the year:

“Brave” (Walt Disney)
Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

“Frankenweenie” (Walt Disney)
Tim Burton

“ParaNorman” (Focus Features)
Sam Fell and Chris Butler

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Peter Lord

“Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney)
Rich Moore

Performance by an actor in a leading role:

Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)

Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln” (Walt Disney/20th Century Fox)

Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables” (Universal)

Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master” (The Weinstein Company)

Denzel Washington in “Flight” (Paramount)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role:

Alan Arkin in “Argo” (Warner Bros.)

Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)

Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master” (The Weinstein Company)

Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln” (Walt Disney/20th Century Fox)

Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a leading role:

Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)

Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight)

Naomi Watts in “The Impossible” (Summit Entertainment and Mediaset España)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role:

Amy Adams in “The Master” (The Weinstein Company)

Sally Field in “Lincoln” (Walt Disney/20th Century Fox)

Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables” (Universal)

Helen Hunt in “The Sessions” (Fox Searchlight)

Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)

Achievement in directing:

“Amour” (Sony Pictures Classics), Michael Haneke

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight), Benh Zeitlin

“Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox), Ang Lee

“Lincoln” (Walt Disney/20th Century Fox), Steven Spielberg

“Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company), David O. Russell

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (original score):

“Anna Karenina” (Focus Features), Dario Marianelli

“Argo” (Warner Bros.), Alexandre Desplat

“Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox), Mychael Danna

“Lincoln” (Walt Disney/20th Century Fox), John Williams

“Skyfall” (Sony Pictures Releasing and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (original song):

“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice” (Submarine Deluxe), J. Ralph

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted” (Universal), Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane

“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox), Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri

“Skyfall” from “Skyfall” (Sony Pictures Releasing and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables” (Universal), Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Adapted screenplay:

“Argo” (Warner Bros.), Screenplay by Chris Terrio

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin

“Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox), Screenplay by David Magee

“Lincoln” (Walt Disney/20th Century Fox), Screenplay by Tony Kushner

“Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David O. Russell

Original screenplay:

“Amour” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Michael Haneke

“Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company), Written by Quentin Tarantino

“Flight” (Paramount), Written by John Gatins

“MoonriseKingdom” (Focus Features), Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

“Zero Dark Thirty” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Written by Mark Boal

Best foreign language film of the year:

“Amour” Austria

“Kon-Tiki” Norway

“No” Chile

“A Royal Affair” Denmark

“War Witch” Canada

Nominees for the 85th Academy Awards Row 1 (L-R): Sam Fell, Rich Moore, Dan Hennah, Seamus McGarvey, Sari Gilman, Paco Delgado, Jacki Weaver, Donna Gigliotti, Ethan Van der Ryn, Pilar Savone, Quvenzhane Wallis, Bradley Cooper, Naomi Watts, Joanna Johnston, Paul N.J. Ottoson, Janusz Kaminski, David Womark, Jedd Wider, Karen Baker Landers, Malik Bendjelloul, David O. Russell Row 2: Gil Netter, Michael Kahn, David Gopman, Ronald Judkins, Philip Brennan, Chris Butler, David Clayton, Debra Hayward, Tim Squyres, Brenda Chapman, J Ralph, DM Hemphill, PES, Guillaume Rocheron, Jon Alpert, Ron Bartlett, Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly, Jim Erickson, Sam French, Michael Dawson Row 3: Nikolaj Arcel, Megan Ellison, Claudio Miranda, Scott Millan, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Tammi Lane, Sean Fine, Rick Carter, Dan Janvey, Erik Aadahl, Dan Sudick, Andy Nelson, Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain, Roman Coppola, Drew Kunin, Robin Honan, Mino Jarjoura, David Silverman, Tom Van Avermaet, Mychael Danna, Mark Paterson, David Magee, Reginald Hudlin, Helen Hunt, Steven Spielberg. Row 4: Joachim Ronning, Howard Gertler, Walter Murphy, Yan England, Eric Saindon, Ariel Nasr, Martin Hill, Andrea Nix Fine, Ellen De Waele, Benh Zeitlin, Jeff White, Josh Penn, David France, Mark Boal, Espen Sandberg, Timothy Reckart, Richard Stammers, John Kahrs, Wylie Stateman, Cori Shepherd Stern, Mink Yu Lee, Matthew O'Neill, Janek Sirrs, Philip Stockton, Alexandre Desplat, Crispin Struthers, Kathryn Bigelow, Robert De Niro. Row 5: Peter Montagna, Eugene Gearty, John Reitz, Dylan Tichenor, Eric Fellner, Jonathan Gordon, Kirby Dick, Tim Burton, Amy Adams, Per Hallberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Sally Field, Lucy Alibar, Eve Stewart, Guy Williams, Anne Hathaway, Neil Corbould, Mark Andrews, Michael Gottwald, Shawn Christensen, Donald Elliot, Jose Antonio Garcia, Ra Vincent, Brian Buckley, Guy Davidi, Kief Davidson, Katie Spencer, R. Christopher White, Kim Nguyen, Martin Samuel. Row 6: Erik-Jan De Boer, Dror Moreh, Tony Kushner, William Goldenberg, Bill Westenhofer, George Stevens Jr., Stacey Sher, Sarah Greenwood, Ben Affleck, John Gatins, Howard Berger, Colleen Atwood, Denzel Washington, Kathleen Kennedy, Jay Cassidy, Ang Lee, Thomas Newman, Jennifer Lawrence, Cynthia Wade, Alain Boublil, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Joe Letteri, Bruce Cohen, Christoph Waltz, Amy Ziering, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Needham, Greg P. Russell, Emad Burnat, Gregg Rudloff, Simon Bright. Greg Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.
Nominees for the 85th Academy Awards
Row 1 (L-R): Sam Fell, Rich Moore, Dan Hennah, Seamus McGarvey, Sari Gilman, Paco Delgado, Jacki Weaver, Donna Gigliotti, Ethan Van der Ryn, Pilar Savone, Quvenzhane Wallis, Bradley Cooper, Naomi Watts, Joanna Johnston, Paul N.J. Ottoson, Janusz Kaminski, David Womark, Jedd Wider, Karen Baker Landers, Malik Bendjelloul, David O. Russell
Row 2: Gil Netter, Michael Kahn, David Gopman, Ronald Judkins, Philip Brennan, Chris Butler, David Clayton, Debra Hayward, Tim Squyres, Brenda Chapman, J Ralph, DM Hemphill, PES, Guillaume Rocheron, Jon Alpert, Ron Bartlett, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, Jim Erickson, Sam French, Michael Dawson
Row 3: Nikolaj Arcel, Megan Ellison, Claudio Miranda, Scott Millan, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Tammi Lane, Sean Fine, Rick Carter, Dan Janvey, Erik Aadahl, Dan Sudick, Andy Nelson, Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain, Roman Coppola, Drew Kunin, Robin Honan, Mino Jarjoura, David Silverman, Tom Van Avermaet, Mychael Danna, Mark Paterson, David Magee, Reginald Hudlin, Helen Hunt, Steven Spielberg.
Row 4: Joachim Ronning, Howard Gertler, Walter Murphy, Yan England, Eric Saindon, Ariel Nasr, Martin Hill, Andrea Nix Fine, Ellen De Waele, Benh Zeitlin, Jeff White, Josh Penn, David France, Mark Boal, Espen Sandberg, Timothy Reckart, Richard Stammers, John Kahrs, Wylie Stateman, Cori Shepherd Stern, Mink Yu Lee, Matthew O’Neill, Janek Sirrs, Philip Stockton, Alexandre Desplat, Crispin Struthers, Kathryn Bigelow, Robert De Niro.
Row 5: Peter Montagna, Eugene Gearty, John Reitz, Dylan Tichenor, Eric Fellner, Jonathan Gordon, Kirby Dick, Tim Burton, Amy Adams, Per Hallberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Sally Field, Lucy Alibar, Eve Stewart, Guy Williams, Anne Hathaway, Neil Corbould, Mark Andrews, Michael Gottwald, Shawn Christensen, Donald Elliot, Jose Antonio Garcia, Ra Vincent, Brian Buckley, Guy Davidi, Kief Davidson, Katie Spencer, R. Christopher White, Kim Nguyen, Martin Samuel.
Row 6: Erik-Jan De Boer, Dror Moreh, Tony Kushner, William Goldenberg, Bill Westenhofer, George Stevens Jr., Stacey Sher, Sarah Greenwood, Ben Affleck, John Gatins, Howard Berger, Colleen Atwood, Denzel Washington, Kathleen Kennedy, Jay Cassidy, Ang Lee, Thomas Newman, Jennifer Lawrence, Cynthia Wade, Alain Boublil, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Joe Letteri, Bruce Cohen, Christoph Waltz, Amy Ziering, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Needham, Greg P. Russell, Emad Burnat, Gregg Rudloff, Simon Bright.
Greg Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

AFDA Durban Officially Opens Its Doors

Last week, 63 promising young film-makers and live theatre practitioners gathered in a formal assembly with academic staff, industry guests, media and dignitaries as Mayor of eThekwini, James Nxumalo officially opened AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance), in Glen Anil, Durban.

Chairman of AFDA Garth Holmes with Mayor of Durban Cllr James Nxumalo who officially opened the AFDA Durban school.
Chairman of AFDA Garth Holmes with Mayor of Durban Cllr James Nxumalo who officially opened the AFDA Durban school.

This is the third AFDA school to open in South Africa. The first school opened in Johannesburg in 1994, followed by the Cape Town School in 2003, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.  Founded and run by Bata Passchier (CEO), Garth Holmes (Chairman) and Deon Opperman, who has since left the school to work independently as a theatre producer.

With the opening of the Durban school, AFDA continues in its objectives to develop an institution that meaningfully contributes to South African nation-building and rewards all stakeholders by providing a stimulating and globally integrated tertiary learning experience.

Speaking at the opening Chairman and Co-Founder, Garth Holmes said “We have learnt that the youth have an inexplicable capacity and intuition to see far further into the future than we as an older generation are able to; particularly in a world that is experiencing rapid and exponential change; a world in which it is no longer the most intelligent person who is most likely to succeed, but rather the person who is most capable of dealing with change.”

“Part of this change is the shift in the definition and role of the artist in society. It has become evident that we no longer can rely on big corporates, multi-nationals and their accountants, lawyers, actuaries and financiers to solve the problems of the world – we need only look back to the recent events of the global recession and the impact that it has had on our society.  What has become evident to us at AFDA is that the skills, processes and character of the artist – whether performer, film maker or media maker, are well suited to the new cognitive, attitudinal, aesthetic and technical demands being made by the new world economy.”

Bata Passchier addressed the students about the role of art in society as they embark on their careers in what is globally considered to be the fastest growing industry. “In South Africa art is a vital part of us coming together as a nation as it allows us to see who we are and what we can be. Art enables us to ask the question “Who am I?” and our challenge is to confront that question, deeply, consistently and profoundly. The challenge of a meaningful life is to seek that meaning and give that introspection form, and through that humankind is able to move forward.”

The Mayor of eThekwini, Cllr James Nxumalo said, “The City salutes AFDA’s commitment to facilitate a learning environment that develops high-quality human and intellectual property amongst our youth with the relevant skills to deal with the rigors of a fast expanding and ever-changing industry.”

Toni Monty, of the Durban Film Office, was upbeat about the impact the school will have on the industry. “We are pleased that AFDA’s management has seen the potential for growth of the film and live performance industry in Durban. They have a track record of producing entrepreneurs who are hungry to create work, and it is this kind of pioneering spirit that helps to develop the industry.”

The Dean of the Durban Campus is experienced producer and film-maker Franco Human, who was, until recently, head of the producing department of AFDA Cape Town and the undergraduate course director.  “We have all been working long hours to ensure that the building is ready for the first year intake, and to ensure that the course work and curriculum are all in line with the school’s objectives.” said Human. “We are all ready to begin this exciting journey with the founding students and judging by last week’s orientation, we are in for a fabulously creative and stimulating ride.”

Heading up the Film School is award-winning, film director and producer Richard Green, with respected, multi-talented award-winning playwright, director and actor Rajesh Gopie heading up the Live Performance School and Janet van Eeden, an award-winning scriptwriter and educator is production course administrator and script writing lecturer.

Other core staff include lecturers Damien Tomaselli a performer, editor and producer, Stuart Strydom, an experienced video and sound editor and Sam Kelly, who has worked in production design for UK’s Channel 4 and BBC. Jessica Singh, is Co-ordinator and Administrative Assistant, while Marketing Officer Milena Gevers, an AFDA graduate, has been pivotal in the start up of the new school, having overseen the renovations of the building as well as the extensive recruitment drives that have been done over the past year.

For more information about AFDA contact Milena Gevers on  milenag@afda.co.za or call  031 569 2252

CFC & Department Of Home Affairs Meeting

The following letter to the industry from the CEO of the CFC (Cape Film Comission):

Dear Members

The Cape Film Commission and representatives of industry met with the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and senior representatives of her Office last week.

At the meeting various proposals were discussed and, we believe, resolved.

We can confirm that the Department stated that there is no directive in place to
restrict the extension of an 11(2) permit by 90 days (visa exempt countries)
however only one extension is permissible.

There will also be an opportunity to motivate for longer work permits for specialist cast and crew working on longer-term projects. This will be useful for
productions running longer than 6 months, especially long term TV series and
long form shoots going into sequels etc.

The process for the above will involve a slightly more complex registration process with the CFC Membership. This will require the applicant, be it an individual or company, registering as a member of the CFC. It will also require the provision of a letter of support from the local production company and a copy of the employment contract or service agreement to be provided to the CFC. In turn we will submit this to Home Affairs with a letter of support for the permit to be issued.

Due to the more complex admin process required for these applications a flat rate annual administration fee of R500 will be charged for membership of the CFC for those applying for a permit with an additional fee of R350 for each permit application.

Should you have any challenges or queries in relation to this please contact us on info@capefilmcommission.co.za

Regards

Denis Lillie
CEO

Advanced Voice And The Actor

Participants move to an advanced level in their voice and speech training, through developing and applying vocal techniques to various performance projects.

Workshop will cover:

–       Vocal projection.
–       Sight reading.
–       Acting for radio.
–       Voice over

Venue:  Act Cape Town
Cost: R4950
(Every  Mon/Tues/Thur & Fri)

Participants will record a voice-over demo CD.
Entry Requirements: Foundation in voice training / equivalent in industry experience.
Please note: ACT reserves the right to change, without notice, the workshop structure and/or schedule and/or coach.

ACT Cape Town

Casting For Commercials

ACT Cape Town1 DAY WORKSHOP
Saturday, 2 March 2013
09h30  – 16h30
Cost:  R850

This workshop will provide participants with an in-depth look at the techniques required to prepare and cast successfully for all types of commercials.

Workshop will cover:

  • Where the actor / model fits in the commercial world.
  • Preparation for a casting.
  • Translate preparation into an on camera performance.
  • Handling the call back and meeting the client.

Workshop culminates in a mock casting for playback and review.

Entry Requirements: None.

Please note: ACT reserves the right to change, without notice, the workshop structure and/or schedule and/or coach.