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Virtual Reality & Gaming Arcade Opens In Cape Town

We at SenseVirtual are incredibly excited to announce the opening of our Virtual Reality & Gaming Arcade in Cape Town.

We have perfected Covid friendly sanitisation between each use.

Opening up a Virtual Reality Arcade has always been a dream of the entire team at SenseVirtual.

We have partnered with GoDriveIn, Cape Town’s premium Movie Drive-In venue and have a large space that over the past few months have built into a high-end Virtual Reality and Gaming Arcade for children’s parties, corporate events and year-end functions.

On top of a permanent venue, we also have enough high-end Virtual Reality equipment that we able to offer Virtual Reality experiences on sites all across South Africa.

Please email us at info@sensevirtual.com to make your booking.

www.sensevirtual.com

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Academy Gives Exclusive Look Into Its Film Archive With “Hollywood Home Movies” Event

With special guests Hayley Mills, Bob Koster and Gregory Nava

The Academy Film Archive gives an exclusive look into the lives of classic Hollywood figures with its annual “Hollywood Home Movies: Treasures from the Academy Film Archive” event available for streaming online for the first time.  The collection of home movies celebrates individuals who overcame barriers to work in the motion picture industry, with personal footage captured between the 1930s and the 1960s.  Actor Hayley Mills joins to discuss her 1966 comedy “The Trouble with Angels,” while writer-director Gregory Nava and Bob Koster, son of director Henry Koster, share stories about their family films.  Lastly, Academy archivist Sean Savage provides tips on caring for your own home movies.  Original music for the program is composed and performed by Michael Mortilla.  For more information, visit Oscars.org.

Footage includes:

  • Director Dorothy Arzner – the first woman to join the Directors Guild of America – boating with her friend Billie Burke
  • Gilbert Roland’s 16mm home movies in early Kodachrome
  • A party at the home of Dolores Del Rio and Cedric Gibbons
  • A road trip with cinematographer James Wong Howe
  • Director Henry Koster leaving Europe as the Nazis come to power
  • Behind the scenes with Loretta Young, Celeste Holm and Elsa Lanchester
  • Nat King Cole at a movie premiere
  • Ida Lupino directing a female cast led by Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills in “The Trouble with Angels”
  • Plus, Constance Bennett, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, William Haines, Gypsy Rose Lee, Satchel Paige and more

WHO:
Randy Haberkamp (presenter), Academy’s Senior Vice President, Preservation and Foundation Programs
Lynne Kirste (presenter), Academy Film Archive’s Special Collections Curator
Bob Koster (special guest)
Hayley Mills (special guest), actor
Michael Mortilla, musician
Gregory Nava (special guest), writer-director

WHEN/WHERE:
Available now on Oscars.org.

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Realness Institute In Partnership With Netflix Launches Episodic Content Development Lab For African Writers

Realness Institute, announced its partnership with global streaming service Netflix, to create an Episodic Content Development Lab for writers in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria.

The South African-based NPC, which has as its vision to support the development of African content and it’s makers, will open submissions for this Writer’s Lab at the end of November. The opportunity will be open to writers from South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria with film and TV experience in any genre (fictional or factual) or language. Six writers will be selected from these submissions to work on projects that will be developed and commissioned by Netflix. The selected writers will be paid a stipend of 2000 USD per month to participate and will be expected to be available full time for a period of 3 months, from June to September 2021.

“We strongly believe that Africa has a wealth of untold stories,” says Dorothy Ghettuba who leads Netflix’s African Original Series. “As we grow our slate of Originals in Africa, partnerships with organisations like Realness will help us achieve our goal of investing in writers who will bring diverse genres of authentic, local stories that will ensure our audience members see their lives reflected on screen.”

Dorothy Ghettuba who leads Netflix’s African Original Series

Since Realness Institute’s inception in 2015, it has delivered 5 editions of its Screenwriters’ Residency and in 2020, the first Creative Producer Indaba as a Development Executive Traineeship. Now the NPO will be expanding their offering in 2021 to the episodic content space. This is a further step towards the Institute’s mission to empower storytellers on the continent and the Diaspora and push the African audio-visual industry forward. Netflix brings its expertise in episodic content development, production, and insight into global content trends.

“We had fun shaping the programme with the Netflix team,” comments co-founder and Creative Director of Realness Institute, Elias Ribeiro. “We all share a love for storytelling and Netflix’s writer-centric approach is very much in line with our ethos.

Elias Ribeiro- co-founder and Creative Director of Realness Institute

“This programme is a response to the dramatically changing broadcasting ecosystem which has a very important role to play in building a thriving media ecosystem in local markets and providing episodic creators with distribution opportunities,” adds veteran Ethiopian broadcaster and Realness Institute Director of Development and Partnerships Mehret Mandefro.

Mehmet Mandefro – Realness Institute Director of Development and Partnerships

Over the past year, there has been a clear appetite for fresh African content to star on global streaming platforms. Netflix has recently enjoyed much success with its first two African original series, Queen Sono and Blood & Water.

More information on the Episodic Lab, the eligibility criteria, and the submission process will be released with the call for submissions which will be available on realness.institute/episodic-lab on 30 November 2020. For further information on Realness Institute, visit https://www.realness.institute/

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2020 WGSA Muse Awards

The Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) cordially invites you to enter the 2020 WGSA Muse Awards.

Launched in 2013, the WGSA Muse Awards are the only awards in South Africa to honour performance writers. The awards celebrate and promote local content production by acknowledging the creativity and craft excellence of South Africa and African writers.

The 2020 Muse Awards categories cover:

  • Film
  • Television
  • Documentaries
  • Stage
  • Radio
  • Animation
  • Mobile / Web series

Entries for the 2020 Muse Awards close on:

  • 30 November 2020 – Early Bird – R150.00
  • 31 December 2020 – Standard Entry – R250.00
  • 31 January 2021 – Final Entry – R400.00

The 2020 Muse Awards Ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, 15 May 2021.

Submit your entry

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Academy’s Science And Technology Council Adds 7 New Members

Linda Borgeson, Lois Burwell, Teri E.Dorman, Greg Hedgepath, Ujwal Nirgudkar, Helena Packer and Amy Vincent have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council’s 2020–2021 membership roster to 25.

Borgeson is currently senior vice president of feature post production, Disney Live Action. With more than 30 years working in film, she has spent most of her career at Miramax Films and The Walt Disney Studios, working on a diverse slate of films including “Jungle Cruise,” Mulan,” “Dumbo,” “Tomorrowland,” “Kill Bill,” the first three “Spy Kids” films and “Scary Movie.” Borgeson has a strong knowledge base in new technologies, digital cameras, dailies workflows, visual effects, 3D, large screen projection, color pipelines/ACES, DCinema, immersive sound formats, remote solutions, High Frame Rate (HFR) and HDR/EDR. She has been an Academy Member-at-Large since 2018.

Burwell won an Oscar® for her makeup work on “Braveheart” and earned a nomination for “Saving Private Ryan.” Her other feature credits include “Ready Player One,” “Lincoln,” “War Horse” and “The Princess Bride.” A member of the Academy since 1997, she is currently serving the third year of her second term as Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor and her fourth year as first vice president on the Academy’s Board of Governors.

Dorman is a sound editor who has worked on more than 140 films, including “La La Land,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Moneyball,” “Unstoppable,” “Man on Fire,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “Spy Game,” “Pearl Harbor,” “The Prince of Tides,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Bird,” “Top Gun” and “The Deer Hunter.” She has been a member of the Academy since 1988 and a governor representing the Sound Branch since 2017.

Hedgepath is a supervising sound editor who has worked in film and television for more than 20 years. A two-time Golden Reel Award winner, his career highlights include designing sound effects for “Twister” and “Starship Troopers.” His additional credits include “Coming 2 America,” “Queen & Slim,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Selma,” “Footloose” and “The Incredible Hulk.” He began his career in film at Lucasfilm and later worked at Sony, Soundelux, Formosa Group and Warner Bros. Hedgepath has been a member of the Academy’s Sound Branch since 2014.

Nirgudkar has worked in the Indian film industry for the past 39 years. He initiated and coordinated the project to translate the Academy’s landmark digital preservation research reports, The Digital Dilemma and The Digital Dilemma 2, into the Marathi and Hindi languages. In 2011, he established, and is currently chairing, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) India Section. Nirgudkar earned a chemical engineering degree from U.D.C.T. Mumbai University (now called ICT). He has been an Academy Member-at-Large since 2017.

Packer is currently senior vice president and general manager of content production for the Silicon Valley and Shanghai-based DGene Technology. Her work includes the development of future technology for visual effects with a focus on AI and virtual production. Packer has supervised visual effects on dozens of feature films, episodic TV series, commercials and music videos. She has served on the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Diversity Subcommittee as chair, the Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee and the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.

With a 30-year career as a cinematographer, Vincent’s feature credits include “Footloose,” “The Experiment,” “Black Snake Moan,” “Hustle & Flow,” for which she won a Cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival, and “Eve’s Bayou.” She received the Women in Film Kodak Vision award in 2001. Vincent participates in mentorship, training and education through the International Cinematographers Guild. She has been a member of the Academy since 2004 and currently serves as first vice president of the American Society of Cinematographers, where she co-chairs the ASC Future Practices committee.

The Council co-chairs for 2020–2021 are Visual Effects Branch governor Craig Barron and Member-at-Large Annie Chang.

The Council’s 16 other returning members are Bill Baggelaar, Brooke Breton, Bill Corso, Theo Gluck, Buzz Hays, Leslie Iwerks, Andrea Kalas, Academy governor John Knoll, Colette Mullenhoff, Cary Phillips, Arjun Ramamurthy, Rachel Rose, David Schuelle, Leon Silverman, Jeffrey E. Taylor and Steve Yedlin.

Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities, and preserves the history of the science and technology of motion pictures.