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The Rise of South African Studios

An article on a 2015 film blog, labelled South Africa as “Hollywood’s other studio” and with recent developments in production facilities offered around the country, it looks definitely looks like the label fits. According to Cape Town Film Studios CEO Nico Dekker, their state of the art production facility is “already booked through next year, and possibly until 2020. It’s remarkable. We’re turning work away again and I never thought that would be possible.” Such is the demand from overseas production companies to film in South Africa. Producers and performers have praised the studio, with actor and author Stephen Fry tweeting that the Cape Town studio made Britain’s famed Pinewood Studios “look v shabby”. The 200-hectare studio has become increasingly popular amongst Hollywood circles, as it duplicates the looks of high-tech block blusters at a much lower cost. For example, Fox’s Chronicle earned close to $130 million worldwide, but cost only $10 million to make. The studio’s latest sound stage is the first in Africa, with a double-stage and movable sound wall. Dekker hopes to continue expansion of the studio In the wake of Cape Town Film Studios success, comes the launch of a filmmaking hub in Johannesburg. Studio Joburg was launched in May this year and hopes to become an “important content and entertainment hub for Gauteng Province”, said Managing Director Eddie Mbalo. The new studio is based at the Joburg Expo Centre in Nasrec, which is very familiar with film production – having served as the venue for TV series Rockville, BBC’s Undercover and Neill Blomkamp’s District 9.   “The Expo Centre’s multipurpose facilities includes more than 50 000 square metres of indoor space and double that in versatile outdoor space, as well...

Robert Rodriguez’s Tips for Production Value

Robert Rodriguez. The name behind blockbuster hits such as Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, and Sin City, it is a name that is synonymous with success in the film industry. But the story of Robert Rodriguez is a rag to riches tale, and a fascinating one at that. At just 23, Rodriguez wrote, directed and produced the now industry famous and record setting cult classic El Mariachi for just US$7000, money that he earned himself from a stint in a research lab as a test subject for cholesterol medication. And lucky for him, his risk paid off. Columbia Pictures loved the finished film so much that they bought the American distribution rights, and El Mariachi went on to bank US$2 million at the box office. How did Rodriguez accomplish such a feat on less than an average Hollywood film’s daily catering budget? As a filmmaker looking to cut costs on your production (without compromising on quality and production value), Rodriguez has three pretty interesting tips for you:   Zoom, Don’t Cut Since time is usually your most expensive and limited resource, Rodriguez suggests that you shoot your medium shot of a scene, then zoom in and get your close ups/additional shots from there. This gives the illusion of a whole new set-up, but cuts the time it takes for an actual reset (provided the images are not juxtaposed immediately next to each other in the edit). The less time spent on new setups of course means there will be more time to assure the highest quality is achieved on each setup, which translates directly into higher production...

RSA and Kenya Sign Co-production Treaty

Two years ago at Cannes, South Africa and Kenya signed a MoU and are now working towards taking their film making relationship up yet another notch. During Discop Africa which was held this year in November in the city of Johannesburg, delegations from these two countries were deliberating over how both could reap benefits from a partnership between them and how resources and distribution resources between the two nations could be tapped into. The aim is that both countries can benefit from what the other has to offer. South Africa currently has eight co-production treaties running, but an agreement with Kenya will be the first treaty with another African nation. It’s hoped that this would set in motion greater co-operation between other African nations as well and that it will allow the continent to begin consuming what it produces within itself instead of what comes from abroad. One concern that the delegations addressed was the fear that since South Africa possesses over the continent’s most advanced and developed film industry, that it might create a Big Brother situation, where the more advanced South African industry ends up dominating and controlling their Kenyan counterparts. Terrence Khumalo of the NFVF (National Film and television Foundation) stressed that this would not be the case and that the point is not for the South African industry to impose itself on Kenya, but for South Africa to learn from Kenya instead. Khumalo added that the South African delegation was very taken in by the how successfully Kenya had implemented DTT transitions that opened a plethora of new opportunities for its local content creators, and...

Financial Incentives to Filming in South Africa

The South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) offers various incentives to filmmakers if their films meet certain requirements. There is the Foreign Film- and Television Production Incentive, which aims at bringing large scale film- and television productions with large crews and budgets to South Africa. The goal of this incentive is to contribute to South Africa’s economic development, film industry and international profile and visibility. The benefit of this incentive is the uncapped, 20% rebate of Qualifying South African Production Expenditure (QSAPE) that it offers. Productions that have a QSAPE of at least R12 million can qualify for this incentive, on the condition that the production is owned by a foreign entity and that a minimum of 50% of principle photography is completed in South Africa over a total period of at least four weeks. There is also the South African Film and Television Co Production Incentive, which provides financial support for South African production companies and official treaty countries, which include Germany, UK, Italy, France, Canada and Australia. This incentive offers a rebate of 35% on a QSAPE on the first 6 million Rand spent and then drops to 25% on the remainder of the QSAPE spent thereafter. In order to be eligible, the total production budget must be at least R2.5 million. Also, at least 50% of principle photography must take place in South Africa for a minimum of two weeks in total. Eligible formats are: feature films, telemovies, television drama series, documentaries, animation and short form animations. An applicant must be a Special Purpose Corporate Vehicle (SPCV) incorporated in the Republic of South Africa...