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Mannequin Film Production Services South Africa

Welcome to Mannequin Film Production Services – first choice for international production companies looking for the highest standards of film production in South Africa. With offices in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, Mannequin operates across the entire region, gathering together highly-skilled professionals that can undertake any request for feature film, commercial or television production.

When you need production services that meet international standards, our reputation on the world-stage makes Mannequin the smart choice.   We have worked with companies from all corners of the globe including USA, UK, Brazil, India, Germany and Austria. From pre-production costing and scheduling to payroll administration and coordination of post-production suppliers, we offer a comprehensive set of film production services – all tailored to meet your specific requirements. Our local knowledge is second to none and we’re able to provide access to some of South Africa’s most stunning locations, offering both rural and urban settings within easy reach of one another.

Spend a little time browsing our full range of services and also learning more about the South African film industry. Contact us today – one of our team will be happy to discuss the benefits of working together!

It’s All About The Incentives

We’re proud to be part of South Africa’s increasing presence in the world’s film and television industry.  Our film production services, with access to financial incentives offered, can include assistance from the South African government.

Assistance includes incentives for foreign-based film and television production companies looking to shoot on location in South Africa.  This consists out of production as well as post production incentives.  Feel free to visit the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry)’s webpage for further information.

Filming Advantages

Available to international film production companies and producers, we’ll be happy to discuss the many advantages of filming here of which some include:

  • The favourable rand/dollar exchange rate
  • Low costs across a wide range of ancillary services
  • Consistent weather
  • Benefitting from summer when the northern hemisphere is deep in winter


From working with Producers and Crew from the USA, Germany,India, UK, China, Canada and Brazil. Nothing gets lost in translation with the Mannequin Films team.



Access South African rebates and Incentives, Get up to 35% of qualifying South Africa spend back.



The Dark Tower unveils the versatility of South African film locations

With the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower soon to be released in local cinemas, audiences from around the world will get another opportunity to see some of South Africa’s unique and captivating film locations. The Dark Tower is a science-fiction film that depicts gunslinger Idris Elba going head-to-head with Matthew McConaughey, the infamous Man in Black. The film presents two contrasting environments, present-day New York, and a barren wasteland that forms part of another dimension, called the Mid-World. The South African leg of production was based in Cape Town, with the filmmakers making use of its surrounding areas to create the Mid-World. The production made use of the arid, semi-desert areas of the Tankwa Karoo National Park, the mesmerising rock formations of the Cederberg mountain range, and the beautiful Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga. Other locations included Athlone Stadium and Rawsonville, a small farming and wine growing community 120km outside of Cape Town, in which the set for the Manni Village was built. Production Designer, Christopher Glass, described some of South Africa’s desert locations as “almost like being on Mars. The horizon just kept going; I’ve never seen anything like that before. I think that there’s a romance and a certain sense of adventure that goes into filming in Africa.” The film is not the first science-fiction or action film to utilise our shores, as previous examples include The Giver, Dredd, Safe House, Eye in the Sky, Chronicle, District 9 and 10,000 BC. Recent productions such as Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as the reboots of The Mummy and Tomb Raider, have made use of...

The Power of the Dollar in South Africa

A sagging South African currency may be of concern for the local population, but for international filmmakers it only serves to make South Africa an even more desirable option for film and television production. As a recent survey conducted by Deutsche Bank suggests, goods and services come at a much cheaper price in South Africa. Part of their study compared the average price of a 500ml beer in a neighbourhood pub in an expat area from various cities around the world. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Johannesburg is listed as the second cheapest city in the world to buy a beer at $1.70 – only Prague is cheaper at $1.30. On the other end of the scale is Oslo, Norway ($9.90), with New York City ($7.40) and Boston ($7.20) not far behind. But beer is not the only thing that comes cheaper in South Africa,  film production services are also far more affordable to overseas companies, allowing them to achieve a much higher production quality for a lower price. South Africa also has a diverse range of location options and skilled English-speaking crews. This, combined with the film incentive programme from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTi), which provides rebates up to 35% of production costs, makes South Africa one of the premier film destinations in the world. A list of recent foreign productions in South Africa include Homeland, Black Sails, Of Kings and Prophets, The Dark Tower, Eye in the Sky and Avengers: Age of Ultron.   Source:

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