Sunday, 10 March 2019

Filming old school a valuable lesson

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: The CPUT students and their German counterparts on set. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: The CPUT students and their German counterparts on set.

Third-year film students embraced an opportunity to broaden their horizons while working on a German production recently shot in the Mother City.

Lecturer Ricardo Koopman said eight CPUT students worked on the project which will serve as the graduation film for a group of German students from the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg.
“The interesting part of the project is that we were shooting on film and not digital. Our students have learnt so much and this will help them to prepare for their own graduation films later this year.”

Producer Karli Baumann said the film’s director had decided to shoot in Cape Town after a holiday in the city last year: “He was impressed with the variety of locations and the beauty of it.”

Baumann said he got in touch with the CPUT students after he used an online group to find South Africans to work on the film.
He said the director and the director of photography loved the “vintage feel” that shooting on film produced.
Koopman said the students learned valuable lessons about safety on set.
“They were also exposed to some equipment that they’ve never used before.”

Student Mcebisi Sidlai said he felt privileged to have been part of the project and grateful for the experience gained.
South African producer Justine Solomon was impressed by the CPUT students.
“The CPUT students arrived on the first day early, smiling and super polite.  No one stood around waiting to be told what to do, they all jumped in and asked what they can do and how they can help.  The camera boys knew exactly what was what and Ricardo and his team worked like any professional team I have seen in the industry, of which I have been a part of for the last twelve years.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks


Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.