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South African Film Production: The Past, Present and Exciting Future

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History and an Exciting Look Ahead

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA, November 29, 2022 / -- The South African film industry has gone through interesting developments that have brought the drive to the current state that it is in. With South Africa having ideal locations and potential, there are still many ways that the industry can grow and develop to reap actual benefits.

The African continent is home to various opportunities in the film industry, but there is much-untapped potential. Budgetary constraints, international restrictions, and the lack of further resources prevent countries like South Africa from becoming some of the top producers in the country and the world.

South African filmmakers are filled to the brim with exciting ideas and concepts. The country itself is home to outstanding locations and production sets that can elevate other international films.

Looking Back At the South African Film Industry.

The South African film industry dates back to 1895, but it underwent many transformations post-apartheid. South Africa has been open to many filming opportunities, from commercials to full-scale films, for years.

While the film industry has been around for countless years, there have been relatively few developments in recent times. Feature films are one of the most expensive to produce, putting heavy strains as directors and producers struggle to find funds.

Even so, South African filmmakers have created some true masterpieces that have been recognized worldwide.

Paljas is a 1998 South African film written by Chris Barnard and directed by Katinka Heyns. It received universal acclaim and was one of the first South African films to be submitted to the Oscars in the Best Foreign language Film section. Moving to something much more light-hearted, South Africa is also known for its successful comedy film series, Mr Bones, headed by one of the top comedic talents of the time, Leon Schuster.

There is no doubt that local South African talent has produced countless iconic films that are well-known worldwide. But, the movie struggles to make a significant impact at the box office, meaning that local talent is given fewer opportunities to produce full-feature films.

Nevertheless, South Africa is still a country ripe with opportunities relating to the film industry. Thanks to international recognition, desires and contributions, the film industry can still grow even if South African movies are not being regularly produced.

International Recognition.

The South African film industry can positively contribute to the economy, even if local films are not regularly produced. South African film production companies are given many opportunities to contribute towards a variety of films when international filmmakers make their way down to film their movies.

This international recognition directly grows the film industry, and famous filmmakers have a variety of beneficial reasons to pick South Africa as a perfect location when it comes to production, location and more. This creates an exciting future and prospect regarding the South African film industry and production in general.

The Benefits of Working in South Africa.

South Africa is home to productive and innovative crews that work around the clock to produce the best quality possible. From Cape Town Film Studios and 7 Films to Penguin Films, South Africa has many film and television companies that bring the idea to life in Cape Town, Johannesburg and more.

Recognized and acclaimed American film directors such as Paul Wes Anderson and Clint Eastwood have praised South Africa as the location is good to film in, and the crew is terrific. From technicians and builders to behind-the-scenes operators, the team has always been praised for their knowledge and efficiency.

International filmmakers can connect with some of the best local production teams with the help of companies such as African Fixer. A company like this can allow international filmmakers to seamlessly work in a country like South Africa to create the best possible product.

Travel Visas, film equipment, catering, production team and more are provided. This gives international filmmakers a beneficial experience to create art in South Africa and allows South Africa to expand its film industry with global connections.

Films such as District 9, Invictus, My Octopus Friend were made with the collaboration of both local and international talent, and this can lead South Africa’s film production company to grow and expand.

An Exciting Look Ahead.

South Africa is still seen as an ideal filming location by many enthusiastic international filmmakers. While local films should be given their time to shine, the industry is still given many opportunities to grow, which can lead to more local films in the future.

Even now, countless films and series such as One Piece Live Action, Mission Impossible- Dead Reckoning and more are being filmed in South Africa. With the help of companies such as African Fixer, filmmakers worldwide can thrive in South Africa.

Durand Le Sueur
African Fixer
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