Thursday, May 5, 2022


Our next Chat and Chill session celebrates the Ramaphakela siblings and all things How to Ruin Christmas. Burnt Onion keeps cooking up the tastiest content for Netflix! 

Thursday 5 May 16:30 - 18:00
Hosted by Nimrod Geva, Quizzical Pictures

 
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The Ramaphakela Siblings are a TV and Film making trio from Johannesburg in South Africa. Collectively they make up the award-winning Johannesburg based Film and TV production house, Burnt Onion Productions. The trio brings to life a combination of fresh creativity and a commitment to quality. They have over twenty years of industry experience between them. The trio has produced short form and long form content, for various local and international broadcasters, including NETFLIX, SABC1, SABC2, SABC3, Multichoice, eTV and Viacom (BET, MTVBase, MTV, NICKELODEON, COMEDY CENTRAL).

They are known for their comedic flair and award-winning writing skills. They are behind successful hits such as the Netflix Original Film, Seriously Single which premiered in over 190 countries in 2020 and most recently they created and produced the first Netflix Original African holiday special, How to Ruin Christmas. The series went on to be the most nominated TV series at the 2021 South African Film and Television Awards.



The Directing Duo

Rethabile Ramaphakela and Katleho Ramaphakela have been working as TV writers, showrunners and producers for over 15 years. Their names have become synonymous with comedy in South Africa, having won the best writing for a TV Comedy awards at the South African Film and Television Awards for their 2014 mockumentary series, Check-Coast as well as their 2017 sitcom, Thuli noThulani. Their award-winning comedy drama series, Bedford Wives (2017), has been streamed worldwide on Amazon Prime and Netflix. The comedy duo made their directorial debut with the Netflix rom com feature film, Seriously Single. The film was in the Top 10 in over 30 countries. Most recently, they were the creators and showrunners of the Netflix Original holiday special, How to Ruin Christmas.
 

Monday, March 7, 2022

NETFLIX & TEMPO, through its associate SAGE, are joining forces to offer the first VFX editor course of its kind in South Africa. This course is aimed at those who want to make a career as a VFX editor.

 

WHAT DOES A VFX EDITOR DO? 

VFX editors work as a link between the film or TV production team, which shoots the live-action footage, and the VFX studio that does the visual effects. A VFX editor can be employed by a VFX studio or directly by the film or TV production company. The role varies depending on whether they are in-house (employed by the studio) or by the client (employed by the production company). 

 

NETFLIX NEEDS VFX EDITORS 

The number of productions is increasing, and with them, the need for this crucial and specific role in the post-production process. NETFLIX wants to train editors in  their workflow, so that VFX editors can be ready to go.

 

WILL I GET A JOB ON A NETFLIX PRODUCTION AFTER TAKING THIS COURSE? 

There is no guarantee. However, there is a great chance of being asked to participate as a VFX editor on a NETFLIX show, given the high demand for these professionals. 

 

LECTURERS 

The course has been developed by Liyana Mansor, BFE & Lukas Lerch, BFS and will be run with participation from DaniĆ«lle Nel, SAGE. You will learn directly from these highly skilled professionals who have on the job experience working for NETFLIX

Liyana Mansor BFE is a UK-based editor and VFX editor in high-end television and feature films. Her credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Prime Video), The Alienist (TNT), Chernobyl (HBO), Black Mirror (Netflix), and Alien: Covenant (20th Century FOX). She uses Avid Media Composer together with Continuum and Sapphire plugins for offline comping and Adobe Photoshop. IMDB

Lukas Lerch BFS -  after working multiple years in Berlin, Munich, London and LA as a first assistant editor and VFX editor time has come to use the experience gained to provide post-production services and consulting. IMDB

DaniĆ«lle Nel from SAGE has been freelancing as an editor since 2002. She has a MFA in Craft Editing from the University of Ravensbourne. Known for her work on AmandlaTomb Raider (2018) and the BAFTA and Oscar Winning My Octopus Teacher (2020). IMDB 


SCHEDULE 

The course will take place online in May 2022:

  • Thursday 5 May 2022 - Introductory Session (1 hour)
  • Saturday 7 May 2022 - Day 1 of the course (4 hours)
  • Sunday 8 May 2022 - Day 2 of the course (4 hours)

In addition, there will be the possibility for personalised sessions scheduled after the course to resolve any doubts participants may still have. 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR OBSERVERS

  • There is no selection process to register as an observer, however, you do need to be a member of SAGE (or have an active application in progress to join SAGE).

  • You are involved in post-production and wish to have a greater understanding of the role of a VFX editor.

  • You can attend the planned schedule as an observer.

  • Post-Production professionals who work as educators, post-production supervisors or co-ordinators and other industry professionals can join SAGE as Affiliate members.

If you have any questions, please contact us at VFXCourse@editorsguildsa.org

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPANTS

  • You have experience as an assistant editor or editor, with some VFX or motion graphic experience.

  • You really want to work as a VFX editor.

  • You are experienced with Avid & Premiere.

  • You can attend the planned schedule. 

  • You are not required to be a member of SAGE
     

SELECTION PROCESS 

The course has 30 participant places and there will be a selection process for applications which will be carried out by SAGE. 

The registration process will open 7 March 2022 and will last until 23.59 on 8 April 2022 

After reviewing the applications, an email will be sent to the candidates with the communication of the selected candidates during the last week of April. 

In order to register you have to fill this form.

In addition to the above form you will need to attach your CV with your professional experience, and a short text about why you want to participate in the course. 

Applications will be evaluated on:  Experience, Motivation, Order of enrolment, as well as the above requirements.

Register at VFXCourse@editorsguildsa.org 

 

LINKS

The role of the VFX editor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qft4VRn_WaY

VFX best practices: https://partnerhelp.netflixstudios.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000611467-VFX-Best-Practices

TEMPO: https://www.tempo-filmeditors.com

SAGE: https://editorsguildsa.org/


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Monday, January 17, 2022

 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF

THE SOUTH AFRICAN SCREEN FEDERATION (SASFED)

TO BE HELD VIRTUALLY

ON THURSDAY 27TH JANUARY 2022 AT 14H00

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In line with clause 11.8.7 and 11.8.8 of the SASFED Constitution the AGM MUST form a quorum.

 

11.8.7      The AGM shall form a quorum if 80% (eighty percent) of the full members of SASFED are represented with a voting mandate.

 

11.8.8      If within one hour after the time appointed for the meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting shall stand adjourned to a day not earlier than 3 (Three) days and not later that 14 (Fourteen) days after the date of the AGM and if at such adjourned meeting a quorum is not present within half an hour after the time appointed for the meeting, the Members present shall be a quorum.

 

It is therefore imperative that member organisations ensure that their representatives attend.


Please confirm your attendance to info@sasfed.org by Friday 21st January at 13h00.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

 

SAGA invites you to a comprehensive on-set  breakdown of professional conduct with our panel

Join SAGA this coming Saturday 

 

Ever wondered who is who on a production set? Can you distinguish the Director, from the Assistant Director, from the Director's Assistant? 

SAGA invites you to a comprehensive on-set  breakdown of professional conduct with our panel:


SAGA member and actress Natasha van der Merwe, Director Khayelihle Dom Gumede and First Assistant Director Craig H. Mathys. 

With so many creative and technical workers on a film/TV set, it is easy to be confused. But every professional actor is expected to be familiar with production protocol and on-set systems!

Join the discussion as SAGA's workshop explains exactly what is expected of actors on set.

#KnowYourStuff

Date: Saturday 11 October
Time: 10:00 to 12:00
Place: Register with the zoom link here

Click here to register

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

What are the challenges that professional African artists face?


SAGA presents a panel discussion on the Professional Acting industry in Africa. We are in conversation with AfroFIA representatives from Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa, exploring the similarities and differences of our respective industries.
This session puts the African Artists’ journey into context across the African continent. 

Join the conversation on Wednesday 1 December from 16:00 – 18:00. 
Register with the zoom link provided.

Date: Wednesday 1st December
Time: 16:00 to 18:00
Place: Register with the zoom link: 
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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Make a short film This weekend - 48 Hour Film Project 2021: Powered by KZN Film Commission


 Media registration fees will be sponsored or 1 for their followers! 


In the 12th Durban edition of the international 48 Hour Film Project, locals write, shoot and edit a 4 to 7-minute film in just one weekend. The event weekend is November 26 - 28, 2021

All films submitted will have their premieres for the public on 10 - 12 December at Ster-Kinekor, Gateway Mall. 

This year’s event is powered by The Kwa-Zulu Natal Film Commission.
People of all ages, skills, and experience levels are welcome.  Experienced and new filmmakers find that the deadline pushes them to end the weekend with a finished film.  

The film declared to be the overall "Best Film" of Durban will be sent to the international 48HFP competition, Filmapalooza, to be screened and judged with over 100 city winners from around the globe. From there, 12 films will be chosen to screen at the Cannes International Film Festival in the Short Film Corner.

‘’Last years’ event saw 50 teams with a crew & cast of over 600 people successfully making their short film in 1 weekend breaking records in KZN and this year we expect a greater response with some celebrity teams, radio stations & influencers already registered to participate,’’ says Maharaj. 

It is a great platform to enter the industry, with a virtual workshop held the weekend prior to the filming event and no fancy equipment needed (a smart phone will do), this is your chance to get your content & yourself on the big screen!     

 

Some of the exciting Awards & Prizes include:

Best Cinematographer – R10 000 Cash Prize 

Best Newcomer – Bursary in Filmmaking From Creative Arts Collage 

Best Mobile Production – Huawei P40

Most Active on Social Media Award – R2 500 cash prize

For additional info & to register your team, visit: http://www.48hourfilm.com/durban-za or email durban@48hourfilm.com.

 
***Feel Free to share with others & to participate or run a competition on your socials for media giveaways***

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

SAGE presents the third in the 2021 Masterclass Season


WORKING WITH STORY AND MAKING STORY WORK:
a virtual editors roundtable on story and structure

Date: 1 December 2021
Time: 19h00 - 20h00 
RSVP:    Register Zoom Editors Roundtable on Story & Structure

A chance to hear top South African editors talk story and structure across different forms:

London born, to a Libyan father and a Capetonian mother, Khalid Shamis S.A.G.E  studied film language in London and rose the ranks as a promo director in the satellite television realm, blasting ‘made-for-TV’, pop content from the West into the Arab world, winning a PROMAX Europe in 2001. Wishing to fulfil a dream to explore the life and legacy of his maternal grandfather, he moved to Cape Town in the mid 2000s. The documentary, Imam and I (2011) won a SAFTA, the audience award at the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival and became a document on the histories of the Muslim community in South Africa. His second feature doc, The Colonel’s Stray Dogs (2021)premiered at Hot Docs in April 2021

Ronelle Loots S.A.G.E is probably South Africa’s best known, most talented and most loved feature editor! A multi award winning editor,  proud recipient of numerous SAFTA feature film and documentary awards and honoured with many festival awards for editing, her extensive filmography includes several notable productions, including, among many more, Four CornersMaster Harold and the BoysU-Carmen eKhayelitshaForgivenessPaljas and Rafiki.

Jacques de Villiers has edited both fiction and documentary films and doesn't see that much difference between the two. His work has played at major film festivals across the world, including opening the Panorama section at the Berlin Film Festival with Flatland (2019), competing for the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival with Mlungu Wam (2021), and winning (as editor and co-director) the Best Documentary Prize at the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival for The Creators: South Africa Through the Eyes of its Artists (2011). 
 
Catherine Meyburgh S.A.G.E works as director, editor and producer across documentary, fiction films and television, and has edited over 10 feature films and more than 30 documentaries which have been screened by broadcasters and film festivals around the world. Her work in multi-projection design has been seen in venues from the Met Opera, New York to La Scala, Milano. A collaboration with William Kentridge, Gregory Maqoma, Thuthuka Sibisi and Philip Miller on the multi-projection performance piece The Head & the Load premiered at the Tate Modern in London in 2018. Catherine’s work in video installations has been presented at many prestigious galleries museums and events both in South Africa and abroad.
She is co-director, co-producer and editor on the multi-award winning documentary Dying for Gold (2019) 

WGSA EVENTS UPDATE AND REMINDERS


WGSA EVENTS UPDATE AND REMINDERS

Next update will be on 02 December 2021

INDEX:

  • CONTRACTUAL ADVISORY SERVICES: A WGSA MEMBER BENEFIT
  • WGSA CALLS FOR ARTICLES FROM MEMBERS FOR OUR FINAL NEWSLETTER FOR 2021
  • WGSA MUSE AWARDS 2021 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
  • WGSA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL SPECIAL
  • WGSA NOVEMBER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ONLINE SESSIONS
  • WGSA MEMBERS: JOIN US ON TELEGRAM
  • WGSA MEMBERS: UPDATE YOUR WGSA WRITER'S PROFILE ON OUR MEMBER DIRECTORY
 

CONTRACTUAL ADVISORY SERVICES:

A WGSA MEMBER BENEFIT

Background:

For the last ten years or so, the WGSA has offered contractual advisory services to members in the form of opinions, advice and, in some cases, informal mediation in disputes between writers and producers. Questions, queries and contracts referred to the Guild have been passed on to Peter Goldsmid (and formerly, also Richard Nosworthy and Harriet Meier) for evaluation and comment. 
 
Important to Note:

It should also be noted that this is an informal advice service provided in Peter's own time, with obvious implications for the depth and extent of what can be offered. Nonetheless, many members have made use of this service and found it helpful.

Peter stresses that  while he is an experienced writer with an interest in the legal aspects of our work as writers, he is not a professional lawyer and that any opinions and advice offered are provided with the strict proviso that members are fully responsible for any actions they take subsequent to receiving these.

The WGSA and the Contractual Advisory Services are explicitly excluded from any liability for actions taken in terms of this advice.

Recommendation:

Members are strongly advised to consult a professional entertainment or copyright lawyer, especially where large sums of money are involved. Writers are also advised to seek advice before entering into contractual arrangements and not wait until after, when it is often too late to remedy faults or avoid disadvantageous agreements. 
 

Should you have a question, please email your enquiry to admin@writersguildsa.org

 
 


WGSA CALLS FOR
   ARTICLES FROM MEMBERS FOR OUR
   FINAL NEWSLETTER
   FOR 2021

PLEASE SUBMIT BEFORE 30 NOVEMBER 2021


There is one more item on your list that you still need to accomplish this year and that is publishing your article in the final edition of our newsletter!

Tell us:

  • about your year
  • your milestones reached
  • what you are so proud about
  • your good wishes to our members
  • your achievements and dreams fulfilled
  • an incident you will remember fondly
  • about yourself as a scriptwriter
  • something to teach us
  • your plans for 2022


BUT REMEMBER

  • Keep articles at 500 words or less
  • Acknowledge your sources
  • Attach pictures (yours and one or two that accompany the article)

... and let’s end the year with a bang!

All articles are reviewed by our COMMUNICATIONS team before publishing.

Please send your articles to us at news@writersguildsa.org

All submissions need to reach us by Tuesday, 30 November 2021.

Sincerely,

Anil Polton


 

 
 

THE 2021 WGSA MUSE AWARDS

 

AN AWARD FOR WRITERS, BY WRITERS

 
The WGSA Muse Awards celebrate and honour the creativity and craft of performance writing, such as audio-visual, stage and game narrative writing, in Africa.

Our entry portal for 2021 is OPEN!

Closing Dates And Fees For Entries: 

  • Early Bird - 30 November 2021: R150.00
  • Standard Entry - 31 December 2021: R250.00
  • Final Entry - 31 January 2022: R400.00

All entries in indigenous languages other than English get a 30% discount!

 
 
 

WGSA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL SPECIAL

The WGSA did not forget our loyal members when it comes to the impact COVID-19 has had on our industry.

We are now offering a 40% discount on all membership renewal fees until the end of December 2021!

  • Full Membership: R420
  • Candidate Membership: R300
  • Student Membership: R132
  • Corporate Membershp: R720

To make use of this offer, simply make a payment to the WGSA banking account via EFT, using your name and surname as beneficiary reference, and send the proof of payment to accounts@writersguildsa.org

 
 
 

WGSA NOVEMBER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 
November closes off with two fantastic, and at the same time, rare opportunities to delve into two more forms of performance writing, theater and observational documentaries.

Bookings are closed for this Saturday's session, so this is just a friendly reminder.

You still have time until Monday, 20 November.

The classes are FREE for members. Non-members must pay R50.

Non-members: you can pay via EFT or SnapScan. All details are on our RSVP form.

Please, remember to use as reference: Your name and surname / PDP when you do an EFT, and attach your Proof of Payment to the RSVP form.

For enquiries, email admin@writersguildsa.org
 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

 

WRITING FOR THEATRE

with Ian Bruce

 

Saturday, 20 November, 10h00 to 12h00

 

Ian Bruce had some drama training at the Ruth Oppenheim Academy in Johannesburg in the early nineteen-seventies.

 

He began a career as an actor with The Company (Market Theatre) under Barney Simon and Mannie Manim but, in 1976, his stance against apartheid politics, particularly the border war, led to political exile in the Netherlands. 

While living in Amsterdam, he wrote several acclaimed anti-apartheid plays, co-founded the SA focused Thekwini Theatre with Anthony Akerman and Joe Mosikili, and was a founding committee member of the Amsterdam based SA Cultural Community Centre.

When he retured to South Africa seventeen years later, he worked mainly in development, notably in the Northern Cape rural areas. In 1997 he joined the New Africa Theatre Association (NATA), a non-profit performance education and training organisation for students from the townships of the Western Cape, where he served as executive director until 2015.


Mr Bruce is a nationally and internationally known playwright. His most recent works include:

  • THE HARD WAY: 2020 (WGSA, Muse Awards winner of Best Stage Play Script award.)
  • BURNT:  2011 (Nominated for Fleur du Cap.  Produced at New Africa Theatre)
  • CABOOSE: 2011 (Celebration of 100 years of Golden Arrow Bus company. Produced at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio.)
  • TRANSIT: 2009 (Nominated for Fleur du Cap.  Produced at Swedish Royal Theatre, Stockholm)
  • GROUNDSWELL: 2005 (Fleur du Cap winner for best new SA script; nominated for Naledi award in Johannesburg. Multiple productions in Sweden, England and the USA.)

He wrote two award-winning radio scripts and taken on some screenwriting challenges, including a feature-length adaptation of his play, GROUNDSWELL, for New Amsterdam Films, and adapted three novels for film and television.

 
 

OBSERVATIONAL DOCUMENTARY
with Shameela Seedat

 

Wednesday, 24 November
18h00 to 20h00

 

Shameela Seedat is a former fulbright scholar who worked in law for over 10 years before turning to filmmaking. 

Her first feature-length documentary WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER won multiple awards, including from Hot Docs Int. Film Festival, FESPACO , the Luxor Afrcan FF, Jozi Film Festival and from the African Studies Association.

Her second feature length documentary  AFRICAN MOOT  is currently in post-production. 

Shameela has also directed several programs for local and international television stations, as well as a series of ten short films on social justice activists in South Africa.

She was the 2019 Film Resident Activist at the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, and served on the documentary film jury at the Sydney Film Festival in 2018, on the Documentary Film Association (DFA) Citizen Journalists Jury in 2020 and on jury for Adiah Awards in 2021. 

Shameela has  also published widely on law and social justice in various journals, newspapers and book chapters.

Please, RSVP by noon on Monday, 22 November if you want to attend her session.

 
 
 

WGSA MEMBERS: JOIN US ON TELEGRAM

The WGSA Telegram Group has become a vibrant network of Writers. Join now and get all writer information first. Network with professional and emerging writers. Get assistance from fellow writers in an instant.
 
HOW TO JOIN:
Download the Telegram App on your mobile, send an email to admin@writersguildsa.org 
with your name, surname and mobile number and request to be added to the group
 

This TELEGRAM Group is for WGSA MEMBERS ONLY.

 
 

WGSA MEMBERS: 
UPDATE YOUR WGSA WRITER'S PROFILE ON OUR MEMBER DIRECTORY

 

Log into the WGSA website with your email and password, click on Edit Profile, fill in the missing information, add a picture for your profile, and a background banner

Tip: you can use the banner to put in more information about the type of scripts you write.

Heads-up: In the coming weeks the WGSA will be sending out an advert to producers, film publications (online and print), broadcasters, production houses, etc. that will direct interest to your profiles. 

 
 

The WGSA recognizes the dire impact of Covid-19 on our film, television and theatre industry and values all frontline health workers as well as those in our industry that continue to go to work to bring us news and entertainment.  For your COVID-19 Vaccine Registration go to: health.gov.za