AFDA has a culture of constantly investing in the upliftment, upgrading and on-going development of our campus equipment and facilities. This is an essential part of our overall goal of creating a stimulating learning environment in which a pool of talent may be nurtured that will grow the current and future entertainment industry in South Africa. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide practical but technically advanced facilities and equipment to meet the intellectual, aesthetic, craft, technical and attitudinal skill demands of the industry. They include state-of-the-art postproduction facilities for editing, animation, visual effects , and studios for sound design, recording and mixing.
AFDA has a number of relationships with key industry facility houses like Arri, Media Services, Adobe and Apple TV. These relationships are critical for AFDA to deal with the input of the exponential changes on the equipment & facility demands in the digital domain.
As students rise through the undergraduate ranks at AFDA and become more focussed on a particular discipline, they have progressively increased access to an ever-wider array of high-end and industry-related equipment and facilities, allowing them to experience leading-edge technology and to produce work of the highest possible production standards.
AFDA students are provided with a standard kit of equipment for the various projects produced over the year. Over 300 film, TV and theater productions and projects are produced annually. Camera, lighting equipment & accessories, sound recording devices, studios, theaters, staging, post-production facilities and production dressing (including CMS) elements are provided in order for the students to complete the various term narrative challenges each year
For a list of accommodation options close to campus, please contact Cape Town campus: Bonita Brink / Bonita@afda.co.za or International Students: Nadia Chalkley / NadiaC@afda.co.za / +27 021 448 7600
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As the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA), Bata Passchier has been involved in education for 15 years, and in the film industry for almost 30 years. He has been extensively involved in the design of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum for AFDA, which has been fully accredited by all the relevant authorities including SAQA and the CHE.
Bata Passchier has also developed a system to assess entertainment products’ potential value, the EVAM (Entertainment Value Assessment Matrix) System. This system has been implemented by the South African Broadcasting Commission to assess and commission production pitches.
Master of Arts (UCT)
From the dusty mining town of Krugersdorp on the West Rand, Garth Holmes would gaze longingly at the bright lights ofJoburg as they twinkled in the distance. He moved there straight after school and qualified as a teacher, a career choice that forced him to work part-time at restaurants to make up for the shortfall in his salary. The experience gained there led him to start his own successful restaurant. His yearning to be part of the creative world, however, made him sell the business, a decision he calls “naïve and impetuous”, but it saw him team up with controversial writer-director Deon Opperman, with whom he co-wrote several successful plays.“For the first time I was recognised for my creative talents,” says Holmes.
It was then that he met Bata Passchier, his current business partner and CEO of AFDA, the film and acting school they launched in 1994, a time when the future of the country was uncertain and confidence was low.
AFDA’s origins lie in the failure of a private art school owned by a close friend of Holmes’s. “She was an amazing lecturer, but a terrible businesswoman,” says Holmes. “She taught me one of the most important lessons about owning a private university. It’s one hell of a responsibility; you have everyone’s hopes, futures and dreams locked up in the institution– so collect the fees or close.”
The bankrupt school, at which Holmes had lectured in design and film, provided him with his first six students. “I was down and out, but the Design Centre in Greenside took me and the students in. Armed with a rented TV, a VCR and free lectures provided by friends in the industry, I put the word out that the best film school in South Africa was open for business.”
Holmes and his partners soon realised that they needed premises if they wanted to develop a great university. They set up a campus in a derelict Lever Brothers warehouse in Milpark which cost them R6,00 a square metre. They now own it and it accommodates 650 students. Another 600-odd are at the Cape Town campus. The curriculum, and teaching and management systems were forged by Passchier. A student of martial arts and Japanese painting, he developed a passion for ancient training philosophy, theories and practice, before he turned to creating training videos for a number of bluechip companies. That’s where he was exposed to management methods that he would later fuse with the training theories of the ancients to develop AFDA’s systems.
The school was funded with student fees, and post-production facilities were provided by The Video Lab. Holmes says it was built on the generosity of many people who offered their services. “Three South Africans who were eking out an existence in Hollywood at the time, and a local IT entrepreneur, gave us the original R30 000. We used that, with an amortisation on renovations, to get us going.”
The first formal management controls were put in place in June 2003 by Passchier. “We had run the company without any real management structures until then,” Holmes recalls. “Each partner trusted that the other would fulfil their responsibilities, but this could only work while we were a small company.”
AFDA’s early challenges included opposition from within the industry, achieving accreditation and the ever-present threat of bankruptcy. “We had cash flow problems stemming from the fact that we had to constantly develop the school to deal with the demands of the marketplace. The early days were all about growth which meant more staff, more space, more equipment, more facilities – all of which had to be bought without any support from the state or any other resource.”
Ask Holmes what sets the school apart and he talks about contributing to building a sustainable and vibrant film industry. “We have always been convinced that we are making a difference and that we will leave a legacy of film practitioners, artists and performers who have genuine ability to excel and to help create a unique and inspirational cultural identity for all South Africans.”
The school’s achievements include winning an Oscar for best student film, having a film in the finals at Cannes 2006, making the feature film Soldiers of the Rock, and achieving Masters accreditation.
What AFDA’s success has proved, is the ongoing relevance of drama and film in education. “The nature of today’s consumers coupled with our technologically driven society has placed greater emphasis than ever before on the development of entertainment and media practitioners; they are responsible for reflecting society, creating meaning,and capturing the beauty of the human spirit.”
Dr Gerda Dullaart wrote her Ph D thesis on tertiary education in post-apartheid South Africa, with specific focus on training narrative for employability in creative industries. Her interest in education for creative industries was also pursued in her M Phil in Higher Education Studies at UCT. After writing for various news media, she joined AFDA in 2003, where her passion for narrative education was rewarded when AFDA students write winning screenplays, like SAFTA awards for Agter the Berge and Sindiswa.
PHD University of Kwa Zulu Natal
Christopher John was born in Zimbabwe and is currently President of the Afda Council. He has extensive experience working as an actor, teacher, and director with important Western and African theatre companies. He has also worked in the corporate sector both as a Senior Manager and as a Consultant to top-teams in the areas of Management training and development. He studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama and under the name Christopher Hurst worked as a professional actor in Britain; working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and on Broadway; In 1986, he returned to Zimbabwe and worked in the townships of Bulawayo with Cont Mhlanga at Amakhosi Productions playing in Mhlanga’s Workshop Negative and teaching acting. He also worked with ex-combatants making plays at Simukai Collective Farming Co-operative. The Tabex Encyclopaedia Zimbabwe credits him with making an important contribution to the debates about decolonizing theatre in Zimbabwe in the 1980s. He worked for the Anglo American group companies, OTD (Organisational management and development). (Pvt) Ltd and Border Timbers Limited from 1981 to 1996
In 1997 he moved to South Africa to lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, there he ran projects in Bhambayi in Inanda using theatre and video to help heal a community torn apart by political violence and for twelve years led a Prison Theatre project at Westville Correctional Facility in Durban. He has worked for Mbongeni Ngema’s Committed Artists as an actor and teacher appearing in 1906: Bhambatha the Freedom Fighter and Lion of the East. In 2013 he directed Mbongeni Ngema in his return to the stage in The Zulu, which successfully played at the Market Theatre and toured the region. In 2008 he was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at California State University Polytechnic, Pomona. He has a Doctoral degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Master of Arts (with distinction) University of the Witwatersrand
Anton Basson completed his Master's degree in narrative theory at the University of the Witwatersrand and subsequently lectured at Wits, Vista University and the Rand Afrikaans University (currently the Soweto and Bunting Road campuses of the University of Johannesburg). His endeavors in the arts include published short stories, plays at festivals and recorded rock albums. He joined AFDA in 2002 in the Screenwriting Department. He subsequently filled the positions of Learning Manager and Postgraduate Principal for the Johannesburg and Cape Town campuses before heading up the Curriculum Development Department. He is currently the Academic Standards Manager.
BCom Accountancy (PU for CHE), CIMA (London)
Rudolph Coetzer is a Chartered Global Management Accountant accredited by both the South African Chartered Instituted of Management Accountants and the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. He has been Chief Financial Officer for the AFDA group for over 12 years. His financial management skills have been applied in various industries where strategic objectives must be aligned to resources and to values, but his passion is for creative education, which lead him to AFDA. As CFO he has contributed leadership and resource development to AFDA campus life.
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Gina Bonmariage’s career spans 25 years in the entertainment and media industries in production, marketing and training both internationally in Europe and in South Africa. In Luxembourg she was a producer and founding partner of Lynx Productions, producing documentaries and feature films, while also collaborating with EAVE, a European programme for the training of film producers. On her return to South Africa she was head of development for Primedia Pictures and set up AVEA for the training of African film producers. She was a member of the founding Council of the National Film and Video Foundation before joining the organisation as Head of Human Capital Development. She joined AFDA in 2009.
Lucia Saks holds a Ph.D in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She has taught Film and Media Studies at a number of universities in both the USA and South Africa including the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Tsinghua University in Beijing, the University of Cape Town and the University of Kwa-Zulu, Natal where she started and directed the undergraduate Media and Communication Programme in 1996. She has published extensively on South African and African Cinema. Her book, Cinema in a Democratic South Africa: The Race for Representation used South African cinema and television as a lens through which to view cultural changes from the end of apartheid in 1994. Her current manuscript on Hollywood romantic comedy movies in the post-war period is under review by Columbia University Press. She is an Honorary Research Associate the University of Cape Town’s Archive and Public Culture Initiative.
Malcolm was born in Boksburg and grew up in Zimbabwe, returning to study first at Natal College of Art and then for a Journalism Degree at Rhodes University. Thereafter he went to London where he took an MA in Film and Television in Education at Middlesex University, and started writing.
His first job was as a script reader with one of the leading UK producers, Verity Lambert. Thereafter he was accepted onto a BBC writer’s course after which he was commissioned to write 3 episodes of the long running science fiction show, Dr Who.
On a return visit to South Africa Malcolm discovered a book which told the remarkable true story about South Africa’s involvement in the Second World War and how the country came within an ace of being taken over by the Nazis. He optioned the book and two years later this became the feature film The Fourth Reich, directed by Manie Van Rensburg.
Malcolm then joined Focus Films as Head of Development and in house producer. During his 11 years with the company they produced nine feature films, including the $25 Million The 51st State starring Samuel L Jackson and Robert Carlyle.
Malcolm has continued his own writing and is currently preparing Deon Meyer’s 13 Hours and Margie Orford’s Blood Rose for filming later this year. He has a novel coming out in May – a Cape Town thriller called Good Hope, and has recently been approached to make a sequel to the 51st State set in South Africa.
Jon Racinskas, a native of Los Angeles, is a fifteen-year veteran of the film and television industry. Over the course of those years, he has held such positions as showrunner on an English-language animated show in South Korea and programming advisor to a network in Bahrain. He has written and produced for shows with HBO, Fox Television, NBC/Universal Television and Discovery/TLC. His commercial clients include Ford, BMW, Subway and IBM.
Prior to joining AFDA, Jon was a writer for the International Emmy and SAFTA Awards-winning ZA News show, Puppet Nation. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America-West and serves on the Professional Development committee for the Writers Guild of South Africa.
Liz Mills is a voice practitioner and theatre director. She is passionate about developing the actor’s craft and refining embodied performance. She has recently joined AFDA. A long academic career in the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town provided the context for extensive postgraduate research in voice; international publication and the development of her own techniques for working creatively with the voice. She is a recipient of the UCT Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2007 she was invited to take her voice research to the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. In 2011 she taught voice and acting on the International Theatre Program at Rochester University in the USA. She contributes to the theatre and performance research at the University of the Witwatersrand and is involved with the GIPCA and Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Director’s Bursary a programme that supports the development of theatre practice in South Africa. Recent work as a vocal coach includes the Maynardville productions of The Comedy of Errors, Cardenio, and Richard lll and Magnet Theatre’s Voices Made Night which played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013.Her directing work includes Shakespeare’s King Lear, Susan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood, Chekhov’s The Seagull and Martin Crimp’s Attempts on her Life and TheTreatment.
BA (Hons), Witwatersrand; MAP, Wits Business School
Enterprising educator, producer and manager with two decades experience in education, international development, media, and communications. Proven track record in strategic planning, project management/production, and capacity development. Entrepreneurial and results-driven with extensive experience using tools for advocacy, campaigning, civil society, community outreach, ICT, knowledge management, multimedia/digital media, public education, social and behaviour change communication and social marketing. Managed projects cross-culturally across the globe. Provided services on projects funded by AusAID, BMG Music DFID, EMI Music, EU, Gallo Music Africa, IFC, Millennium Challenge Corporation, NORAD, Red Cross, South African Departments of Health and Social Development, UN, USAID, USDA, and World Bank. Skilled facilitator, teacher and mentor, confident communicator, partnership builder, and solid problem-solver with excellent interpersonal skills. Proven track record of assuring quality, impact and cost effectiveness. Deeply committed to effecting positive social change.
MBA UCT & London Business School
Born in Cape Town, Steve studied Film and Broadcasting studies at New York University. Upon his return to South Africa in 1995, he worked as a Director of Photography on music videos, short films and commercials, and subsequently as a publicist for South African Film and Television Market amongst others. In 1998 he became the Co Director for the Cape Town International Film Festival and has schedule South African film seasons at international festivals such as Goteborg, Taormina and Tampera. Steve served on the jury of the 22nd Fanta Festival (dedicated to horror films)in Rome, and in London as co-director of the Celebrate South Africa Season at the National Film Theatre. Steve joined AFDA in 2003 as head of the producing department whilst researching his MBA thesis, How to win an Academy Award.
Price is a UCT Alumni – earning Bachelor Arts in English Literature, Classical Literature & Thought, and Speech and Drama. She went on to specialise in English and Drama in her Post-Graduate Honours in Education; where her particular research focus was on theatre in education and cross-discplinary training in arts focused schools. Her Masters work explored comedy and construction of strategic subjectivities in the mediums of stage, film and television. Price has worked extensively as a stage manager and project manager, heading up festivals from Out the Box, Infecting The City and Grahamstown National Arts Festival, among many. She was a part of the team who opened the Fugard Theatre as a commercially receiving space in 2010 . Price’s enthusiasm for teaching spans nearly 15 years - her experience includes lecturing at various tertiary institutions in Cape Town, consulting to The Western Cape Government on growing teacher and students skills ; and helping to develop the South African branch of The World Film Collective – which teaches young people cellphone film making, online distribution and business entrepreneurship in countries including Brazil, Palestine and the European Union. Recently, she has worked in designing and building online soft skills programmes for corporate and private clients internationally and locally with award winning company Cognician. Price has been a part of the AFDA community since 2013 where she continues her passion for lifelong learning and integration of education and craft in media and communications. She is currently the Head of Production Course at Cape Town Campus. Price is pursuing her PhD with a focus on epistemology in the digital age.
Masters in Media and international development
Bryony did her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communications and became interested in power dynamics in society and the inherent potential of media to drive social change and economic development.
In 1997 she moved from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and began writing, directing and producing stage productions before moving into the film arena in 2005 when she tackled a feature called “Engagement” as co-writer and director. Engagement went on to win Best Creative Story Award and Best Foreign Film Awards at film festivals in the United States.
When the SA government identified the film industry as a key sector for economic growth she formed a production company in the Eastern Cape with the vision of developing the film and television industry in underdeveloped and under-represented regions and communities.
The Nab’Ubomi Inter-School Film Competition is a youth and film development project founded and launched by Bryony in 2007. At the helm of the Nab’Ubomi project she has worked with the EC Department of Education, the National Film and Video Foundation of SA, EC Department of Arts & Culture and SABC Department of Industry Development, to introduce screenwriting and mentored filmmaking opportunities into High Schools throughout the Eastern Cape.
Bryony has been invited to Germany, Norway, the UK and Spain to showcase the Nab’Ubomi project and films. She has done extensive networking with youth film projects overseas and in 2010, she launched the South African Youth International Film Festival (SAYIFF) for the Nelson Mandela Bay Film and Music Office. Alongside 90 short films for Nab’Ubomi Bryony has produced broadcast documentaries and series for SABC.
In 2013 Bryony was awarded her MA in Media and International Development from the University of East Anglia in the UK. For her Master’s thesis she looked at the Role of Media Education within a Developing Film Industry: a South African case-study. She remains interested and active in developing media-literate, media-producing, highly-engaged audiences; and producing content using strategies that promote development.
BA (HONS) UED
Emeritus Professor CHRISTOPHER WEARE teaches stage and screen acting in the Live Performance program. He was awarded the Fleur Du Cap Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for his remarkable contribution to the theatre industry. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher’s Award, UCT, where he taught for 33 years. He was Director of the Little Theatre UCT (1995 – 2014). He founded the reputable Intimate Theatre (2002 – 2014), affording a valuable platform for many professional practitioners. He is a founder member of The Mechanicals Collective which recently staged George Brant’s international hit, GROUNDED; Mikkie-Dene Le Roux received a Best Actress Fleur Du Cap nomination and a Best Performance in a One Person play nomination (2014). Recent productions include GROUNDED, CAPE OF REBELS, COWBOY MOUTH and THE SOUND OF LAUGHTER with long-time collaborator Alan Committie. Fleur Du Cap nominations and awards include EAST, ALMOST BY CHANCE A WOMAN, ROZENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, for directing; WE AND THEM and KVETCH for acting. Weare is currently directing Alan Committie in a new work LOVE FACTUALLY opening at Montecasino, Johannesburg on 26 February. He directs another SA premiere, IMMORTAL, for the National Arts Festival Arena Program in July. He directs THE WHITE WHORE AND THE BIT PLAYER to be staged at Alexander Bar, Cape Town in May. His award winning production of AN AUDIENCE WITH EMILY HOBHOUSE plays at the Vrystaaat Kunstefees 11-16 July.
Master of Fine Art (UCT)
Doug Armstrong studied jazz trumpet and arranging at UCT College of Music.
He has performed and produced for a number of original Cape Town bands in a variety of styles.
He has composed and arranged music for theatre and film and he has taught Sound Design and Media Music Production at AFDA Cape Town.
Born in Grahamstown, Garrick studied Motion Picture Editing at the AFDA Cape Town Campus. As a result of receiving a bursary for his Honours year in 2013, he then joined AFDA as the Assistant Production Course Coordinator in 2014. The following year he migrated into the Editing Department and now lectures 1st & 2nd Year Editing, as well as 1st Year Data Wrangling.
Garrick brings a wealth of experience within the fields of Advertising, Documentary, Short Films, Web-Based Videos & Animation. Over the past four years he has been involved with various media projects such as Films Without Borders, The ABSA Cape Epic, MoFilms as well as various smaller projects with his production company 3RAMS&U Media Productions.
MFA - AFDA
Hannes has worked at multiple post production houses including A light productions and Aquavision as an online and offline editor.He also specialised as a digital image technician on multiple commercials and feature films.Most recently he worked at Panavision as a camera technician and HD operator.He started doing his masters part time in 2014 while working and is now in his final year.He started teaching 3rd year editing and data management in 2015 and is currently working on his masters thesis surrounding the role of the digital image technician and the progression of digital cinema.
I entered the film industry in 2010 as a Producer's Assistant to the American Producer Michael S Murphey on DREDD 3D. In the past 6 years I have worked in various positions on 9 films/series ranging from PA-Production Manager and now producing two feature films, one Afrikaans film for the local market and an English film for the international market. Currently in the process of completing my Honours Degree at AFDA Cape Town , while lecturing the up and coming producers of South Africa.
Kevin Yates has been the Cape Town directing discipline champion since 2010. Kevin graduated from Wits University with a BA honours in dramatic art having majored in film production and design. Kevin has had over 25 years working experience as a creative director and director in the film and Television industry. Kevin believes that the digital information age requires both heightened skills in the comprehension of image presentation and visual dexterity in decoding the information, messages, signs and symbols embedded therein. You Tube, tablets, smart phones, google eye, i watch and many other devices currently under development are directly linked to visual imaging conveying information. This is why, understanding the fundamental methods and structure of motion picture production can lead to greater visual literacy and an expanded motion picture experience.
Master of Arts - UCT
Script-editor, Screenwriting Lecturer, Writer and Producer
Margaret is an experienced TV-drama Producer, Script Editor, Writer and Screenwriting Lecturer.
Margaret began her career with a B.A. in Drama (from Stellenbosch University) and a B.A. Honours degree from the University of Pretoria. She was employed as an actress by the Performing Arts Council of Namibia (then SWAPAC) for two years, before going freelance as an actress in 1983. She joined SABC Television as Senior Script Editor in 1988 and within three years was appointed Assistant Drama Commissioning Editor, becoming Head of Drama in 1994.
She left the SABC in 1997 to pursue her passion for filmmaking in a more hands-on and creatively involved manner by joining husband Peter as Producer in his production company, Southern Exposure. Together they produced four seasons of a human rights legal drama series, Justice for All, a sitcom, Gabriël, and a mini-series on forced removals, Riemvasmaak, for SABC 2 as well as Fallen, a thirteen part drama series for SABC 1. These series were collectively nominated for 42 industry awards and won 11 of them, including the 2009 SAFTA Golden Horn awards for Best Mini-Series, Best Script and Best Director in a Drama series for Riemvasmaak.
She taught the Sediba Masters Screenwriting course between 2008 and 2014. She also designed and taught the NFVF Bridging course for Script Editors with Justine Loots.
Margaret has is an accredited script editor with the NFVF and KZNFC. She has script edited more than 15 feature films which include Ian Gabriel’s Four Corners, Thandi Brewer’s Chemo Club, Zola Maseko’s Whale Caller, Peter Goldsmid’s The Love Songs of Nathan J. Swirsky, Steven Abbot’s Tree of Crows and Paul Ian Johnson’s The Number.
In 2013/14 she co-wrote the feature film, Krotoa, Khoi-San woman interpreter in South Africa for Producer Roberta Durrant of Penguin Films. In 2015 she storylined with Peter Goldsmid the SABC 3 13 part series, A Covert Affair, for Tin Rage Productions episodes. In the same year was also headwriter on Zibondiwe 2, a 26 x 24’ TV-series, for Penguin Films.
She has been a judge for several South African industry awards, including the Artes and Avanti awards. She was also a juror for the 2011 International Emmy Awards.
She joined AFDA in 2015 to teach Y3 and Honours screenwriting with Peter Goldsmid. This year she’s again teaching Honours screenwriting and is the AFDA National Coordinator for screenwriting coverage.
B.A degree Dramatic Arts, Teacher's diploma, University of Stellenbosch, Hon Motion Picture Medium - AFDA
Mr. Grundlingh holds a B.A degree in Dramatic Arts and a Teacher's diploma from the University of Stellenbosch. Further studies saw him complete a B.A. degree and Honours at the AFDA Cape Town Campus in 2007, producing best 24min films 'Uhambo' and 'AMPT'. Thereafter he gained experience in commercial, stills and independent film production management. He has returned to pursue his passion in teaching emerging filmmakers to reach their full potential.
B.Sc. & Masters Degree (Magister Technologiae)
Melo holds a BSc and Masters degree from CPUT and is an innovative and entrepreneurial software engineer offering eight years of experience in the full software development lifecycle – from concept through delivery of next-generation applications and customizable solutions.
He is an expert in advanced development methodologies, tools and processes contributing to the design and rollout of cutting-edge software applications and is known for excellent troubleshooting skills – able to analyze code and engineer well-researched, cost-effective and responsive solutions.
He spent the last eight years designing and developing computer software systems for a wide variety of industries ranging from the medical, insurance, retail, finance, security and the marketing industry; applying principles and techniques of computer science, engineering to leverage client’s businesses.
He has worked for multinational corporations such as FIFIA, Shoprite : writing solutions for their continental POS system, Stellenbosch University : Worked on project sponsored by the Melinda & Bill Gate foundation and PEPFAR etc.
He is a Tech entrepreneur and runs a private consultancy; consulting with hardware engineers and other engineering staff to evaluate interface between hardware and software and operational and performance requirements of overall system. Developing and directing system architecture, software system testing procedures, programming, and documentation. Developing specifications and performance requirements. Analyzing information to determine, recommend and plan installation of a new system or modification of an existing system. Developing and directing software system testing and validation procedures.
Melo considers himself ‘compex-lingual’; speaking a multidimensional arrays of human languages (English, French, Piak, Pidgin etc) as well as computer based languages (Java, Ruby, Python, PHP, C++,COBOL, SQL, ORACLE, NoSQL etc.)
BSc and Masters degree from CPUT
Melo Forchu holds a BSc and Masters degree from CPUT and is an innovative and entrepreneurial software engineer offering 8 years of experience in the full software development lifecycle – from concept through to delivery of next generation applications and customizable solutions.
He is an expert in advanced development methodologies, tools and processes contributing to the design and rollout of cutting-edge software applications and is known for excellent troubleshooting skills – able to analyze code and engineer well-researched, cost-effective and responsive solutions.
He has spent the last eight years designing and developing computer software systems for a wide variety of industries ranging from the medical, insurance, retail, finance, security and the marketing industry; applying principles and techniques of computer science, engineering to leverage client’s businesses.
Melo has worked for multinational corporations such as FIFIA, Shoprite – writing solution for their continental POS system, Stellenbosch University – on a project sponsored by the Melina & Bill Gates Foundation, and PEPFAR.
He is a tech entrepreneur and operates a private consultancy; consulting with hardware engineers and additional engineering staff to evaluate interface between hardware and software and operational and performance requirements of overall systems. This includes: developing and direction system architecture, software system testing procedures, programming and documentation, developing specifications and performance requirements, analysing information to determine, recommend and plan installation of a new system or modification of an existing system, developing and directing software system testing and validation procedures.
Melo considers himself ‘complex-lingual’; speaking a multidimensional array of human languages (English, French, Piak, Pidgin) as well as computer based languages (Java, Ruby, Python, PHP, C++, COBOL, SQL, ORACLE, NoSQL)
BA Honours AFDA & NAT DIP Fashion Design & Technology
Mr. Ivy is a designer, make-up artist and stylist for numerous international magazines and for several leading international brands, including Levi Strauss, Absolut Vodka, Magnum, Spiced Gold, Nashua and Moët & Chandon. Mr. Ivy trains students in personal styling, costume design, illustration, technical pattern-making, fashion, make-up, special effects make-up and garment manufactu
Masters degree in music (MMUS from University of Cape Town)
Michael Thorn is a composer and pianist with a performer’s licentiate in Western classical music and a performance degree in jazz piano. He is also a percussionist, specialized in West African jembe drumming ensemble music, and graduated with distinction from the University of Cape Town in 2010 with a master’s degree in ethnomusicology. Michael teaches jembe drumming ensemble at Gaia Waldorf School and is currently in his third year working at AFDA film school where he lectures media music production. Philosophy on teaching: ‘The best teachers are essentially the best students’.
Before employement at AFDA Neo worked briefly at the University of Witwatersrand as sessional tutor but operated primarily as a freelance sound editor, with experience in sound recording (location and studio) and re-recording mixing. Neo has also worked as a Sound Supervisor (overseeing the pre-production, production and post-production process) on the Youth filmmaker project, Rights of Passage, run in partnership between the National Film and Video Foundation and Natives at Large. The feature film premiered at the DIFF festival in 2015. Neo completed his Masters in Sound Design at the National Film and Television School in the United Kingdom. While in the UK, he explored sound in various platforms such as short films, documentary, animation, theatre, photography, radio drama and arts installations. Neo has a strong interest in sound and how it has the potential to be used as another and effective narrative tool for storytelling, expression and illustration.
BA, BA. Phil; MA - Oxford University
Writer-director and producer Peter Goldsmid has an academic background in legal philosophy and politics and a keen interest in the interface between morality, justice, social issues – and film.
His documentary Difficult Love (with Zanele Muholi) looks at the situation of black lesbians in South Africa through the life and lens of this controversial photographer and visual activist. It has been exhibited and won awards all over the world.
He has written and directed a range of dramas, from the award-winning international feature film, The Road to Mecca (starring Kathy Bates) for which he won the national Vita Award for Best Screenplay, to four prime time series of the 13-part Justice for All (1999 – 2006), for SABC 2. He was A-storyliner and scriptwriter for the soap, Scandal (2010-2911), for ETV. In 2009 he was a triple Golden Horn Winner for Writing, Direction and Production of the mini-series Riemvasmaak (for SABC 2). He wrote, co-produced and co-directed the series Fallen (2011) which to date has been rebroadcast three times on SABC TV.
His latest documentary, Dance up from the streets, is about a remarkable dance programme transforming the lives of former street kids in Kigali, Rwanda.
BA Honours (UCT)
Royston entered the Post Production industry in 1999 at The Refinery Cape Town as a VT Operator. He migrated in 2000 to Motion Graphics and 2D generalist, developing skills as a Rotoscope artist and pursing his love for 3D Animation working on local and international commercials and documentaries. 2005 he joined Waterfront Studios as a 3D Animator and Visual Effects artist. 2006 he joined the team at Condor Cape Town transitioning into high-end commercials and film, working on feature films, BBC mini-series and local and international commercials.
Royston has a BA (Hons - Cum Laude) in Visual Effects and is currently Head of Visual Effects at the Cape Town campus. He is also a freelance digital artist and CG Supervisor. He’s work includes The Quest for Dragons (2007, History Channel), The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior (2008), Woman in Love (2011, BBC) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
BA Degree in History
An expierenced and versatile cinematographer now back in my beloved Africa after years of working in New Zealand ,Europe and the USA. My work on film and digital has been an eclectic mix of work from feature films. TV drama , music and documentaries.
My new rewarding challenge is a teaching role with young up and coming cinematographers.
An experienced, versatile cinematographer now back in SA after working extensively overseas, having worked on film and HD on commercials, drama, documentary and music. Now a rich variety of work for top production companies from SA, UK and USA. His new rewarding challenge is within a teaching role; working with up and coming cinematographers.
Sean Whitehead graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2013 with a degree in Theatre Technical Management (First Class). Since then he has worked as a theatre manager, stage manager and lighting designer in Cape Town and Grahamstown. Recent credits include Theatre Manager and Stage Manager of The Rosebank Theatre, Senior Stage Manager of The University of Cape Town and lighting designer for The White Man’s Guide To Sacrifice (Baxter Theatre Complex) and co-designer for Black Dog/Inj’emnyama (Baxter Theatre Complex)
Honours in economic management & advance certificate at WITS
National Certificate N4 Clothing Construction; BA Honours (AFDA)
Stephanie started her career in fashion design and still photography shoots, however the contacts she had in Fashion pulled her towards film making,
Graduating from AFDA in 2007 she started lecturing at AFDA Johannesburg as Costume, Make up and Styling Lecturer , But this did not stop her from continuing her work within the industry as well.
She was part of the crew who did South Africa’s first slasher horror film “The Unforgiving” (2010) and since then she has been working in the industry for television shows and corporate clients like All Access, Eskom, Parliament of South Africa and a Production for Mzanzi Magic.
She is currently reading for her Masters of Arts to further her studies.
TEXAS BATTLE – just wrapped the lead role for the T.V movie for the
TV One Network "Second Sight" acting along side Tatyana Ali.
Also filmed 2016 Bruce Willis’s latest action movie, “Marauders” for Lionsgate which Also stars
Adrien Grenier and Chris Meloni. Took the past year off to nurture his charity he founded in Cape Town, South Africa, The Texas Battle Foundation, But Last summer shot the lead in the true football feature, “Greater.” In 2013-14 he starred in the the CW show, “Saf3,” from the producers of Baywatch. Was a series regular on 2 shows in 2012-13, MTV’s single camera 1/2 hour comedy, “DEATH VALLEY” and CBS’s “Bold & the Beautiful for a 6 year contract role.” Texas has starred in several studio movies including New Line’s “Final Destination 3,” Paramount’s “Coach Carter,” and “Dragonball: Evolution” for FOX. Was also a series regular opposite Lily Tomlin on HBO's "12 Miles of Bad Road," although 7 episodes were shot, it sadly never aired…
Bachelor of Art (AAA School of Advertising)
PhD UCT’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dr. Jonathan Marks is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, where he holds responsibility for the entrepreneurship domain. Dr. Marks has an MBA from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Graduate School of Business, as well as a PhD, focused on entrepreneurship education, from UCT’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. He was founding director of the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development (located at UCT), and is Academic-in-Residence at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, having previously held the position of Head of Impact Assurance. Dr. Marks is Founder of RocketSchool, a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up business school, and National Head of the School of Business Innovation and Technology for AFDA, South Africa’s premier film and television school.
He has taught and researched in the area of entrepreneurship, business planning, new venture planning, innovation, corporate innovation & entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial thinking and education for over fifteen years. His teaching and research has crossed a range of disciplines including commerce, science, engineering, mathematics and the humanities.
Dr. Marks is an experienced entrepreneur, having developed and successfully sold business ventures in the real estate and information technology sector. He continues to consult to entrepreneurs and corporate clients on aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship. Clients have included The World Bank Institute, Free University Amsterdam, Woolworths Financial Services, Sanlam, National Planning Commission, and the Western Cape Provincial Government, as well as a number of smaller and start-up ventures.
BA Motion Picture Medium, (Bhons) Motion Picture Medium
Nadia Chalkley completed her studies in Communications, Afrikaans and Media at the University of Johannesburg (then RAU). She has travelled to and lived in more than 30 countries across the globe and brings to AFDA experience in community radio broadcasting, airline industry operations, hotel VIP entertainment, international affairs and administration management in Higher Education (specialising in the coordination of European and Canadian donor-funded student mobility and academic staff exchange projects). Nadia is passionate about transformative leadership and economic development of youth in especially Sub-Saharan African regions.
MFA Motion Picture Medium, AFDA; MA in Anthropology, Wits University
Shmerah Passchier is a digital filmmaker who has worked all over the African continent including Nigeria,
Cameroon, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia
shooting documentaries and television shows. Shmerah is a writer, director, producer, editor and camera operator.
Shmerah teaches Film Theory & Analysis, Nollywood & Nigerian Cinema, Writing for Television, including
Reality TV & Telenovela, Digital Cinematography, Post-Production for Television,
Production Design, Broadcast Design, Ethnography in Film & Television Research.
Shmerah graduated from the AFDA Honours programme in 1998, then completed an AFDA MFA in 2011 followed by a MA in Social Anthropology in 2014.
She is currently undertaking a PhD in Communication Studies at the University of Johannesburg, under the supervision of Professor Nyasha Mboti.
Archie has been working as a visual artist in film and media for two decades now, as well as teaching subjects like animation, drawing and design aesthetics to all comers.
Freelancing full time he makes a lot of storyboards, short animations and character/concept art as well as commissioned illustration of all sorts.
Recently he has released the first two episodes of his comic-book, The Number One Game.