14 September 2018, Alumni of the week
“Stanley Kubrick once said, "Editing is unique to film. You can see something from different points of view almost simultaneously, and it creates a new experience" and this resonates with me. Much of the experience is basic storytelling, arrangement of each shot, music to emote and character emotions that make us connect with their journey. It really is just us... looking back at ourselves, through the art of film.” – AFDA alumnus Jack Esterhuizen
Millions of people live and die without finding their passion. Luckily for Jack Esterhuizen, his found him when he was a child. His father had a friend who Jack loved to be around, and for good reason. He would regularly shoot free beta tapes Jack’s way, which is when (and how) his passion for the visual medium started brewing.
Jack’s career began once he walked out of AFDA’s doors with a BA Honor’s degree in hand. Throughout his third and fourth years of study, he worked as a teacher’s assistant for AFDA’s television production apartment. His hard work never went unnoticed. In his second, third, and fourth years of studies, he received three awards for best television production.
Today, that beta-loving boy has evolved into a successful television editor. He received two nominations for Isibaya (2017 and 2018) along with one international nomination for Love Games 2014 at AMVCA in Nigeria.
Along with Lindi Goosen, he landed his first award at the 2014 SAFTA awards, for Best Achievement in Editing for the TV Drama, Room 9.
He hit the jackpot again in 2015, leaving the SAFTA’s with an award for End Game featuring Nicola Comminos, Jeremy Briers, Gugulethu Sibandze, and Karien Goosen.
However, his biggest and proudest achievement thus far was his role as First Assembly Editor on Tremors 5 and Tremors 6 (Directed by Michael Paul).
Jack’s full list of nominations:
2014: Nominee Best Video Editor for Love Games (2012) - Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards
SAFTA 2017: Nominee Best Editor (Television) - Isibaya
SAFTA 2018: Nominee Best Technical Team on a TV Soap - Isibaya
AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.