17 October 2018, Alumni of the week

AFDA alumnus Sean Pretorius working on new Twilight Zone series

AFDA Johannesburg alumnus, Sean Pretorius packed up his bags in Krugersdorp and moved to Vancouver, Canada a year ago to further his career in the film industry. Sean talks to about his journey abroad thus far:

“It's been a challenging year. Getting into the industry here was tough. My aim was to work as a set designer, but the LA film industry mostly hires architects, so I've spent a good while upping my skills. 

I worked on and off on "The Flash" filling in for more senior people when they went on leave.  I then got hired as an art coordinator for DC's, Legends of Tomorrow. 

Is took a while, but I'm proud to report that I'm now working on the new Twilight Zone series as a set designer.

It's a very important series for CBC and I have the honour of working with some of the best designers around. We have two art directors, the one just came off "A Series of Unfortunate Events", and the other art directed "The Shape of Water" and set designed “Avatar”. Our production designer is the Emmy award-winning production designer of "Pushing Daisies" and "Legion."

So from running a set building company, art directing for Neil Blomkamp and Trevor Noah and now working on Hollywood sci-fi's. It's been quite a trip for a boy from Krugersdorp.” says Sean.

More about Sean:

Sean has designed films, commercials, TV shows, theatre productions and award marketing concepts since graduation from AFDA in 2001.

He garnered several local and international awards such as a Golden Lion at Cannes in 2007 with Neil Blomkamp’s Halo ‘3 commercial. Seeing the need in the market for a new style of set construction company, Sean started Space Craft Set design and construction in 2009.

Space Craft quickly built a reputation for quality and creativity, seeing return clientele from production companies such as Black Brain, Rous House, Urban Brew and Burnt Onion Space Craft has set designed; art directed and manufactured a multitude of SABC productions over the last decade. Space Craft is still up and running and doing business.

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