We’re excited to offer Film Production internships in a wide range of skill paths. Our interns get to work with our partner organisations on local and international films, series and productions opening up career opportunities. Applications to join internship programmes – which the SA FILM Academy manages as MICTSeta accredited training provider – will be posted as-and-when internships become available.
ONE OF THE GREATEST INGREDIENTS FOR THE FORMULA FOR SUCCESS IS KNOWING HOW TO GET ON WITH OTHER PEOPLE…
I was initially an intern at the Mzansi Digital Republic Incubation Hub where they are doing amazing things creating employment opportunities in the peri-urban, satellite communities surrounding Cape Town with the pilot project in the Delft community.
I’m currently working at Suidooster and I love everything about this place, especially the people I work with. I’m working as a Production Assistant and I’m learning more and more about shot-calling – because I find it very interesting – and a very fast-paced job which I love.
I’m trying to learn something new every day to better myself and to leave my mark in this industry and to give back to disadvantage communities. I’ve learned to serve well and that’s what keeps me going.
CAMERA, LIGHTING & SOUND
“I SEE IT AS VERY IMPORTANT TO LEARN EVERYTHING I CAN WHILE WORKING ON THIS SHOW, SUIDOOSTER, TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE MANY DEPARTMENTS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS.”
Kimal worked on Troy: Fall of a City, serviced by Film Afrika Worldwide, as a sound trainee for 6 months where he was taught everything from how to boom-swing to mixing on set. Working on the production of Troy was a great experience as he also got to learn how important it is for the departments to work together.
Currently he is working at Atlantic Studios – with Gambit Films and Homebrew Films – on the soapie Suidooster as a lighting trainee as well as sound and camera. He sees it as very important to learn everything he can while working on this show to better understand the many departments and their respective fields.
THANDOKAZI AGNES TYINDOLO
“WORKING ON BOOGIE MOUNTAIN WAS A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ME IN TERMS OF TRAINING MYSELF ON SET. IT MADE ME REALISE THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PUNCTUAL AND THINKING VERY QUICKLY…”
My name is Thandokazi Tyindyolo. I’m one of the MictSeta Film Afrika 2017 – 2018 interns. My first job I got through the SA FILM Academy in 2017, was when I worked as a Costume trainee on the movie, Boogie Mountain. We worked with +/- 200 Extras every day & it was a great learning experience for me in terms of training myself on set and it made me realise the importance of being punctual and thinking very quickly; also working with different people with different characters really helped me a lot, and exposed me to a lot things.
I’m currently working as a Production Trainee on a Series Called Origins, serviced by Moonlighting Films. I changed to the PA position because my true passion lies in Production. I have to say that I’m enjoying every moment of this experience.
I’m learning a lot under the mentorship of Donovan Roberts-Baxter and Andrew Strachan and all the other people I’m working with in the production team. Working on this Series has made me realise that I want to grow even further working in the Production Department. I do feel that I have so much to offer in the industry, my capabilities are growing even stronger
FILM PRODUCTION ACCOUNTING & GRIPS DEPARTMENTS
“BE THE CHANGE YOU SEEK IN THE WORLD.”
With a National Diploma in auditing from Walter Sisulu, Sandile Gova has been interning as an Accounts Assistant with Picture Pay but would really LOVE to go onto a production in the Accounts Department…
Having worked on Tomb Raider & Deep Blue Sea 2, he is currently working on the 8-part ITV drama The Widow in production in Cape Town – serviced by Film Afrika Worldwide – assisted by The DTI and with 8 SA FILM Academy trainees and interns on the production!
He is learning a lot and now can easily say he can take on the duties of Grips Assistant. He is confident and believes in himself, enjoys working with his current team and is more ‘Hands-on’ all round.
NOKWANDA CONNIE MKOSI
“WHATEVER I IMAGINE, I CAN DO”
Nokwanda Connie Mkosi has a National Diploma – Academy of Sound Engineering Cape Town and worked on 40 North, serviced by Film Afrika Worldwide in the AD department.
More recently she is currently working in the Sound Department on the 8-part ITV drama series The Widow in production in Cape Town – serviced by Film Afrika Worldwide – assisted by The DTI and with 8 SA FILM Academy trainees and interns on the production!
DIANA UNATHI MABUYA
“TRUST IN YOUR TRUTH”
Diana Mabuya, who has a Higher Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies from Damelin College worked in the AD department for The Warrior pilot episode towards the end of 2017 and took up with the production again in 2018 after the hiatus.
In 2018 she has worked on the Out of Africa production of Lake Placid as one of 2 set PA’s. Directed by Darrel Roodt, it was a working experience she will never forget. She got to see what goes into special effects (SFX) and the important procedures of health and safety on set. She is a better working force for it.
What she offers to the film industry is what she offers to the world in many ways. She is at the very beginning of what she hopes to achieve through story-telling, with so much to learn. Maintaining a teachable spirit – as she defines her role amidst these responsibilities – is getting her there. She is in no rush, and does not intend to miss a thing. She is now growing in leaps and bounds on the set of The Warrior series, serviced by Moonlighting Films.
CLAUDIA ANDREA HANSEN
“I DO THIS FOR A SHEER LOVE OF WORKING WITH MY HANDS AND CREATING THINGS…”
I qualified with an Honours Degree from Wits University – honing my skills for creating and designing – which I had growing up as a child.
I most recently worked on Scorpion King – Book of Souls. It was a truly wonderful experience. I started as a general Art Assistant, then Clearance Co-Ordinator; finally moving up into the Props department with the On-Set Standby Jacques Strick. It is most certainly there that I shine as a creative; being on set in the middle of the action in a high pace, hands-on environment. I love being in the Props department, fabricating and being on set handling the props.
In my down time I design and fabricate my own costumes and props – which are generally more fantastical in style – but always practical in purpose and construction. I do this for a sheer love of working with my hands and creating things; watching them materialize from the little resources I have, as well as honing and improving my skills by constantly challenging myself with designs and therefore the need for up-skilling.
I also have a lot of office-bound experience, from my time doing Production Co-Ordinating but my real love is for the arts and working within the Art department – either in a workshop or on set – where I shine when given the opportunity. I have valuable hands-on skills, an absolute determination when given a challenge or task and hard- working diligence that pushes me beyond what is just expected from a person in the film industry and which pushes me to surpass expectations. My current experience is in feature films and series; Scorpion King and Australian TV Series I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here as well as Corporate Videos for Pulp Films in Johannesburg. Films and series are my passion but I eagerly await the opportunity to prove myself in Commercials.
My work can be found on: https://cloudzhansen.wixsite.com/iamacreative
STORM PAULINE SOLOMONS
“I HOPE TO INSPIRE WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY TO KEEP PUSHING TOWARDS THEIR GOALS AND TO ACHIEVE THE GREATNESS WE DESERVE. I HOPE TO WRITE BEAUTIFUL, MEANINGFUL AND INSPIRING STORIES, TO CHANGE MINDS AND TO BETTER LIVES THROUGH FILM.”
I have worked as an AD on Origins: Journey of Humankind for Nat Geo; Outlander Season 3 for Starz, 40 North – The Looming Tower, as a basecamp AD; on the Canadian series ICE Season 2 as a set AD, as well as on the 2nd unit of Troy: Fall of a City. All of these shows were serviced by Film Afrika Worldwide.
I have just returned from the UK on one of the most amazing experiences thanks to The SA Film Academy, Film Afrika and Kudos Productions. I was chosen as one of the interns on a 7-week working experience in London, where I worked on the third season, of the Channel 4 series Humans, as a runner(AD). We also attended script-writing courses with the NFTS and Met film schools and worked with the development team at Kudos productions.
I love what I do and I feel passion for everything that improves not only your own attitude but the attitude of the people around you. I like to think that I give a positive energy to the crew and cast I work with. I hope to inspire people to follow their hearts and never compromise on their passion for whatever sets their hearts on fire.
I hope especially to inspire women in the industry to keep pushing towards their goals and to achieve the greatness we deserve. I hope to write beautiful, meaningful and inspiring stories, to change a mind and to better a life through film.
“THE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOUR DREAMS AND REALITY IS CALLED ACTION”
With a Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) National Diploma in Multimedia Technology, Namhla Lola Buyapi is passionate about all things film. She was fortunate to work with Moonlighting films on Boogie Mountain as a Production Trainee. She then went onto DO Production’s Dark Branches as Production Trainee where she is still currently deployed.
“Being the hands-on person that I am – and a person who’s very fond of people – it sometimes makes it easy to work with different personalities especially in the Production Department, because there’s just so much pressure.”
“Multimedia Technology (Which I hold a Diploma in), has taught me to multitask, which definitely helps adapting to any given jobs. My time-management and logical attitude towards achieving all my tasks, allows me to keep to my deadlines, and therefore – it is my great honor to go out of my way – and always give a hand where I can.”
BRANDON MICHAEL LOUW
“WITH MY DRIVE AND PASSION, I HOPE TO BE PART OF A NEW GENERATION THAT IS NOT AFRAID TO TACKLE THE UNKNOWN.”
I have been on two productions so far and am currently still on my second. I was a trainee on The Maze from September – November 2017 in the Camera department.
In December I was a camera loader (2nd AC) on two commercials with a great focus puller, Frank Gardner, who took me with him after The Maze wrapped. I did my final commercial for the season with him at the end of January 2018, before starting as Central Loader on my current production, Origins. Currently I am working on Origins as part of the Camera crew as a Central Loader with my aspirations to be a full time Camera Loader (2nd AC) at the end of this production.
I aim to offer a fresh, new look on local story-telling that will stray away from what we as South Africans have become accustomed to. Things have become mundane and what we see on screen is all-the-same; it is either a gangster movie or a romantic comedy that invariably ends in a wedding. With my drive and passion, I hope to be part of a new generation that is not afraid to tackle the unknown.
MEGAN MAUREEN MC DILLON
EDITING & SCRIPT SUPERVISION
“MY GOAL IS TO FILM MY OWN, LITTLE SHORT FILMS.”
I worked for Inspired Minority from December 2017 to the beginning of January 2018; I found the process of VFX rather interesting. I have also worked as an editing trainee on Mzansi Digital Republic from late January into early February, with this project I gained more knowledge of the software Final Cut Pro. Currently I am trying to improve skills via tutorials on editing software, as well as script writing and reading up on other areas in the industry that may be of interest to me.
What I have to offer is my willingness to participate and learn. My main skill is editing, though I have been a trainee in script supervision and do dabble in script writing. I would like to bring to the industry a fresh or semi fresh take on certain genres of film. My goal is mainly to film my own little short films.
GLORIA REFILWE SOMORO
“THROUGH BETTER UNDERSTANDING SOUND BOTH THEORETICALLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TECHNICALLY AND PHYSICALLY THROUGH EXPERIENCE ONE IS ABLE TO BETTER GRASP SOME PART OF WHAT MUSIC IS ABOUT, OR SO I BELIEVE. WHAT IS MUSIC – BUT AN ARRAY OF SOUNDS PUT TOGETHER TO INDUCE A FEELING OR TELL A STORY – AND SO I’VE DECIDED TO GROW AS MUCH AS I CAN THROUGH SOUND AND THROUGH BETTER LEARNING ABOUT THE FILM INDUSTRY.”
Still a novice in the field, I’ve found myself blessed to have been granted the opportunity to work with industry professionals thus far, boom-swinging on the SA FILM Academy documentary production, Mzansi Digital Republic – The Final Frontier. Most recently I spent a shooting cycle as sound trainee and assistant on the Cape Town, South Africa leg of the Out of Africa “Good Omen” production and further find myself in line for another shooting cycle playing a similar role for Media Film Service.
In truth, in the past, film had never been anywhere close to what I thought I’d find myself doing. I’d always thought of music as my first love and passion. In fact I still do, however it was that love which eventually led me to studying film. With somewhat of a better understanding of the field, I saw the means to continuing this love through film scoring.
I haven’t really had the chance to further develop my scoring skills since Graduating, however this is why sound had already found its way into my required skill set, and had already piqued my interest. Through better understanding sound both theoretically and most importantly technically and physically through experience one is able to better grasp some part of what music is about, or so I believe.
I mean what is music – but an array of sounds put together to induce a feeling or tell a story – and so I’ve decided to grow as much as I can through sound and through better learning about the film industry as it is known today and hopefully, to marry the knowledge I’ll gain through sound and music under one umbrella, to maximise the passion and desire to share a feeling, between myself and whatever audience I am granted.
“WORKING ON SCORPION KING – BOOK OF SOULS WAS AN ENLIGHTENING EYE-OPENER & THE PACE ON SET WAS SPELL-BINDING.”
I worked on Scorpion King – Book of Souls in December 2017. This was a Hollywood blockbuster & Universal Pictures franchise which was an enormous undertaking, given the size and scale of the production; hundreds of extras, three camera crews and large sets, all from scratch.
It was an enlightening eye-opener to say the least. Book of Souls was the fifth instalment in the franchise – and the cast, crew teams and overall project was handled by the very best – and the pace on set was spell-binding.
I have been working on a documentary 2017/2018, “Crossing Solo” with Mason films as a production assistant, dabbling in sound, boom-swinging and also loading for the camera department, which again exposed me to the camera work I enjoyed in university.
The intimacy of a small production, with a flatter production structure, greater involvement and multi-tasking makes the filming process much more enjoyable – and the professional expertise was mind blowing – with a young energetic team working seamlessly to complete the project.
PRODUCING & DIRECTING
“MY PASSION IS TO BECOME A PRODUCER OR A DIRECTOR.”
I started out in 2017 on a Can-Can Commercial, Alcon doing production prep/set for 3 weeks. I then worked with Out of Africa on Kissing Booth as Production Trainee for 3 months. Then with Out of Africa again on Red Sea Diving Resort as Production Trainee for 6 months. Thereafter I worked again on a Can-Can Commercial, Sutter Health as a Production Assistant/set for 4 weeks.
I am currently working as a Production Assistant trainee with Moonlighting Films on their Origins servicing production. During these many productions gaining hands-on experience I have been helping in the Extras and Costume Departments; Cheque Requisitions, Petty Cash Recons; Vendors List; Ordering stationery; Handling incoming and outgoing calls; Extension List, Scanning; Printing; Making copies; Detailed Project Reports (DPRs); Timesheets; Laminating; Doing Purchase Orders (PO’s) & Labelling Files.
My passion is to become a Producer or a Director…
VTO & DIT DEPARTMENTS
“THE NOTION OF TIME MANAGEMENT AND RESOURCEFULNESS HAVE BEEN PILLARS HE STANDS UPON AND HIS APPRECIATION FOR THE ROLE IT TAKES WITHIN THIS ASPECT OF FILMMAKING HAS GROWN IMMENSELY.”
Apart from developing his own screenplay for planned movie, AFDA graduate and budding director Mikhailin Reddy came off The Warrior at the end of last year – under the Moonlighting Films services wing in VTO for the hiatus – resuming this year on The Warrior series and firing on all barrels in this very challenging VTO department.
After ending 2017 on a strong note, having worked on commercials, TV shows and feature films, he was adamant to carry that momentum into the New Year, continuing his involvement with Warrior, the HBO TV series. This time however he was thrust ankles deep into the remarkable field of D.I.T and Data Wrangling, an endeavor he initially felt almost unqualified to fulfill. Being part of the post-production team and the workflow that came with it seemed daunting from the outside looking in but in due course he found his rhythm and space within its walls.
The notion of time management and resourcefulness have been pillars he stands upon and his appreciation for the role it takes within this aspect of filmmaking has grown immensely.
The close relationship between the DOP and on set D.I.T is one of high regard and whose word and opinion are respected by one another. He is extremely eager to continue down this road and to further his knowledge within the field and filmmaking as a whole.
“I HAVE BEEN RIGHT AT THE CENTRE OF THE COMPANY, MEANING THAT I AM A HELPING HAND TO ALMOST EVERYONE WORKING HERE.”
As a Film Afrika Worldwide, SA FILM Academy and MICT SETA intern, I have been working at Farm Film Productions in Receptionist. Farm Film Productions is a commercial film production company that produces and shoots TV commercials. I have been right at the centre of the company, meaning that I am a helping hand to almost everyone working here at Farm, be it permanent staff members or freelancers. It has been absolutely amazing and I have met quite a number of big international clients who work pretty well with Farm Films.
Working in reception in a company like Farm Films has prepared me to get into production because I have been helping out the production teams with anything I can, or at least as much as they need or can use my help. Helping the production teams has been like the highlight of my stay here, I just wish I had done more when it comes to helping in actual production, but I still have to attend to what I was mainly hired for, which is to manage the switchboard, transfer calls and grant access to people from the main entrance, with a whole list of other office management obligations.
I feel I am ready to take the next step of being a production assistant and obviously work my way up – over time – to the upper-levels of film production. I am grateful for this opportunity as it has enlightened me more, knowing what goes into production, how to prepare and the crazy atmosphere during pre-production of running around to make sure that everything is in order and runs smoothly on shoot days.
I am hoping that my presence, the skills I possess at this very moment – and more that I am yet to learn, together with my work ethic – will be the value that I bring regarding everyone I work with in the near future and beyond, in the film industry as a whole.
MOEGAMAD SHAKEEL SAMPSON
CAMERA AND ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT
“AS A CINEMATOGRAPHER, I FEEL I HAVE A UNIQUE SKILL…”
For the last few months, I worked at a small video production company – Geist Video Productions – and was in charge of filming all the footage and meeting all the company filming requirements.
It was a great opportunity to learn and gain experience in a leadership role and to exercise my skills as a cinematographer and DOP. Once my contract ended, I chose to start my own venture, M DOT Photography/Videography, and I have been working towards building my own brand since.
I have managed to land quite a few jobs under the M DOT banner – and plan to gain many more in the months to come – with a few prospects and opportunities already in the works. I am also currently working as a DOP on a short film that is to be entered into the RAW Film Festival.
As a cinematographer, I feel that I have a unique skill – and make use of my vivid imagination instantly to visualise creative cinematic visuals – and pair them with an unrivalled amount of passion and drive to execute that vision.
SIBONAKALISE ANATHI KLAAS
FILM PRODUCTION ACCOUNTING
“I CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE A SKILLED INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN ADVENTUROUS, DEDICATED, AND PASSIONATE IN PURSUING AND ACHIEVING CAREER GOALS.”
I joined the Film Industry in February 2017 where I worked for Moonlighting as an Accounts trainee. I then moved to the Tomb Raider Production (also under Moonlighting) as Accounts trainee.
I am currently working on Dark Branches with Do Productions as an Accounts assistant mentored by Ann Barratt, payroll clerk for extras and doing the administration work. Dark Branches is the only production which gave me time to spread my wings as I am given a lot of opportunities within the Accounting dept. I am not only limited to duties of an Extras Payroll Clerk, I am also doing petty cash, capturing invoices, making payments to the suppliers through the system and a lot of other things too numerous to mention.
I consider myself to be a skilled individual who has always been adventurous, dedicated, and passionate in pursuing and achieving career goals. As a man of action, who follows through with meeting and fulfilling workplace objectives, I am proud for being someone who always get the job done effectively, and with a high level of skill.
“IN MY LIFE I WANNA ONE OF THE BEST DIT OPERATER IN THE WORLD WITH MY TOWNSHIP BACKGROUND. AND I ALSO WANT TO WORK WITH SOUTH AFRICAN FILM MAKERS TO PUT SOUTH AFRICA ON MAP.”
Hello World! My name is Makabongwe “Maka” Siqiya from one of Cape Town’s many townships. I am an SA FILM Academy intern and trainee, but because of how fast I learn, I work as an assistant. The first production that I worked on it was Outlander 3 with Film Afrika Worldwide and Starz Films. I was working as a Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) trainee and I was working on both units, Mean unit and Storm unit.
And now I’m working on the Warrior series with Moonlighting as a DIT assistant where I worked as an operator on the Fight Unit which is second unit.
BRONWYN SARAH WHITEHEAD
“THE FILM INDUSTRY & COSTUME ARE MY WAY OF LIFE.”
I am involved in the costume department within the film industry. After honing my skills while working on several commercials, I began work in the Costume Breakdown department for Film Afrika on Outlander 3. Following Outlander 3, I continued with Costume Breakdown on Ice – Season 2 with Film Afrika. Here, I was involved in various elements of costume such as fittings and standby. Until mid-April 2018, I will be working on The Leprechaun Returns, with Out of Africa. Between productions, I work on developing my breakdown and dyeing skills.
Although these are my primary passions, I enjoy working in all other areas of Costume. The film industry and Costume are my way of life. My excitement and passion for it will never fade…
“YOU CAN ONLY BE THE BEST IN WHAT YOU DO BY LEARNING FROM OTHERS.”
I worked on the Maze; it was the most amazing project. The crew was small and it was easier to get to know one another. I learned a lot from my team. We were 7 in my team and I felt welcomed and I was able to contribute to the success of the project.
I learned that team work and listening to each other is important – you can achieve alone, respect is important and the way you treat the next person is the way that you also going to be treated. I have learned a lot and am willing to learn more from other people; you can only be the best in what you do by learning from others.
Until mid-April 2018, I am working on The Leprechaun Returns as on-set PA, with Out of Africa. Thereafter I will be working on Killer High from 23 April – 15 May and Dead in the Water 28 May – 16 June 2018. Working in the AD department, I enjoy every moment of it.