Behind The Scenes | Conquer the Cape

Behind The Scenes | Conquer the Cape

From Red Bull Media, by Jazz Kuschke (13 October 2016) The production of Mad Mike Whiddett’s latest edit Conquer The Cape wasn’t without its challenges. Firstly, Mike had driven BADBUL only a few times since 2014, at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed and during the Magic Roundabout project. But then, he considers each of his five cars an extension of his body, so it took only a few corners to be back in the groove. Secondly, he didn’t have too much chance to recce the drive, due to the tight time constraints of road closures. For the production team, time was also the biggest hurdle. “By far the toughest challenge was getting it done in such a short space of time,” explains producer Wayne de Lange from Silver Bullet Films. “Rigging the cameras in the car and on the tracking vehicles took lots of time. Always making sure we are ready for the next shot and moving-on as quick as possible was really hard,” he says. “Mike and the camera team did not have the luxury to do a corner too many times – we just did not have the time – so everyone, including Mike, had to get it perfect on the first or second take most of the time. The production crew of some 40 strong, used five cameras over the single day of shooting. This included two land-based rigs, one inside BADBUL, the Shotover F1 system on a helicopter, as well as a rig on a Subaru for the close proximity tracking shots. “The Subaru was kitted out with best equipment for the tracking shots,” De Lange...
#BornToDare

#BornToDare

It’s a real pleasure when a progressive brand approaches us with a project that hits our sweet spot. So when KIA came knocking with a request to make a film series using the new KIA Sportage and energetic sports influencers, we were thrilled. A comfortable fit for Wayne, whose second nature is producing high quality sports content, the challenge was more about how to create sponsored sports content that tells a refreshing story; a true collaboration with our influential athletes and KIA. A few months and a roundtrip to Peru later, the film series #BornToDare was born. Each of the three films tell an emotive story focusing on a fearless athlete’s adventure across the panoramic landscape of Peru. Painting the all-new KIA Sportage as the ideal travel partner, our treatment pushed for the sport and its spirit to be at the forefront of the films. We passionately believe that the success of an influencer campaign lies in embedding the brand into the lifestyle of our heroes in a credible way. Sportage X Slade Prestwich, takes the viewer on an emotive and cinematic journey with professional surfer and South African native, Prestwich, as he chases waves along the Peruvian coastline. A solo adventure, Prestwich must surf every day at least once, no matter the weather conditions. This carefree and spontaneous voyage captures Prestwich’s sheer determination and pure talent as he traverses open desert landscapes towards the waves that await him on the other side. Sportage X Landie Greyling, captures the determination and endurance of South African ultra-trail runner, Greyling, as she embarks on an extreme trail running challenge across the...
Nederberg Stories

Nederberg Stories

‘Without a doubt, we’re going to witness a shift from obsessing over what advertising looks like, to what advertising feels like’ says Amy Kean*, head of futures at Havas Media. Silver Bullet recently produced seven short films for the new Nederburg website in collaboration with the digital agency, Liquorice Digitas LBi. The new Nederburg positioning, ‘There’s always a story in Nederburg’, paved the way for rich branded content. And three cheers to Nederburg for venturing away from traditional and numbing ‘ad land’, to a more emotive and entertaining terrain. All the stories are inspired by actual events and characters that make up the Nederburg legacy, from their current female wine master, Andrea Freeborough, to the heritage heroes dating back to 1791. The styling cleverly dabbles between the old and new so that the films feel timeless. And since the stories are based on the estate, most of them were shot at the winery. The cellar master blends the wine with his lover in the old cellar. The original wine master explores the Manor House longing for his passed wife. And the tango dancers glide over the estate drawing parallels between the basic tango step and the nature of the vineyard. The outcome of shooting on location is that the films steer away from being pretentious; instead they feel more authentic and true to the brand. ‘We wanted to make these films because we were given the space to think creatively, to apply our experience in telling stories and making films. We weren’t constrained by the traditional limitations of commercials,’ says Diana from Silver Bullet. ‘This flexibility afforded us the...
SHOOTING JUMO

SHOOTING JUMO

JUMO, a mobile money lending company, was looking for a way to show the potential reach of their product in Africa without the look and feel of the brand film being too corporate. To do this, Silver Bullet was tasked with the conception, development and completion of this immense project. This was a direct-to-client project with no agency managing the process, but the ace team at Silver Bullet developed a finished product that earned a standing ovation from JUMO. Silver Bullet wanted to show the diversity of people and landscapes in Kenya and Tanzania (two of the client’s biggest markets) by capturing about 150 non-actors as they travelled through both countries. It was of paramount importance to be a small crew, with minimum gear and low impact. The team was scaled down to four South African crew, consisting of Wayne de Lange and Warren Smart as co-directors and cinematographers, Diana Keam as the producer and camera assistant Khlaied Manual, and worked with a few locals on the ground and two vehicles. In the normal commercial world, covering such great distances and shooting so many people in two countries would take too long and be too expensive. Scaling down the team and with each team member being able to think on their feet to find solutions and to do more than their designated roles helped immensely with the shooting of the JUMO film. The “walking match cut” approach made the shoot very technical from the get go.  The team shot some tests then Coralee, the editor extraordinaire, worked at creating the smooth transition between shots that set the style of the...
Wayne Wins at the Visible Spectrum Awards

Wayne Wins at the Visible Spectrum Awards

Every year the South African Society of Cinematographers (SASC) hosts the Visible Spectrum Awards to acknowledge outstanding local cinematography. This year there were over 150 entries and Silver Bullet were delighted when their in-house cinematographer / director, Wayne de Lange walked away with three awards for his corporate documentary and commercial cinematography. In addition to receiving Silver and Bronze Clio awards and a Bronze at Cannes, Saving Aslan, added a Silver Visual Spectrum Corporate Documentary award to its growing collection of accolades. It tells a story of a white male lion called Aslan, whose damaged canine teeth were restored by Fixodent. The corporate film marked a departure from Fixodent’s stock standard advertising campaigns and within 36 hours of it’s initial upload received 1.4 million Youtube views. Within the same category, Wayne also won a Silver award for Silver Bullet’s inspirational short film, Still Running, which last year received a Best Cinematographer nomination at the Mumbai Short Film Festival. Still Running, co-directed with Sven Harding, sheds light on Pieter du Preez, the first C6 quadriplegic to complete the Iron Man triathlon and has wowed audiences worldwide demonstrating how determination can overcome adversity. The 3rd award was a SASC Productions Certificate award for his underwater and surfing camera work on Die Pro, Directed by André Velts. This Afrikaans film tells the story of a schoolboy, who loves surfing but is left with tremendous guilt after his best friend is involved in a tragic accident and was released nationwide in Ster Kinekor cinemas this past September. Photo: ©Jurgens Johannes...
SA CINEMATOGRAPHER WINS BIG AT FILMAPALOOZA

SA CINEMATOGRAPHER WINS BIG AT FILMAPALOOZA

Wayne de Lange, owner of Silver Bullet Productions, won the prestigious award of Best Cinematographer for the collaborative short film Thread at the 48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza on 1 March in Los Angeles. The all-female cast, under the guidance of Silver Bullet and Best Light Films and directed by Diana Keam, took home 11 awards at the annual award ceremony in November at the Cape Town 48HFP awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Musical Score, Best Editing, Best Directing, Best Use of Line, Best Costumes, Best Actress, Best Producer and Best Supporting Actress. This weekend, the 12th award of Best Overall Cinematographer was added to the batch. The 48 Hour Film Project is the world’s largest timed short film competition, taking place across the globe in about 130 cities each year. Each team is given a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue to work into their films. Thread is a silent film that looks at a mother-daughter relationship under stain in the wake of the death of a family member. Its haunting cinematography and compelling musical score have been praised over and over – and for good reason. Although Wayne began his career shooting surfers, he quickly became an accomplished water cinematographer, working with Universal Pictures in 2010 as part of the ‘water cine’ on Blue Crush 2. He was also water cinematographer on Perfect Wave with Scott Eastwood two years later, shooting both in South Africa and abroad in Uluwatu, Indonesia. His creative, hands-on approach and his drive to get the shot no matter the circumstance, have led to...