6 Reasons Why Your Next Movies Should Be Made In South Africa
- May 28, 2014
- Posted by: Value
- Category: Article
Value Logistics is one of the largest local logistics company in South Africa. In their experience when working with local and international film companies who are looking for reliable partners but are struggling to find a one stop solution they are able to offer a dedicated film team that provides immediate answers to all your logistical challenges ensuring a great filming experience.
South Africa offer’s a great filming experience that will allow for the production of great movies.
“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. – Nelson Mandela
The Spirit of Ubuntu is alive
Ubuntu is what defines us as a nation. We strongly believe in the concept of connectedness or oneness. This means that your wellbeing and successes will become ours. South Africa will embrace you. She is inviting and easily accepts you as family. We are people who really care about your success. It is expressed in the statement, “I exist because you exist” or “I am what I am because of who we all are.”
Greatest locations you can imagine
Half the fun is getting to South Africa and experiencing its rich culture, but the real jol (local slang for a great time) begins when the filming starts. Filming has centred on Johannesburg and Cape Town. Big stars such as Sean Penn, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington and even our own Charlize Theron are now regularly seen in the streets of both cities. Long winter months, with lots of strong, clear sunlight, combined with magnificent landscapes and you have the perfect location for a great movie. From the snow white beaches at the coast to the rugged mountains inland mixed with exotic wildlife, South Africa has it all.
World class expertise
South Africa has a vibrant and growing film industry with highly developed film and TV infrastructure. Globally recognised for its ability to provide expert skills and well developed support systems. This is why the production of big budget movies such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Blood Diamond, Invictus and Safe House has been possible. The jewel in South Africa’s crown was Tsotsi, Gavin Hoods’ 2006 film that received an Oscar. District 9, an action packed movie featuring an alien invasion of Johannesburg also received an Oscar nomination in 2010.
Exceptional local talent
We have a host of local artists who have received international recognition for their work. Charlize Theron received an Oscar for her 2004 performance in Monster. Embeth Davidz, Trevor Rabin, and John Kani are other big name stars that have received international fame. South Africa has an exceptional talent pool that can provide anything from a simple extra to a leading star in an action flick.
Easy Logistical reach
Supply chains are the backbone of any economy and logistics performance is a key marker of efficiency as highlighted in the recent World Bank report* (go to www.value.co.za for full report). South Africa has a well developed logistical infrastructure. There are 90 airports, an extensive 20 070 km rail network, 362,099 km of roads and eight shipping harbours. There is very little that cannot be brought to South Africa and moved around quickly. The logistics industry is the best on the African continent. Everything from expensive equipment to exotic props can be easily moved across the country and into neighbouring states. You can be sure no matter what the location your equipment and set requirements can be moved there.
Favourable exchange rates
International film makers are able to take advantage of the favourable exchange rates and low production costs which makes producing a movie in South Africa much cheaper than either the US or Europe. The banking system is one of the best in the world so the transfer of funds will be safe and relatively seamless. The government has targeted the film industry as a growth and employment opportunity. The State is now the biggest investor in the movie industry. Film commissions have been set up in most big cities to assist potential film makes South Africa is waiting, don’t hesitate!