Johannes Ferdinand (Ferdi) van Zyl Ferdinand established his passion for cinema at a very young age, when he worked as an usher at the local bioscope in his hometown during his teens. After completing a diploma in photography and video production, he spent three years in London, to feed his curiosity for life.
Upon his return to South Africa, he heeded the inherent call and decided to study film and television at UCT where he graduated with distinctions in Screenwriting. With nothing but a Western Pilot Episode under his arm, Ferdinand entered the local television and film industry and has since secured numerous series development contracts, before throwing his anchor down at The Aleit Group as producer, director and screenwriter for the company’s film division, Afilm.
Over the last two years he created countless audio visuals and high quality music videos for top bands such as AKing. Ferdinand recently released his directorial debut, “Die Versoening Van
Daniel Du Randt”, followed by a dark country gothic short film entitled Selah, featuring Albert Maritz. He spends his free time writing and developing feature film screen plays. Ferdinand teamed up with producer Jac Williams from Man Makes a Picture where MMAP produced his feature film directorial debut, The Recce.
Jac has a passion for the film industry and thrives on telling stories and creating memories through the medium of film. He believes firmly that the screen is a reflection of his character and ethic and therefore he is well known and respected as a producer for putting the maximum value into every frame of every production.
Jac studied Film and Television Production at City Varsity in Cape Town where he majored in Camera & Lighting in 2005. He then went on to production assist, camera loading, chaperone & shoot behind the scenes in the international commercial industry. He started Man Makes a Picture in 2008 with Jacques Le Roux which he build up while freelancing.
During 2010 Jac produced a successful 13-part series for DSTV’s KykNET, entitled Straat Praat (Street Talking). Over time the company created many high profile corporate videos for clients such as Wesgro, Sasol, WC Department of Agriculture, etc. He also produced music videos for bands such as Mr. Cat & the Jackal, documentaries, a live unplugged DVD for The Parlotones and work on the Springbok Nude Grils documentary.
In 2012 Jac secured a big television contract to produce a 13 part series entitled It’s Africa’s Time. He went on to direct all 13 episodes and production took him to 12 countries all over Africa to produce 39 inserts. This series took more than 14 months to complete and was broadcasted in 11 countries to 160 million viewers.
In 2014 Jac produced the 24 min art house short Die Wasgoedlyn (The Washing Line), a period piece, directed by Maridi Jooste and was nominated best short film and best actress for South Africa’s annual Mzanzi short film festival. During 2014 Jac also served as insert director for the kykNET morning show Dagbreek. Jac produced the glossy crime caper short Juweeldiewe (Jewel Thieves) with Alan Hayward - A film which was one of the 15 chosen shorts for kykNET’s Silwerskermfees (Silver Screen Festival). In 2015 Jac produced another high production value Silwerskermfees short film, Jan Umkwetha, starring Ian Roberts.
Jac is currently producing feature films for Man Makes a Picture including Ferdinand van Zyl’s military drama The Recce which just wrapped at the end of October 2016.
Jacques worked as a freelance cameraman and editor in the industry for 5 years before starting Man Makes a Picture with Jac Williams in 2008.
Since then he has directed, shot and edited many television series, music videos, short films, documentaries and corporate videos for local and international clients and broadcasters.
Highly skilled and experienced, Jacques is married to his Mac and known for his meticulous frame by frame attention to detail. Often putting in the long days, Jacques delivers only the finest and polished finished products. Over the years Jacques has edited and coloured all the Man Makes a Picture productions.
Jacques has always been passionate about image making for television and the big screen. He graduated from AFDA Cape Town in 2008 and started working as a Digital Imaging Technician on commercials, series and feature films.
This allowed him to work alongside and learn from some of the biggest names to visit Southern Africa. Some of the highlights of his DIT career included working on DREDD (2012, Anthony Dod Mantle), MAD MAX: Fury Road (2015, John Seale) and The Jungle Book: Origins (2018, Michael Seresin).
Jacques has shot numerous documentaries and a few commercials for local television.
THE RECCE is his debut as Director of Photography for a feature film.
Pieter Bosman started in the Art Department in 2009 after farming for 11 years. After 5 years of doing advertisements he worked as Fabricator on Neil Blomkamp’s “Chappie”(2014). This sparked his passion for film making and he followed it up as On-set-Art director and Props Standby on international movies and TV series such as “Eye in the Sky”(Gavin Wood) ,” Of Kings and Prophets”(Michael Offer, David Boyd,Michael Robinson) and” Cape Town”(Peter Ladkin, written by Deon Meyer).
In 2015 he debuted as Production Designer on Deon Meyer’s “Jagveld” (Byron Davis), Production Designed “Recce”(Ferdinand van Zyl) and Art Directed a Belgium TV Series, “Salamander 2”(Frank Tuus).
Since graduating from AFDA Cape Town in 2010, Nico has developed his work skills and passion for film and aesthetics. Having worked in costume teams on numerous feature films including Natale In Sud Africa 2010, Death Race Inferno 2011, Safe House 2012, House Party – Tonight’s The Night 2013, The Price of Sugar 2013, Heatstroke 2014, Blended 2014, Twee Grade van Moord 2016, Maze Runner 2017 and TV Series including Homeland Season 4 Ep 1-4, Black Mirror Season 3 Ep 1.
At the end of 2014 Nico launched a clothing brand, Stiebeuel, and developed a new creative outlet to act as designer and creative director. Stiebeuel is currently stocked in ‘highstreet’ stores around SA and boasts it’s own online platform shipping out internationally from Stiebeuel’s studio showroom.
In 2017 Nico has acted as key stylist on TVC’s for clients such as VW, Shell International, Citroen France, Capitec, Fanta and Vaseline to name a few.
Adriaan qualitied from City Varsity (Sound Engineering) in 2004.He did various sound engineer freelance work for Club Bialys Kings Cross in London, Natti Simone, MTN Varingfees, Aardklop, Volksblad Fees, Huisgenoot, KKNK, Gariepfees, Cultivaria, Golden Circle Productions, Rocking the Daisies, Jazz Fest, to name a few..
He started his own audio company, Audioimps in 2005 that specialize in all sound related work. Audiopimps also owns their own equipment. They work in two broad audio categories Live Sound & Film / TV. Audiopimps has worked with various South African bands, festivals, theatre, and pre- and post production of film and TV.
His experience in post production mixing gives him a unique advantage in knowing which sound to capture on location. Adriaan has worked on Short Films Juweeldiewe, Jan Umkhwetha & Die Wasgoedlyn and Future Films Jane Austen & THE RECCE and various KYKNET & VIA TV shows.
JCailin Qualified from AFDA with a degree in Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance and went on to complete a year’s internship with Clinton Smith at Cosmesis Advanced Prosthetic Studio.
Her passion for the film industry began with her love for special effects/prosthetic make-up.
Cailin’s attention to detail and dedication to this art form has allowed her to work on a number of films including:
The Sinking of Laconia, Safe House , Death Race 2 , Dominion 2, Of Kings and Prophets, Modder en Bloed, Jagveld, and many others.
Cailin is currently working on a Netflix/BBC production.