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.