A LOVE LETTER TO SOUTH AFRICA

It’s not often you come across a tourism video that feels like an age old love for a country. This edgy take on an otherwise exhausted genre of film reimagines a South Africa that is moodier, colder, and rich with emotion.

The story follows a lead up to a proposal which eventually takes place in an aquarium, focusing on the intimacy of our characters and how they interact with various places.

This contrast to the common sun-kissed, game-driven tropes could only have been met with a song composition as timeless as our country’s shores. Our vocal reimagining of “Clair De Lune’ wraps around the love story of the two protagonists, highlighting their connection to the land and sea.

The piece is accompanied by Kalimba (a first) and South African influenced jazz piano that gives it a unique yet familiar SA stamp. Our biggest challenge was to take a Eurocentric composition and make it unique to South Africa. Turning to the human voice, we reimagined Clair de Lune as a choral piece infused with jazz piano and Kalimba textures. We kept the sound design abstract, leveraging a more artistic interpretation of the visuals, highlighting the elements of earth, wind, and water, in a deeply immersive way.

CREDITS:

Directed by Lamar Bonhomme @therealbonhomme
Executive Producer: Simoné Bobo @simmonae @osucreative
DOP: Brandon Blight @brandonlee.blight
Line Producer: Mishak Meintjies
1st AC: Kevin Schneider @kevinschnider
2nd AC: Teega Michle
Art Director/Wardrobe Stylist: Louw Kotze
Wardrobe Assistants: Dorcus Mutombo x Sarah Tombani
1st AD : Zuko Nqoro
1st AD: Rasta Mpholo
Key Grip: Riaan Hanekom
Key Grip (Pick Up) : Ricardo Lawrence
Best Boy Grips : Alex Kauffenstein
Gaffer: Alfred Manzini
Hair & Makeup : Naidene Maitland
Best Boy Lights : Sabelo Nkosi
Gaffer (Pick Up) : Lennox Ndabula
Best boy : Brian Oliver
1st AD (pickup): Jonno Sheperd
1st AC (Pick Up) : Quinton Fredericks
DIT : Warwick Dewberry
Prod Co-ord : Lerato Tshabalala
Production Assist : Rene Matlaisane

Art Director : Angel Hale
Wardrobe : Dorcas Mutombo
Hair & Makeup : Eileen Hamer

Photography:
Photographer : Ricardo Knipe
Photography Assist : Zweli Buthelezi
Behind the scenes : Luke Bennet

Post:
Editor: Louise Bruwer
Post-Production: Refinery @refinery_capetown
Colorist: Kyle Stroebel @stroobzz
Cast: Fernanda Damasceno x Flex
SA Tourism Regional Director: Evelyn Mahlaba
SA Tourism Hub Head: Fathima Adam
Agency: Activ8 Brand Ingenuity
Managing Partners: Tumaini Leshoai x Brent Van Rysyk
HOD Creative & Strategy: Treyvone Moosa

Music & Sound: Two AM Music @two_am_music
Team: Sean Ross, Michelle Lee, Prisca Leong, Jason Lee, Oliver Stutz, Kit Kuan Leong.

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