Category: Directing

09
Feb

Red Bull – Robin Hood Army

Throughout 2019 I had the opportunity of being involved in a Red Bull series called ‘ I am the Engine’ which entailed doing 7 films across 6 different countries all focusing on various social organisations.

I was given the chance to not only shoot but also direct the film that focused an organisation in India fuelled by social movement, called The Robin Hood Army, trying to help solve world hunger one meal at a time.

Quite an inspiring thing they’re doing and I hope this film does them justice. 🙂

**Please click HERE to visit the Red Bull website where the film is hosted**

08
Feb

SPREE – WOMEN – TVC

For this particular TVC they wanted to hint at their upcoming Autumn/Winter Women’s range… in the middle of summer.

So we busted out some smoke machines, found a beautiful French garden in Cape Town, and shot some fassshhhiiiooonnnn.

Turned out quite alright in the end if you ask me – looks pretty decent on a television screen 🙂

 

06
Mar

TAG Heuer – Cara Delevingne – #DontCrackUnderPressure

So the lovely people at TAG Heuer got in touch with me with the charming news that they wanted me to assist with their latest campaign, ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’ featuring the somewhat famous, Cara Delevingne.

The campaign consisted of photography by the not-too-shabby and delightful human being, David Yarrow (www.DavidYarrow.photography) alongside whom some refer to as ‘The Lion Whisperer’ and a pretty cool cat himself, Kevin Richardson (www.lionwhisperer.com).  I was asked to create the film element of the campaign  which in the end got played on the big Times Square screen (amongst other places), which, um, is somewhat cool :p

Shout out to Jess Viljoen for holding down the edit suite, Josh Borill for the grading, and Willem van der Heever for assisting with the shoot.

 

28
Nov

SIYA KOLISI FOR SPREE MAN – TVC

Spree.co.za asked myself and GKC (the content creation agency I run – www.GKC.media)  to help produce a couple of television commercials for a campaign to help promote their Spree Man collection.

The brief was to showcase the ‘moment before..’ of certain South Africa celebrities – capturing a moment of who they are before they step in front of the public eye. This piece was on South African Springbok rugby player, Siya Kolisi (who was an absolute pleasure to work with).

And this piece was also the first television commercial that I got to direct.. Whoop whoop!! 🙂

01
Nov

Elise Trouw – “Awake” Music Video

One our favourite ‘clients’, Elise Trouw, was back in South Africa for a couple days and so along with GKC (www.GKC.media) we took the opportunity to shoot two new music videos-  one of which I got to direct, entitled “Awake”.

 

Lucid dreaming, underwater bubbles, trippy bus lights, and a 8mm projector – it was a fun shoot. And if you haven’t checked out Elise’s new album, ‘Unravelling’ then be sure to do so – her website can be found here.

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Produced by GKC ( www.GKC.media )

Directed by Dewald Brand

DOP : Daniel Walsh

Producer : Chase Musslewhite

Gaffer: Thomas Klopfner

Editor: Jess Viljoen

Colorist: Josh Borrill

Creative Director: Herman Du Toit

1st AC: George Kirkinis , Joshua Rijneke

Production Assistant : Dylan Der Kinderen

30
Oct

NIKE – WINNER STAYS – CAMPAIGN FILM

Nike ran a campaign in Saudi Arabia involving street football and various local crews called ‘Winner Stays’
I was brought in on the project and asked to direct a short piece to wrap up the campaign.
After spending almost a week in good ol’ dusty Riyadh, this was the end result.
30
Oct

A Director Showreel

Over the last year or two I’ve gotten to call ‘and…. ACTION!!’ on quite a few shoots, and though I’m pretty new to this ‘directing’ thing, I figured it would be a good idea to put some random images together seeing as I’ve gotten to work with some pretty decent brands (*Insert name dropping* – Nike, Uber, Asics, Lindt, Spree, Butan, etc) as well as some pretty cool talent (Elise Trouw, John Newman, Siya Kholisi, Lesala Mampa, Jana Eup, Carmen Solomans and various)

This is a collection of various scenes taken from these projects.

Onwrads and upwards 🙂

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Music:
“Could” by Elderbook
(No music rights were obtained. No copy right infringement intended)

29
Oct

Just Walking – A DJI Ronin-S Showcase

So the lovely people at Orms (the official South African distributor of DJI products) gave me the first brand new DJI Ronin-S in the country and asked me to make a film with it.

After initially conceptualizing a BMX styled film, our plans fell through at the last minute due to ‘location logistics’ and so we had to go back to the drawing board. With bad weather and only a few days to spare, we manage to whip up this little film in the last 48 hours.

Special thanks to DJI and Orms (OrmsDirect.co.za) for hooking up this fine piece of equipment – hands down the best one handed gimbal on the market right now. No pun intended 🙂

**Please note – this was the first time I got to use this new lovely piece of equipment, and so apologies if it’s a little rough around the edges at times.

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Directed, filmed, and edited by me 🙂

Starring Adam Heyns
1st AD/Camera Assistant/Animal Wrangler – Willem van der Heever

28
Oct

ASICS – “PAIR YOURSELF” – FASHION FILM

‘Pair Yourself’ is a short fashion film that takes it theme from the expression ‘a perfect pairing’ – a collaboration between two of South Africa’s finest upcoming fashion designers, Selfi and Lukhanyo Mdingi, and the brand ASICS.

By pairing outfits created by these two designers with sneakers from ASICS, and utilising creative lighting and dynamic camera movement, this short films looks to bridge a gap between high-end designer attire and casual footwear. 

21
Oct

THE FAMILIAR UNKNOWN – Short Film

The Norwegian wilderness.
Explored by six friends.
On one unforgettable journey.

Most travel films are merely aesthetic montages. We wanted to tell a story.
A story of human connection in an unfamiliar place.

What are wondrous memories, behemoth mountains, gargantuan fjords and jaw-dropping vistas without the brotherhood and sisterhood to which all of us are bound?
Nothing.
No beginning, middle or end.
Hollow beauty.

The Familiar Unknown is about confronting a new challenge with the backing and guidance of friendship.
It is a commentary on the nature of our obsession for exploration of the mysterious, and the bonds between those who share it.

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Produced by GKC (GKC.media)
Directed, filmed, and edited by Dewald Brand (DewaldBrand.com)
Titling by Kambani Chamane (GKC.media)
Colouring by Josh Borill (facebook.com/PostOfficePostProduction/)
Sound Design by NOVO Sound (novosound.co.za)