BREATHE - Umphefumlo premieres at Berlin
We’re proud to announce that Breathe – Umphefumlo, Mark Dornford May’s contemporary adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme, will have its world premiere at Berlin International Film Festival!

We handled the full DI on the film, which moves the star-crossed lovers story from its usual Parisian setting to modern South Africa.

Breathe – Umphefumlo is a partnership between South Africa’s Isango and Advantage, the UK’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), and Germany’s Arte/Propeller Film. Support comes from Desmond and Leah Tutu’s Legacy Foundation.

Dornford May won the Berlinale Golden Bear in 2005 with U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, a modern take on Bizet’s Carmen, also set in South Africa.

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After a lifetime of giving his all, the father of Liberty founder Donald Gordon retired on a paycheck of just R28. So, because Donald knew, all too well, the pain of watching his own father unable to afford retirement, he introduced Liberty Umbrella Funds to this country – a way for businesses of any size to offer their employees the retirement they deserve.

Following the success of the Liberty Shoes commercial, Searle Street Post was contracted to handle the post production on their latest ad, directed by Riverstone Films‘ Jeremy Holden for FoxP2.

“To make the time-lapse sequence work, we had to shoot several layers of action with a motion control rig,” says Searle Street Post creative director and VFX supervisor Heino Henning. “With such a complex and VFX intensive project, we had to nail it in pre-production. So we brought on Luma to create a previz of the entire time-lapse sequence. This served as the blueprint for the camera moves and timing of the various actions during the plates shoot.”

Lead Flame artist Naomi Anderlini was assisted by comp artist Graeme Armstrong and Theuns van Rensburg.

“We couldn’t be prouder of a job well done!” says Heino.

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Searle Street Post handled the post-production on the new Bell Lager commercial, Extra Players, directed by Giant Films’ Robin Goode for FoxP2. The Ugandan commercial adds some extra players to a soccer game to see if the players will smile through the goat joke and qualify to be part of the Bell Nation.

POST-PRODUCTION CREDITS:
Grade – David Grant
Lead Flame – Udesh Chetty
Flame – Theuns van Rensburg
VFX Artist – Graeme Armstrong

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