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Cape Town: Three-Week Documentary — January 2012


A Film By: Gillian Benjamin, Noriko Ciaravola, Gabriella Willenz

Instructed and Produced By: Chandler Griffin, Alison Fast

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Workshop Format: Three-Week Documentary

About The Film

Profit(a)bottle follows John McKerry and his waste collection team as they travel through the impoverished township areas of the Cape Town; collecting recyclables pickers have gathered, giving them cash in return. To some, its a modest recycling project, to others, its a vital means of income-generation in a country where unemployment rates sit at around 50%.


John McKerry, Gershwin Kohler, Jeremy Seekings

About The Workshop

This three-week HD workshop runs twice a year in Cape Town, South Africa and is designed for those who want to learn documentary filmmaking top to bottom in an intensive setting.

Past participants have included new and established filmmakers, writers, journalists, artists, photographers, graphic designers, theater actors and directors, musicians, educators and non profit organizations. Previous experience with filmmaking is NOT required. Producers, cinematographers, editors and writers with narrative experience who are considering working in non-fiction filmmaking are also encouraged to enroll. Photojournalists and print journalists who are looking to make the move to video journalism should strongly consider this workshop.

Students learn all aspects of the process including the importance of the still image, HD cameras, compact lighting methods, wireless mics, how to structure and weave the story and how to edit in the field with Final Cut Pro using a Macbook Pro.

Please note that this documentary workshop runs in a TWO, THREE and FOUR week format. Check the workshop schedule HERE to see when we are offering our next South Africa workshop.

Find Out How You Can Enroll

Click HERE to learn how you can make a documentary in South Africa.

Equipment Package - Cape Town

Each documentary team is assigned an equipment package. Wanna know what was used to make this documentary? Click HERE.

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JVC, Sennheiser, Bogen Imaging, Manfrotto, Lowepro, Delkin, Lowel Lighting & Inqscribe.