Date:                 6 December 2017
Time:                 6 to 8.30pm (free with some refreshments)
Venue:              Invest SA One Stop Shop, Western Cape
Address:           Cape Sun Corner, 46 St. Georges Mall, Cape Town
Parking:            Picbel Parkade, 58 Strand Street, Cape Town Centre (For own account)

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Outline

This year the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival hosts the second iteration of their filmmakers masterclass presented by Wesgro. With an ever-increasing sense of urgency around protecting and conserving our oceans, this year’s focus is on how to make effective ocean conservation films from the story-tellers and organisations that do so. The workshop includes some of South Africa’s most active and influential non-fiction filmmakers, each speaking from a unique relationship to the craft; how they go about doing this difficult work, the challenges, rewards and greater meaning and impact of producing films about conservation issues.

Rationale

The event will be an informative and educational workshop that investigates methods of making ocean conservation films, with case studies on successful films and emphasis on how to make a film that influences positive change. By bringing together a range of experts, from leading scientists to award-winning directors, the masterclass will interrogate what it takes to balance compelling storytelling, powerful visuals and strong environmental messages in order to inspire positive change and avoid the trap of so-called doom and gloom environmental film.

From scripting and story construction, to cutting edge photographic techniques, blending cinema with science, marketing the right messages and insights from top broadcasters, the master class is designed to impart practical knowledge to aspiring filmmakers on how to make a powerful and emotive film.

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Adam Theiler

Executive Vice President FOX Networks Group Europe and Africa

Adam Theiler is responsible for the FOX Networks Group portfolio of free-to-air and pay-tv channels, non-linear FOX+ and Nat Geo+ services, and National Geographic Partners businesses in Nordics, Turkey, Greece, Israel and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Adam leads teams in eight offices across the region that deliver 25 localized FOX, FOX Sports and National Geographic linear and non-linear services, including two leading FOX free-to-air channels in Turkey and Finland and a localized FOX Sports network in Africa featuring the production and distribution of West African Football and Africa Boxing. The regional business also includes a production group in South Africa and a production remit in Turkey and Finland that includes delivering over 3.000 hours of scripted, non-scripted, news and sports original content annually. Adam’s teams also manage the wider National Geographic Partners business that includes licensing and merchandising, digital media, and publishing the local language editions of the National Geographic Magazine.

Originally from Kentucky, Adam earned a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University Cum Laude (1990-1994), and an M.A. in International Economics and Strategic Studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy and Washington, DC (1999-2000) where he was an Osgood Fellow and an Olin Fellow.

Adam grew up in south Florida, and currently lives in London with his wife and two children.

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Philippa Ehrlich

Philippa Ehrlich is an environmental journalist and emerging filmmaker, currently working on a feature documentary called The Octopus Teacher with Craig Foster and the Sea change Project. She started her career as an investigative journalist, focusing on environmental stories for Carte Blanche. Four years ago she joined Save Our Seas Foundation’s media team where she worked with some of the world’s top shark and ray scientists covering marine research and conservation stories from Florida to Palestine. She also managed the Save Our Seas Foundation Marine Conservation Photography Grant where she worked with emerging wildlife photographers under the guidance of National Geographic magazine contributing photographer, Thomas Peschak. Recently, Philippa joined the Sea Change Project and is working on a film and book with founders Craig Foster and Ross Frylink. The project is dedicated to a deeper understanding of and connection to nature through cold adaptation and immersion in Cape Town’s undersea forests. The Octopus Teacher is the story of Craig’s relationship with a wild octopus and the incredible insights she gave him into the intrinsic bond between humans and the natural world.

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Ingrid Sinclair

Ingrid Sinclair is the Digital Content Executive for the Two Oceans Aquarium, which means she manages the Aquarium’s website, online communications and social media … but not single-handedly. She’s been a media practitioner for all of her working life (12 years or so) and particularly values the immediacy, reach and agility of digital for driving the mission of the Aquarium, which is: to inspire action for the future well-being of our oceans.

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Steve Benjamin

Steve will not be speaking as he is off in search of whales in Mozambique on a last minute photographic expedition. It's a conservation filmmakers life.

Life on the water - sharing underwater realms on camera and guiding filmmakers and conservationists on the ocean. Steve is one of the countries most skillful underwater photographers and the number one ocean film production fixer. He is the first choice for companies like the BBC (he lead the a crew in capturing the opening sequence for Blue Planet 2, Surfing Bottle-nose dolphins) and Silverback productions, when they come to SA to film marine natural history. Steve bridges the gap between the conservation filmmaker and the ocean with his science background at UCT and Rhodes University, years of experience as a skipper and understanding of the photographic methods. In a sense, Steve grants storytellers access to the wild and often dangerous oceans of South Africa, his own camera never far away. Steve will talk about the technical aspects of filming underwater - his camera, lights and water housing, as well as the challenges of chasing elusive ocean creatures in order to capture world class images and video.

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Lisa Mini

Lisa Mini started her film career in 2004 as a freelancer in film production on various international and local productions. In March 2011, she joined the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking as the Project Manager for the Cape Town Campus. She was instrumental in launching and marketing the Cape Town branch. In December 2015, she moved on to join Wesgro, the Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Agency of Cape Town and the Western Cape, as the Film and Media Promotion Office. The agency holds the mandate from the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape to promote the film and media sector. Lisa holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Managerial Practice, specialising in Innovative Leadership at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, a National Diploma in Marketing from the University of South Africa and a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing Strategy, through Vega School of Brand Leadership. Lisa wants to use her passion to grow the reputation of the Cape as a preferred film destination. In her current position, working between industry and government, Lisa feels that she can play a fundamental role in facilitating change within the film and media sector.

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Bryan Little

His greatest honour was spending a long weekend with Werner Herzog in a New Jersey Motel and looking at an orb spider with Sir David Attenborough on the side of the M3. A born storyteller, Bryan seems to soak up everything around him; and with a sensitive eye and skilled hands has the ability to deliver to his audience a work of art - no matter the subject. His latest feature documentary ‘The African Cypher’, has been critically acclaimed in numerous local and international publications and has had an enthusiastic public response, playing to sold-out audiences at international film festivals. African Cypher won Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival and Best South African Film at the Encounters International Documentary Festival. Bryan co-founded Fly on the Wall productions with Filipa Domingues (producer) and Grant Appleton (Cinematographer) in 2004. He has recently started to explore new ways of storytelling; combining experiments in new technology, real locations, immersive audience participation and non-linear storytelling.

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Filipa Domingues

A founding producer at Fly on the Wall, Filipa brings her unique organisational and motivational skills to everything the collective does. She has 3 award-winning feature-length documentaries as Executive Producer behind her; (Fokofofpolisiekar 2009, The African Cypher 2012, Deep Blue Middle C 2017), as well as numerous top end commercials for major international brands and agencies. Filipa is also a highly regarded stills photographer, her photographic work has been featured on the cover of a number of magazines and as full-page spreads in National Geographic. Filipa’s latest photography venture is photographing rare and unusual plants under the name.

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Lauren De Vos

Lauren De Vos is a conservation biologist whose passion is turning science into stories. She holds a BSc in Environmental and Geographical Science and a BSc Honours in Zoology from the University of Cape Town, and an MSc in Conservation Biology from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology. Since then, Lauren has worked with fellow scientists to pioneer the use of GoPro cameras to monitor fish in South Africa, travelling the coast to train coastal rangers, managers and scientists. Throughout, she realized the need to use her scientific background to communicate conservation stories through writing and film. Her first short film, A Return to the Sea, made with film-partner Otto Whitehead, was part of WildTalk Africa’s selection at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival, and their story Home won Best Short Film at the 2013 Wavescape Surf Film Festival. She is currently completing her PhD, mapping the biodiversity of False Bay using
underwater cameras.

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Ingrid Kopp

Ingrid Kopp is a co-founder of Electric South, a non-profit initiative to develop virtual reality and innovative mobile storytelling projects across Africa. Ingrid also curates the Tribeca Storyscapes program for interactive and immersive work at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. Together with MIT's Open DocLab she publishes Immerse, focusing on emerging non-fiction storytelling. Ingrid started her career in the Documentaries department at Channel 4 Television in London before moving to NYC in 2004 and has been based in Cape Town since 2015.

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