'Weblog by Karen van Schalkwyk
Film exists because of the imperfection of the human eye. Ingmar Bergman in his exceptional essay: What is making a film? explains eloquently that it is due to the perforated film strip composed of small rectangular images fifty-two to the meter which are separated from its neighbours by a black band and when fed through the projector as a series of successive images at only one twenty-fourth of a second, creates the illusion of movement. By Karen van Schalkwyk
What makes documentaries different to fiction? John Grierson, a Scottish documentary filmmaker gave a definitive explanation in 1926. Grierson's principles of documentary were that cinema's potential for observing life could be exploited in a new art form and that unlike fiction where there is an actor and a ‘story’, a documentary interprets the world and captures the subject from the real world. By Karen van Schalkwyk
The 7th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 15 and 16 March in Midrand and will be broadcast live on SABC 3 on 16 March.
Little One, a film directed by Darrell Roodt and produced by Anton Ernst, was selected by the South African Academy Award Selection committee and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) for consideration as South Africa's official entry for best foreign film at this years Academy Awards. While it has unfortunately not made the short list it is still a great achievement to be considered for the Oscars by South Africa. By Karen van Schalkwyk.
The South African film industry is on the up with Mad Max: Fury Road currently shooting at the Cape Town Film Studios and the mammoth international pirate drama television series, Black Sails due to shoot early next year. By Karen van Schalkwyk
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela
All people who value education will acknowledge that it has huge advantages in a competitive world. Without education a person is vulnerable to the whims and influences of those who would abuse their ignorance. By Karen van Schalkwyk.
The hard work, passion and resilience dedicated to the production of The Adventures in Zambezia by the producers and team at Triggerfish Animation Studio has paid off. This animation film has finally reached the silver screen. By Karen van Schalkwyk.
Many creative people have experienced the strange phenomenon of having an idea that is similar to other creative ideas at the same time. This can create a paranoid state were one is scared to share ideas for fear of the theft of that idea. By Karen van Schalkwyk.
There was no Best Actress Award in the Feature Film category at this year's South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs). It has been suggested that the 10 films entered in the SAFTAs, were predominantly male driven stories. South Africa, however, is no different to elsewhere in the world where there is a dearth of strong female leads.