About filming in South Africa
Salaries in South Africa are still very competitive to Europe. For example a World-Class DOP's fee is under 700 Euros per 10hr day,
VAT is 14% and refundable. Exports carry no VAT.Premium days - Sundays & Public Holidays, 7th working day and every consecutive day after day 7. The first night of a night shoot. The premium is 150%. Turnaround time is charged at pro-rata per hour less than 10 hours between shifts. The working day starts from the unit base or location within a 40km radius of the city centre.
Crews are flexible when it comes to working overtime and will do their best to carry out anything within reason. They all speak English and have a great deal of experience of working with international personnel. South Africa has excellent DOPs and reels are available upon request.
South Africa offers incentives in the form of a cash rebate ranging from 20% to 35% depending on how a production is structured. For more info click here.
Cape Town has a range from small daylight studios to large 'blimped' 400m2 studios in the city centre. Larger structures are available such as aircraft hangars. A large new studio Cape Town Film Studios boasts the first proper sound stages in Cape Town.
South Africa has an extensive range of equipment. Moviecam, Arriflex and Panavision are supported. There are SuperTechno Cranes and an extensive gripping inventory. (The Giraffe Crane was invented and made by FilmAir in Cape Town!). There are small lighting companies as well as AFM and Arri Media. If it exists then it generally can be found in Cape Town. There are also many Alexas, Epics and Red One cameras.
LAB & POST
Both Kodak and Fuji filmstock is available in South Africa. Cape Town & Johannesburg each have a film lab operating under the Kodak ImageCare program.
For Post production there are Telecines including Da Vinci, Ursa Diamond, Pogle and Spirit. Editing equipment includes Avid, Henry, Hurricane, Flame, Inferno.
Click here for a sample of the wide variety of locations available.
The seasons in Cape Town are swapped with Europe and America, meaning Cape Town enjoys lovely summers during the worst of the European winters.