JOHANNESBURG — The low-budget production potential of digital technology is being used to open doors for cash-strapped filmmakers in South Africa and could boost the volume of films produced in the country.
The DV8 project, which is backed by major industry players and will produce 12 features in three years, is already under way with the start of principal photography in August of “Max: The King of Tears.” In addition, a digital feature intiative, the INDV Movement, is to be launched during the Sithengi South African Film and TV Market in Cape Town from Nov. 13 to 16.
INDV spokesman Derek Serra said distribution would be through digital projections in selected cinemas, targeted public screenings through video projection from DV and direct sales of video and DVDs, supported by television broadcasts.
INDV is appealing to filmmakers and writers for feature scripts that are able to be shot and post-produced on budgets between $25,000 and $40,000.
Partial funding will come from the National Film and Video Foundation with equipment supplied by Controversi Films, AFM Lighting and Filmair. Post-production facilities have been arranged.