The Cape Film Commission is receiving enquiries from overseas film production companies at an unprecedented rate, confirming Cape Town’s Film and TV boom. According to the Wall Street Journal, the productions are being lured by a combination of incredible scenery, favourable exchange rates and government rebates.
“Film-industry groups say the result is a 30% expansion in productions in each of the past three years, a bright spot for South Africa’s otherwise listless economy.” – Wall Street Journal
Just drive out of Cape Town on the N2 and you will see the 18th Century-style wooden ships used for filming episodes of Black Sails. The pirate adventure series occupies all four of Cape Town Film Studios’ sound stages and has employed more than 700 people, most of them locals. Another notable production filmed in and around the city recently is the American political thriller Homeland.
Why are we writing about the film boom?
Well it’s simple – Liftup Teleporter has been chosen to supply telehandler mobile cranes on many of these film sets and we are building up a great deal of knowledge on how these machines can be used to improve film making.
In the feature image above you can see some of our mobile cranes holding up huge shade screens on an outdoor set. We’re not allowed to say which shoot this is, but we’ll give you a hint – it includes some old-fashioned ships 😉
And below you’ll see one of our most sought-after pieces of equipment – the custom-designed camera platform. It’s mounted on a telehandler boom and can extend high over a scene to get sweeping scenic shots or to track fast moving action from unusual angles.
If you are part of the South African film and TV boom and need some lifting of cameras and sets, do give us a call. We’d love to show you how we can make life easier on set and get those unique shots you’re looking for. Read more about how mobile cranes are used on movie sets.
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