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3rd Year Student Film – Midnight at the Flambabosa

Our 3rd year Multimedia students have collaborated on a film which will be releasing very soon called, ‘Midnight at the Flambabosa’. It was penned, produced and promoted by them under the collective name of Eazy Eez Productions.

We’ll leave you with the official blurb below:

The film follows Nathan (Samuel Janutsch), writer of the marvellous and fantastic, as he sets out to write the many chapters of his next book. When a gust of wind, announcing Amber’s (Jessica Janutsch) arrival, dislodges his hat, which is always lined with tinfoil, things become… a bit weird. Occupants of the café are transformed into the characters in his book. Trapped in a construct of his own making, will Nathan find his way out or how will his story end?

We can’t wait to see it!


Marta Serrano – Photography

Marta Serrano is a photographer based in Amsterdam who specialises in fairly specific subject matter – boys and men and their rich inner lives. With her work taking her all over the world; Cuba, Africa, India, Europe and Brazil, she is quickly building a global oeuvre.

We really appreciate the way she plays with light and exposure, creating images that have a second meaning, beyond their subject matter – hinting at these inner lives experienced by the subjects of her photographs.

You can see more of Serrano’s work on her website here.

Stellenbosch Academy at the Open Book Festival 2017

This Sunday, 10 September, Wessie van der Westhuizen (our multimedia studies Head of Department) was in conversation with Su Opperman and Roberto Milan (from Vega School) about the future of storytelling in South Africa. This was with a specific slant on helping to grow and mold the next generation of storytellers. One of our students, Geena Prior, also spoke at the event, where she showcased her short film, Looner, which you can watch below.

To learn more about the Open Book Festival, check out their website here.


Maggie Shannon – Photography

Maggie Shannon is a photographer based in New York and Martha’s Vineyard who has been featured in a number of high profile publications including The New York Times, Wired and The New Yorker, amongst many others. Here, she turns her lens toward what in some ways we might consider a ‘banal’ subject – a local swimming club for kids, but the very act of capturing these everyday moments and the struggles of these kids to compete, imbues her subjects with so much more meaning.

What a great set of images!

You can see more of Shannon’s work on her website here.

KFC – Big Chicken. Small Movie.

What a great example of illustration and animation! We love this piece!

Other than feasting your eyes on the craft involved in a piece like this, we must ask you to note that this entire story is told with little to no dialogue – no mean feat! We love it!

To learn more about the agency that made this, Wieden+Kennedy, take a look at their site here.

Patrick Sluiter – Illustration

We love this work by Patrick Sluiter, a graphic designer and illustrator who focuses motion and 3D design.

These soft, sad forms are really quite lovely in their own quiet way. Despite being melancholic, there is something a little wry and funny about them. And for any of us to deny we’ve felt the way some of these illustrations depict is probably just untruthful.

To see more of Sluiter’s work, check out his portfolio here.

Carlsberg Beer – It All Comes From Beer

To celebrate 170 years of making beer, Carlsberg in Denmark created this site with the help of Stupid Studios, which gives you a drone’s eye view of the Carlsberg brewery as well as famous sites in Copenhagen.

This is such an interesting, entertaining way to offer your user some content that might actually add to their lives instead of just demanding their attention. Instead of a blaring banner ad or disruptive TV spot in the middle of your favourite show, this site not only offers some cool drone footage (who doesn’t love drone footage?) as well as some really interesting mini-documentaries.

This is the promise of multimedia design and the web – we can create interesting, engaging websites that people actually want to spend their time on. How exciting!

To visit the site and take your complimentary drone tour, click here.