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JOHNNY SWANEPOEL – 082 889 3064

(Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Motion Graphics and VFX Artist)

johnny@johnnyswanepoel.com

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Background

I am a self taught Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Motion Graphics and VFX Artist. My 20 years experience in the Advertising industry, and owning my own business for the past 8 years plays an integral part in my capabilities today. As a renowned Image Retoucher and Finished Artist, I have developed, grown and oversee that side of my business. My skills as a respected Retoucher have assisted me in successfully developing my Motion Graphics and VFX skills over the years. My passion lies in film and I have spearheaded the film division in my company as its Director, Cinematographer and Editor, which has become my main focus. I have made several films, music videos and TV commercials and have subsequently been approached by Australian and New Zealand TV Channels to broadcast my films, which have been broadcast on numerous occasions.

 

My short film ‘Mystify’ was accepted into local and international film festivals, which received many positive responses. I am currently working on my debut feature film as well as other films being developed and currently in script stages.

 

I am an extremely focussed, goal orientated, hard worker and I constantly strive to improve my knowledge of film-making.

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FILM

SHORTFILMS

– Boy from Congo (Cinematographer)

– Nick (Director, Co-Producer, Editor and VFX Artist)

– Baba Haastig (Cinematographer)

– Pieces of a Puzzle (Cinematographer)

– Final Chapter (Director, Co-Producer, DOP, Editor and VFX Artist)

– Little One (Director, Co-Producer, Colourist and VFX Artist)

– JH (Director, Co-Producer, DOP, Sound Designer and VFX Artist)

– Mystify (Director, Co-Producer, Editor and VFX Artist)

– The Unconscious Mind (Director, Co-Producer, Editor and VFX Artist)

 

The following films were broadcast internationally, on local TV channels, in Australia and New Zealand:

– “Nick” first broadcast in 2010

– “Final Chapter” first broadcast in 2010

– “Little One” first broadcast in 2010

– “Mystify” first broadcast in 2013

 

“Mystify” was an official selection into the following 2013 film festivals:

– Cannes Short Film Corner (France)

– West Side Shorts Screenings (Australia)

– Grahamstown Film Festival (South Africa)

– Shnit International Short Film Festival (South Africa)

– Short and Sweet Festival (South Africa)

 

PORTFOLIO

ADVENTURES

– USN Spike Energy Drink

I filmed and documented a 7 day adrenalin sport trip which was the prize to a radio station competition. The trip consisted of 18 adrenalin sports while we travelled almost 5000km around South Africa. I filmed the competition winners, whilst doing the sports myself, using various cameras, including a GoPro. The sports consisted of sky diving, shark cage diving, gorge jumping and bungee jumping, to name a few. I then edited the footage into 7 separate videos, one for each day, to be broadcast on YouTube. It was so successful that it was then broadcast on the local television station SABC3 with a great response.

– Mark Beaumont (Guinness World Record for cycling Around the World in 80 Days)

I was very fortunate enough to document mark beaumont’s attemp to break the Guinness record to cycle around the planet in 80 days, a total distance of 18 000 miles (28 800km). In order to achieve this he had to travel 240 miles (384 km) per day being in the saddle for 16 hours daily. Starting in Paris we traveled through Germany, Poland, Lithuania, across the vast distance of Russia, down through Mongolia and taking a flight from Beijing across to Perth in Western Australia. From there we traveled across to the east through Adelaide, Melbourne and took another flight from Brisbane across to Invercargill in the south of New Zealand, heading north to take a ferry from south island to Wellington on the north island of New Zealand. Heading north towards Auckland we took another flight across to Anchorage in Alaska. Heading South East we crossed the Yukon, British Colombia, Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada and finally entering the US at North Dakota. Still heading South East we crossed North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and entered Canada again and traveled East where we took another flight from Nova Scotia towards the final stage being Portugal, Spain and finally completing the journey back in France where he started in Paris. He managed to break the Guinness World Record in 78 days 14 hours and 40 minutes. Earlier this year he also did a test run around Britain, 3300 miles (5 280 km) in preparation for the world trip which he completed in 14.5 days. I took on the role of content director, editor and also photographer on both these trips.

Every day we had to keep the public engaged on all social media platforms with introduction and completion interviews with Mark as well as daily incidents from the road. Capturing breathtaking scenery on camera I also had to document Mark and and crew on the road for a documentary which will follow in due time. Main focus, besides breaking the record, was to keep the audience interested enough in order to follow our trip continuously. With only 2 hours sleep every night, I am proud to have made history with Mark and the rest of the crew. Below is a weekly summary I did for every week as we traveled

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

– Hyundai Getz (Director, DOP, Editor, Graphics)

– FlexiCell (Director, DOP, Editor, Graphics)

– Prudential (Director, DOP, Editor, Graphics)

– New KIA Picanto (Director, DOP, Editor, Graphics)

– Knights Whiskey (Director, DOP, Editor, Graphics)

– Kinder Joy (Director, DOP, Editor, Graphics)

– Côte D’Or Chocolates (Director, DOP)

 

MUSIC

– CITO (Cinematographer)

– Sunsation White Launch Party (Director and Editor)

– Calvin Klein CK1 Launch Party (Director and Editor)

– iScreamStix Band Photoshoot (Director, DOP and Editor)

– The Kill Heavy Music Video (Concept, Director, Graphics and Editor)

– The Kill Heavy Viral Videos (Director, Graphics and Editor)

– Terminatryx Music Video (Concept, Director, Editor and Motion Graphics)

– The Damned Crows Music Video (Director)

 

TV

– The Blueprint Travel Show Pilot (Editor and Motion Graphics)

– Vuka Awards Commercial NOAH (Director, Editor and Graphics)

– SOS Children’s Villages Commercial Toys (Director, Editor and Graphics)

– SOS Children’s Villages Commercial Sydney (Director, Editor , DOP)

– Menthelatum and AGS Movers – Various motion graphics adverts

– Hyundai – Various motion graphics adverts

 

 

AV’s

– Obikwa (Motion Graphics)

– Fleur Du Cap (Motion Graphics)

– Various others, please view on website

 

 

MOTION GRAPHICS

– Plum

– Pongracz

– Kiburi

– Redsands Golf Estate

– KIA Motors

– Zonnebloem Wines

– Samsung

– Various motion graphics adverts

 

 

 

 

COMMERCIALS

– NOAG Old Age Home

– SOS Children’s Villages

– Hyundai

– Natural Beauty

– Deep Heat

 

 

CORPORATES

– Safety Scalpel

– Mamelani

– RECM

– Shumani Mills Printers

 

 

SKILLS

– Director

– Cinematographer

– DOP

– Editor

– Motion Graphics Artist

– VFX Artist

– Colorist

– 3D (Still in progress stages of teaching)

 

 

SOFTWARE

– Adobe Premiere Pro (Editing – Preferred)

– Apple Final Cut Pro (Editing)

– Adobe After Effects (Motion Graphics and Compositing)

– Adobe Photoshop (Motion Graphics)

– Davinci Resolve

– Final Draft (Scriptwriting)

– Adobe Suite for treatments