Haunting – My Rode Reel 2017

A love triangle between three people, one of which happens to be dead.

My entry for the My Rode Reel 2017 competition.

Starring Terence Mentor, Wikus Radyn and Jamie Lee Jacobs.
Produced by Leanne Phillipson
Music: “Eyes Wide Open” by Tony Anderson from Musicbed.com

Shot on my Canon 600D, mostly using a Canon f1.8 50mm lens.
Used the Technicolor Cinestyle picture profile.

Every Battle, Every Score – My Rode Reel 2015

A  finalist for Best Soundtrack and Best Sound Design in the My Rode Reel 2015 short film competition.

A medieval comedy about two warriors trying to determine who has saved the other the most times, which they try to figure out by singing.

This was a fun project. I went very DIY, making all the props, armour and costumes.

Music by Steven Knight Kukard

Starring Kelly Pearce, David Luyt & Wikus Radyn

Costumes by Stephen Phillipson & Leanne Moodley

Shot on my Canon 600D, with a Canon 50 mm 1.8 & 16-35 mm lens, my Rode Videomic and a Konovo slider.

Thanks to Thomas Holder for the lens and Grant Hinds for the microphone.


“Reward to he who slays yonder dragon.”

A story about expectations.

Perhaps less silly and a little darker than some of my other short films, this is a film I’ve been wanting to make for quite some time, held back a little by the fact that the story requires a dragon and real, live-action dragons are hard to find.

This film was shot completely Guerrilla-style, with my Canon 600D, 18-55mm lens, 50 mm f1.8 lens, Rode Videomic and a cheap plastic tripod.

Thanks to Wikus Radyn, Samantha Dyer and Bryan Banfield for acting and Simon Gottschalk and Christo Kruger for helping out on set.


Ice Cream: Part 2

A tale with a taste for time and space.

We continue the adventures of Jimmy and his ice cream-induced teleportation. This one was a little more adventurous on the technical side and I’m quite happy with how it turned out, mostly. There will be a part three eventually.

This film was shot completely Guerrilla-style, with my Canon 600D, 18-55mm lens, 50 mm f1.8 lens, Rode Videomic and a cheap plastic tripod.

Fight To The Death App

Two men determined to battle each other to the death, using all the the greatest advances in technology and weapony. Because that’s what bro’s do, man.

A rather silly but incredibly fun short. I wrote this script because I really wanted to shoot a sword fight.

Shot with my Canon 600D, trying out my new 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Incidentally, this is the fastest short film I’ve ever made: Shortest time period from inception to production, shot the entire film in 3 and a half hours and finished post production 2 days after shooting. My new personal best on all accounts there. I’ll have to work on that…

Thanks to Bryan Banfield and Wikus Radyn for acting in it.

Ice Cream: Part 1

A tasteful tale of teleportation.

Every time Jimmy eats ice cream, he teleports. Somewhere. A different place for every flavour…

I’m on a mission to make more short films. This is my first attempt at getting back into the habit. I messed up the eyelines a little, and there’s one or two continuity issues, but to quote Ed Wood “Well, my next film will be better.”

There’s at least a Part 2 in the planning. Depending on how that goes, maybe a Part 3. I guess it would be nice to make my first Trilogy. Even if it’s rather silly.

This film was shot completely Guerrilla-style, with my Canon 600D, 18-55mm lens, Rode Videomic and a cheap plastic tripod. And a cooler-box full of ice cream. Thanks to Simon and Wikus for acting for me and thanks to the guy on the beach who let us film his ice cream van.

Return of the Mushrooms (2010)

We don’t know how and we don’t know why, but special, genetically-engineered mushrooms have started attacking people.

It’s all up to Roger, the lab assistant, to figure out how to stop the mutant, killer mushrooms and save the world!

It’s a comedy.

Actually this is a remake of the sequel of the first movie I ever shot, at the age of 16. I know that might sound a bit ridiculous, but it is. The first attempt was shot on a dodgy VHS camera with no lighting, no script and no idea of what I was doing.

The movie that is posted here was shot 10 years later as an attempt to prove that I’d become much better at the craft of film making. Luckily, it seems that I have. I might remake this in 10 years time to see if I’ve gotten any better…

The Fall & Rise Of Christopher Brilliant (2007)

The leader of a gang of thieves dies, right before revealing his latest plan. Those he left behind decide that the best thing to do, is to find out what that plan is – no matter what.

Featuring a cast of angels, policemen, crooks and crazy uncles who re-animate corpses.

It’s a comedy.

The story for this film came about by taking stock of what locations I had at my disposal and who I could get to act for me. Then I wrote a story for those spaces and those people.

Shot on a SONY Z1


The Peasant (2003)

A medieval comedy about a peasant breaking into the castle to overthrow the king – until he is caught in the princess’s bedroom.

Stuck in the dungeon, he has an angry king and a stubborn jailer between him and his revolution.

This was my final graduation film at Film School. I figured most student films try to take themselves way too seriously, so I tried to make something fun. And just a little bit silly. So we shot a mini-epic in sets build out of polystyrene and costumes that had been left over from a Canadian “Sinbad the Sailor” TV series, featuring the lead actor’s Wednesday night Bible study group as the angry mob.

This film won two awards: Silver at the NTVA Stone Awards and best film at the UCT Golden Pidgeon Awards.