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10 March 2011

Editing Masterclasses at Cape Winelands Film Festival

The South African Guild of Editors is proud to announce two Documentary Editing Masterclasses in association with Cape Winelands Film Festival 2011. SAGE editors whose films are featured at CWFF will present masterclasses on 23 March, discussing their work on the respective films and taking questions from attendants. Masterclasses are free. RSVP by email to to reserve your seat.

Wed 23 March 10h00 – 12h00

Unhinged: Surviving Joʼburg is an honest, quirky and sometimes frenzied documentary about Johannesburg, South Africaʼs biggest city and the worldʼs gateway to Southern Africa. With rapid narrative, dry humour, trivial factoids, insightful observations and a highly enjoyable soundtrack, the film tells a slice-of-city-life story. Itʼs a personal video snapshot of todayʼs city, providing a unique opportunity for viewers to get a glimpse inside a place that the world has a very fuzzy sense of.

Stephen Abbott – Unhinged: Surviving Jo'burg Editor

Stephen is a writer, director, photographer and editor. He likes travel, coffee, stories, mountains, movies, music, and some other things. He studied acting and film at Wits University, graduating in 2004. and since then has been engaged in the South African film and television industry as a writer, director and editor. In 2005 Stephen co-launched a small film, television and video production company named Stealth Donkey Moving Pictures.

Stephen's masterclass is titled "The eye of the storm: editing order out of documentary chaos". He'll look at the rocky road of a guerilla documentary, provide insight into the editing process of a few scenes, and present a brief technical overview of editing an HD documentary on a laptop.

Film screenings: 21 Mrt (Neelsie Teaters) 25 Maart 19:30 (5 Ryneveld )


Wed 23 March 13h00 – 15h00

On the outside, you grow up with gangs. You end up joining a gang. You are good with a gun and become an assassin. They give you a target. You are betrayed, and they find you. You are shot twelve times, survive and end up in Pollsmoor Prison where the dreaded “number gangs” rule. Now you're on the inside, and you're fighting for survival. Odd Number is a documentary film set on the Cape Flats. It is a story of redemption.

Liani van Straaten – Odd Number Editor

Since she started working in the television industry in 1997, Liani has worked as editor, television director, film school lecturer and Apple Final Cut Pro trainer. Today she specialises in consulting filmmakers on all aspects of production: from selecting a concept through production and post to final delivery. She obtained her Masters degree in media studies from the University of Stellenbosch and is currently pursuing her doctorate in film studies.

The theme of Liani's masterclass is the use of editing devices to enhance audience engagement. Her discussion will include: combining dramatisations with interview and cinéma vérité footage, using music and sound effects to create atmosphere, adjusting pace to enhance impact and using grading as a tool for signification. Clips from the film will be screened as part of the masterclass. There will be opportunity to ask questions.

Film screenings: 20 Mrt 14:30 (Oude Libertas Ouditorium) 24 Maart 19:30 (5 Ryneveld)

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