SA’s Next Top Editor: Making the Cut


General Post, in association with respected industry partners, Ireland/Davenport, Media Film Service, 7Films, The Bladeworks, Aces Up and Purple Mouse has been engaged in the search for SA’s Next Top Editor.  Screen Africa published the competition in its October magazine and there has been an overwhelming number of entries from some talented young editors. The competition moves into its final stage on 22 November.

The young editors were given the unique opportunity to cut a high-end PSA for the Mineseeker Foundation.  The commercial was shot at Newlands swimming pool in Cape Town, on the 22 October 2010 by emerging director, Wednesday, from 7films.  “The shoot was an unbelievable experience on a mammoth scale involving over 250 extras, children, dogs and a large number of inflatable pool toys,’ says Kirsty Galliard of General Post

Media Film Service Cape Town really exceeded expectations by coming on board to sponsor all the cameras, lighting and grips equipment for the shoot.  Media Film Service is well known in the industry for the regular support they provide to development and training initiatives.

“Our philosophy has always been one of growing the film industry and a key aspect of this is to offer the opportunity to young talented film makers to practice and hone their skills,’ says Jannie van Wyk, CEO Media Film Services.

“While it is difficult to support every project due to availability of resources, we endeavor to do what we can.  The art of filmmaking is not only learned in a book but on set and it encompasses a wide range of skills from artistic and creative to technical.  Local home grown talents are what we want to develop and to encourage so that they will continue to be featured on the world stage and become the best of the best in our industry.  We are focused on development, sustainability and quality for future film makers.’

At the end of a tiring (wet!) day, the shoot was declared a success by all involved and the footage sent off to Johannesburg to be down converted, burnt onto disc and supplied to the young editors.

Each entrant was given a disc containing the offline footage, some music options and a commercial editor’s “cheat-sheet’ put together for us by commercials editor, Jo Gibbon.  The editors were invited to submit a 60 second edit with a 45 second cut down based on the loose concept provided by Ireland/Davenport.  “We purposely excluded the directors’ treatment, brief and storyboard so that the editors could really showcase both their storytelling and creative skills,’ explains Galliard.

During the early stage of the competition both Wednesday and Jo Gibbon made themselves available to answer any creative or storytelling queries the young editors might have via the General Post Facebook page,

Once the competition closes, on 12 November 2010, 10 finalists will be selected and will each receive the opportunity to have an approval in the Aces Up edit suite alongside the agency, director and client as well as our panel of judges.

The Bladeworks, Johannesburg’s premier postproduction facility, has generously allowed each of the finalists to grade their completed edits in Baselight with young colourist, Andries de Jaager, and have sponsored the online and VFX for the winning edit.  This will be a rare opportunity for young editors to be exposed to high end finishing processes normally reserved for big budget productions.

The winner of the competition will be announced and the winning PSA screened at an event at the Maximillen Restaurant, Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton on the 14 December 2010.

For more information, please contact Kirsty Galliard at General Post on 0860-111-553 or You can also visit or for progress updates.

Editorial Contact:
Kirsty Galliard
General Post
0860 111 553
082 890 2184


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