Atlas Studios provides studio space for a range of South African soapies,
commercials, game shows and sitcoms, in addition to offering an ideal location for
specialist events. Since 2002, the studios which were originally designed for Anant
Singh’s soap opera The Res for SABC, have been pivotal in the
production of some noteworthy South African TV shows, such as Villa Rosa,
Coconuts and City Ses’la.
The excitement is building with the latest announcement that KykNet’s new soapie,
Getroud Met Rugby, a South African version of the UK’s
Footballer’s Wives, has moved into Studio 1 and 2. The show, originally
developed by Deon Opperman as a drama series and a film, is now being adapted
into a soap opera that will air every week night from April 2016, as entertainment
for the whole family. Initially, the show was shot on location but the team have now moved into studio.
The studios central location and essential features such as accessibility, all support
accommodation, catering area, 24-hour security, backup power 350kva generator
and onsite parking enable productions to happen seamlessly.
The versatility of the four studios allows for efficient and independent use of space
in front of and behind the camera, catered to the specific requirements of the
production. Two adjacent, interlinked sound stages (440 m2 and 460 m2)
ideally suited for drama and sitcoms are now the new home to Getroud
Met Rugby. Studio 3 (320 m2), which is used for commercials and game shows, is
currently booked for the year.
Studio 4 is a 270 m2 daylight studio with a mezzanine, which can accommodate
commercials, screenings and shoots, is currently hosting the fourth season of
popular dance show Stumbo Stomp. It is available on a daily rental as
a specialised event space that can host industry related public meetings, launches,
training sessions and presentations.
The entire space is ideal for nurturing and supporting the creative industry and
encouraging a greater awareness of film. Atlas Studios extends its social
involvement by hosting monthly film screenings, for the benefit of those interested
or involved in the television and film industry.
The First Wednesday’s Film Club which is now in its’ 11th year of screenings, is a
collaboration between Atlas Studios, Akin Omotoso and Katarina Hedren aimed at
showcasing local and international independent films. Directors are often in
attendance with Q&A sessions following the screenings. This platform provides
opportunities for education and interaction, highlights the importance of film, and
creates a networking space for those within the industry.
Atlas Studios welcomes Overberg Productions and the entire team of Getroud
Met Rugby to their new home.