Brett Shaw

Brett Shaw, is an acclaimed director, DOP, and editor in the world of international television series and documentary filmmaking. With an impressive track record, Brett has garnered numerous awards throughout his career. Over the past 7 years, he has collaborated extensively with SYDF, lending his expertise to a multitude of captivating projects across the globe.

Celeste Saville

Passionate about film and television since 2004, Celeste began as an editor and quickly advanced to roles as a producer and creative director. Over six years, she led talented teams in producing award-winning on-air promos, TV campaigns, film trailers, and short films. A fearless multitasker accustomed to in-house work and tight deadlines, Celeste oversees projects from inception to broadcast. While involved in every aspect of production, her true passion lies in bringing it all together to create something powerful.

Helen Walne

Helen Walne is an award-winning writer and underwater photographer. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and has written for the likes of National Geographic Traveller and South African activist collective Empatheatre. Her non-fiction book The Diving was published by Penguin Random House.

Jill Welsh

Jill is an Associate Producer with SYDF, having worked in broadcast television and documentary filmmaking for the past few decades. She founded ‘Third Time Lucky,’ a documentary film production house, collaborating globally with indie film companies for platforms like Netflix and National Geographic. Core skills: entrepreneurial thinking, documentary story development, client relations, strategy, and creative content production. Motivated by transforming lives in creating uplifting stories, Jill brings humour, team spirit and positive energy to the projects she collaborates on.

Joubert Van Staden

Talented shooter and editor based in Cape Town

Lawrence Mc Cullum

After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Electronic Media and Film, Lawrence eagerly sought hands-on experience. Moving to Los Angeles, CA, he has been fortunate to collaborate with some of the best in the business. This opportunity has allowed Lawrence to learn and ask questions in real-life settings, further developing his own professional style.

Nicolette Nolte

Holding a BA Honours degree in Audio Visual Production Management from the University of Johannesburg, Nicolette brings extensive knowledge in production management, directing, and editing. Proficient in Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and After Effects, she is well-equipped to contribute to various aspects of the creative process.

Lewis Michael Jefferies

Lewis is an award-winning self-shooting filmmaker, cameraman, and photographer based in Falmouth, Cornwall. As a CAA licensed drone pilot and HSE professional scuba diver with 20+ years of experience, he excels in shooting specialist factual productions, science, natural history, adventure, and documentaries for both broadcast and corporate clients. Passionate about environmental communication, Lewis collaborates with scientists and conservationists. He is equally comfortable shooting above and below water, thriving in challenging environments. With extensive experience in various camera equipment, including aerial, underwater, long-lens, and macro setups, Lewis is adept at self-producing short films and managing projects from concept to delivery. His clientele includes WWF, National Trust, RSPB, and others, and his stills work has been featured in international magazines and national newspapers.

Jessie Hodgkinson

As a film and television graduate, Jessie is actively seeking entry-level roles as a runner or camera trainee within unscripted television. During university, she honed her technical and craft skills in various camera roles, equipping her with the knowledge needed to be highly effective as a trainee.

Ryan Logie

Cinematographer / Singer Songwriter / Surfer who Lives in Durban South Africa

Companies

Origin Audio

Cape Town-based studio since 2013, offering sound design and mixing for global film and TV projects. Their skilled team ensures top-quality results, collaborating closely with clients for a seamless experience.

Echo Bridge

2D Animation production since 2010.

Space Lion

A dynamic team of storytellers creating premium, diverse long-form content for a global audience. They excel in genres like premium documentaries, reality, science, scripted, kids, natural history, and branded productions.