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Sunday, April 27, 2014


(AFDA Students using green screen in shooting their projects in studio to manipulate or create the location they desire for their script)

AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) Durban will host an Open Day for prospective students on May 3.

The new campus, which opened in 2013 year, has also recently invested over R1, 2 million in additional technical equipment and campus facilities. This includes a new Surround Sound Suite which has been kitted with the latest sound equipment enabling filmmakers to reproduce everyday sound effects which are added to film, video and other mediums in post-production to enhance audio quality.

An Editing & Visual Effects Suite has been installed, which has the latest equipment for the integration of live-action footage and generated imagery to create environments that look realistic, but would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, or simply impossible to capture on film. The Actor’s Studio has also seen an extension with a new fully equipped stage and additional equipment.

In addition, the cinematography department has acquired the latest camera equipment - some of the exciting gadgets include pocket sized cinema cameras, a steadicam and a helicam for overhead filming.

Exciting times for prospective students as this Open Day will provide them, (and their parents) and guests insights into the AFDA programme, a tour around the facilities, meetings with current students and introductions to the courses given by various AFDA staff.

AFDA has a heavy-weight academic staff complement who have worked in the film and live performance industries. Franco Human, an experienced producer and film maker, is Dean, with film-maker Richard Green Head of the Film School, director and academic Lloyd O’Connor, Head of the Live Performance School, scriptwriter and film-maker Janet van Eeden (whose short film A Shot at the Big Time has just been selected for the Cannes Film Festival), as production course administrator and script writing lecturer and Laszlo Bene, a producer and director who has worked on a number of national and international productions as Head of Television.

AFDA’s Open Day will take place on May 3 from 10h00 to 12h00 at the Campus in Glen Anil, Durban North. Prospective students can contact Durban-based Marketing Officer, Milena Gevers, for more information or to book an interview for on the day on 031 569 2252 or email:

For more information about the school go to or on twitter @AFDADurban.