BLINDSPOT FILMS

What started out as a fixed team filmmakers developed into a creatively led film-collaborative. Today, Blindspot is directed by Philip du Plessis and invigorated by a trusted team of co-creatives. Based in Stellenbosch and vested in Amsterdam, we’re often the preferred film-team to record European-funded projects in Africa.

APPROACH

We do film production from start to finish and swear by the following: If documentary, cultural immersion is key. When promotional, we tackle the process as follows:

  • Analyse
  • Concept
  • Storyboard
  • Voice Over
  • Record
  • Video Edit
  • Animate
  • Colour Grading
  • Sound Design

At first, we meet-up and have an explorative session. We don’t only do this to collect heaps of information – this is very important of course – we also do this to step into your world, getting to the bottom of your culture and most importantly, understanding your target audience. This we do for free!

When we have a proper understanding about what it is that makes you tick, we go back to the drawing board and develop a concept. Although presented to you in an informal feedback session, the concept forms a valuable part of our offering and is therefore paid-for.

When everyone’s happy with the concept, we shake on it and work out a guideline for the recording phase. When leaning towards a documentary, a shot plan will do, but if explainer, a detailed storyboard is developed.

Based on the information analysis, we draft a voice over script in a tone and style that rings true for yourself and your target audience.

At this point, pre-production is officially finished and we start off of with the production process. Not only does this involve filming, but also sound and voice over recording.

As soon as recording is finished, we start with film editing. The more the footage, the longer the editing. The more extensive the interviews … same story. When finished, we present to you a rough cut.

Based on the voice over script and the storyboard, the information is visualised by beans of moving graphics. This clarifies the message and makes for a more convincing video. Within this phase titles and are also added.

An important part of post-production is the colour grading of the footage. ‘Why is this necessary?’, you may ask. So when footage are, flat colours are brought to life in such a way that it contributes to a particular mood in the film.

Equally important to the film editing is the sound design. Within this stage the sound is mixed, optimised and designed to draw the viewer closer to the story.

APPROACH

We do film production from start to finish and swear by the following: If documentary, non-judgemental cultural immersion is key. When promotional, we tackle the process as follows:

Analyse

At first, we meet-up and have an explorative session. We don’t only do this to collect heaps of information – this is very important of course – we also do this to step into your world, getting to the bottom of your culture and most importantly, understanding your target audience. This we do for free!

Concept

When we have a proper understanding about what it is that makes you tick, we go back to the drawing board and develop a concept. Although presented to you in an informal feedback session, the concept forms a valuable part of our offering and is therefore paid-for.

Storyboard

When everyone’s happy with the concept, we shake on it and work out a guideline for the recording phase. When leaning towards a documentary, a shot plan will do, but if explainer, a detailed storyboard is developed.

Voice Over

Based on the information analysis, we draft a voice over script in a tone and style that rings true for yourself and your target audience.

Record

At this point, pre-production is officially finished and we start off of with the production process. Not only does this involve filming, but also sound and voice over recording.

Video Edit

As soon as recording is finished, we start with film editing. The more the footage, the longer the editing. The more extensive the interviews … same story. When finished, we present to you a rough cut.

Animate

Based on the voice over script and the storyboard, the information is visualised by beans of moving graphics. This clarifies the message and makes for a more convincing video. Within this phase titles and are also added.

Colour Grading

An important part of post-production is the colour grading of the footage. ‘Why is this necessary?’, you may ask. So when footage are, flat colours are brought to life in such a way that it contributes to a particular mood in the film.

Sound Design

Equally important to the film editing is the sound design. Within this stage the sound is mixed, optimised and designed to draw the viewer closer to the story.

SECTORS

Ever since 2011 we’ve become used to being thrown into the deep end. From hearing dozens of life-changing stories to witnessing the positive impact of many organisations. In the process our film experience has deepened within the following sectors:

CLIENTS

In half a decade, Blindspot has partnered with all sorts of clients. From local, community-based organisations to internationally acclaimed universities; from high-tech innovation managers to multi-national NGO’s. Not only have they played a fundamental part in establishing our portfolio, they’ve also shaped our approach in building reliable client relations.

PARTNERS

Blindspot stands in strong partnership with the following parties.

partners-unravelling
Unravelling is a cause-based organisation that inspires leaders to explore their vocation. Led by Francois Malherbe, Blindspot has often partnered with Unravelling to document his travels within Africa.
partners-dewebtuin
Owner of De Webtuin, Bram Roenhorst, has played a significant part in establishing Blindspot on European shores. On an ad-hoc basis, Bram represents Blindspot in the Netherlands.
partners-gosse
Based in Amsterdam, independent filmmaker and scriptwriter Gosse Bouma extends Blindspot international arm when filming in Europe is required.
SG
Stellenbosch Gemeente will be housing for 2017 while collaborating on a variety of short documentary films.

HISTORY