Metelerkamp, Bisset join Fly On The Wall

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Directors Sean Metelerkamp and Christopher Bisset have joined co-founder Bryan Little at Cape Town production company Fly On The Wall.

Sean's first job since joining Fly On The Wall was Puppets vs. Pantsula, a Diesel + EDUN fashion film for Vice Magazine, shot in Soweto.

You can watch at http://vimeo.com/61622837.

Sean directed the original Die Antwoord music video, Zef Side, which has just under 14 million views on YouTube; won a D&AD Yellow Pencil for Best Music Video; and won The YouTube Play competition.

Since then, Sean's exhibited at The Guggenheim museums in New York, Bilbao, Venice and Berlin; had art residencies in New York; signed to agencies in London, Los Angeles and Paris; and been profiled in Playboy and Shots.

His recent photographic work includes documenting Monte Rosa old-age home and Noupoort rehabilitation centre, as well as Skeef Reenboog, shot across South Africa on borrowed and disposable film cameras. Sean's also been recording street melodies from homeless people in Cape Town, New York and London.

"I love and respect Sean's work," says Bryan, who co-founded Fly On The Wall in 2004 with producer Filipa Domingues and cinematographer Grant Appleton. "He has always been a friend and someone who shared space and philosophies with us. He makes interesting, relevant work that blows people's minds."

To watch Sean's reel, visit http://www.flyonthewall.co.za/seanmetelerkamp/ or check out his photography at www.seanmetelerkamp.com.

Christopher Bisset prepares for Venice Biennale
Since joining Fly On The Wall, Christopher has been working on a top-secret project for the Venice Biennale, which he can't talk about.

Christopher was named Best Newcomer at the 2012 DStv Film Talent Celebration Competition for his documentary A Procura de Pancho (Looking for Pancho), about Mozambican architect Pancho Guedes. You can watch the video at http://vimeo.com/16987348.

Christopher attended the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2011 and spent three months in Germany directing Five Ways to Kill a Man. In 2012, the short film was shortlisted for The Berlin Today Award; premiered at the Berlin Film Festival; won The German Human Rights Award; and screened at The Cannes Film Festival.

Christopher has shot an acclaimed music video for Bateleur, as well as commercials and campaigns for the likes of Dove, Woolworths, Clinique, Old Mutual, and Arwa, working with agencies in both South Africa and Dubai. He directed the video components of the Sprite Cricket Stars campaign, which won two Grand Prixs at Dubai Lynx in 2012.

In 2010, Christopher graduated from The University of Cape Town's School of Architecture, winning the nationwide Murray & Roberts Des Baker Architecture Design Competition along the way.

"I've been following Chris for a number of years and I really believe in his work," says Bryan. "His history as an architect gives him a very pure aesthetic that adds an interesting angle to Fly on the Wall. He is ultra sharp and about as contemporary and on point as you get."

Check out Christopher's reel at http://www.flyonthewall.co.za/christopherbisset/.

Bryan Little shoots 11-country MTN campaign & gets AMAA nomination
Bryan's just finished directing MTN Africa's Welcome To The New World campaign, where he temporarily moved into MetropolitanRepublic's Joburg offices to shoot 13 brand commercials for 11 countries, in multiple languages, in under two months. You can watch the first spot below.

Named one of Shots' top 50 up-and-coming directors worldwide and one of The Mail and Guardian's top 200 Young South Africans, Bryan has directed global commercials for the likes of Discovery, MTV Europe and National Geographic Channel, which won Best Brand Commercial (Europe) and Best Director (worldwide) at Promax Europe.

The African Cypher, Bryan's celebration of local street dance culture, has just been nominated as Best Documentary at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards, considered the Oscars of Africa.

The African Cypher won Best Documentary at both Durban International Film Festival and Encounters South African International Documentary Festival in 2012.

Bryan is the only documentary director to have won two Encounters' audience awards: his Fokofpolisiekar: Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do documentary was named Best South African Film in 2009.

Watch Bryan's reel at http://www.flyonthewall.co.za/bryanlittle/.

New directors, new website, new office soon
As part of welcoming two new directors, Fly On The Wall has launched a new website, www.flyonthewall.co.za, and will be moving into new offices soon.

"I want Chris and Sean to make the work they want to make," Bryan says. "That is the point of this whole endeavor: to somehow create a framework that allows all of us to create the very best work we possibly can. It's a life project."

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