The videos we made for Eduplex are close to our hearts.
Eduplex began as a God-given vision to the director, Mr. Nico van der Merwe Sr., to make a difference in deaf education. The school was opened in 2002 by Mr. Nelson Mandela.
Eduplex is a private, Christian, mainstream school in Pretoria. It comprises a Pre-, Primary and High School, as well as an Audiology and Speech-Language department. At Eduplex, a small number of deaf pupils are included in each class.
Through the years, Zikedish produced quite a few videos for Eduplex, including “Eduplex in a nutshell,” “Deaf learners at Eduplex,” “A leap of faith,” “Dynamic FM” and the last one, the beautiful “Inclusion at Eduplex.”
The “Eduplex in a nutshell” film was one of the first projects where Dawie and Linda wrote the script together and is a particular favorite of ours.
“The school and the awesome work they do for deaf learners are close to our hearts – as Linda, is also deaf in her one ear”.
We had a great time filming. The sports chapter, chapter 6, was particularly fun to film. Besides the children’s energy and enthusiasm, everything for this chapter was unscripted; we just had an idea. The three teachers – or should we say “presenters” and we had so many laughs during filming, it was almost impossible to complete the scene. With many jokes, sudden bouts of stage fright, and literally an hour and a half of laughter later – Nehan, Scott, and Christo pulled it off just fine.
The most challenging chapter we filmed was chapter 7, featuring the various cultural activities presented at the school. The teachers knew they wanted to showcase the children’s music, photography, choir, drama, and dance talents, but had no idea how to show it to the public. So when we arrived in the morning, we chose a song on the spot and choreographed a quick live performance. A “celebrity” teacher conducted it. Everything was filmed with a Canon 50 mm f1.4 prime lens, and only at the end of the performance, the overall picture was revealed by the use of an 18 mm wide lens. Of course, there were bumps and bruises in the production, but seeing that this was all impromptu with some of the children being deaf, everything turned out pretty well.
Cinematic look, feel and happy clients
Our cinematographic vision for this video, as in all the other Eduplex films, was an emphasis on lines, forms, and cinematic depth of field where needed. To give the “Eduplex in a nutshell” production that extra special Zikedish touch, we commissioned our talented friend and composer, Francois Nortje, to create an original musical score. He did a superb job and helped to engrave this film into our hearts personally forever.
In the end, everything turned out perfect, and our clients were delighted – what more can we ask!
Nico van der Merwe Sr.
Dear Dawie and Linda. I want to congratulate you on the excellent video – very professional and captures the essence of Eduplex. Thank you very much for your outstanding work!