We started as a production house filming musicals
This first post of ours is just as much about the many musicals we filmed over the years, as it is about an end of an era and a new beginning. Very dramatic hey? Anyways, when I, Dawie le Hanie started playing around with video cameras and computers in 2003 – I not only discovered a love for video and technology but re-awakened my artistic self which was in a deep slumber for many years.
A vision was born
I always had a vision and dream to create quality and impactful films. In a moment of youthful courage (and ignorance), I founded a production company which I called Great White Creations, as I was always fascinated and adored Great White sharks. I knew more or less what I wanted to do and where we wanted to be in the future. Also, I reckoned that this new journey could be a cool way to live out my love for films and the arts.
So, I started filming anything and everything that moved in front of the lens. Weddings, old ladies who were singing, family members who were singing, little art company plays and quite a lot of school sports and concerts. In the end, filming of musicals consumed a big part of Great White Creations’ time and we loved it!
It was during these early years that we developed our skills and trained the eyes. The shareholders of Amazon.com also became a little richer after I bought a truckload of filmmaking books from them!
Our production techniques perfected on musicals
Our very first projects and musicals were always shot in 16:9 wide-screen when a lot of the other guys were still shooting in the 4:3 aspect ratio. As a general rule, we always filmed musicals with a multi-camera set-up. As a result, we always used a minimum of three cameras per production. In our last couple of projects, we used our 4-meter motorized crane, a dolly on tracks and had five cameras filming simultaneously! Everything handled by a team of just three guys. We continuously experiment with technology, whether it is new software, equipment or methods – everything so that we can deliver better and better products to our clients.
Although personally I didn’t study filmmaking and art at school, I believed in my own capabilities and reckoned I had an eye for a good composition. At Zikedish, we value quality products and people, and are proud of it. We will always strive to give our clients a product which we ourselves will be happy with. From flowing cinematic camera work, beautiful artwork and designs to the quality of media used for the replication or duplication of the DVDs – we are proud of it.
The road ahead
Great White Creations is no more in name and our emphasis is not school concerts and plays anymore, but we go forward with some wonderful memories of days past. You are very welcome to watch some songs from our last few musical projects below. We hope you enjoy them. The spirit of the old Great White Creations and its’ ambitious slogan – “creating perfection”, lives on in the soul of the evolved and better Zikedish’s: “Be zealous, be Zikedish”.