Ts’episo Mahase (26) is a filmmaker who sees her creative vision as greatly helped and lead by God. She is an independant filmmaker whose visual storytelling is nothing short of perfection from frame to frame. We got to find out a little more about the contemporary filmmaker.
What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
What inspired me to become a filmmaker was a curiosity about how the process of filmmaking really is, the more I learnt about it the more interesting it became and I pursued it further.
What do you think makes your filmmaking and storytelling unique?
I don’t really think it is unique in anyway. There is such a huge realm of filmmaking that is unexplored by the masses and to think of my filmmaking as unique would be blind. It may be nuanced but I don’t think of it as unique. There’s always an element of posing questions and I guess making people feel like they are detectives trying to solve a puzzle.
What film projects are you currently working on?
I recently released a film called Roses For The Ocean which is a part of a bigger project called CLAIRVOYANCE: The End. We are shooting the rest of it and getting cracking with post production soon after so we can have it ready for the Johannesburg screening. The screening is free and is on the 14th of December and can book their tickets on Quicket
What do you feel the next step should be for your industry as a whole?
The next step should be making local films accessible for the masses and not just put this big emphasis on just showing them at festivals. I guess the biggest thing is who are they making films for, for other filmmakers, for film viewers or both? They need to make it accessible for all. It means nothing that you got selected to screen at TIFF but your audience does not even know where to watch your film when festival rounds are done.
What would you say to upcoming filmmakers in the industry to inspire them?
I would say learn as much as possible and open yourself up to different ideas. Don’t be a bully and work fairly with people in your team.
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Ray Manzana is a photographer and filmmaker who describes his work as being beyond the visual hype, storytelling is at the core of his creative expression. His portfolio boasts amazing photographic work with numerous artists including Frank Casino, Chiano Sky and Reason to name a few. Here’s a little bit on his journey as a creative.
“My environment inspires me, I feed off the energy, people, textures, taste. I like to use all my senses to draw inspiration from my surroundings and create a theme that indulges all the senses.
I try to capture the good and bad of life. I contrast a lot through my photography, for instance I could have a beautiful model captured in a somewhat toxic uninhabitable environment, that speaks to the realities that occur in life. My photography is centered around the ying-yang of life.
I’m not working on a particular big project at the moment, I’m working on various tv projects freelancing but in terms of my own creative projects I’m looking forward to creating a short film.
The next step for the creative industry is for creatives and artists to own their platforms and attain more resources. People need to pay creatives more as well, it can be really hard to survive as a creative off of your craft alone.
I’d encourge upcoming artist to remember that there is no right way or formula to creating art, stick to what feels most genuine to you.” – Ray Manzana
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Tshepiso Ramosela is a documentary photographer and creative rebel who is unapollogetocally breaking boundries in the art world. This creative on the move shares her self discovery through photography.
“I think my approach to my art always involves breaking boundaries and stereotypes especially ones that are held against women. I like doing things that are “suppose to be done by men”
What inspired me to become a photographer was the fact that God didn’t give me the talent of being a painter so photography became the alternate visual artform I could express myself through. I like real authentic, relatable stories.
I like photography because it allows you to share stories, the language of photography is powerful because it gives everyone to an opportunity to interpret it however way they want. There’s no wrong or right. It opens up conversations that weren’t there; it addresses what’s uncomfortable, the freedom is unlimited.
I conceptualize some of my work, which involves a lot of thinking and referencing, by looking at other peoples work. I like minimalism a lot. I also believe less is more, so I try to put that in my images. I recently started taking pictures of the things I see in my dreams, I think my photography reflects my personality alot.
I am currently working on a documentary project called :Wrongfully Accused”. It’s about people who have been wrongfully accused of crimes that they haven’t committed and have spent time in prison for that. So what I basically do is interview them, try to explore their feelings, document their life and try my best to project what they felt into a frame. It’s important for me to represent them well. It’s a very Important project for me. I am currently doing a project with Yeoville market that is partnered with Market photo workshop.
I think the industry has opened lots of opportunities for young people. I see this with street photographers sitting in advertising spaces with these agencies, explaining what is happening in street culture. Young people are educating brands om how to do things. So I think more Investing in the Youth. People say photography is dying because everyone has their phones. I believe its emerging cause now new story tellers are coming out and its interesting.
I’d encouage all visual artists to tell their stories the best way and most importantly have fun.” – Tshepiso Ramosela
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The 2018 Chasing The Noise Music and Arts Festival is bound to be one of a kind. The event will be taking place at the Worker’s Museum in Newtown on the 30th of June, it seeks to bring the youth into a space of learning and reflection, under the guise of rave music and art.
At a unique historical site the event will expose the youth to The Worker’s Museum, one of many structures that attest to the rich history of the Johannesburg Metropolis. The very same spot where the museum is located, just over a century ago, was a compound for black male workers. The compound was built to host migrant workers from all over South Africa who came to work in mines and factories. Leaving behind their families in search of ‘greener pastures’, the men sacrificed their privacy and subjected themselves to slave-like treatment. We believe spaces such as these are essential for youth to immerse themselves in. However, distracted by the hustle and bustle of modern city life, most young people do not visit such places regularly.
This gap thus created an opportunity for the Youth Urban Connect Culture Team – to create a two-fold experience. To firstly, bring young people together in the spirit of fellowship and celebration, secondly, educate and enlighten them on our history to remember the sacrifices our forefathers made and how this enabled us to enjoy the many privileges of the city we currently live in. The organising team stems from Back2Back Productions, an events company that seeks to give youth a voice through music and poetry. In association with NikKi’s Jazz Bar, we have hosted over 20 shows where young and old people alike could come under one roof to enjoy music and poetry from the youth’s perspective.
We at Youth Urban Connect Culture believe in investing in the youth. We have employed young local artists and DJ’s to entertain the crowd as well as have made available stalls for multimedia artists to showcase their work.
We look forward to hosting the first of many youth festivals and we seek to make this the biggest Winter festival in the city.
Youth Urban Connect Culture – For the youth. By the youth.
Get your tickets to Chasing The Noise Festival at chasingthenoise.co.za
Lehlohonolo Ramathe better known as the model next door is a 22 year old model currently working under Boss Models Johannesburg. This well sculpted Creative On The Move always lets his work speak for him through the excellent work on his editorials which are always aesthetically pleasing.
“I see modeling as a creative art and a way for me to express myself through images in a creative way. There were various people who inspired me to become a model, Yannick Konan, Paul Zirhumana, Toyin and many more these are just a few people that I look up and draw inspiration from their work or the energy that they bring into my life.
I believe that every single human being is unique from the next until a form of comparison starts thats when you loose your uniqueness. For me I would say my look, my dying passion and always striving for more within the modeling industry gives me my edge.
I am currently busy with some new work with Fucking young Magazine its a European magazine, I’m also working with a local magazine called Ilaph’lam magazine. The next step for me as a model would be to sign with a Cape town agency and a London based agency.
I’d encourage aspiring models to never ever compare themselves to other models you are unique and to always do it with passion or dont do it at all.” Lehlogonolo Ramathe
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