Cape Town’s world class movie industry has grown up in essentially short space of time. While there was some film making before as well as during the apartheid era it was severely restricted. It was only in the’ 90s when the nation became a democracy that the world film industry quickly found all the advantages that Cape Town must offer for film and photography production.
It began with an influx of overseas commercials from european and American advertisers being shot in and around the city. Attracted by the relatively low filming costs, the remarkable locations and also the blue skies, many world class teams gone to the city, enjoyed it and returned season after year.
The area infrastructure grew in skills and facilities and pretty soon Cape Town became known as a convenient and efficient location for all types of film production. Eventually the very first feature films were being produced in the city: one of the first international blockbusters in 2002 was The Piano Player starring Christopher Lambert and Dennis Hopper, accompanied by Lord of War with Nicholas Cage in 2005 and Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio in 2006.
International commercials and photography stills productions continued to select The city and cape Town attracted more investment as the enormous contribution made to the country’s economy from the flourishing film industry was recognised. Cape Town Film Studios were developed, expanding the equipment readily available to truly international standards and allowing more set building and post-production services being offered.
In 2012 2 more big budget film productions confirmed Cape Town’s ongoing role as Mother City of film making: Safe House with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, and Dredd picture in 3D here and in Johannesburg, very much on set at Cape Town Film Studios.
As well as the international films shot here, there is a now flourishing independent local film industry along with a booming animation industry. All this means that all of the support network of manufacturing companies, experienced crew, equipment hire, casting and model agencies, post-production facilities etc are right here in abundance and working to a higher standard. Filmmaking makes it very easy for overseas productions to fly in and film comfortably and efficiently with hometown manufacturing companies taking proper care of most of the details and ensuring that it all runs smoothly.