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Brendan Barnes' Those of the Water wins 2011 35mm Film School Competition

Scene from Those of the Water
Brendan Barnes, AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium)

Brendan Barnes, from AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium), is the winner of the 2011 Kodak Film School Cinematography Worldwide 35mm Competition.

Those of the Water, shot by Barnes, explores an ancient Xhosa belief of Abantu (The People of the Water) that come into question after a young boy washes up from the ocean.

About Film Making

As film makers, we are given the opportunity to create worlds and tell stories that are only limited by our imaginations. Every time I get behind a lens, I feel like I'm about to be shown a little secret. It's the sum of all those little secrets that add up to a beautiful film.

Style and Lighting

The cinematic style conceptualized for this film served to create a beautiful, fantastical world against which the story could unfold. The dramatic, natural spectacle of the locations offered the opportunity to use stunning panoramic shots. The camera moves gently and fluidly throughout the film to compliment the calm atmosphere of the environment. Vivid, vibrant colours were used to further the fantastical quality of the film while the lighting design set out to create and enhanced reality by shaping the natural lighting conditions to allow for flattering portraiture. 

Production Crew

  • Writer, Director – Zwelisizwe Ntuli
  • Producer – Benita Khoosal
  • Cinematographer – Brendan Barnes
  • Production Designer – Mosibudi Peeha
  • Editor – Karien Goosen
  • Visual Effects – Grant Davies


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