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Attention musicians, composers and aspiring film and music video maker. Cape MIC and CFC Workshops

‘If Beethoven was alive today, he’d be a video game composer ” Tommy Tallarico (award winning gaming composer)

It seems to be pretty unanimously accepted that musicians can’t rely on CD sales for much longer. In light of this everyone seems to be talking about either the ticket or the T-shirt as a musician’s new source of revenue, referring to live performances or merchandise. While this, to a large extent may be true , it is certainly not where the big bucks are at. Film, gaming and movies, that’s where we should be steering our attentions as composers. When we mention this to most people they appear to be vaguely interested and then almost in the same breath revert to discussing dropping their new album. Our question is dropping it where? Wake up!

We should think of music, film, television and videogames becoming one concentrated digital media industry with enough opportunities and new careers to keep anyone serious about making a living in this industry spoilt for choice. If you want to know more about the topic of music in film, we have a few workshops lined up that may be of interest…

The Cape Film Commision and Cape MIC present an Introduction to Film Workshop being held around the city in late February. Each of these workshops will consist of film making lectures several of which have to do with music and these will be presented by Cape MIC. The benfit to musicians and composers is two fold. Firstly it will show what goes into making a film or, indeed, a music video as well as begin the process of targeting films in their composition process and in composing directly for films.

If you would like to attend visit and click on the Join Our Workshops link and signup for the appropriate workshop. The closing date for the 22nd of February workshop is the 20th of February. Each subsequent workshops signups will close a few days before the time.

Please see an outline of the workshop topics below.

DURATION: 1 DAY (08H30 – 17H00)
22 February: CT CBD – RUNWAY Film Resource Centre
1 March: Khayelitsha – Look Out Hill
8 March: Mitchells Plain – Youth and Family Development Centre Tafelsig
15 March Ocean View/ Masipumelelo and Muizenberg – Lavender Hill Community Centre
23 March Stellenbosch – Kayamandi Tourism Corridor

Shooting a movie, any movie, goes through a structural pattern, and this overview will lay out the steps involved – from script to screen.

9:00-9:30The Film and Media Market
Understanding the market, the concept, marketing, sales and distribution process for bringing a creative idea from script to screen

9:30-10:00The producer and the production team
From script acquisition, the casting of the leading roles, the hiring of the director and the search for finance and budgeting all are grist to the producer’s mill. Assisting the producer is the production team.


This is where the movie starts, and you will be given a close-up view of the writer’s task.

10:45 – 11:15The Director
The overall responsibility for the movie rests on the Director’s shoulders and the director’s function will be explained by a leading industry director.

11:15-11:45The Actor
This is what it is all about, this is where the movie takes on life or dies, as prominent actor will explain.

11:45-12:15Sound and Music for Film
Film sound is divided into two parts, sound recorded on set and the sound in post-production, music and sound effects and the final mix. A veteran sound engineer will explain this.


The Cinematographer
The camera records the visual impact of the movie – the set – the scenery – the costumes – the performers. The skill of the cameraman embraces lighting, composition, movement and interpretation.

2:00-2:30The Editor
In the editing room, a fresh, new mind now looks at the movie, sometimes re-interpreting the script, often with surprisingly wonderful results.

The Art department embraces the look of the production, and consists of the construction department, including painting and carpentry, wardrobe, props, make-up and hair.


Once the edit is locked, the sound is designed and the final mix of all sound effects, dialog, and music is carried out by the sound department. The movie is graded, colours are adjusted, and the look of the movie is determined.

3:15-3:45Financial Assistance
How to access financial assistance in order to pay for studies

3:45-4:15Studying Film
Careers and education available in the film industry



Playlist Creator & Web Marketer. The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today. He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him. He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012. He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019. He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including which he founded in 1999.

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