To keep up with booming local and international demand, Refinery is expanding its film and TV capacity with two new appointments. Lauren van Rensburg is moving to Cape Town to manage the film and TV department based at Searle Street Post, while Carmen Freemantle has joined Refinery as the film and TV producer in Johannesburg.
“We’ve had tremendous growth in our film and TV division, driven both by the rise in international TV series and by the Department of Trade and Industry’s game-changing post-production rebate,” says Tracey Williams, Refinery’s managing director. “I have been spending considerable time on projects from Cape Town, so it was the obvious step to bring in a post producer with considerable experience as the point person for all film and TV enquiries there going forwards.”
Lauren is one of South Africa’s most respected long-form producers, having completed well over 40 full Digital Intermediates for both the local and international markets. These include Spud, iNumber Number, Fanie Fourie’s Labola, Otelo Burning, Material, White Wedding, Seal Team 8, and Karsten and Petra.
Her front-end service work during this time covers more than 20 international service productions, including Queen of Katwe, Siege Of Jadotville, Generation Kill, Strike Back, and Long Walk To Freedom, for everyone from ABC Disney to Sony to Warner Bros.
Carmen brings nearly a decade of experience as an editor, including time in Qatar, Zambia and Mauritius. Most recently, she was the head of post-production at Something’s Cool, where she edited and on-lined season one of Rich Kids and oversaw season two of Your Perfect Sishebo.
Refinery’s recent highlights include:
• Hosting the data lab for Avengers: Age of Ultron, where Refinery passed an intensive security audit by Marvel and Disney
• Delivering 300 VFX shots on Karsten and Petra for Cinenord
• Producing the opening title sequences for Shark Killer for Canada’s Blue Ice Films and Jamillah & Aladdin for Kindle Entertainment for CBCC
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