31 January 2019, Alumni of the week
AFDA alumnus, cinematographer and photographer Motheo Moeng, graduated from AFDA in 2010 and has already established a name in the South African film industry, with his work recognised by the South African Society of Cinematographers (SASC). His most recent director of photography film credit is on the film “Matewtwe”, directed by Kagiso Lediga, which has taken the South African box office by storm, raking in close to 1M ZAR on its first weekend. This is a phenomenal figure considering it only screened in 17 cinemas nationwide.
Motheo was born in Cape Town and raised in Gugulethu. His interest in creating powerful pictures and the drive to expand moments drove him to explore the possibilities of cinematography, which in turn led him to enrolling at AFDA. After graduating with an impressive list of achievements and awards, Motheo wasted no time establishing a name in the film industry, shooting TV series, music videos, short films, documentaries and features.
“Sitting in grade with the colourist and the director is one of my favourite things about the filmmaking journey, you literally putting colour or taking away colour to give the film a look and a mood that's going to live on forever.” says Motheo.
In 2014 he masterfully shot the multi-award winning and South African Oscar candidate film, “Thina Sobabili”, directed by fellow alumnus Ernest Nkosi. He then went on to shoot the features “Catching Feelings” (2017) and “Baby Mamas” (2018).
At the SAFTA’s 2018 Motheo was given just reward for the quality of his work, receiving the Best Achievement in Cinematography for the TV Drama – Tjovitjo, alongside fellow alumni Marius Van Graan and Ofentse Mwase.
AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.