Incredible SA Film Heroes

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We put out a call to find out who makes your world go round – and these are the incredible individuals who have been nominated as South African film industry heroes for going the extra mile and touching the lives of the people they work with.

Bradley Sweetman, Unit and Transport Manager

As a Unit and Transport Manager, Bradley moves all equipment and crew between locations, and anything with wheels is his responsibility. He also ensures actors are collected on time for shoots. As a Unit Manager, he ensures cast and crew are comfortable on set. He also runs base camp and catering areas. “The base camp is the area where we get the artists ready for set – make up, wardrobe, etc. The base camp is like a mini city that needs power, light and depending on the time of year, warmth or air-conditioning,” Sweetman explains. He recently worked on Serenity, and before that did Tomb Raider and Resident Evil: Final Chapter.

He says one of the best moments of his career to date was working in Mauritius on Serenity. “The people were fantastic, the island is beautiful and I had the best time over there. I have worked on many great productions in and around South Africa, all with their own memories, but working on Serenity was by far the best – great crew, great locations, fantastic weather and an awesome cast. Definitely the highlight so far.”

According to Sweetman, the film industry is not for everyone. “Working in the unit and transport departments often means long hours and weekend work. If you chose to join the film family, know that you are going to be a part of something special. I have met some amazing people from many different places. I have shared some amazing experiences and seen awesome locations that the average person can only dream about. If I can offer any advice, take your time, learn as much as you can, and take your opportunities when you ready.”

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