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Animation Workshop from International Pro’s – JHB & Cape Town

BIG NEWS for anyone in Cape Town wanting to attend Clive Endersby’s Masterclass workshop on 27th & 28th of September… You can now get it at a HUGELY discounted price! Scroll down for pricing information and more info on the massive workshop line up of well known pro’s in the industry. Be sure to scroll down to have a look!

Also, just to wet your appetites, major studios have banded together to get this masterclass series started so you know things are getting interesting!

From Inception to Distribution

Binary Film Works, Pollen Creative Media and Zeropoint Studios present the first MASTERCLASS SERIES on African soil dedicated to improving the quality of South African Television and Animated content, and getting original IP market ready and distributed internationally.

For the first time too international experts will be made accessible across the country, Joburg, Cape Town, PE and Durban for all content creators and producers.


Making Magic by Clive Endersby

Award winning Canadian writer and Story Editor will present 2-days on writing serial TV – with specific attention to greater skill around writing for children’s animated series, and keeping your audience GLUED to the screen!


Clive is also the master behind “My Big Big Friend” which is currently on the top five (mostly number 1) in both Canada and Brazil. It is also one of the Brazilian Producer’s forum’s brag-pieces – for producers seeking co-production with Brazil.

Clive Endersby (2 days)

  • Cape Town – 27, 28 September -NOW ONLY R2500 ( susidised)
  • Johannesburg – 30 September – 1 October
  • Ticket prices: R4200 per 2-day workshop
  • ALL Students get in for JUST R2000-00

Writing and Directing by Mike de Seve

An Emmy-nominated writer and director famous for “Over the Hedge” and many other Dreamworks projects, working in both feature films and television, and the Creative Director for the long-running New York writer-director collective. Mike will expand the knowledge pool around writing and directing specifically for animation – long and short form.

Mike de Seve (2 days)

  • Johannesburg – 12th, 13th November
  • Cape Town – 15th, 16th November
  • Ticket prices: R4200 per 2-day workshop

The Real Buzz by Justine Bannister

International TV Consultant whose career spans 20 years in the audiovisual biz, will cover creating your Brand & Integrated Marketing thinking, Out on the Front line: Pitching & the pitch bible, Where is the money? Brand Building, Buzz & Awareness: Gaming, Online, Additional Content, Licensing & Publishing. This vast and valuable skill set has been accrued with Majors, Independents, Broadcasters and start-ups worldwide including 20th Century Fox, Lagardère, Mediatoon, TV Loonland, Disney and PGS Entertainment.

Justine Bannister (2 days)

  • Johannesburg – 26, 27 November
  • Cape Town – 29, 30 November in collaboration with Kunjanimation
  • Ticket prices: R4200 per 2-day workshop

Writing the TV Drama Series and The Future of TV by Pamela Douglas

A repeat of last year’s ground breaking workshop and a follow on workshop based on her new book by the same title.

Pamela Douglas (2 days in CT & 5 Days in JHB)

  • Cape Town – 21, 22 March 2015 R3500
  • Johannesburg – 17, 18 & 19 March 2015 R5000
  • All 5 days R 6500 (first 2 days are are streamed).


Pricing and Discounts

  • JHB & Cape Town
  • Tickets now only R2500,00 ex vat for the Cape Town Event
  • ALL students get tickets at R2000,00 per workshop

To book your spot: Just email Natasje at


For more information on prices and dates, contact:

  • Wendy Spinks – for Cape Town
  • Natasje van Niekerk – for Joburg
  • Nina Allchurch – for PE
  • Word Smiths: Wendy Spinks & Natasje van Niekerk

For more detail on each Speaker and their workshop please click this


More about the Masterclass Series

In 2013, Natasje van Niekerk launched this initiative by hosting the very first 3- day workshop in Writing the TV Drama Series presented by Pamela Douglas – international authority and published author on serial television. Writers, producers and broadcasters attended and the response was phenomenal and unanimous:


And so the MASTERCLASS SERIES was conceived – and it’s just as exciting as it sounds…

The collective’s vision is to build, develop and raise the bar in the South African TV and animation industries. To assist in creating original IP through training, and most importantly get product market ready for international markets and festivals for years to come. This way we hope to establish South African content creators as a force on the global playing field.

We are bringing out some serious International Experts as part of the MASTERCLASS SERIES bringing a wealth of global expertise and insights to our doorstep. So if you are a writer wanting to learn new skills or a creative with an idea. Maybe you’re a studio, a producer or an individual with a project you really want to get to an international level, then… This is for YOU. From ideation, to writing and pitching to distribution and ultimately meeting the money people so we can get product made and send it out there! We are bringing out the big guns to guide us across the spectrum, in a series of workshops with the Masters.

As promised in 2013, we’re bringing back Pamela Douglas to build on last year’s insightful and incredibly educational workshop. The collective strives to not only “dump” knowledge, but to bring masters back again and again so the true value of their mentorship can be accessed.

Written by Ruan Smit

Ruan Smit started Pixelsmithstudios with the vision of creating a new design orientated environment of sharing, learning and expertise development amongst local Animators,Illustrators,Game Developers and VFX artists in South Africa.

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