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Here is the debut music video from The Fizz Pops for their first single “Alright” filmed in our Church Studio by Barry de Villiers of Roundabout Films.

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The second round of judging for this year’s ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with MRP took place in our Church Studio last month and here is a look at what went on from the judges table to the model preparation in our Gallery during presentations of each of the eight finalists’ collections.

Elle Rising Star backstage at Roodebloem Photographic Studios Cape Town

For more information on this competition and the finalists visit the ELLE Rising Star website.

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Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS™ is the industry’s most prestigious and respected mixology competition and was hosted in South Africa during August & September 2015. Alongside the competition was WORLD CLASS™ House, a pop‐up consumer facing event and venue, was open to the public to showcase experiences from World Class Spirits through a series of boutique cocktail bars, cantinas and a series of intimate and engaging master class experiences.

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For three weeks our studios were completely taken over and renovated to create this WORLD CLASS™ House. After each studio had been transformed by a team of set builders even we had a hard time recognising our studios. It was absolutely incredible what they created in each of our different spaces.

Experiences included intimate tastings of premium whiskies such as Bulleit and exclusive digital mentoring from Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Seven brands were represented in the house and each had its own space and experiential activity to entertain guests.

Guests started their experience in our Church Studio, passing through the double doors on Roodebloem Road and starting at the WORLD CLASS™  Bar, a stylish cocktail bar showcasing the best that the Reserve Brand has to offer.

From here they could make their way through a doorway to meet the maker Tom Bulleit in a modern-day twist of his home, a Kentucky Hunting Lodge.

The Johnnie Walker Blue Label ‘Symphony In Blue’ lounge was set up in our Gallery space. Here visitors were taken through an intimately personal mentored tasting of the 6 main flavours of this amazing whisky with led by Johnnie Walker Global Brand Ambassador, Tom Jones. Using an innovative combination of theatre and cutting edge digital technology, the lounge allowed visitors the unique opportunity to step inside the extraordinary rare world of Johnnie Walker Blue Label through a rich blend of animation and live action film.

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Between the Church and Hall studios is the courtyard which was covered with a canvas tarpaulin to create a cosy food court serviced by the Jack Rabbit mobile kitchen.

In one of the most striking changes, Tanqueray transformed our Hall Studio reliving the glamour and excitement of the roaring 1920s. Their resident barkeep Tom Aske was crafting martinis from the world’s best gin, Tanqueray No. TEN, while the mesmerising Tanqueray Imperial Shaker added a twist to visitors Gin Fizz.

A pop­‐up Cantina inspired by the region of Jalisco, the home of Tequila Don Julio, was erected in our parking lot and outside curve area. An authentic and luxurious experience pairing TDJ cocktails with Mexican street food served from the El Burro food truck.

For the Zacapa Room, our daylight Drive-In Studio was completely blacked-out to create a multi-sensory experience designed to bring to life the iconic home of the brand in Guatemala. Hosted by Zacapa Master Blender Lorena Vasquez and Global Brand Ambassador Rebecca Quinonez, guests will explore first-hand the sights, sounds and tastes of the place where Zacapa is aged and blended, 2,300 metres above sea level.

Upstairs in our Jett Studio was the of Ketel One Vodka experience – a journey through the Bloody Mary. Visitors got to come and explore this classic cocktail, exploring its key ingredients and flavour components. Having been walked through the building blocks of this iconic  serve, guests got the chance to use their senses, defying the norm and created their very own bespoke Bloody Mary cocktail.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to visit the WORLD CLASS House and want to see what it was like then take a look at this video put together by News24 on the opening night.

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Recently our Drive-In Studio was recently transformed into a nail bar for part of Vodacom’s Slaap Tiger TV commercial.

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Rather than using the infinity curve they modified the kitchen area to resemble a retail environment and covered up the cupboards and door to complete the effect.

Watch the TV commercial Continue reading

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We shared the shoot video last week (click here to see it) and now here are some great behind-the-scenes images, captured by Elle’s creative assistant Niquita Bento, of Elle’s August #AfricaIssue cover that was shot in our Church Studio and features the beautiful Pearl Thusi.

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Click to enlarge and enjoy.

See the rest of the images from this shoot on the Elle blog.


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For their August #AfricaIssue Elle photographed the gorgeous Pearl Thusi for the cover. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video that follows Pearl on shoot day from our dedicated make-up room to the infinity curve in our spacious Church photographic studio, a definite favourite for fashion photographers in Cape Town.

Video by Roice Nel @ Kickass Media Productions and more info on the Elle blog.


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Watch what Women’s Month is all about for Foschini in this short behind-the-scenes video filmed in our Drive-In photographic studio.


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In the heart of trendy Woodstock is our Church building, which we converted into a photographic studio, but it is still available to hire as a wedding venue. With its varnished wooden floors, high ceilings and stained glass windows it still has all the grandeur and atmosphere of a church and can seat 150 guests comfortably.

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Back in March this year Ayden & Lisa had their wedding ceremony here and Knit Together captured it all beautifully in these photographs. Click to enlarge

To see the rest of the stunning photos of the ceremony and the reception afterwards, visit Knit Together’s website.


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A couple of months ago the GNC World Swimsuit South Africa Model Search Finalist shoot took place in our Church photographic studio. It may have been a cold Cape Town winters day outside but the heat was on in studio and I’m not talking about the gas heaters.

Take a look at this behind the scenes video to see what we are talking about…

Models: Carly Lottering, Shane van Der Westhuizen, Dante Roets, Babalwa Mabona, Danielle Greyling, Robyn Lesley Jones, Pia Jane, Kaymin Ormerod, Katelyn Barkhuizen, Madaleen Swanepoel, Aisha Dramat, Sune Serfontein

Photographer: Anton Robert

Cameraman: Paul Charles & Richard Hughes

Editor: Richard Hughes

Studio: The Church, Roodebloem Studios


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One of the great features of our photographic studios is that we are happy for you modify our studios to suit your shoot. Our buildings can even be used as locations whether you’re looking for modern styling on our daylight side, or the character filled spaces of our Church and Hall studios.

A great example of how versatile our spaces are is how Plascon transformed the balcony of our daylight building at 43 Roodebloem Road to create four unique and completely different looks.

Photographed by Micky Hoyle and for more about the paint colours and the accessories used visit Visi Magazine


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Some behind the scenes courtesy of Ricardo Koopman from a recent music video production in our Hall Studio. Of interest is the crane they used. There was some concern about its weight on our wooden floors, but with boards under the tracks to spread the load it wasn’t a problem. The 8 metre high ceilings in our Hall studio also meant they could use the full range of the crane to get their shots.


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You’ve seen the photos (if you missed them, click here) and now here’s a video of the South African finals of the BACARDÍ LEGACY Cocktail Competition 2015. Denzel Heath took the night with his signature cocktail, ‘The Lennox’. Take a look at how they transformed our Drive-In photographic studio into a premium cocktail bar for the evening while guests and international judges watched the bartending mastery and got to taste the bespoke creations.

For more visit the Bacardi Legacy SA Facebook page.


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This year over 550 hopefuls entered the World Swimsuit South Africa & GNC South Africa Model Search in the hope of becoming ‘The One’ and earning a coveted place amongst the legendary World Swimsuit models in the pages of this year’s swimsuit edition.

The field was trimmed down to the finalists who gathered in Cape Town at Roodebloem Studios in our Church photographic studio at the end of May to be put through their paces in a professional photo shoot with the team.

The photographs of the shoot have been scrutinized and the judges have arrived at their final decision. The winner of the World Swimsuit SA MODEL SEARCH 2015 is… Carly Lottering!

Congratulations to the gorgeous Carly on this awesome achievement and check out this hot behind-the-scenes video of Carly on set in our beautiful Church Studio.


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