Company Profile & Showreels
Since 1989 Shadow Films has produced and distributed films. Formed in Sydney, the company returned home to South Africa in 1991 where it has traded successfully for 25 years.
Shadow Films has distributed African content exclusively to the international market for five years. Shadow Films has recently completed an 82' film made over 20 years, and is writing and seeking finance for several projects.
With an outstanding track record, we proactively create concepts, add value and provide cost effective solutions. We aim for long-term relationships. We research and prepare well, trust our vision and instincts, communicate relentlessly, and embrace collaboration.
We are swift and efficient, hiring in specialized services and equipment. We are committed to creativity, quality, and economy. We are global players with a local perspective, distributing African content, mostly docs, to the global market.
Shadow Films is a founding member of the Independent Producers' Organisation and David sat on the Executive Committee of the SA Screen Federation (SASFED) for three years, and is a Documentary Filmmakers' Association (DFA) member. He has been involved in training and industry initiatives for 27 years.
"Put every dollar on the screen. Don't waste anything." – The Malpaso Ethic (Clint Eastwood's company)
"All in all, the cinematographer's work is about balance. You've got to find a balance between the elements of production – its financial and schedule aspects – and making pretty pictures." – Jack Green ASC
David as a clapper loader on a Mercedes Benz commercial in the early 1980s
"Information is never essential, it's mood that is essential." – D A Pennbaker
Sometimes we need angels – this is St Michel.
Caravaggio's "Calling of St Matthew"
Caravaggio's "Betrayal of Christ" – a master of light.
10 Films that influenced me
Ju Dou, by Zhang Yimou (China, 1991)
Once Were Warriors, by Lee Tamahori (New Zealand 1995)
Diva, by Jean Jacques Beineix (France, 1981)
Gone With The Wind, by Victor Fleming (USA, 1939)
Bronenosets Potyomkin (Battleship Potemkin) by Sergei Eisenstein (USSR, 1925)
Casablanca, by Michael Curtiz (USA, 1942)
Metropolis, by Fritz Lang (Germany, 1925)
Lawrence of Arabia, by David Lean (UK 1962)
Roma, by Federico Fellini (Italy 1972)
Novecento (1900), by Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy, 1976)
David films aerials in the Drakensberg Mountains David films in Cradock in 2006.