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Why Filming Coffee Shops is Great


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Filming coffee shops is great because you catch people on a caffeine high and everyone wants to be on camera!

Usually, filming in certain venues requires some sort of permission grant signed by whoever is being filmed, like a release form, so they can’t turn around and sue you when the video ends up on the internet. Luckily, I’m very diligent with getting release forms signed.

But even with that, it’s always tricky filming the people on location because they are often suspicious of your intentions and can suddenly become quite alarmed.

How most places handle this uncomfortable issue is they put up a sign notifying the patrons there is a film shoot going on. Basically, such a sign puts them at ease by informing people on their way into the venue. It also waives any responsibility legally on behalf of the venue because it means anyone who is there has been ‘told’. And by being told, they’re indirectly giving their consent to be filmed. Unless they explicitly object, the venue assumes they are happy with it. If they’re not happy with it, it’s their responsibility to get out of the shot or ask the filmmaker to exclude them from the shot.

It’s a great way to get around the problem.

Though, for some reason, coffee shops are always less likely to be fussy.

Everyone is there meeting friends or having little business meetings or church gatherings, so it’s not like a Hollywood production. Putting up signs everywhere almost never has to happen because no one ever really has an issue (at least in my experience). And, if they do, it’s easy enough for them to come up and tell you.

I think today in general, people are becoming more relaxed anyway. I’m realizing this because with all the social media going on, there are so many people besides the professionals who are raising a camera for social reasons. The atmosphere is more personal and there’s a striking kind of trust fueled with adrenaline and excitement.

Skybok has filmed dozens of coffee shops in South Africa, here are some of my favorites below. Enjoy!

 

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Cape Town, Coffee Shops

Chart Farm and Coffee Terrace


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We shot Chart Rose Farm’s video profile over the weekend. It’s a divine coffee terrace and rose picking farm in Constantia, Cape Town. As the only place in the Cape Peninsula where you can select and pick your own roses, Chart Farm offers a unique experience for visitors. The Coffee Terrace serves teas, cakes, breakfasts and lunches. Along with the magnificent views of the Constantia Valley, it’s a great meeting place. Open daily from 9:00am – 4:30pm, the farm stall alongside the terrace offers fresh farm produce (in season), including lemons, limes, grapes, chestnuts and vegetables.

Check out their awesome website here and join them on facebook here.

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Cape Town, Coffee Shops

Charly’s Bakery


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We recently shot at the famous Charly’s Bakery at 38 Canterbury Street in Cape Town. We enjoyed some great weather and awesome crowd shots of happy customers feasting their eyes on all the delicious treats!

Check out their awesome website here and join them on facebook here. Watch this space for their video, soon to be added to our online database and our YouTube Channel.

Located in District 6, Cape Town, Charly’s Bakery is a family run business which was begun by Charly and Jacqui Biess in 1989. It specialises in “Mucking Afazing” designer cakes for all occasions, as well as a range of fun and bright cupcakes, petit fours, cookies and other yummies.

Over the years the business has grown and their 3 daughters, Alexandra, Daniella and Roch have joined them in creating their crazy, magical, glitter-filled world of Oompa Loompas, Luf Luf and decadently Wicked Chocolate Cake.

Their philosophy is to innovate, not imitate, and that the more you give the more you’ll get ♥

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Cape Town, Coffee Shops

Osumo


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Cape Town in South Africa is bursting with coffee shops & restaurants all over its vibrant city. One brand that is particularly popular in large shopping malls such as Canal Walk, Cavendish & the Da Luz Mall in Seapoint along the beach, is “Osumo“.

Osumo is a small chain of healthy food cafes in cape town. We are a happy, energetic team, dedicated to providing natural, fresh foods that truly support a balanced lifestyle.

We had a lot of fun shooting their video profiles and found all the staff and management teams to be friendly, fun & professional!

We filmed their stores in all 3 malls and can personally recommend their strawberry bliss smoothies, which we drank a lot of while shooting! :)

Coffee Shops, Grahamstown

Madhatters


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Situated at 118 High Street in Grahamstown, South Africa, this quirky coffee shop & bistro is a popular hangout for students and professionals alike. Renowned for its burgers, sandwiches, salads, quiches, cakes and an array of espresso’s and coffees, breakfast is served all day. It’s open Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 5pm and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. We had a lot of fun shooting their profile, enjoy!

Coffee Shops, Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Restaurants

Bocadillos


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Bocadillos Port Elizabeth South AfricaBocadillos is located in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This trendy coffee shop / restaurant is really a sunny gem in the heart of 6th avenue Walmer.

It’s always buzzing with locals and is well known for its sweet treats and pastries. It has a fabulous bakery which is renowned for its artisan breads & French patisseries. Artisan breads are baked fresh daily on the premises using the finest stone-ground flour without preservatives. Delicious, simple, fresh food and addictive “Illy” coffee is prepared by expert baristas.Bocadillos Port Elizabeth South AfricaWe loved shooting them. Watch below & see what all the fuss is about! 

Kalk Bay, Restaurants

The Brass Bell


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For best viewing quality, make sure to set the viewing settings to 1080p HD by clicking on the cog at the bottom right-hand corner of the video.

Bordering the waters of Kalk Bay’s gorgeous ocean, The Brass Bell is actually a lot bigger than I realised.

Going there to shoot their profile was enlightening because apart from the main restaurant that we all know and love (The Bikini Deck), there is also the Cabin Bar & Restaurant, The Water’s Edge Restaurant, The Pavilion and the Izannes fine dining restaurant!

Shooting was an absolute dream; the owner is very friendly and we were pleased with the great weather we got!

It’s always packed with people and I can see why.

It’s definitely a hot spot for a functions – birthday parties, cocktail parties or corporate functions – because of the great views, reasonable prices, efficient service and also because the whole area has such a rich history.

Check out their website for more info on opening times and contact details: THE BRASS BELL

Watch their video (at the top) and I guarantee you you’ll be calling them to organize your next get-together! ;)

Cape Town, Coffee Shops

Melissa’s Cape Town


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We shot Melissa’s in Newlands Cape Town and had a lot of fun! Melissa’s is very well-known for their baked goods. This cute coffee shop (one of a few they have around Cape Town) has lots to offer from Breakfast to Lunch to Afternoon Tea, and you can browse through their store while you wait for your food.