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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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Skybok: Western Province Rugby


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Skybok was recently at Canal Walk in Cape Town shooting a few members of the U20 South African Junior Rugby Squad as they received goodie bags from Cotton On + spent the evening picking out their favourite items.

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See all behind-the-scenes photos by Paul Sutton here.

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Skybok People Profile: Ferial Johannes


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We shot the Skybok People Profile of Ferial this week – she is the WINNING designer from South Africa chosen to fly to Fashion Week Brooklyn in New York to show on the runway in June!! Here are some screengrabs of our shoot in Cape Town this week. More coming, along with her People Profile for Brooklyn Fashion Week! Join our community on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, as well as Pinterest. On instagram, we are using hashtag #Skybok! *Photos taken on an iphone 6. For films taken on an iphone 6, click here.

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Skybok Honoured at BWA Regional Business Achiever Awards!


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Tamika Doubell Business Women Entrepreneur

I was honoured to receive an award at this year’s Business Women’s Association of South Africa’s Regional Business Achiever Awards. Held at The Crystal Towers in Cape Town, I was thrilled to receive this recognition of distinction in business as an entrepreneur in the film industry! Skybok is all about connecting South Africa. I look forward to our exciting future doing so. I am very blessed that I was able to turn something I am passionate about into a profitable venture. It’s exciting to have been named in amidst such successful women across the region in all industries. I am proudly South African and marvel each day at our beautiful country and our people. Thank you, BWA! More photos from the event here.

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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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