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Filming in Namibia
14.06.2017

FOP recently completed a shoot on the desert coast of Namibia for three new episodes in three different series - Siyaya - Coast to Coast, Siyaya - Africa and Wild World Diaries. Accompanied by four excited Topnaar girls, Oompie and the Zebrabus filmed in the red dunes, at Sandwhich Harbour, Cape Cross Seal Colony, Utuseb and Mirabib. This was all thanks to one of our main investors, Vidalia Ventures and its CEO Irene Reynolds Schier, who also acts as Executive Producer on the Siyaya... Read more >



Siyaya - Wildest Cape Updates
14.06.2017

We've been very busy this year with Siyaya - Wildest Cape. After funding from CapeNature landed for part of the full series, we went off and filmed with new excited Zebrabus teams across the Western Cape's nature reserves. We completed filming in Lambert's Bay Bird Island, Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Goukamma Nature Reserve, Robberg Nature Reserve and Cederberg Wilderness Area, totalling nine episodes. The episodes are in the rough cut stage as we await more funding to complete filming... Read more >



Siyaya - Wildest Cape Pilot Shoot
10.08.2016

FOP's flagship franchise Siyaya is busy brewing again, as we completed the first shoot for out pilot episode of Siyaya - Wildest Cape, in partnership with CapeNature. Our host Oompie brought kids from Johannesburg to experience the majesty of De Hoop Nature Reserve, accompanied by a local girl who showed them the ropes. They climbed mountains, tracked antelope and snorkeled under the sea as the learnt about the plants and creatures that call the reserve their home. We were accompanied by a... Read more >



Johannesburg Zoo
10.08.2016

In April FOP shot a short film about Soweto kids going on a magical journey to the Johannesburg Zoo. Commissioned by Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, these kids had close encounters with the animals that make their home there, preparing food for them, cleaning their enclosures and learning from a very knowledgable guide all about the animal kingdom. The film has just completed post-production and will be screened at the Orlando West High School and by the Johannesburg Zoo.



8th International Waters Conference (GEF)
10.08.2016

In May, FOP travelled to Sri Lanka for the 8th International Waters Conference, hosted by IW:Learn. We filmed all the conference's events, forums and workshops and packaged it into daily videos for screening at the morning sessions. Managed by GEF, the event brings together governments, NGOs and organisations involved in transboundary water systems management, where ideas and resources can be shared and key issues regarding water can be discussed. The attendees also got the opportunity to... Read more >



January shoot in Madagascar
25.02.2016

FOP has a longstanding relationship with the island of Madagascar, a beautiful paradise struggling with poverty and environmental crises. In January, we visited the island for a three week shoot, producing material for various projects, including our passion project Bone Dancer, as well as short videos for national parks and fundraising for a rural school. It was an exciting trip, filled with remarkable people and breathtaking scenery, animals found nowhere else in the world and a couple of... Read more >



Siyaya taking to the skies
25.02.2016

Siyaya has been bitten by the travel bug! After we've sold two episodes of Siyaya - Come wild with us to South African Airways (SAA), our cinematographer caught his first glimpse of our show on the airline, which will be entertaining domestic and international travellers for the next couple of months. Tweet us a photo @FOPFilms if you also stumble upon our show while travelling with SAA.



Siyaya - Come wild with us has been nominated for a SAFTA!
25.02.2016

Great news! Our youth wildlife programme, Siyaya - Come wild with us, has been nominated for a Golden Horn at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) in the catgeory for Best Factual Educational Programme. We are so honoured to be nominated and want to give a big congratulations to the team that helped make this series a success, the youngsters that brought life to the show's adventures and SANParks for their support. Tune in to SABC 2 on 20 March to see if we take home the... Read more >



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