I realise that although Substance has been active on Twitter (www.twitter.com/substancefilms) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/substancefilms), we’ve been very quiet on our very own blog!

Although the 10th of February is no longer technically a time to be wishing anyone a happy new year, I’m going to do it anyway.  May 2013 be filled with good times, happy memories and adventure for you and yours!

The 10th of February is Chinese New Year this year and this year is the year of the snake. In case you haven’t seen it here are some amazing images from the Huffington Post of the Chinese New Year celebrations.  Spectacular!

I did a little bit of research into the rather ominously named year, in terms of Chinese Astrological predictions and it turns out that its not one bit as nerve-wracking as it sounds.  Maybe its just because I’m South African and spent a lot of time in the bush and on farms and grew up with “be careful of snakes” ringing in my ears.  But all the poisonous, deadly rumours are not true of 2013, in face, Hanban.com had this to say about the year:

It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.

Well isn’t that great to hear!

In other news, Substance Films recently brought in the new year with our second local broadcaster on the SABC.  The hour long documentary is entitled “Rebirth and Return”.  The film is directed by Isa-Lee Jacobson and produced by yours truly, with assistant producer, Jonno Luies gaining his first broadcast credit too!  Let me know if you missed the broadcast on SABC2 and I will send you a DVD copy of your own.

During January 2013, our junior editor, Marisa Molnar moved on to greener, fresher pastures.  After six months of video editing, she decided that the world of photography was her true calling and she has duly taken flight.  We wish her all the luck in the world and can’t wait to see her beautiful images everywhere!

That also means we have a new editor in the house!  Her name is Jessica Munna and she is also studying music at UCT.  We hope she will love being closed in a dark room in front of a computer for days on end at Substance Films! No, seriously, her first project is an exciting one – we are finally creating the promotional video that mothers2mothers so desperately needs for their work.  Its our pro bono project for 2013 and ahigh profile and exciting one too!

For the last week we have had an intern from the UK visiting in the office.  Arabella’s insight and assistance has been invaluable and she is going to round off her visit with a blog post, so keep ’em peeled later this week!

Thank you for all the support in 2012 and onwards and upwards into 2013!