Eskom Film Rob Malpage by Saatchi & Saatchi BrandsRock Johannesburg

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Rob Malpage

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Industry Household maintenance & pet products, Business equipment & services
Media Film
Market South Africa
Agency Saatchi & Saatchi BrandsRock Johannesburg
Released January 2013

Credits & Description

Frieze Films' Rob Malpage directed and lensed Eskom Switch for Saatchi & Saatchi Johannesburg.
Conceived by creative director Liam Wilopolski, copywriter Wynand Prinsloo and art director Wihan Meerholz, the upbeat spot celebrates the way Eskom improves ordinary South African's lives, reminding viewers how much begins with the flick of a switch.

Rob Malpage shoots Eskom for Saatchi



The upbeat spot celebrates the way Eskom improves ordinary South African’s lives, reminding viewers how much begins with the flick of a switch.
Telkom’s National Control Room is restricted as a National Key Point, so Rob recreated it using a combination of art direction and CGI. He also overcame the loss during pre-production of Khusile Power Station. “Thankfully, I’d taken some stills on my director’s recce, so we shots the guys working with cranes on a building site and then comped the stills from the power station into the background. It actually worked in our favour, as I needed the foreground and background asseparate plates anyway to create the AutoCAD architectural drawing effect.”

Saatchi & Saatchi creative director Liam Wilopolski, copywriter Wynand Prinsloo and art director Wihan Meerholz conceived the spot, with InJozi supplying the score.