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Dan Mace’s NXT LVL ad for Vodacom

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Film & Television 30th Jun 2017 Media Source Africa

  • Last week, Dan won his third Young Director Award in two years at Cannes Lions - a South African record
  • This is his first released spot since joining Egg Films, SA’s most awarded production company at Cannes Lions


Egg Films’ Dan Mace directed This Is Your Time, Ogilvy’s inspiring new ad for Vodacom NXT LVL.


The spot subverts the way we immediately box people, suggesting that instead of seeing a poor girl living in a shack, we should see someone with dreams and hustle and a 20-year plan, a whole universe of knowledge in the palm of her hand.


“This board stood out for me as it was super rich in performance, which is an area I really want to take my reel into,” says Dan.


Egg’s latest signing only had one shoot day to coax the magnetic lead performance out of Siphosethyu ‘Sam’ Dyani, picked from her first-ever casting. “We did loads of prep to get her into the right space, but when she was on set it just came naturally,” says Dan. “She was great to work with and took direction really well, which meant we had time to really focus on camera and making sure that was on point.”


Stephen du Plessis edited the spot, keeping the performance central while allowing Dan’s distinctive technical wizardry to add another layer to the spot’s message about the power of technology.   


“I am proud of the end product and stoked to be a part of a message so relevant in our country,” says Dan. “Those are the ads I dig.”


Fabian Vettiger shot This Is Your Time, which was conceptualized by Ogilvy’s creative team of producer Helen d’Hotman, creative director Candice Hellens, copywriter Palesa Motiki, and art director Mantwa Toka.


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Last week, Dan won his third Young Director Award in two years at Cannes Lions - a South African record.


Dan won a Silver Screen award in the Broadcast category for the Here’s To The US In Every Tusker ad he directed in Kenya with Groundglass for Net#work BBDO. Dan was the only winner from Africa in the category. He was also shortlisted in the Changing The World Frame By Frame category for Tusker Flag 42


These are just the latest in a string of accolades for the Tusker campaign, which has already picked up an African Cristal Film Grand Prix; two One Show craft merits; Creative Circle Ad of the Month; Ad of the Week from MarkLives; and a Special Mention on ididtht’s SA Film Reel. 


Last year, Dan won two Silver Screen Young Director Awards: for Gift in the Short Film category and The Bomb Sniffing Rats Saving Lives in Mozambique in the Changing The World Frame By Frame category. 


Dan’s Young Director Award was one of a number of big wins by Egg directors at Cannes Lions this year. Absolut One Source – directed by Sunu - took home Gold in the Entertainment category, while adidas Originals Original Is Never Finished – directed by Terence Neale – won the Grand Prix in the Entertainment for Music category. In all, Egg Films’ directors took home one Grand Prix, one Gold, two Silvers, and six Bronzes - the best-ever performance by a South African production company, at least in recorded history. 


Egg Films, Dan Mace, This Is Your Time, Ogilvy, Vodacom NXT LVL.


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