Born in Angola to a Portuguese father and an Italian mother, Bruno began life with a wide-open view of the world. So, it was no surprise that he chose to pursue a career in photography. A discipline he describes as the perfect combination of art and science. Telling stories through his photographic work led him into film-making. His work is as varied as his past from strong narrative pieces to action-packed cinematic style films to tightly observed comedy spots. Whatever the genre, his work shows his strength as a conceptual thinker which he believes is key to creating work that resonates with an audience. He is a master of the technical but the focus of his work remains on delivering a tight narrative through his captivating visuals. His work has been seen across the globe and has racked up quite a few awards along the way.
Mzo is a writer and director who graduated from the New York Film Academy in 2015, having majored in Screenwriting & Directing. Originally from the small town of Klerksdorp, Mzo headed to Los Angeles after graduating where he joined a team of fresh, young directors - The High5Collective. Together they worked on numerous projects as both directors and content creators for companies such as Partizan and Ranchhand and produced music videos for artists like Tyler the Creator, Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) and Will i Am.
Mzo moved back to South Africa in 2016, where he worked as a freelancer at some of Cape Town’s leading production companies, which only served to remind him of how much he loved directing…
Currently in the process of developing a feature film, Mzo has joined Carbon Collective as one of our fresh, new directors.
Armed with the experience of having moved from Los Angeles to Langa, Mzo represents a unique cultural lens that draws from both global and authentic South African culture.
Emilie Badenhorst caught the Carbon Collective team’s attention right from the outset. As a theatre graduate from UCT, Emilie skillfully & effectively translated this dramaturgical realm onto the screen, and the result is a rich, theatrical, fun and impressive style that from which one can’t quite bring themselves to look away…
She has since written, conceptualised and directed a number of film projects, including “Bubblegum”, a fashion film for a local clothing label. Bubblegum was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction at the 2017 Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival.
As a thespian herself, Emilie has a true understanding of performance and all that it entails. Emilie’s optimistic and unencumbered approach to filmmaking creates a unique experience for the viewer, leaving them wanting more. Emilie is a freelance director within the Carbon Collective
It was in London whilst working as a Graphic Designer where Capetonian Josh Hayman first picked up a camera. Living with two aspiring photographers, he was encouraged to challenge himself to develop technically and creatively. One day, his housemate came home with a video camera and, after a day of shooting, he was hooked.
As a Director, Josh creates cinematic, emotive pieces that connect and stay with the viewer. His passion for music and intimate storytelling make his work memorable and captivating.
Having worked in advertising, Josh brings brand understanding and creative direction to each project. With experience as a DP and editor he understands how to shoot intently with the edit in mind. This has also equipped him to improvise, adapt and embrace the unexpected.
Josh is determined, yet easy-going and fun on set. He’s only recently discovered the wonders of coffee and finds it incredibly difficult to choose between cats and dogs..