Aug 14

Careers For Awesome Events

In our daily routines, there is a time for everything. For most people, most of the week is taken up by drudgery like work, errands, various household responsibilities, etc. However, it all becomes worth it when the time to finally have some fun rolls around, and for many people this includes attending awesome parties and organized events. And sometimes, these types of parties and events are arranged by companies and other large organizations. Whether they are for leisure or work purposes, there is always a good deal of work done behind the scenes to ensure that these events are everything that they should be.

Generally, the best events are the ones that include professional entertainment and/or professional planning. Many of the people who get into planning, coordinating, and executing these types of events get into the industry because they want to be part of that fun, exciting, and exhilarating part of life – and take advantage of the amazing career opportunities in the event and party planning industry.

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Aug 14

Film Production In Cape Town

A favorite location for advertising and commercial shoots for many years, Cape Town is now looking set for the big-time. With the new Cape Town Film Studios fully operational and attracting high-profile projects, we are now seeing more international movies being made in South Africa and more top stars discovering the delights of Cape Town’s cosmopolitan but laid-back lifestyle.

So what does Cape Town have to offer that has finally convinced Hollywood that it is a serious film production destination?

Cape Town Film Studios
Completed in 2010, the new film studio complex offers brand-new state of the art production facilities with four sound stages, set production warehouses and all the rest. The first big-budget movie to take advantage of the studios has been Judge Dredd, the comic book reboot, that has been made as a 3-D action movie, due for release in 2012. There are very few places in the world with the facilities to handle this kind of movie, 3-D action being more complex than just 3-D animation, and Cape Town Film Studios is on a par with any of them, according to co-producer Andrew MacDonald.

Experienced production companies, casts and crews
Cape Town has a well-developed infrastructure of production companies, post-production facilities as well as local cast and crew that have gained extensive experience of all aspects of film production over the many years that South Africa has been a top location for advertising and commercial filming and stills shoots. With South African made District 9 becoming an international blockbuster, the world has finally seen the home-grown talent on offer in South Africa.

Cost -effective
With the dollar-rand and pound-rand exchange rate so favorable, movie makers can make first class film productions for far less that they would cost in Hollywood or Pinewood. Much of the savings come from using local crew and casts, but there is also the sweetener of government rebate of 15% of production costs spent in South Africa to foreign film-makers using local production facilities. Even higher rebates are on offer to films made as co-productions with a local company.

One of Cape Town’s top draw-cards has always been the sheer variety of the locations available either in, or within a few hours’ drive of, the city. Beaches, mountains, wild dry semi-desert landscapes, verdant vineyards, forest, urban cityscapes, townships, farmland make it quite easy to find all the different locations you need for a movie without creating a logistical nightmare. Shooting permits have become quicker and easier to obtain than previously and all is in place for a smooth-running shoot.

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Aug 14

Corporate Event Production Services

Although smaller companies may be able to organize their own corporate events, for a huge corporation this becomes a real headache and it is often much easier to employ a corporate event production company to put together the details such as the corporate entertainment bookings, where the event will be held, corporate catering, etc. Leave your staff and colleagues free to just sit back and enjoy the evening together.

In order to successfully organize a corporate event with a corporate event production services company though, there are a few things you are going to need to manage efficiently and so we have put together some ideas of how you can do this without more hassle or cost.

Use Web-Based Event Management Solutions

Having a web page where you can communicate with your corporate event production services company, promote your event and handle other aspects of the event makes corporate event management so much easier. One of the best ideas is to use Web 2.0 technology as your web-based event management solutions. These solutions are free, encourage interaction and also allow you to keep most of your information centralized.

You can use task manager and budget manager tools on your web page to ensure that all those who need to know, know about their tasks and how much money they have to work with to get this done. This is not only useful for working with your event production company but also for getting other staff involved in helping on the evening or before.

A web-based management system also allows you to create an online invitation to share with all those you want to come to your event. You can personalize this as much as you like (after all, you have over 60 different multimedia applications at your disposal to make this quick and easy).

Party Invitations for your Corporate Event

Once you have put up your web page, you are still going to need to let your colleagues and staff know where it is – so send them an email invitation with a link to the page where they can get all those details, RSVP and start networking.

Put their photos next to their names so that people can recognize who it is by their photo (not everyone in a huge corporation know each other) and can see who is coming, not coming or who has not yet responded. Once the party is over, don’t neglect your event website – go back and add photos, videos and notes about what happened on the night. Make it something for everyone to remember.

Make life for you and your corporate event production services company much easier and keep the communication and networking going!

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