March 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

Yesterday while we were working in the RLABS we had the privilege of being given a short blogging workshop by none other than Madam Geek ,Rene Parker. She showed us a couple of things on wordpress that we, as she puts it, well renown bloggers ,should have known. She actually put us to shame lol.

But it was a fun session and she taught us a trick or two. So she put Craig and myself  to shame I must admit. It was however a pleasure to see her getting excited about blogging. I suggested that we have a little blogging off friendly competition and just to encourage each other and teach each other new things about blogging.

I am so looking forward to this interaction and learning. That is why I love my work/job. Always an opportunity to learn something new on a daily basis.


I Now Pronounce You Black and White

March 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

As RLABS we have started to do Social Media consultancy for companies, NGO’s and other businesses. This is so that we can be a self sustainable and continue all our projects within RLABS without having to worry about finances to do so.

One of our clients for whom we are doing a Social Media Consultancy for is a production company by the name Ollywood productions. They are releasing a local movie called: I now Pronounce You Black and White. It is being branded as South Africa’s biggest romantic comedy.

Here is a read up on the movie:

I now pronounce you Black and White

Love and Marriage, it’s the iconic idea of joy and true happiness…unless you’re Simon and Jackie!

Simon Dawson (Up & Coming Tyrel Meyer) and his black girlfriend, Jackie Msolisi (Astara Mwakalumbwa) announce their engagement to each other, but Simon’s racist, white parents are more than furious.

Felix Dawson (Ian Roberts), a hardcore Afrikaner, and his pretentious, Jewish wife Sheila (Bo Petersen), are determined not to let their son “marry the help”, while Jackie’s parents, Pauline and Clarence Msolisi (Sylvia Mdunyelwa & Kwezi Kobus) are equally shocked by their daughter’s decision to marry “a Whitey”. Pauline vows to stop the wedding at any cost.

I Now Pronounce You Black and White is a ridiculously hilarious and fun film, full of “interesting” characters that will make your family look, well lets just say “normal”. As true love tries to conquer all, against all odds, this movie in true South African class will not leave you wanting.

I Now Pronounce You Black and White is South Africa’s “first” romantic comedy directed by Oliver Rodger that is set to launch in the middle of this month at the Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF).

Viewers can expect to see the first screening of I Now Pronounce You Black and White at their local Nu Metro cinema from 14th of May 2010.

To stay updated with happenings join I Now Pronounce You Black and White’s Facebook Fanpage or follow their Twitter stream

See you at the movies!

The Butterfly Author: Unknown

March 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

One day a man found a butterfly cocoon. He watched as a small opening appeared and he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no farther so the man decided to help the butterfly.

He took a pair of scissors and snipped the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

Something was strange, though. The butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and deformed wings. It was never able to fly.

What the man did not understand in his kindness and haste was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the small opening of the cocoon are Nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were allowed to go through all our life without any it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

Not only would we never have the opportunity to know what we could have become……. we will never become it.

“Today really is the first day of the rest of your life and in this moment you can begin to make it magnificent.”
J. Sewell Perkins

1st Social Media For Teens class for 2010

March 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

Terence and Michael facillitating the teens class

Today Michael and Terence started the first Social Media for Teens class for this year (2010). This was more of a refreshing course for some of the teens  that attended,  as most of them has been with us from last year.

The new teens singed up for a gmail account and will soon be using these accounts to sign up for facebook ,and to be contributors to their teen blog. .This is the start and introduction to the wwworld for these teens and the start of great things.They have so much to contribute and the a huge potential to encourage other teens out there.

Stay tuned and follow the progress of these teens.

Betavine Social Exchange,Cape Town

March 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

The RLABS staff attended an exciting workshop/conference yesterday hosted by Betavine at the Sunlight Studios, in Cape Town. There were some well known people such as Peter from Cell Life with whom we at RLABS are well familiar with. The workshop went around mobile technology and the way forward in this fast growing industry.

Marlon Parker from RLABS was the keynote speaker

The keynote speaker for the day was none other than our boss, Marlon Parker from RLABS. He spoke around current projects that are running within RLABS using mobile technology. Up next was Gustav Praekelt from Praekelt Foundation an African non profit organisation who did a live demo for us about their latest technology.

After that it was time for the real work to start and there was certain challenges presented to us by Steve Bollock from Betavine. We had to do coding and find solutions for these problems. It was a long, but very productive day as the inspirational juices started to flow.

Working on our challenge

At the end of the developing session it was time for all the groups to present. The group with the best coding and solution was up to win 6 cell phones sponsored by Nokia. The presenting went well and although my group did not win I was impressed at all the cool things that were developed in just a few hours.

I was honoured to be in the presence of all these smart individuals for an entire day .I am really looking forward to more workshops such as these and most of all to learn more about technology and how I can add to the Social Media community .

Thank you Betavine for a great day.

Filming of our Short movie:Exposed

March 11, 2010 § 3 Comments

SANY4602 by you.

The two scripts that were selected were that of Terence and Clinton. The one movie went around an incident that happened to Clintons’ father a while back. His dad was locked out of the house in his underwear while taking the garbage out. I was on Clinton’s team and as director of the movie he selected me to play a certain role. Anybody want to guess what role that was?

I had to play the role of Clinton’s dad, locked out of the house in his underwear. At first I kicked up a racket and refused to play that role. I wanted nothing to do with it, but gave in eventually. I explained to the guys that I was taking one for the team and was willing to humiliate myself by running around in underpants for the rest of the day.

I am still pondering as to whether I must post the movie up on my blog. Will let you guys know.

SANY4599 by you.

Film Making and Directing Workshop at RLABS

March 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Not too long ago we did an introduction To Film Making and Directing workshop at RLABS. The workshop was conducted by Nathan Theys. Nathan hails from the Cape Flats but is now currently living and working in the U.K as a film and movie director.

This is what we covered in the workshop:

–          Introduction to Film making

–          Different aspects of Film making

–          Script, producing and post production

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After we covered all the above mentioned it was now time to put what we learned  into practice. To our surprise Nathan told us that we had to shoot a short movie, edit it ,and preview it by the evening. He stressed out the importance of “meeting your deadline” as you could get fired from on the job immediately if you don’t.

Everyone in this workshop had to pitch a script to the rest of the class and after that we had to vote and choose  two scripts. The two scripts that were chosen for the two short movies that we were going to make  were those of Terence Hendricks and Clinton Liedermen.This was going to be an exciting but long day as none of us have shot and directed a movie in our lives.

Stay tuned to hear more about the movie we shot on that day.