THIS IS TRAFFIK.
In 2003 TRAFFIK STUDIO was born from JANET’S PEOPLE. The new name heralded the new space and quashed the misconception that JANET’S PEOPLE was an actor’s / model agency. TRAFFIK was then housed in the OLD CASTLE BREWERY, a recently renovated ± 100 year-old brewery. Raw brick walls and some architectural allusion to an old fortress gives the space a strongly industrial, atmospheric ambience. The Brewery is also home to several television production companies and others affiliated to the film industry. In April 2008 TRAFFIK STUDIO relocated to a newly built wing of the OLD CASTLE BREWERY. Whilst still maintaining the original building’s industrial features, we now have beautiful, airy, hi-tech premises housing two casting studios. Both studios are well-lit, one of which can be used as a daylight studio receiving ample natural light all day. Air con and heating throughout, both studios are fitted out with cutting-edge digital technology. The studios are both available for rental and are regularly used as call-back studios because of the ample parking space and studio space & finish. (please check GALLERY) There is a small café that provides good coffee and light lunches. Cape Town’s largest wardrobe hiring & design service is also housed in the Castle, making fitting and wardrobe calls so convenient. The premises have a 24-hour security service and it offers some covered parking and secure outside parking space.
Janet Meintjes began her casting career in 1990 in Cape Town, South Africa, after a short career in the advertising industry and then as an art director/stylist on commercials. It was whilst being on set, propping and styling, that she felt a fascination toward the performance side of film-making. Acting and actors became a passion and have remained so since then.
Janet is the longest standing freelance casting director in Cape Town and has worked on numerous commercial and features projects from all over the world. Her experience in feature film casting has contributed to her reputation as a discerning and selective director. Avoiding the ‘cattle call’ approach and preferring to trust her intimate knowledge of the talent available she will generally present a small but superior selection of applicants hand-picked for each job, whether commercials or feature film. Janet’s other speciality is to go to great lengths to find that very specific face, the quirky and strange being her particular penchant. Fun-loving and sharp-witted nothing is too outlandish or challenging for Janet and the film industry seems to provide her with more than enough of these opportunities. A mother of two, Janet communicates with young people with ease and has an ability to highlight each of their strengths and abilities.
In 2004 Raph Kossew joined Janet and the business JANET’s PEOPLE became known as TRAFFIK STUDIO cc.
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Quinton Lavery obtained his Honours Degree at The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) in Cape Town, South Africa. During his four years there he wrote and directed eight films including “Only in Death” an 8min experimental, his graduation film, “Freedom Days” and his Honours film “Barren”. Both “Freedom Days” and “Barren” were selected for numerous Film Festivals, both locally and abroad, including The Prague Short Film Festival, The Bermuda International Film Festival and The Jordan International Short Film Festival. “Freedom Days” won a Special Mention Jury Award at the 14th Chilean International Short Film Festival while “Barren” went on to win Best Short Film at the 7th Sometime in October Film Festival in North Carolina.
After completing his studies Quinton started “Chasing Migada Productions” where over the course of 3 years he Directed and Produced Music Videos for Lark, Unit R, Tait, The Ragdolls, Hey Mister, 7th Son and La Vuvuzela. Chasing Migada Productions also produced the “Lark – A Dagger and a Feather” Live dvd. Quinton also Directed and produced Viral ads for “The Poker Room” starring Colin Moss and continues to Direct Music Videos and Commercials while writing his first Feature Film. He is happy to be apart of the “Traffik Studio” family gaining experience where and whenever he can!
At his time at Traffik Studio, Quinton has also been busy with his side Directing projects which included conceptualizing and Directing the two Van Coke Kartel music videos, Dis ‘n Land and Tot die son Uitkom. He also wrote and directed his first feature film, the independent comedy “Casting Me…” (www.casting-movie.com) inspired by his time working at Traffik and made for $5000, it stars Paul Snodgrass and has already been accepted into local and international film festivals.
Tracey’s love of theatre and film lead her to study set design, theatre production and props. By 1997 she had moved from behind the scenes to behind the camera, as a casting assistant. She rapidly advanced to a position as a casting director. During this time she used her love for technology, gadgets and all things IT to learn all aspects of the casting process and help develop a more efficient casting system.
Tracey thrived as a casting director and over the last 15 years has auditioned all shapes and sizes for various types of commercials. Whilst working in studio to get the best performance from babies, she discovered an entirely new and surprising talent – a baby wrangler par excellence (www.thebabywrangler.co.za). Tracey has been casting, convincing, coercing and cajoling babies and toddlers into doing extraordinary things for the camera ever since. As a casting director she has found a permanent base to work her magic in the Traffik Studio.