CURRICULUM VITAE

Personal Info:

Dual Citizen (South Africa & U.S.A)

Currently based in Pretoria, South Africa

1994-10-04 / 9410040310080

hesterisek@gmail.com

+27(0) 798919964

vimeo.com/heleenfilms

Personal Statement:

After graduating, I decided to take the independent route of starting Tiger & Lilly Productions. This was a time of immense growth and self-discipline - It gave me the freedom to work on personal projects in my free time and interrogate where exactly I’d like to position myself within the film industry. After two years of dipping my toes in various waters and growing the company, it became clear to me that my passion and aptitude mostly lies in the editing room.​ I believe my strongest traits are that I'm diligent and committed to growth. I hope to one day work on long-format projects, collaborating with director's I respect and admire.  

Education:

2008 - 2012       Menlopark High School (Five Distinctions)

2014 - 2017        BA (Hons) Film Arts (Cum Laude)

                           Open Window Institute

Honors year completed under a merit based work-to-study bursary.

***Summary of Honours Thesis

***Full Thesis

 

Experience: 

Au Pair in Beijing, China: 2012 - 2013

Tiger & Lilly Productions: 2017 - Present

As co-director of a small company, I take part in every step of the creative process. This demands the know-how in a wide variety of fields. Self-motivated hard work, holistic thinking, communication & problem-solving are just some of the soft skills I apply to my every day.

Edit Freelancing:  2017 - Present 

Offline Editor - Various short-form content edited for Run Jump Fly Creations

From online ads, to behind the scenes videos, to branded content

Set Work Freelancing: 2017 - Present

Camera Assistant -  T.V Series ‘The Greenhouse Effect’ for Oxygen Media

                                     T.V Series ‘Abnormal Load’ for Oxygen Media

                                     Short Film ‘What did you Dream?’ by Karabo Lediga 

                                     Branding ‘Make-Up is Art’ for Black Gosling
Camera Operator -  Behind the Scenes Shoot for Burley Boys
D.O.P                       -  Standard Bank Advertisement  for Black Gosling


 

Open Window Institute: 2016 - 2017

iMPAC Festival Program Co-ordinater

Editing Short Course Lecturer

Social Media Marketing Content Creation

Languages:                           

Afrikaans (Fluent)

English (Fluent)

French (Beginner)

Software Skills:

Adobe Premiere Pro: 9/10

Adobe After Effects: 6/10

Adobe Media Encoder: 7/10

Adobe Photoshop: 5/10

Da Vinci Resolve: 6/10

Adobe Indesign: 4/10

Adobe Illustrator: 2/10

Wix Website Builder: 7/10

Camera Proficiencies:

Canon 5D Range

Canon C100 - C300

Sony A7s Range

BMPCC 4K/6K

Sony Fs5

Hobbies:

Learning French

Film Photography

Practicing Drums

Watching & Reading about Films

Achievements: 

Best Conceptual Film & Best Documentary at Open Window Pangolin Awards (2016) 

Conceptual Short, ‘Immer Veranderend’, selected & screened at Silwerskerm Film Festival & AVIFF Cannes Art Film Festival as part of a Student Showcase. (2017)

 

Narrative Short, ‘Tweetalig’, selected & screened at Silwerskerm Film Festival as part of a Student Showcase. (2018)

 

Poetic Documentary Short, ‘Heuegenisse van ‘n Vrou’, selected  & screened at Apollo Annual Film Festival. (2018)

Conceptual Short, 'Trilogy', selected & screened at Latitudes Art Fair (2019)