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We’re proud to bring you Aadil’s brooding short film set to the track “Basement” by artist Ex Olympic. Shot on 35mm by DP Fabian Vettiger, the film is a beautiful, cinematic exploration of dark themes and is quite the departure for a director known primarily for his comedy work.

Whilst a return to 35mm might have seemed challenging, the process proved to be entirely seamless and uncomplicated. The result is a story rich with detail and life, presenting the gorgeous organic images that only film can give.

Watch the video above.

The brains behind ‘Basement’ sit down to talk inspiration, the process, and shooting on film

Patriot Films Director, Aadil Dhalech, sits down with DP Fabian Vettiger and Ex Olympic musician and sound engineer Nic van Reenen to discuss what went into their latest short film entitled ‘Basement’. The trio of creators touch on the challenges and excitement of shooting on 35mm, their creative processes and explore the film’s dark themes.

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BTS photos by Paris Brummer


Directed and written by Aadil Dhalech

Soundtrack: Basement by Ex Olympic


Her: Fran Michel
Him: Dylan Edy


Producer: Deenan Naidoo
Exec Producer: Zayd Halim

DOP: Fabian Vettiger

Editor: Stephen Du Plessis
Post Production: 2+3 Post Productions

Sound Engineer: Nic Van Reenen
Colourist: Terry Simpson

Art Director: Kezia Eales
Prop Master – Shaun Baskind
Hair & Make up – Amy Louis Tourell
Wardrobe – Gabi Alberts

Online artist: Blake Prinsloo

Focus Puller: Khalid Manuel
Camera Assistant & Clapper: Frances Marais
Loader: Leon Smith

PA: Yunus Nordien
Gaffer: Clint Howe
Best Boy: Domingos Manuel
Spark: John Lukikau
Key Grip: Siseko Malawu
Best Boy Grip: Sinethemba Keke
Assistant Grip: Yamnekela Mqalo
Unit manager: Donald Maraini

Set Photographer: Paris Brummer

Shot on 35mm + Arri StudioCam + Arri Master Anamorphics


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