documenting stories

through moving pictures

"documenting the diverse stories of the human condition through moving pictures."

about us

Man Makes a Picture is a film services and production company operating form the Old Castle Brewery building in Cape Town since 2008.

In 2016 MMaP has emerged with new partners and is currently producing two local feature films that will be released in 2017.

MMaP has produced three short films, Juweeldiewe, Jan Umkhwetha and Die Wasgoedlyn over the past two years for the Kyknet Silwerskerm film festival in South Africa.

In 2013/2014 they produced “It’s Africa’s Time” - A big budget 13 episode series on sustainable development through inclusive business, highlighting and showcasing people, planet and profit across Sub Saharan Africa. It aired on the DSTV bouquet for CNBC Africa channel 410 and several other channels across Africa.


coming soon

We are currently in production of our first feature film, The Recce which will be released in cinemas in 2017.

After the SADF wrongly declares a young RECCE (Henk Viljoen) dead behind enemy lines, it is up to him alone to use every skill and tool in his arsenal to make it back to his grieving wife. With the enemy hot on his trail, and a gunshot wound in his gut; Henk’s chances for survival are looking slim as he navigates the treacherous war torn African landscape.

Starring: Greg Kriek, Christia Visser, Marius Weyers, Elsabe Daneel, Maurice Carpede.

the team

passionate & dedicated


jac williams

producer & director
+27 82 560 9226

Jac Williams completed his studies in film in 2005 where after he freelanced on big budget commercials and mini series, working as behind-the-scenes cameraman and chaperone. He joined Jacques to form MMaP in 2008. He has directed and produced numerous documentaries, corporate videos and educational and marketing audio-visuals. Since 2012 Jac has worked as both producer and director on It’s Africa’s Time, one of CNBC Africa’s flagship documentary series. The show documents socio-economic upliftment and sustainable development through inclusive business in Africa.


alan hayward

writer, director & producer
+27 84 326 4031

Alan began his career in 2005 as a freelancer and later studied film with majors in writing and directing. During 2013 he produced a 13 part series, Grond tot Mond for DSTV's KykNET, a top 5 programme about South Africa's food and fibre value chain, also serving as insert director. His screenplay Juweeldiewe was selected for production for the KykNET Silwerskermfees fees 2014 - A stylish, neo-noir crime caper that he also directed and produced with Jac Williams. Alan is currently focussing on feature films with his sights set on directing his own creations as well as co-producing the long awaited feature film trilogy for local treasure Die Swart Kat.


ferdinand van zyl

writer & director
+27 82 4677 365

Writer & Director of The Recce, Ferdinand recently joined MMaP. He has been busy with the development of this film for the past two years.

He studied film at UCT and graduated with distinctions in screenwriting. With nothing but a Western Pilot under his arm, Ferdinand knocked on the door of every TV and Film producer he knew, until he eventually secured a couple of TV serial development contracts. Soon after he began to experiment in music videos & short films, where had his first taste at directing his own material.


jacques le roux

director & editor
+27 83 550 3946

Jacques worked as a freelance cameraman and editor in the local industry for five years before starting MMaP with Jac Williams in 2008. Since then he has directed, shot and edited television series, music videos, documentaries and corporate videos.

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our clients

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our work

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