They Shoot Films

They Shoot Films are an award winning production company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. They specialise in commercials, branded content and anything else that is interesting in the world of filmmaking.

Johannesburg, Cape Town & Durban

Executive Producer & Co-Owner: Darren Gordon
Directors: Alan Irvin (Co-Owner) / Grant De Sousa

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THEY are a team of passionate filmmakers and storytellers working out of head office in Johannesburg and satellite offices in Cape Town & Durban, South Africa. If, like us, you’ve always wondered who that mysterious “they” is behind comments like “they say it’s going to rain”, then the quirk behind our name might make a little bit of sense to you. “They” is us. Directors Alan Irvin and Grant de Sousa, along with Executive Producer Darren Gordon are a team of passionate filmmakers and storytellers working out of Joburg and Cape Town, South Africa. But instead of boring you with a lengthy history, we’d prefer our work to speak for itself. So take a look and answer that other mystery, “who the f*&k are they?” Together with classic commercials, they get involved in many different and varied creative projects. Basically, if it’s original and interesting, they want to do it. Alan Irvin has directed some of the most well-loved and iconic commercials in South African advertising, to name a few; Vodacom; Player 23, Elton & Jan, Wimpy Coffee ‘Foreign’, and McDonald’s ‘Kids parties’.

McDonalds ‘Kids Parties’ (Director: Alan Irvin)

Cannes Lions
Loeries Gold 2011

Ster Kinekor #Openeyes (Director: Dave Meinert / Producer: Darren Gordon)

Creative Circle Ad of the Month
Loeries 2016: Grand Prix and 3 x Gold Awards
Bookmarks 2017: Gold, 3 x Silvers
One Show 2017: Bronze & Merit award
Ad of the Week by Marklives
iDidTht SA Film Reel: Special Mention for Direction

Dairymaid ‘Evil Twin’ (Director: Alan Irvin)

Marklives: Ad of the Week
iDidTht SA Film Reel: Special Mention for Direction
Millward Brown: Selected as one of SA’s best-loved commercials for 2016

ABSA ‘Bongs & Bot’ (Director: Alan Irvin)

6 x Midas awards 2016

Dettol ‘Worry Less, Love More’ Campaign (Director: Alan Irvin)

Millward Brown: Selected as one of SA’s best-loved commercials for 2015/2016

Engen ‘Happy Song’ (Director: Alan Irvin)

Millward Brown: Selected as one of SA’s best-loved commercials for 2015

Ster Kinekor ‘FOMO’ (Director: Grant De Sousa)

Featured in SHOTS, February 2014
Midas Awards 2014

Hyundai ‘My Way’ (Director: Grant De Sousa)

Orchid award, October 2014

King Price ‘Signs’ (Director: Grant De Sousa)

iDidTht SA Film Reel: Special Mention for Direction, July 2014

They Shoot Films

32 Bompas Road, Manor House
Dunkeld West
Johannesburg

Executive Producer | Darren Gordon
darren@they.za.com
+27 (0) 82 455 0512
+27 (0) 11 268 1915

Awarded by iDidTht

Special Mention: Direction Craft – Alan Irvin

Dairymaid ‘Evil Twin’
iDidTht Guest Judge: Eoin Welsh, Chief Creative Officer at Havas Worldwide
Awarded: August 2016

Judges Comment: “A lovely  little story that manages to feature cute kids and ice-cream without being sickly sweet. It’s a real art in this kind of storytelling to keep on the right side of the cheese line, and this spot pulls it off.d it advertises. Nice one, Sunu.

Special Mention: Direction Craft – Dave Meinert

Ster Kinekor ‘Open Eyes’
iDidTht Guest Judge: Pepe Marais, Chief Creative Officer at Joe Public
Awarded: May 2016

Judges Comment: “Those who know me know that I have a soft spot for work that makes a meaningful difference. The Open Eyes piece for Ster Kinekor is not just noble in its intent but it is also magnificently executed by Dave Meinert from They. An idea that gives vision to a young man – now what can beat that?

Special Mention: Direction Craft – Dave Meinert

‘The Pegasus Project’
iDidTht Judge: Eoin Welsh, Chief Creative Officer at Havas Worldwide
Awarded: May 2015

Judges Comment: “OK, So it’s a tearjerker with a cute dog in it. The cynic in me says it’s playing to the crowd. But the softie in me says then I must be in that crowd because tears were jerked a little – and it surprised me by not quite going the route I thought it would. Head says too easy, heart says fuck you head, it got to me – and isn’t that what good filmmaking is supposed to do?”

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