THE TEAM

After obtaining a degree in Drama at the Tshwane University of Technology, Sean started a career as an actor, appearing in numerous award-winning stage-productions, films and television series.

In 2005 he started his own record label, Mozi Records, where he produced the multi-platinum-selling artists, Bok van Blerk and Lianie May.  These artists’ sensational achievements include the South African Music Award for Top Selling Artist in 2009 to Lianie May and the same award in 2010, to Bok van Blerk.  As songwriter, Sean partnered on numerous hit songs, including: “De La Rey”, "Ons Vir Jou Suid-Afrika", "Tyd Om Te Trek" and "Die Kaplyn".  Music videos for these songs have also won Sean numerous “Music Video of the Year” awards.

 

Sean then produced and co-directed the massive hit theatre shows, "My Man Se Vrou Se Man" (Run for Your Wife by Ray Cooney), "My Boetie se Sussie se OU" (Caught in the Net by Ray Cooney) and "As Die Kat Weg Is..."  
Together with the award-winning playwright, Deon Opperman, Sean co-wrote the epic musicals, "Ons Vir Jou" (most successful Afrikaans musical in history), "Shaka Zulu" and “Jock of the Bushveld” and "Lied van my hart".

Sean later co-produced, directed and edited his first feature film, "Platteland". On its opening weekend it became the highest grossing Afrikaans film in history, surpassing Happy Feet 2 in South African opening weekend sales. He co-produced Spud 2, starring John Cleese and also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed features, "Blood and Glory" and

"'n Man Soos My Pa"

Sean continues his creation of film and television content and has several projects in active development.

Rudy runs the London office of Collective Dream Films. He frequents major international film festivals to explore new business opportunities. He and the team at CDF continually develop, produce and co-produce content for the international film and television market.


Some notable past projects Rudy has worked on include: Platteland, The Perfect Wave, Spud 2, Spud 3, Liefste Kayla, Vrou Soek Boer, ’n Man Soos My Pa and Blood and Glory. He has also housed television productions across a range of genres, including: sitcom, cooking shows and live broadcast. Rudy most recently co-produced a new television series titled Agent for Canal+.

 

Prior to founding Collective Dream Studios, Rudy worked as an entrepreneur and investor. Then in 2007, he pursued his passion for the arts, working as a theatre performer in productions such as: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, Equus and Footloose.


In 2011, after completing his “BA (Hons) Acting” in London, Rudy returned to South Africa to open Collective Dream Studios with business partners Sean Else and Danie Halgryn. This new sound-stage and post-production facility quickly became one of the premiere destinations for content produced in South Africa, housing international productions such as The Giver (Meryl Streep) and HBO’s Strike Back, amongst others.

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His experience has provided him with valuable knowledge of the film industry, both in production and production servicing.

Danie is a successful entrepreneur with experience in several large businesses, including property portfolios, commercial fishing, import/export and film production. In 2010, Danie invested as majority investor in the South African musical-feature-film “PLATTELAND”. The film, featuring some of South Africa’s most recognized actors and singers, became the highest grossing South African feature of 2011.

 

In the same year, Danie started Collective Dream Studios (CDS) with his partners, Sean Else and Rudy Halgryn. In 2011, CDS expanded its business with the purchase of the well-known Waterfront Film Studios in Cape Town, South Africa. These studios produced and housed major international productions, including INVICTUS (Clint Eastwood), STRIKEBACK (HBO) and DOMINION (SyFY).

 

Aside from management and administration, Danie’s knowledge of property and construction played a pivotal part in the expansion and modernization of the facilities at CDS. These upgrades made CDS one of the best studio and post-production houses in South Africa. His vision included the construction of temporary studio conversions at a time when CDS was already operating at full capacity. This foresight expanded the profits of the business and proved his invaluable contribution towards CDS.

 

Today, Danie continues his work as an entrepreneur and acts as Producer at Collective Dream Films Mauritius, where he contributes towards the sourcing of financiers and the management of film and television projects from concept to completion.  

Creative Director
Company Director: London
Executive Producer
Sean Else
Rudy Halgryn
Danie Halgryn

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