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Rooftop Team Members

  • Richard Ahlfeldt
    Joint CEO
    Richard Ahlfeldt
    Joint CEO

    I’m an entrepreneur, adventurer and a passionate storyteller. Tackling challenges and solving problems inspire me. I love seeing ideas turning into concepts that impact people’s lives.

    When I am not involved in developing ideas for our clients, I am spending time with my family and camping, paddling, hiking and travelling whenever the opportunity presents itself. 

  • James Scholtz
    Joint CEO
    James Scholtz
    Joint CEO

    I’m an entrepreneur at heart, seeing Rooftop grow from a garage startup into an organization that has almost 30 employees and producing content on the global stage has been an absolute joy!

    I LOVE the outdoors (too many activities to mention), travel, aeroplanes, adventures in any form, playing music and endurance events. I’m particularly passionate about coffee, with a home collection of 9 coffee machines!

    I’ve been married for 10 years and am a dad to two young children. I’ve completed 2 full Ironman events, as well as the Transbaviaans; a 230km (143mile) single stage mountain bike race. My next physical feat will be the Comrades marathon, an 89km (55 mile) ultra distance marathon!

    I believe the power of video and mobile technology can change the world and I want to be a part of making that happen!

  • Denna Jones
    Director: Content & Client Services
    Denna Jones
    Director: Content & Client Services

    I’m passionate about travelling, good coffee, and great stories. As a producer, I love working with clients, identifying what they wish to communicate and then working with our incredible creative team to figure out the best way to bring that across in a video.

    I also love being out on location around the world, meeting new people and hearing their amazing stories.

  • Nick Waring
    Director: Production & Creative Services
    Nick Waring
    Director: Production & Creative Services

    I'm a husband, a son, a brother and a dad. Family is important to me, especially our Rooftop family which I get to help lead, direct and guide through the thrilling process of film making.

    We get to take simple and sometimes complex ideas and craft and shape them to birth a real story that matters.

    Sometimes when I’m sitting on my board out in the ocean waiting for a wave, it dawns on me that tomorrow I get to go in to work with an incredible team and tell amazing stories, and I get to do this as my job - it’s awesome!

  • Scott Kelly
    Art Director & Animator
    Scott Kelly
    Art Director & Animator

    Scott Kelly an expert in 2D motion graphics, is the Creative Director in the Animation Department at Rooftop. Prior to working at Rooftop, Scott worked as Creative Director for Fly Piggy Fly, as well as a Senior Designer at Boomtown. He has a BTech Degree in Graphic Design and won the 2010 Design Indaba Vespa Take One Competition.

    He enjoys the outdoors; hobbies include camping, running and mountain biking.

  • Tom Collins
    Director & Editor
    Tom Collins
    Director & Editor

    My career as a filmmaker began in 2011 after studying environmental science and film. Since then I have been fortunate enough to have worked as a filmmaker in 15 countries. My work has ranged from being an assistant director on big budget TV shows in Dublin, such as Vikings and Into the Badlands, to directing award winning documentaries in refugee camps in Chad. My priority as a filmmaker is to always serve the story in every phase of a project - from concept and writing, right through to the final edit, and I'm happy to being doing it with some of the best in the world here at Rooftop.

  • Kyle Lucas
    Director
    Kyle Lucas
    Director

    I got my first camera when I was 14, and since then I’ve always had a camera in my hands. Over time they have gotten bigger and better (then smaller and better), but little has changed about my passion to make a difference. Sometimes that takes me to a rural village on the other side of the continent or sometimes to a large-scale TV commercial set, but the ultimate goal is always the same; to tell an emotive and informative story that connects with the viewer.

    Observers Paradox says: "You can’t observe life without changing it" I would expand on that saying "you can’t observe life without it changing you"

  • Kathryn Smith
    Project Manager
    Kathryn Smith
    Project Manager

    I have always been a curious soul. Always asking why and never taking the said as the solution or as the way forward just because someone said so. You know, like pushing the door instead of pulling even if the sign says pull…

    My dry sense of humor and intense competitive streak make me a down-right quirky soul. I have always been captivated by trying to understand the reasons behind people's decisions, always trying to put myself their shoes before forming my own opinion.  This part of my DNA is the driving force behind my passion for customer centricity.  My recipe to any projects success; communication, collaboration, comradery and a little sprinkle of laughter! 

  • Andrea Goosen
    Content Strategy
    Andrea Goosen
    Content Strategy

    The endangered, semi-nocturnal Scriptwriter can be observed brewing up ideas, navigating the murky depths of content strategy, and concocting wordsmithery of all kinds… When venturing out of her writing cave, she may be seen dabbling in nature photography, attempting sketchy art projects, frolicking at the beach and in the snow when she can find it.

  • Candice Barron
    Project Manager
    Candice Barron
    Project Manager

    Explorer, music-lover, fashion enthusiast, avid foodie, lover of the outdoors, professional shopper, appreciator of silly humour!

    I'm an enthusiastic, problem-solving, people-loving Project Manager. I am passionate about creating extraordinary work, whatever it takes. Hospitality, coordinating and going out of my way to look after my clients and colleagues is what I do best.

    I love meeting new people, exploring new places and cultures and going on little adventures with my best friend. ❤

    Soli Deo Gloria.

  • Ashley Reid
    Animator & Graphic Designer
    Ashley Reid
    Animator & Graphic Designer

    Ashley Reid, a virtuoso in graphic design, is a 2D animator at Rooftop Productions since 2013.
    After studying Graphic Design at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Ashley now specializes in creating storyboards, developing graphic styles and animating it all to the client’s satisfaction.

    When he is not in front of his computer screen, he can be found on set as an assistant director making sure everything runs smoothly and according to schedule.

  • Brett Gieseke
    Cinematographer & Editor
    Brett Gieseke
    Cinematographer & Editor

    I'm a cinematographer and video editor with a background in graphic design and advertising.

    I love working on set and being part of the magic that happens when we're able to transform the ordinary into a new reality on screen. 

    My visual / story telling inspirations include: Jurassic Park (the original), the Bourne series, Hugo, Avatar, Man on Fire, Lord of the Rings.

    In my spare time I'm a guitarist with a passion for rock and there's always time for a little bit of b-ball to unwind.

     

  • Bradford Marshall
    Art Director& Illustrator
    Bradford Marshall
    Art Director& Illustrator

    Bradford Marshall is an Illustrator and Art Director at Rooftop Productions.

    Passionate about storytelling and design, Bradford specializes in visual development, storyboarding and illustration.

    He has a degree in Architecture and was in the second placed team for the national 2014 Des Baker Student Competition.

    He enjoys playing guitar, exploring and discovering new landscapes, places and entertainment.

  • Edwin Toi
    Animator
    Edwin Toi
    Animator

    I am a 3D generalist with a diverse range of skills from modelling to compositing.  I have a great love for character animation and the ability to "breathe" life into something (which is essentially made out of data), drives my passion forward.  I also delve in Motion Graphics, with my roots being in Graphic Design.  When not render wrangling, I enjoy slapping the bass, drawing, reading fantasy novels, watching anime and spending time with my family.

  • Jeremy King
    Cinematographer & Editor
    Jeremy King
    Cinematographer & Editor

    I am a cinematographer and editor at Rooftop Productions. I have a passion for people and visual story telling. I love to travel, surf and I am always up for an adventure. Yeehaw!

  • Nicky Willemse
    Content Writer & Researcher
    Nicky Willemse
    Content Writer & Researcher

    To live is to be the main character in your own amazing story. 

    In mine, there is family (a husband and three crazy, beautiful kids), a love of travel (to some of the world’s most amazing places), piles of books, films (or “modern philosophy”, according to a modern philosopher I know) and faith (knowing there’s an awesome Creator who cares about the smallest details).

    And in my story, I also get to tell stories … first as a journalist and now as a scriptwriter, telling stories that matter at Rooftop. Loving this chapter in my life.

  • Sarah Collins
    Animation Project Manager
    Sarah Collins
    Animation Project Manager

    Passionate about art in its infinite forms, I thrive on seeing how small details come together to create the big picture.

    I love to see a project make a difference and find the best way to achieve that is with open-mindedness, transparency, and a readiness to solve any problem [with a good cup of tea].

    Some of my small joys in life include painting, watching endless threads of funny dog videos, sunshiny days outdoors, and the Oxford comma.

  • Marie Quinn
    Administration Coordinator
    Marie Quinn
    Administration Coordinator

    I was born and raised in Johannesburg but have happily been living in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth for 15 years now. 

    I am the Admin & HR Manager and have been a part of the Rooftop Team since 2010. 

    I am passionate about family, friends, cars, planes, sports and reading but most of all absolutely love cooking & baking and get lost in my recipe books!

  • Tina Mapoma
    Inside Cleaner
    Tina Mapoma
    Inside Cleaner

    Tina, the number one lady for fresh, clean and happy offices. On a daily basis, I wash hundreds of coffee cups. I love to clean, except lunchboxes, I hate lunchboxes. I enjoy spending time with my son and looking after my home.

    I am miraculously able to revive dying plants in and around the offices. 

    I’ve been a part of the Rooftop family since 2004. Affectionately known as Mama Bush!

  • Robert Barron
    Audio Engineer
    Robert Barron
    Audio Engineer

    My beautiful wife and I are privileged to live in South Africa and to be on the Rooftop team together.  Audio adventures started for me in the 90’s, as a kid at church playing with tape recorders and electronic drums.  I have never tired of manipulating sound waves since. Soli Deo Gloria. 

    Over the years my musical tastes and abilities have both become less disappointing (thank goodness) - soul, jazz and funk are now my favourites. I also like food. Almost too much. Particularly Jamaican cuisine and food from the East (both near and far).  

    My less glamorous passions include customer service excellence, project management and effective communication.

  • Fanjan Combrink
    Lighting & Grip
    Fanjan Combrink
    Lighting & Grip

    I work as Rooftop's Gaffer, meaning I'm responsible for the technical aspects of lighting a scene, from power distribution to safety, working closely with the Director and DOP. Capturing still and motion pictures is about capturing light, I find immense pleasure in finding solutions to lighting problems in order to create mood and atmosphere that helps tell the story. My hobbies are film photography, electronics, and generally making things that solve problems. I love being on set.

  • Jaco Potgieter
    Art Director & Graphic Designer
    Jaco Potgieter
    Art Director & Graphic Designer

    I’m an art director, animator and graphic designer with a passion for turning ideas, concepts and stories into creative pieces that can make a difference in people's lives. 

    I love endurance sports, coffee, ‘90s cartoons and movies. I have a beautiful wife, super-creative son, very energetic daughter, a crazy dog and a lazy dog.

  • Lulama Godlo
    Production Assistant
    Lulama Godlo
    Production Assistant

    I love that every day is different and I get to travel and meet different people. I'm a positive enthusiastic person and I'm easy to work with.

    I love making videos and taking photos, music and acting in my spare time.

     

  • Pearl Prinsloo
    HR Manager
    Pearl Prinsloo
    HR Manager

    My passion is people and that is why I love my job because Rooftop is all about PEOPLE! I am an Industrial Psychologist and my role includes Human Resources. I am married to my best friend who inspires me in everything I do. I a mom of  two….and being a mom  is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness ahead of your own…but it is so worth it!!!! I love running, especially endurance events…it forces you outside of your comfort zone…and that is the moment when you learn more about yourself and grow even more.

  • Mzimasi Ndzombane
    Cinematographer & Editor Intern
    Mzimasi Ndzombane
    Cinematographer & Editor Intern

    From a young age I’ve always wanted to create. It all started with my terrible ‘graphic’ designing as a 10 year old skateboarder, being influenced by all the awesome deck designs from all my favourite pro skateboarders at the time.

    With my graphic design interest, it brought up an interest in other programs and that’s where I discovered filmmaking. Realising that it was possible for me to make skate videos with my friends, and replicating the sliding transitions of Star Wars between clips… I was hooked!

    I’d print my favourite shots from my favourite movies and stick them on my wall.

    Ever since then I’ve been trying to study my favours cinematographers, while at the same time trying to find my own style.

    I’m forever grateful to Rooftop for giving me an opportunity to intern here, and it was an offer I could never turn down.

    I’m excited to see what the future holds!

  • Gerda Bonny
    Financial Manager
    Gerda Bonny
    Financial Manager

    "Accountant by day, brave bard by night”. Proud mama of three wonderful kids and two adorable bunnies. Just another slave to the mundane who compensates by living an extraordinary life in her head.

    Also loves books, hedgehogs and the odd 4x4 adventure.

  • James Collins
    Director & Art Director
    James Collins
    Director & Art Director

    What started as a hobby quickly turned into a profession, and as my film and storytelling ability increased, so did my passion for it. Through my career as a filmmaker I’ve been fortunate enough to work in different capacities all over the world, from being an assistant director on TV shows such as Vikings and Into the Badlands in Ireland, to directing documentaries in India. Now, writing and directing stories with the incredible team at Rooftop.

  • John Teichert
    Cinematographer & Editor
    John Teichert
    Cinematographer & Editor

    I cannot thank God enough for the amazing opportunity to be part of the Rooftop team as a cinematographer and editor. Telling stories that matter and impacting lives through my passion of film is truly a dream come true.

    Every day here brings an opportunity for me to learn, grow and experience new adventures.

  • Jenna Deysel
    Project Coordinator
    Jenna Deysel
    Project Coordinator

    I’ve always been passionate about people and performance. You could call me a go-getter at heart.

    The one who recharges with people and is always up to the challenge.

    Taking all these things; throwing in some great people, some crazy gear along with loads of laughter and I guess you could sum up my “normal” day at work.

    So whether I’m Project Coordinating or running team activities I strive to remember one thing, if you pay close enough attention, everything is your teacher.

  • Richard Ahlfeldt
    Joint CEO
    Richard Ahlfeldt
    Joint CEO

    I’m an entrepreneur, adventurer and a passionate storyteller. Tackling challenges and solving problems inspire me. I love seeing ideas turning into concepts that impact people’s lives.

    When I am not involved in developing ideas for our clients, I am spending time with my family and camping, paddling, hiking and travelling whenever the opportunity presents itself. 

  • James Scholtz
    Joint CEO
    James Scholtz
    Joint CEO

    I’m an entrepreneur at heart, seeing Rooftop grow from a garage startup into an organization that has almost 30 employees and producing content on the global stage has been an absolute joy!

    I LOVE the outdoors (too many activities to mention), travel, aeroplanes, adventures in any form, playing music and endurance events. I’m particularly passionate about coffee, with a home collection of 9 coffee machines!

    I’ve been married for 10 years and am a dad to two young children. I’ve completed 2 full Ironman events, as well as the Transbaviaans; a 230km (143mile) single stage mountain bike race. My next physical feat will be the Comrades marathon, an 89km (55 mile) ultra distance marathon!

    I believe the power of video and mobile technology can change the world and I want to be a part of making that happen!

  • Denna Jones
    Director: Content & Client Services
    Denna Jones
    Director: Content & Client Services

    I’m passionate about travelling, good coffee, and great stories. As a producer, I love working with clients, identifying what they wish to communicate and then working with our incredible creative team to figure out the best way to bring that across in a video.

    I also love being out on location around the world, meeting new people and hearing their amazing stories.

  • Nick Waring
    Director: Production & Creative Services
    Nick Waring
    Director: Production & Creative Services

    I'm a husband, a son, a brother and a dad. Family is important to me, especially our Rooftop family which I get to help lead, direct and guide through the thrilling process of film making.

    We get to take simple and sometimes complex ideas and craft and shape them to birth a real story that matters.

    Sometimes when I’m sitting on my board out in the ocean waiting for a wave, it dawns on me that tomorrow I get to go in to work with an incredible team and tell amazing stories, and I get to do this as my job - it’s awesome!

  • Scott Kelly
    Art Director & Animator
    Scott Kelly
    Art Director & Animator

    Scott Kelly an expert in 2D motion graphics, is the Creative Director in the Animation Department at Rooftop. Prior to working at Rooftop, Scott worked as Creative Director for Fly Piggy Fly, as well as a Senior Designer at Boomtown. He has a BTech Degree in Graphic Design and won the 2010 Design Indaba Vespa Take One Competition.

    He enjoys the outdoors; hobbies include camping, running and mountain biking.

  • Tom Collins
    Director & Editor
    Tom Collins
    Director & Editor

    My career as a filmmaker began in 2011 after studying environmental science and film. Since then I have been fortunate enough to have worked as a filmmaker in 15 countries. My work has ranged from being an assistant director on big budget TV shows in Dublin, such as Vikings and Into the Badlands, to directing award winning documentaries in refugee camps in Chad. My priority as a filmmaker is to always serve the story in every phase of a project - from concept and writing, right through to the final edit, and I'm happy to being doing it with some of the best in the world here at Rooftop.

  • Kyle Lucas
    Director
    Kyle Lucas
    Director

    I got my first camera when I was 14, and since then I’ve always had a camera in my hands. Over time they have gotten bigger and better (then smaller and better), but little has changed about my passion to make a difference. Sometimes that takes me to a rural village on the other side of the continent or sometimes to a large-scale TV commercial set, but the ultimate goal is always the same; to tell an emotive and informative story that connects with the viewer.

    Observers Paradox says: "You can’t observe life without changing it" I would expand on that saying "you can’t observe life without it changing you"

  • Andrea Goosen
    Content Strategy
    Andrea Goosen
    Content Strategy

    The endangered, semi-nocturnal Scriptwriter can be observed brewing up ideas, navigating the murky depths of content strategy, and concocting wordsmithery of all kinds… When venturing out of her writing cave, she may be seen dabbling in nature photography, attempting sketchy art projects, frolicking at the beach and in the snow when she can find it.

  • Candice Barron
    Project Manager
    Candice Barron
    Project Manager

    Explorer, music-lover, fashion enthusiast, avid foodie, lover of the outdoors, professional shopper, appreciator of silly humour!

    I'm an enthusiastic, problem-solving, people-loving Project Manager. I am passionate about creating extraordinary work, whatever it takes. Hospitality, coordinating and going out of my way to look after my clients and colleagues is what I do best.

    I love meeting new people, exploring new places and cultures and going on little adventures with my best friend. ❤

    Soli Deo Gloria.

  • Ashley Reid
    Animator & Graphic Designer
    Ashley Reid
    Animator & Graphic Designer

    Ashley Reid, a virtuoso in graphic design, is a 2D animator at Rooftop Productions since 2013.
    After studying Graphic Design at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Ashley now specializes in creating storyboards, developing graphic styles and animating it all to the client’s satisfaction.

    When he is not in front of his computer screen, he can be found on set as an assistant director making sure everything runs smoothly and according to schedule.

  • Brett Gieseke
    Cinematographer & Editor
    Brett Gieseke
    Cinematographer & Editor

    I'm a cinematographer and video editor with a background in graphic design and advertising.

    I love working on set and being part of the magic that happens when we're able to transform the ordinary into a new reality on screen. 

    My visual / story telling inspirations include: Jurassic Park (the original), the Bourne series, Hugo, Avatar, Man on Fire, Lord of the Rings.

    In my spare time I'm a guitarist with a passion for rock and there's always time for a little bit of b-ball to unwind.

     

  • Edwin Toi
    Animator
    Edwin Toi
    Animator

    I am a 3D generalist with a diverse range of skills from modelling to compositing.  I have a great love for character animation and the ability to "breathe" life into something (which is essentially made out of data), drives my passion forward.  I also delve in Motion Graphics, with my roots being in Graphic Design.  When not render wrangling, I enjoy slapping the bass, drawing, reading fantasy novels, watching anime and spending time with my family.

  • Jeremy King
    Cinematographer & Editor
    Jeremy King
    Cinematographer & Editor

    I am a cinematographer and editor at Rooftop Productions. I have a passion for people and visual story telling. I love to travel, surf and I am always up for an adventure. Yeehaw!

  • Marie Quinn
    Administration Coordinator
    Marie Quinn
    Administration Coordinator

    I was born and raised in Johannesburg but have happily been living in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth for 15 years now. 

    I am the Admin & HR Manager and have been a part of the Rooftop Team since 2010. 

    I am passionate about family, friends, cars, planes, sports and reading but most of all absolutely love cooking & baking and get lost in my recipe books!

  • Tina Mapoma
    Inside Cleaner
    Tina Mapoma
    Inside Cleaner

    Tina, the number one lady for fresh, clean and happy offices. On a daily basis, I wash hundreds of coffee cups. I love to clean, except lunchboxes, I hate lunchboxes. I enjoy spending time with my son and looking after my home.

    I am miraculously able to revive dying plants in and around the offices. 

    I’ve been a part of the Rooftop family since 2004. Affectionately known as Mama Bush!

  • Robert Barron
    Audio Engineer
    Robert Barron
    Audio Engineer

    My beautiful wife and I are privileged to live in South Africa and to be on the Rooftop team together.  Audio adventures started for me in the 90’s, as a kid at church playing with tape recorders and electronic drums.  I have never tired of manipulating sound waves since. Soli Deo Gloria. 

    Over the years my musical tastes and abilities have both become less disappointing (thank goodness) - soul, jazz and funk are now my favourites. I also like food. Almost too much. Particularly Jamaican cuisine and food from the East (both near and far).  

    My less glamorous passions include customer service excellence, project management and effective communication.

  • Fanjan Combrink
    Lighting & Grip
    Fanjan Combrink
    Lighting & Grip

    I work as Rooftop's Gaffer, meaning I'm responsible for the technical aspects of lighting a scene, from power distribution to safety, working closely with the Director and DOP. Capturing still and motion pictures is about capturing light, I find immense pleasure in finding solutions to lighting problems in order to create mood and atmosphere that helps tell the story. My hobbies are film photography, electronics, and generally making things that solve problems. I love being on set.

  • Lulama Godlo
    Production Assistant
    Lulama Godlo
    Production Assistant

    I love that every day is different and I get to travel and meet different people. I'm a positive enthusiastic person and I'm easy to work with.

    I love making videos and taking photos, music and acting in my spare time.

     

  • Gerda Bonny
    Financial Manager
    Gerda Bonny
    Financial Manager

    "Accountant by day, brave bard by night”. Proud mama of three wonderful kids and two adorable bunnies. Just another slave to the mundane who compensates by living an extraordinary life in her head.

    Also loves books, hedgehogs and the odd 4x4 adventure.

  • John Teichert
    Cinematographer & Editor
    John Teichert
    Cinematographer & Editor

    I cannot thank God enough for the amazing opportunity to be part of the Rooftop team as a cinematographer and editor. Telling stories that matter and impacting lives through my passion of film is truly a dream come true.

    Every day here brings an opportunity for me to learn, grow and experience new adventures.

  • Jenna Deysel
    Project Coordinator
    Jenna Deysel
    Project Coordinator

    I’ve always been passionate about people and performance. You could call me a go-getter at heart.

    The one who recharges with people and is always up to the challenge.

    Taking all these things; throwing in some great people, some crazy gear along with loads of laughter and I guess you could sum up my “normal” day at work.

    So whether I’m Project Coordinating or running team activities I strive to remember one thing, if you pay close enough attention, everything is your teacher.