After matriculating in 2002 at Marais Viljoen High School, Samuel Arthur Ferreira studied drama at the Tshwane University of Technology. Whilst studying Ferreira starred in several stage plays including Chase me up Farndale Avenue, Our Country's Good and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He has also performed at Aardklop Arts Festival, sharing the stage with mime artist John Jacobs in his production Le Regard sur la Vie.
In 2005 Ferreira completed his National Diploma in drama specializing in Scriptwriting and Children's Theatre. The same year he received the Pretorium Trust Award for top drama student. Ferreira continued his studies in drama completing his Baccalaureus Technologiae specializing in Directing and Scriptwriting. The following year he formed part of the first group of students on the continent of Africa to potentially complete their Magister Technologiae in Scriptwriting. In February 2010 Ferreira was the first of this group, and so far only, to obtain a Magister Technologiae degree in Scriptwriting for the stage. He now owns if.studios, a drama school situated in Alberton.
Born in 1982, Morné du Toit grew up in Randburg, Johannesburg, where he also matriculated in 2000. After living and working in England for two and a half years, Morné returned to South Africa to study Motion Picture Production at the film school of Tshwane University of Technology. Here he completed his four year BA Honours degree, majoring in writing and directing for screen. After scooping up all the awards (director, writer, best picture, and best academic student) for the last two consecutive years of his studies, Morné graduated cum laude in 2007.
During his time as a student, Morné launched his acting career in numerous TV commercials, short films and feature films (All Gold 36'ss, Sony Playstation, Sprite, Standard Bank, Vodacom, Footskating 101, Spaarwiel, George, etc.). Being a strong believer in identifying, embracing and exploring his talents, Morné discovered the ability to react as an actor from a young age. This talent helped him to pay his way through film school and increases his potential when working with actors as a director/-writer. As an actor, Morné's most valuable characteristic is his effortless comic timing and broad character range. He has a great ear for accents. He recently jumped into the prankster's shoes, in the latest candid camera film on South African screens, Ek Joke Net, in theatres June 2011.
After his 2005 short film as director, Employee of the Month, his first commissioned short film as writer/director was the TUT award-winning film Spaarwiel (MNet 2006), after which he wrote and directed the multiple award winning, darkly humorous M-Net EDIT short film; Andre Metstrepie (18min) M-Net 2007. In 2007 Morné officially started his career as a freelance filmmaker. His destined path crossed with The Film Factory, when he was offered the job of 1st Assistant Director on the box office hit feature film, Bakgat! Through The Film Factory Morné did the majority of his work as a young professional writer, director and editor. In 2008 Morné wrote, directed and produced an independent short film titled: The Crazy Fight Beast Song.
To date Morné has conceptualized, directed and edited many music videos for artists like Glaskas, Ray Dylan and Revolusie. He has directed and edited promotional videos for famous brands such as Nike, Clover, aKing (FHM), Score, Mama Afrika Tikkun and REDKEN SA Fashion Week. He worked as Assistant Editor on Leon Schuster's Shucks Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa. He has directed short films and been AD and 2nd Unit director on feature films. For Red Pepper Productions Morné has directed over 20 inserts for shows like Frenz-y, Craz-e, Sistahood and Shiz-Niz. For Homebrew Films Morné directs inserts for the magazine show: All Access. Amongst many other writing projects, Morne's most recent screenplays have been feature length: Lucky's Numbers - a romantic comedy that plays off in Soweto. (Working title): An Afrikaans 'all ages' detective/superhero genre film, based on a popular 1980's TV series, in development. In April/May 2011 Morné made his feature film directing debut with Hoofmeisie, an Afrikaans family comedy, produced by The Film Factory which will be released nationwide on 16 December 2011.
Morné is a born performer and artist. Acting, observing and telling stories is his life.