"To move forward, we must look back."
After the death of his grandfather (Oupa), Jan locks himself inside his grandparent’s house – determined to hold onto their memory. The limbo Jan finds himself in proves to be the catalyst for inspiration as he discovers possessions within the house that will change his life forever.
Based on true events, Typical Life merges the mediums of film and music to create a ‘Music Film’, using original 16 & 8mm footage shot by the Director’s (Jas Miszewski) great grandmother accompanied by the experimental guitar sounds of Israeli born Hvetter.
The film contains original, never before seen footage of the inauguration of the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria in 1949 and Hitler Youth marching in Rothenberg in 1939, just a few months before World War Two broke out.
Just over a year ago, Jas Miszewski's (Writer/Director) Grandfather passed away and left him all the 16mm film, 8mm film, Tape and VHS Footage his family has shot, some dating back to 1910. All together the footage runs just under 250 hours in length.
The film ‘Typical Life’ was shot in the original family home of Jas’s Grandparents, build in 1972 at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. After the death of his Grandfather, his Grandmother moved out of the house with all the worldly possessions - leaving a stark reminder of the memories formed in each space.
The film is also somewhat of a homage to camera’s and film technology. The technology ranges from a handheld Arriflex Super 16mm film camera to a RED Dragon fitted with Zeiss Prime lenses. The film footage was originally cut & spliced by hand by Jas’s Great Grandmother - Ouma Annie - digitised in Australia and finally edited into ‘Typical Life’ using Premiere Pro in South Africa.
Written and Directed by Jas Miszewski & Rupert Craib
Staring Sean - Marco Vorster & Anya Van Der Merwe
DOP - Robert Wiesnewski
1st Assistant Director - Wiebren Bergsma
Editor - Jas Miszewski
Sound Design - NOVO Sound
Boom Operator - Jonathan Paizee
Costume & Make-up - Carmen Life
1st Assistant Camera - Sebastien Lemke
Grip & Lighting Assist - Josh Rijneke & Wynand Strydom
Colour Grading - Robert Wiesnewski & Sebastien Lemke
WITH THANKS TO
Anya Van Der Merwe
The Van Der Merwe Family
Jan Van Der Bergh
John Claude Ngoma
Media Film Service
Friends of the Crew
All Rights Reserved - Jas Miszewski & Rupert Craib - 2016