Grandpa by The Star Film Company

Grandpa by The Star Film Company directed by Jonathan Parkinson showcases the heart-warming ad about a grandfather trying to connect with his granddaughter. It is a real and authentic story that every family will understand.

The ad has charmed South Africa’s audience and is characterised as “so cute”. Through this AD Jonathan Parkinson wanted to bring the brand into people’s homes and hearts. 

The main purpose behind creating this AD to make the commercial felt as cinematic therefore they chose Ernest Ndlovu as the loneliest 75 years old Grandfather and Unathi March as 5 years old granddaughter. Here, you can see that a balance is kept between realism and emotion.


Crew Director:  Jonathan Parkinson

Production Co.: Star Films

Post Production:  Ashley Kadish

Editor:  Graham Smith

Editor: Orchestra Blue (OBPP)

DP:  Rory O’Grady Agency

Brand:  Showmax

Region:  Asia

Check out this Grandpa by The Star Film Company video listed under Direction (90 sec and under) category at Ciclope Festival.

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