Desmond Denton is an award winning filmmaker who walks with a strong vision of creativity on the one hand and the practical execution of it on the other; it’s where fantasy meets reality. Desmond is a South African born filmmaker currently residing between Cape Town, Washington DC and Moscow. His affair with film has been over 13years in the making where he has directed and produced various productions. He studied BA film directing/ writing, honours in communication science and post graduate psychology as well as Masters in writing.
Selected on various master classes such as BIG FISH PRODUCING, BERLINALE TALENTS, DURBAN FILM MART, CANNES FILM MART.
Desmond has been mentored by various acclaimed filmmakers including Herman van Deventer, Kofi Zwana, Dean Blumberg, Cobus van den Berg, Akin Omotoso, Jamil Qubeka, Meg Rickards, Jacky Lourens and other.
DESMOND DENTON, filmmaker with a strong vision of creativity and its practical execution. With over 13 years of multimedia, film and lecturing experience. the ability to work with diverse groups of people, including international clients and crew. Desmond has directed for many leading world brands such as LUX, OPEL, JACK FRIEDMAN, DOS EQUIS, REPS FITNESS
Whether he lends himself to using moving images with music to captivate fans of a band or crafting a storyboard to create commercials for clients- Desmond offers lushly seductive imagery, heart rendering character based stories and creates new worlds through stories.
He asks for reinvention and through captivating films he turns on our curiosity into that which is sometimes overlooked. Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living” and for Desmond the true story lies in the unseen that which lurks beneath it all; the subtext. He shows us what truly lies behind the rich tapestry of visual delight.
Desmond has directed various commercials and feature films of which his first Anderkant die stilte, has won various awards and nominations at international festivals such as Monaco International, Cape Winelands International. These awards including best directed, produced and written. His second feature Lenteblom, which deals with the Virgin cure related to aids have been release successfully to over 10 000 farms across South Africa.
“ As a storywriter/ brand specialist I hold a hope for our continent to reassess the way we see ourselves, to present a new fresh story. We’ve been sidelined, belittled and misunderstood, but our time has come. It is time we share the stories of significance, of Africa’s potential and its people.”
WHAT THEY SAY:
"I haven't done a video in a while, so it felt really good to get back into things again! It was such a pleasure working with Desmond and the Imagenheart crew! They made things so comfortable for me, making my job so much easier."
(Idols Winner & Singer)
"Desmond!! It was an absolutely pleasure working with you!! Thank you for all of your hard work & dedication, and for making my SA film experience that much more memorable. I hope we get to work together again! "
International actress. Worked together on Planet of the Sharks (Asylum films)
"Desmond is a dedicated hard worker and has high aspirations."
(International Script Consultant)
Desmond's film have formed the foundation of our 2014 lineup and we are proud to carry his work
(Ceo of Clod Television Network)
Dit was ’n plesier en ’n voorreg om saam met julle op JAGVELD te werk. Julle professionaliteit en werksetiek het ’n groot verskil aan die produksie gemaak.
Acclaimed writer/ filmmaker
"It was such an honour to work with Desmond Denton and his team as they were busy with their new movie called Spelonk. They are extremely professional and knows how to produce film. Definately world class !!! "
Rico Hatting- MMA champion
Leon van der Merwe (Festival co ordinator)
Mr. Denton is a stunningly successful and respected individual, both in his capacity as a groundbreaking pioneer and an innovative producer in the world of film in South Africa, and as a commercial filmmaker. This includes being able to bridge markets, by taking his film Lenteblom beyond cinema. The film has been successfully implemented in community screenings, whereby a large audience- more than 56 000 people have been impacted by a film dealing with the virgin cure myth.
Desmond Denton is one of those rare individuals who combine the twin advantages of acute social observation with powerful creative interpretation. In the nearly eleven years that I have known him, Desmond has been involved with frontline films including Mooirivier, Die Pro and upcoming film Jagveld as well as produced a number of his own titles. He has contributed tremendous skills, amenities and insights to those individuals that have been fortunate enough to work with him directly, as well as to the broader population as whole. The powerful and positive humanism displayed throughout his work is lasting testimony to the unique creative and professional integrity of the man himself.
As a South African actor I have worked closely with Desmond Denton on various productions. This started of as early as film school where we worked together on a number of productions. In film school he already stood out and won awards for his graduate film Vaderland, selected at international festivals. He won award for best director and writer for this film.I have furthermore worked with Desmond in his latest television series SpelonkThe recent spate of successful films coming from South Africa to international screens, has forced Hollywood to realise the creative potential of South African filmmakers and industry. The booming industry brings various international productions to the country and ensures valuable skill development. Desmond has been involved in films including Planet of the sharks, worked on commercials with acclaimed producers such as Bruce MacDonald (Boomtown films) as well as himself been involved in developing the next generation of filmmakers. The South African filmmaking community has been tremendously valuable in international productions, with fierce competition . I, for one, would be excited to work with Desmond Denton again
We all know no one can do everything by themselves as we need the right help from the right people. Desmond Denton is that right person you are looking for. Sincere, diligent, honest, punctual, professional, creative, are all words that spring to mind but the list goes on. So go ahead, pick up the phone or send an email, but look no further as Desmond Denton from Imagenheart is the person you are looking for on that next project of yours.
Stefan Enslin - Faith In Motion Films (Producer / Writer)
Desmond Denton het saam met my gewerk aan twee vollengte films. Wat ek spesifiek onthou van die ervaring, is die flair wat hy aan die dag gelê het wat die kunsinkleding betref. Die film het treffende ‘backdrops’, en Desmond was die rigtingwyser vir die kunsdepartement.
Desmond was ook betrokke aan die tegniese regie kant, en saam met twee knap kameramanne is die ‘mood’ beligting van die twee films uit die boonste rakke.
Uit die oogpunt van ‘n akteur op films soos DIE PRO en JAGVELD, het ek sy werk as 1 ste assistent regisseur bedagsaam, respekvol en kundig gevind.
Albert Maritz (ACCLAIMED ACTOR/ DIRECTOR)
"I have worked with Desmond Denton on set before and I was very impressed with the way in which he directed the team towards his vision. Desmond is very passionate and focused on putting out quality work. "
Gary Cool International crump dancer
Ewald van Schalkwyk
"Twee woorde kom dadelik op as ek dink aan Desmond: kreatief en passievol. Die gemaklikheid waarmee jy jou passie leef en deel is inspirerend!"
Ewald van Schalkwyk
Lindley Heynes aka Linkris
"Working with Desmond Denton is a phenomenal experience: Not only does he execute every step with complete professionalism and excellence, But he starts each project with the end-in-mind: knowing exactly what he wants out of each venture he partakes in. A true visionary who leads his business practices with a strong focus on developing solid relationships with his colleagues and clients. His life philosophy transcends the drawing board and camera lens. What more could you possibly ask for from a Creative Director?”
Lindley Heynes aka Linkris
Henning Basson (Distributor)
We have taken one of Desmond’s films Anderkant die stilte across to Australia/ New Zealand including to our online VOD platform. We have furthermore co produced the award winning 48 hour film Infidel (2016) with Desmond Denton. Through this experience it is clear to us that his filmmaking skills as an upcoming director and producerThe South African filmmaking community has been experiencing tremendous growth, and Desmond Denton has emerged as a bright star. Being involved in local feature films such as Mooirivier, Die Pro, Jagveld as well as international productions with television stations such as SYFY channel (Planet of the sharks), it is clear that he is a young star working hard for his place in the international film industry
"It's not everyday you find a storyteller with the right fusion of vision, passion, heart and the technical expertise to pull it off. Desmond Denton embodies everything all great storytellers are- his relentless pursuit of using media to impact others is not only inspiring, but riveting to watch unfold."
(Actor / Producer)
Our team always enjoy working with Imagenheart productions , not only are they very organized and professional, they create a space for artists to.give creative input, making it more about team work than just one individuals vision.
HELGABRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP TEAM
"Desmond has tenacious visionary creativity that translates into soulful and compelling work. Loved working with him!"
Lushinka Louw CEO
Le Riche Naturals
SPELONK, the title of the new film currently in development by the hugely talented and creative force, Desmond Denton who has amassed an impressive portfolio in his young life. Desmond is definitely the one to watch. His relentless pursuit of creating world class entertainment is admirable, to say the least. His passion for good story telling is like a breath of fresh air in the somewhat jaded local creative landscape.
Jolie Markey (Acclaimed actress, producer and writer)
Anlia van Rensburg
From the get go I gravitated to the story. I was obsessed with the character and her complex nature. It seemed challenging and daunting to portray these realistic events but I was lucky to work with Desmond. In our first meeting we spent a good time talking about the character, all the different possibilities and what she can still do in the future. Working with Desmond was wonderful. He had a clear vision of what he wanted but was open to my ideas and understanding of the character too. He directed moment to moment paying attention to fine detail. Telling story and the reason for telling it was always top priority. It's a harsh topic of an ugly world that we are often either not informed about or don't want to be informed. Desmond's realistic approach to his work is something i as an actress appreciate and look up to. I am excited to work with him, taking the story further and discovering what the film can grow into
"Working with Desmond was amazing. Every morning I'd be greeted with a smile followed by a sincere interest in how I'm doing and how my morning has treated me.
Desmond has such a calming, relatable and open presence that makes talking and working with him awesomely interesting.
One thing that stood out for me during our conversations was his passion and optimistic spirit for the work he creates."
Lauren Joseph (Actress)
Fritz van Zyl
Desmond Denton has a humble but determined mindset with a real eye for what needs to happen and when it needs to happen. I admire his creativity and technical ability to bring it all together."
Fritz Van Zyl (Photographer- Orms)
Jacobus Kriel - Jac Productions
"We consulted Desmond on one of our projects that we needed to propose to a possible client. Desmond gave us wonderful support and his assistance during the proposal was invaluable to us. We look forward to working with Desmond in the near future."
Jacobus Kriel - Jac Productions
(Producer / Director / Actor)
Desmond is doing unbelievable work to turn the book “Sirkel van Noodlot” into a film. For me, as the author, is it wonderful to see how Desmond is able to convert the story-ideas into live images and reality. He is really passionate about movie-making and this vibrates through to everyone on the set
"Ek is trots om te se ek is vriende met hierdie director van formaat. Rerig n goeie ou wie se hart op die regte plek sit, geen wonder hy kry so baie awards nie. Share asb sy werk en kyk uit vir nuwe feature films met van SA se beste akteurs en aktrisses."
(Photographer / Cinematographer)
Over the past few years I've have had the honour of working with the award winning writer/direcor Desmond Denton on local and international productions. Including stage shows, music videos, commercials, feature films and television series. As well as in various capacities, from actor through to co-producer. And with every project, no matter how big or small, it is always inspiring to see his dedication and limitless creativity. He not only has a brilliant understanding of working with people, but also has the ability to bring the most amazing stories to life! He is a proudly South African creative that operates at an international level and has an unstoppable drive. He will be known in the future as one who played a major role in reforming the South African film and television industry.
Rudolph Faurie (Actor, Assistant director)
"Desmond is an exceptional director and writer, truly passionate about telling stories on screen. He has an amazing talent and I am sure his career will continue to be a success. It is an honour to recommend Desmond Denton here."
(Business Development Manager at AFX Capital Markets)
"When we worked together, Desmond gave a lot of space to explore and indulge the character as an Actor. Some Directors are very strict about what they want, which is okay...but Desmond gave room to play and knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it out of a thinking Actor like myself. I too do hope we can work together again soon."
Thank you for collaborating with us. Your work is above expectation and I am proud to be associated with you! I feel honoured and really appreciate that you managed to fit us into your busy schedule. May this be the first of many collaborations!
Shelby Anne (Event co ordinator, photographer)
Alec Roux Couture
"Desmond / Imagenheart. I have great respect for your capabilities behind the lens. It is always a pleasure working with you and will recommend your skills with confidence. . "
Alec Roux Couture (Designer)
" Desmond was truly an asset during the making of "Planet of The Sharks". His Assistant Director skills were key towards bringing together an excellent crew. During pre-production he proved to be our saving grace, by securing our lead actor Brandon Auret (District 9), on a very short notice. His dedication and excellence on assisting the production team by managing call sheets for all departments, consistently keeping the production up to date and aware of all happenings, was greatly appreciated. His presence not only helped us complete our project, but lifted morale. It would be a pleasure to work with him again". -
Angie Dick (Production manager/ Actress)- Planet of the sharks
i wake up to see a world... filled with drama...conflict...suspense adventure and fantasy. I wake up to see the stories all around me... it makes me feel alive. Watching others meet and in conversation i overhear the exhcange of stories.... as people narrate their lives lver to each other trading tales back and forth. It makes me realise.... that this... life... is not merely an intelectual excercise. And that people are not moved to action by an overload of data... technology or spreadsheets... people are moved by emotion.. and the best emotions are usually engaged by the simple phrase...once upon a time. I am honoured to be a descendant of an immense and ancient community of holy people... of troubadours, of travelling poets, kings, boer kommando - of storytellers.... i tell stories in order to live
A world lost. A boy in grave danger. A man on a deadly quest. Meet Dante, a bounty hunter marked for death by his former allies at the Cape Military Frontier, carrying with him the weight of a mysterious past and secrets of a darker future to come, as he treks these lands in a desperate bid to survive at any and all costs