We hatched in March 2002 and have been specializing in technically complex service production since. A good technical understanding as well as good logistics allows us to foster favorable relationships with suppliers and crew as well as getting the most for your budget.
We have always been a solutions driven company recognizing that the success of a service production is - Your project is your baby - We don't want a custody battle! Our job is to make you look good - We do the work, you take the credit.
When shooting in South Africa you will face at least hundreds of possible choices whom to shoot with - so what made us work with Alan and Lee so many times? It the trust and the sureness that we can expect the best and really clever solutions, creative input, incredibly competitive budgeting and most important - a brilliant time!"
Florian Sigl: Bakery Films
“With 'Bird' and Mr. Lawson there are never any problems only solutions. Quick thinking and with a wit to match his experience in Europe prior to settling in S.A. makes him one of the more knowledgeable entities on the 'Cape'. He knows how the French like to work , he knows how the English like to work... his understanding of the differences in European work habits make him a cultural work-ethic chameleon. How often does one come in under budget? With 'Bird' chances are you will. Not every time but any time its possible. His knowledge of and relationships with local crews and foreign crews lets you rest on the choices he will make. You will have the best and most professional technicians available. Even if they're not available, he will
make sure they are... Well respected by the local rental houses, 'Bird' will always make sure you get the best gear available. His honesty and sincerity has established Mr. Lawson as one of the more respected executive producers in Cape-Town. Always available and prompt 'Bird' allows you to enjoy your shoot as well as the little time you may have to amble around like a "free" bird..
Louis Saint-Calbre: Paris.
"I have worked with Alan and Bird since 2001. I know that any project will go well. I also know that all dealings are open and honest. I always recommend Bird for service production in Southern Africa"
Christian Schelb: Munich
In our 10th year drawing on the strengths of our collaborations we now have new divisions that include:
Born and educated (Educated BSc Psychology, Trained Sound Engineer) in London, Alan has been in South Africa since 1991 and has worked in Television Outside Broadcast and documentary. Changing to film and TV commercials in 1992.
Alan has been a location Scout, Unit Manager, Production Manager and Line Producer before Starting Bird in 2002. A wealth of random knowledge as well as a profound dislike of bullshit.
There is nothing like local knowledge. Born in South Africa, lived in Paris, Buenos Aires, London and Cape Town, Fluent in Spanish with working French and Italian. Lee will look after everything to do with your comfort.
From the moment you book the job to the shipment of your shopping. When she says "It’s a pleasure" she actually means it.
Born in England, Miki has Hungarian, Belgian with a splash of middle eastern blood and is fluent in both French and English having attended the French Lycee in London. Having grown up with a film background, Miki moved to Cape Town in 2002 and began working in the film industry first in locations before quickly making the move into production.
A tough negotiator combined with a passion for film making, Miki is the kind of producer who rarely takes no for an answer. He has even been know to sell ice to Eskimos!