Barend Van Der Watt
Henk developed a love for film at a very young age. To achieve his dream of becoming a brilliant and successful film-maker, he went to study at The South African School of Film, Television and Dramatic Art (AFDA), where he graduated with Honours, specializing in editing. He won the award for best editor and also taught editing in his final year at AFDA.
After graduating Henk started his career editing drama, working as head editor on 'Ietermagô' and 'Plek van die Vleisvreters', two drama series for kykNET. He also worked at Gasworks for a while, expanding his horizons as an online editor.
In 2008 his travels to the rest of Africa began when he was commissioned to edit a reality series in Zambia. Since then he has been lucky enough to work on different projects across Africa in countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and Niger.
From there, his career only grew as he worked for companies such as Rapid Blue, MTV Africa, Masters and Savant, Urban Brew, Underdog Productions, Aquavision, Launch Factory, Lucky Bean Productions, to name just a few. He has edited documentaries, reality series, commercials, corporates, music videos, drama series, wildlife and short films.
Apart from being an accomplished editor, Henk also is a gifted storyteller and a talented graphic designer.
Barend worked as a Game Ranger and Field Guide in the Kruger National Park from 2002 - 2004. The end of 2004 marked the start of his film-making career when he was granted the opportunity to work for National Geographic filmmaker, Kim Wolhuter.
He worked on numerous productions for National Geographic, Animal Planet International and many other broadcasters. In 2008 he relocated to Washington DC where he worked at the National Geographic Society Headquarters. It gave him priceless experience and exposure.
Over the years he has mastered skills as a documentary and series editor. He performed other duties as cameraman, story developer and researcher.
The Animal Planet series, Safari Sisters, was a solo project and story development was a big part of the editing process. He is now proficient both as an editor and storyteller and has refined his story telling skills by means of a short course in Screenwriting.
His aspires to develop many Film and Television projects of his own as this is his passion.