Having travelled South Africa extensively as a child, Rob developed a keen interest in photographing wildlife. After a chance meeting with the proprietor he enrolled at AFDA, a new and exciting film school that was just finding it’s feet, now Africa’s largest. He realised that filming all aspects of life would be his enduring passion and he graduated with honours from AFDA in 1999. He immediately began shooting the award-winning series ‘Yizo-Yizo’ and a steady flow of commercials followed. A number of Feature Films and Short Films allowed Rob to delve into the storytelling element of film-making which in turn has given him the ability to find narrative in all genres. Rob became a favourite DP to top directors both locally and internationally and is still regarded as one of the industry’s top cinematographers. Rob prides himself in the art of composing each frame he shoots with the purpose of layering a picture to tell the most effective story.
Rob is a perfectionist and a leader and with a deep understanding of performance, composition, music and editing he naturally gravitated towards Directing. He made his directoral debut shooting music videos with controversial South African artists, Die Antwoord. He continues to direct and shoot all of his commercials for which he has been globally recognized at Cannes Lions, D&AD, LIA and Loeries.
Although film will remain Rob’s favourite medium, he is regarded as an authority on HD and was heavily involved in the introduction and process management of the RED1 camera system into the South African industry. He remains actively involved in mentoring and training the future custodians of his treasured art-form and believes that it is the duty of each person to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the greater good.
Rob is a keen fisherman, cyclist, horticulturalist, diver, hippie and world traveller.