Mr. Bones 2 is currently being shot in Gauteng, having completed a 2 week shoot in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Produced by Anant Singh's Videovision Entertainment, this second version of

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Leon Schuster as Mr. Bones
the hugely popular feature film traces a further adventure of the indomitable character Mr. Bones (Leon Schuster).

Set in 1897 in the mythical African Kingdom of Kuvukiland, Bones must travel to the future, the present, in order to return a sacred stone to rid his king of a curse and in doing so has another of his fish-out-of-water slapstick adventures as he is faced with the wonders of the modern world including vans, microlites, fancy dress parties and flush toilets.

Shooting commenced in Johannesburg on the 18th of February 2008, and then moved to Durban, Umhlanga and Isipingo. Late last month the shoot moved back to Gauteng where shooting will take place in Fordsburg, Nash's Farm, Oakfield Farm, Pretoria Museum and Muldersdrift.

In focus caught up with the shoot in Fordsburg, and spoke to Gill Pearson, Line producer.

"This has been a great shoot and it's good to be in Gauteng. Puisano Phatoli at the Gauteng Film Commission has been a great help with the shoot in Fordsburg, and so far things are proceeding very well and we are on schedule. The Fordsburg people have also been extremely supportive and cooperative.

It's great to be working with the old team. Of course Anant Singh is Producer together with Helena Spring. Andre Scholtz is the Floor producer and Gray Hofmeyr is the director. The Director of Photography is Chris Schutte.

We will be shooting in Fordsburg for 4 days, and then move on into the country for the balance of the shoot. It's always great working with Leon "he is a genuine funny man and his ad-libs are often hilarious."

Late last month, the production got embroiled in a media debacle after the production company decided to abandon the controversial whites-only Broederstroom Vakansie-Oord near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West province. According to Videovision Entertainment the company had decided to film elsewhere because it considered racist behaviour unacceptable. Filming has since been moved to other locations.

Mr. Bones is being shot on High Definition using two Sony 900 R's and a Sony EX1 which is ideal for the highly mobile angles. The cameras come from Media Film Services and Magus Vision. The "dailies" are being done at The Video Lab in Blairgowrie, who will also do the final post production. Editing is by Johan Lategan (Lads).

Much use will be made of Video Lab's "Lustre" for the film type grading and the scanning to 35mm for theatrical release will be done on Video Labs ARRI Laser.

The shoot in Gauteng is expected to wrap on the 5th of April and the premiere is scheduled for the 28th of November 2008.