Gauteng once again proved to be the ideal backdrop for a short film by Jacques Potgieter. Shot in several locations around the province recently, the short film entitled Fable is described a 'thriller/ suspense/ mystery/ drama' and is produced by the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria West.

Producer Elaine Roos describes the storyline. "Have you ever wondered if fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes were just cover-ups for real, horrific scenarios where people lose their lives or their children? What if Humpty Dumpty was more than just the cute egg who accidentally met his match while falling off that wall? What if he was actually a psychopathic child snatching murderer, being chased by the King’s Men...? All in this cover-up, dark real world of Fable!

Detective Aaron Knight is in hot pursuit of an Unknown Serial Killer on the rampage. As he gets closer to catching this Masked Marauder, he does not realize how close he will get until he lands in the deep end of this terrible Villain’s pool where he might lose his only child. What lessons will be learned"?

Fable used several locations mainly in the Pretoria area which included two public parks in Pretoria, two streets in Pretoria, a warehouse in Rooihuiskraal, Centurion

Office buildings in Doringkloof, a house in Waterkloof Ridge used for three locations, a house in Moreleta Park, the BP Elardus Park, the Shape-Up Family Health Gym in Wonderboom South, an abandoned Highway Bridge in Pelindaba, Roodeplaat Dam, Sable Hills Estate and a church in Waterkloof Park .

“We started shooting on the 3rd of October 2011 and ended on the 7th October 2011” says Roos. “The key cast are Francois Olivier, Richard Gavshon, Marco Golzand Diandra Slabbert. The crew included Jacques Potgieter - Writer/Director, Cobus Susan - Sound, Roald Le Roux - Director of Photography, and Karin Schonken - Editor”.

Fable was shot on a Canon 60D DSLR with Prime lenses from Bryanston based Digital Film's Frank Meyburgh and the format is 1080 full HD. Running time will be 25 minutes, and completion is anticipated in early November. The finished production will be submitted for evaluation and possibly entered into film festivals.

“Fable is a very ambitious project” concludes Roos. “The Script requires multiple locations, actors, stunts and VFX. We had to find innovative ways to achieve the maximum production value on our shoestring student budget. One of these innovations was a fibreglass casing with safety glass windows which we designed and built exclusively for shallow underwater photography.

We especially appreciated the cast and extras’ endurance; our actors were repeatedly flogged with copious amounts of water or asked to take a dip in cold water, or in some cases to be half naked in an abandoned warehouse. This was however a fantastic experience and would not have been possible if not for Gauteng Film Commission, Pretoria SAPD and TUT. Many Thanks!".