Mlingane Dube

Videographer and founder, Artistry Media

Nothing lies beyond the scope of cameraman Mlingane Dube, whether it’s taxi industry hitmen, human traffickers or a three-legged dog that goes surfing. He’s covered them all as a cameraman on the eNCA news team, building a name for himself as a creative and talented videographer.

Dube (27) has also started his own company called Artistry Media, offering a full service from the conceptual development of an idea through to scripting, supplying the production crew and final editing. So far the company has produced two short films, a documentary and corporate videos for local and international clients including L’Oréal Paris, Netships Logistics and the Mindset Channel. “My love story with visual storytelling started in high school English class,” he says.

“Learning that pictures were a language; each shot size, composition, colours, lines, texture and mood were all like letters, put together to form words, which are put together to form sentences which tell a story. I just had to learn this new language.”

He studied at Boston Media House and three years later joined the SABC as an intern for a year, before joining the 24-hour news channel eNCA in Durban. Meanwhile Dube also started to collaborate with his friend and mentor Stephen Wiggill to write and direct short films.

He won the Best Cinematography award in the 2014 Durban leg of the international 48-hour film project. In 2015 he and co-writer Dasen Thathiah won the Best Writing Award for their short film Brothers, which also saw Dube nominated in the Best Director category at the Simon Mabhunu Sabela Film Awards. In April this year his short experimental film Scars was screened at a short film festival in Bucharest. With Artistry Media he has expanded his repertoire and his love of storytelling. He and Wiggill started the company to make a living through their passion by doing what they love, he says, and as part of that the company’s website features short stories about other South Africans from all walks of life who are passionate about their jobs. “My journey has taken me from loving visuals to becoming a lover of art, hence Artistry Media,” says Dube.

“I strive to explore all forms of visual artistic expression through Artistry Media and bring other passionate people on this journey.”

— Lesley Stones

Twitter: @MliDube