Sam studied Marketing and comes from a background of Human Resources, Community Development and Production. She is involved in every aspect of the production business, with a focus on the financial, managerial and creative aspects of the making of each film. Sam has seen first-hand the importance of conservation and is passionate about creating films that are impactful, empowering and inspire positive change.
Zee Muller studied film, specializing in editing and has over 10 years experience in the industry. She has an intense passion for telling stories, especially those connected to wildlife, the environment and human-spirit. Zee knew from a young age that she wanted to use her passion to make a difference in the field of conservation.
Savannah Lee-Warden is our Production Coordinator and manages a variety of tasks from film shoot logistics, to client relationships, and research. Savannah has the undeniable ability to manage multiple tasks, making her a great fit for this role. She is currently completing her BSc in Environmental Management and Zoology and is driven by a passion for both conservation and human-empowerment. She is adaptable, warm and thrives off the challenges that come with producing content that is consistently high in quality, yet unique to every clients’ needs.
Alizé is a passionate visual storyteller who loves to capture the real, messy and beautiful stuff in this world. She is all about adventure and travel, and is not afraid of getting her feet dirty. As an experienced videographer and photographer, she beautifully documents the moments that move you and make you feel something.
We met our Production Manager Lauren Cawley on an assignment at an elephant orphanage in Zambia – where she was working as a Communications Manager, we connected with her instantly. Her background in marketing and communications coupled with her love for our natural world has been extremely valuable to our team, as has her experience in managing people and a variety of clients. Lauren sees the value in telling stories to create change, which fits right in with what we do!
Our Senior Editor, Niven Hans, has been an excellent addition to our team. With over 6 years of experience as an editor working on both commercial and documentary films, Niven has developed the ability to stitch together a film in a way that not only clearly communicates a narrative, but that also evokes emotion and is captivating. He has experience in editing both long format documentaries and short form content and is an efficient, experienced editor who adds huge value to every product he works on.
Dumi Sibanda is a Junior Editor at Black Bean and brings a fresh creative edge to the team. He graduated film school in 2017, completing a BA in Film and Television and has been with the team ever since. In his role he edits various films, assists in media management and uses his creativity to create new and exciting content. Since joining Black Bean, he has not only developed his editing style, but his love of wildlife and passion for conservation has grown which has been inspiring for us all to witness. Dumi has a great energy and always knows how to brighten a room!
Leon Visser, is an award-winning Video Editor and Colourist, and is also co-founder and the Head of Post Production at our sister company Kin Media – (post production and media management). At Black Bean Productions we create high quality content and Leon’s skills and expertise are a huge part of this. As a Colourist Leon has worked closely with our team on many films and his attention to detail and dedication to his craft shines through in his work. Leon is one of the best in the industry and is always willing to share his knowledge with others, and is continually working to improve upon his skills and ensure our clients’ content is produced efficiently, and to the highest standard.
Oli Caldow is an incredible asset to our team and co-founded Black Bean Productions with James 7 years ago. As our Director of Photography, Oli plays an incredibly important role in the making of our films. Oli has over 10 years’ experience in the film industry and comes from a commercial background where he worked on high-end productions all over the world. Through his expertise and experience Oli has developed a unique visual style, which shines through in our films. He has a talent for capturing moments in an incredibly beautiful, and cinematic way – giving a real edge to documentary story telling. This adds so much value to the work we produce. He has years of experience in documentary filmmaking – in documenting wildlife in isolated and pristine wilderness areas, and in documenting people all over Africa – often in very remote areas – working hard to tell their story – in a honest way that sheds a light on their experiences and daily life. His experience and passion is invaluable to our team.
This is James Suter, Co-Founder and Director of Black Bean Productions. James inherited his love of wildlife and passion for conservation from his father. This has been the driving force behind the work that James has done and continues to do. With his extensive background in professional guiding and travels throughout Africa – he used to be a full time Game Ranger, and now completes a number of private guided safaris every year, as well as managing Black Bean Productions – James is able to capture the efforts of organizations doing important work on the ground in an intimate and honest way. Using his profound knowledge of the African bush, he aids Black Bean Productions in producing content that allows our audience to connect to the places, people and wildlife featured in our films, and in his photographs. His passion for our natural world is infectious and comes through in the films he has directed for Black Bean Productions and the content he produces on an ongoing basis.