Craig Shackleton and Wayne Ellis are Afterlife with 35 years collective experience in the Music, Visual & Entertainment industry. They have dedicated themselves to pushing the limits of Audio Visual technologies and through evolving their art-form have developed the skill sets necessary for Video Mapping, Sound Design, Music Composition, Live DJ/VJ performance, Video Editing & 3D animation.
Afterlife have performed in several countries across the globe from Dubai to Nigeria, Angola, Kenya & across all the major cities in South Africa. Craig’s knowledge extends further into brand development & awareness. As an artist he has performed both locally and abroad and was solely responsible for the conceptualizing and creation of the Zen Chillout Series – a total of 10 discs of continuously mixed music showcasing the best international talent alongside top local artists for a holistic listening experience. Created with the environment in mind using recycled materials, a first of it’s kind in the country.
Wayne has refined his audio abilities working with a wide range of local artists in all aspects of sound. His first international release on Blue Tunes Records saw him sharing the disc with top international releasing artists. He scored the soundtrack for a world cup stadium documentary; a German firm commissioned 15 minutes of original Electronic music with an African touch for their stunning time lapse sequences which documented every stage of construction of all the major stadiums from day one through to completion.
A successful collaboration with a local composer followed as they were signed to EMI Records and commissioned by KPM Juice in London to produce a full CD of royalty free music in the spirit of the Africa in the exciting lead up to the world cup. The resulting music featured regularly on UK television networks throughout the event and continues to be used on adverts and by documentary makers around the world. Wayne worked for two years as a lecturer & mentor at City Varsity in the sound engineering department, interacting with students on a daily basis, maintaining all the technical aspects of the studios and exploring the creative education sector.
In 2010 Craig & Wayne felt it was time to share their knowledge in the spirit of developing and expanding the VJ industry in South Africa. Thus began the process of distilling years of knowledge and experiences into a 12 week short course designed to effectively and efficiently equip students with the skills to become VJ’s and get themselves out onto the circuit. Many of those students are now kept regularly busy with new skills and for some it has become a sustainable way of earning an income. The goal of expanding and increasing momentum around the local VJ scene was achieved and this has been of benefit to the industry as a whole.
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