Ferdinand W Gernandt takes the film world by storm

Ferdinand W Gernandt - Photo credit: Willem Botha

The local and international screenwriting world is taking notice of Ferdinand W Gernandt as he receives his third “Recommend’ from industry executives.

The South African and international screenwriting world is sitting up and taking notice of Ferdinand W Gernandt, as the news hot off the presses is that he has just received his third ‘Recommend’ from international producers, screenwriting contests and table reads for his gothic suspense thriller screenplay Discordant.

Two other thriller feature screenplays, The Imagined and Corpse Garden, have garnered similar acclaim, also receiving ‘Recommends’ from international film executives.

Ferdinand is no stranger to the SA entertainment industry, having been part of it for over 20 years He has evolved from being a sought-after vocalist and actor to an award-winning, respected and accomplished producer, director and writer.

Having amassed a wealth of knowledge on stage and in front of the camera, Ferdinand has travelled an exciting 10-year journey behind the camera, getting to this point of being a respected professional writer.

Gernandt has completed a diverse array of international screenwriting courses and written 14 full feature screenplays, 5 short film scripts, 5 writing assignments for local and international producers.

With many career highlights, one that is instantly recognisable is the smash hit stage musical Reik Na Die Sterre, which he produced, written and directed and received 7 Naledi Award Nominations.

Internationally, he was the winner of the Top 10 1st Scene Screenplay of 2018 at The Wild Sound Festival from over 500 submissions.

Upon receiving this news this week of Discordant’s ‘Recommend’, Ferdinand said; “I am humbled by the fact that my decade-long journey towards becoming a screenwriter has brought me to the discovery of my own screenwriting voice. To have received ‘Recommends’ on three of my high concept thriller scripts from International executives proves that the global screenwriting door is now open to me and to all my local fellow-writers here in South Africa. I am now beyond the ‘show of hands’ approach. To guess what people want and then try to give it to them. Those ‘Recommends’ encourage me to share what I know, what I’ve learnt and believe in my future writing projects.”

Gernandt goes on to explain what a ‘Recommend’ means; “This is the highest rating, and it’s also the rarest. When a script gets rated with a ‘Recommend’, it means that those executives responsible for greenlighting scripts to be made into movies should take the time and read it. Executives rarely give ‘Recommends’ to scripts and they do this only about 5-10 times a year.”

Collaboration is key for this passionate creative, and when he’s not hard at work developing or producing his own scripts, it’s important to him to consult for others in the development of their work.

With his invaluable first-hand knowledge, he offers a wide array of options to the industry in the form of script coverage, editing, query letters, TV pilots, TV Pitch Bibles and the list goes on! He’d love to develop a script with anyone who feels they have a story to tell!

Any individuals, producers or directors who are interested in more information, e-mail Ferdinand at ferdiwg@ferdiwrites.com


While we’re all at various levels of #LockDown, Ferdinand is offering FREE Masterclasses for the month of October to 30 individuals to help anyone who has a story outline, concept, full screenplay or an idea they want to develop into a movie.

This offer is for a one-hour one-on-one brainstorming session online via Skype or Zoom to discuss and give feedback on their project – AT NO CHARGE!

For anyone wishing to apply for this opportunity, email Ferdinand at ferdiwg@ferdiwrites.com

Ferdinand explains; “I have had a wonderful journey thus far, overall, in the entertainment industry. So many wonderful mentors, teachers and fellow artists. I learnt so much from everyone and this is a way for me to give back. What I’ve learned from being an actor, vocalist and performer, producer of stage and screen, writer of stage and screen, director of stage and screen, I now want to transfer and impart my skills, experience and love for this vibrant world of entertainment with the new up and coming talent.”

South African viewers can currently enjoy two of Ferdinand’s films which he wrote, produced and directed on ShowMax; namely The Loft House and Haatklop.

The Loft House trailer: https://youtu.be/4MQPvbVmI94

Haatklop trailer : https://youtu.be/V6cQ7IA3eVA

The pandemic isn’t slowing Gernandt down – he is currently working on a new TV documentary that he’s producing, Pointe Shoes, Prayers and a Pandemic. It is in post-production and targeting film festivals and ultimately raking in some international distribution deals.

The world is most certainly his oyster!

“Watch this space” as other exciting projects develop.

For more information on Ferdinand W Gernandt, head to his website: www.ferdiwrites.com

Connect with Ferdinand W Gernandt online:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ferdinandgernandtwriter
Instagram: www.instagram.com/gferdi1
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ferdinand-w-gernandt-477a673a
Twitter: www.twitter.com/FerdiWG
Website: www.ferdiwrites.com


ABOUT Ferdinand W Gernandt

Ferdinand has been part of the SA entertainment industry for over 20 years and has evolved from being a sought-after vocalist and actor to a respected and accomplished producer, director and writer.

He has completed numerous international writing courses:

– Master Screenwriting Programme 2016 – 2019

– Bingeworthy TV Writing Course 2018 – 2019

– Advanced Dialogue – 2017 – 2018

– Master Thriller Series – 2016 – 2017

– Pro Series – 2012 – 2014

– The Profound Screenplay – 2018 – 2019

– Scene Mastery – 2020

In 2014 Ferdinand produced, wrote and directed the Smash Hit Stage Musical “Reik na die Sterre” which was nominated for 7 Naledi Awards then continued to complete two film projects; a thriller project ‘Haatklop’ and a comedy project ‘Uit die Kaskenades’ for kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival. Internationally he co-wrote on a faith-based bio-drama ‘8Days’, currently in circulation worldwide.

He has also premiered his own faith-based drama feature ‘The Loft House’ which landed a distribution deal with Christian Art South Africa and Showmax Africa.

His action thriller feature screenplays ‘Discordant’, ‘The Imagined’ & ‘Victim’s Soil’ got critical acclaim from several international producers, screenwriting contests and table reads. Ferdinand now aims to have his latest faith-based screenplay optioned in the near future – ‘Am I Beautiful’.

He is excited to get his most recent comedy writing assignment ‘The Business of Love’ into development with Life In a Bulb Productions.

Not only did Ferdinand complete feature screenplays but also wrote a one-hour thriller TV series ‘Embryo’, currently requested by several producers internationally and an action comedy ‘Liarholics Anonymous’ for MiclnGrace Studios as senior writer.

Ferdinand is always on the lookout for new tasks and challenges. He loves searching for a better product, a better team, a better life, or a better world. He believes in making a decision, taking action, looking at the result and learning. He focuses on the positive in a situation, celebrates every achievement and loves making everything more exciting and vital.

It is good to be alive, work can be fun, and no matter the setbacks, he’ll never lose his faith in the endless possibilities of the human experience.

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