Inside info on Director and Producer, Selvan Munsamy
Selvan Munsamy hails from Kwa-Zulu Natal where he studied graphic design at M L Sultan Technikon. Upon graduating, he worked for some time at Graphic Impressions in Durban then moved to Johannesburg where he joined an advertising agency. His strong interest in TV production saw him change his career path and in 1992 he was offered a post as assistant cameraman at Prime Time International. In this position he was able to gain first hand knowledge of all the critical components necessary for successful television production. His work at Prime Time included magazine programmes “Essence” and “Front Row”, and he also worked on four actuality documentaries on Athol Fugard, Dr Goonam, President Mandela and Ingrid Jonker.
One of his major successes was the filming and production of the “Africa Special” which formed part of MNET’s Red Nose Day. Another achievement during this period was his successful completion of a BBC television course. Another highly acclaimed work was the movie “Apprentice of a Mahatma.” The electronic press kit accompanying this film deserves a special mention as it clearly shows his impressive graphic-computer skills and astute artistic instinct.He produced and directed EASNET, a local CSN channel. He was responsible for local inserts, promotional material, station imaging and transmission. This station also featured Selvan’s widely acclaimed actuality programme “The Burning Issue” which focuses on community concerns.
At that stage Selvan’s broad experience and considerable production skills, coupled with his outstanding artistic talents, were well known in the industry. This, and a confidence in his own abilities, led him to form his own company, Blue Wizard Productions in March 1998. Blue Wizard Productions have been awarded various productions by SABC 2 Education. These include Music O, first aired July 2005 and so well received that it has was recommissioned for a second series, and the third series which is airing currently. Masheleng, an Economic and Management Sciences programme aired in January 2006. SABC 2 Religion also aired his 24-minute programme Mahashivarathri in March 2006. All three programmes were commissioned for their innovative ideas and their ability to conform to budget restrictions. Another programme on Life Choices called the Sunny Spike Show aimed at 4 – 9 year olds, which aired out in July 2006. The second series is also currently on air. The production of “Each One Teach One,” which dealt with the triangular relationship amongst parent, teacher and learner was well received. We have also produced a series on Creative Spaces and My Economy, targeted at 9-12 year olds. The second series of My Economy is currently in production.