Mike Holding and Tania "TJ" Jenkins have worked together as a team for over 22 years. While we are the core of Afriscreen, we work with a diverse array of extremely skilled and talented people, who join us on each project, as needs dictate. We are also proud to have a wide network of collaborators and contacts with whom we work across Southern Africa.
Mike Holding - Director / Cinematographer
The team's task-master and driving energy. Multi-skilled, with a diverse set of talents gathered over many filmmaking disciplines over the years, Mike loves the fact that AfriScreen provides him with opportunity to carry out all the various aspects of filmmaking that he enjoys.
Mike conceptualizes, writes, shoots, edits, and plans the complex logistics for remote location shoots.
Born and raised in Kenya, he qualified as a zoologist and, now, having spent enough years bouncing across Africa in 4x4’s, Mike pilots his own plane for aerial camerawork and for endless supply runs to crews in remote areas.
A passionate conservationist, Mike dedicates a lot of time when not filming to assisting researchers with aerial surveys. Apart from the above, Mike also makes a mean pot of coffee!
“The buck stops here” department handling all of Afriscreen's production, legal and financial affairs.
TJ is a stickler for detail and has been accused of being “obsessively organized” - which she thinks is just fine, considering that keeping crews safe, supplied and productive in wild and remote locations is not for the faint-hearted.
TJ drives her team nuts with her communication rules and on location you will always find her armed with sat phones, BGAN’s for email and handheld radios. In town you’ll find her with a battery of mobile phones and radios to keep tabs on crews in the bush and be on hand to instantly solve any production problems thrown at her. TJ is always available 24/7 and gets involved in every aspect of the productions.
Her favorite challenge is to be told “it’s just not possible” and then making it happen - in remote places, and in unusual and creative ways.