About

Meet Writer-Producer Dorette Nel

An experienced Writer-Producer who does more than wrestle with words, Dorette was selling tickets to her self-conceptualised back-yard concerts long before she hit the school benches. Her passion for entertaining people eventually led her to content development and scriptwriting.

She has worked in various genres of live-action television and feature films. She has been a crucial member of the writing team of Africa’s longest-running and most popular daily, Generations, The Legacy, for seven seasons; as well as its predecessor Generations.

A team player who has graced many story rooms, she formed part of teams who recently completed 2 sitcom series and a 13-part drama Erased for DSTV channel 157, Moja Love.

She wrote and produced a short, animated film aimed at the art circuit, Ruby & Roach, that was awarded Best South African Short Film & Best African Short Film at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), received an Honourable mention at the Jozi Film Festival and Kyiv Short Fest; and it has been screened in Croatia, Bucharest, Capri, Bulgaria, Ghana, Kenya and Turkey, to name but a few, and has won numerous awards.

She is currently developing an animated series for tweens, Spling-Go & Friends,  and is equally at home working as producer, storyteller, editor, strategist, motivator, coach, and sometimes…therapist.

 

Abyss South Africa Company Profile

 Abyss South Africa invests time and resources in gaining valuable experience in different fields of the industry, both locally and abroad. This serves not only as a networking platform, but provides Abyss South Africa with an opportunity to expose and train previously disadvantaged individuals in a specific field of expertise within the film industry.

Online Distribution Platforms and Animation are both fast-growing fields that have not yet been monopolized. South Africa can provide services to this industry.

Abyss South Africa aims to attend festivals, markets and expos to network and build lasting relationships that will ultimately lead to collaborations.

Vision

  • To produce high-quality local content of an international standard.
  • To get involved in the vastly popular and fast-growing field of animation.
  • To conceptualize, develop and write short animated films that have international appeal and will serve to introduce South Africa’s growing industry to the worldwide market and encourage & secure co-production deals.
  • To use the animated short Ruby & Roach, part-financed by the NFVF (National Film & Video Foundation) as a business card to gain exposure, network, and build lasting relationships that will ultimately lead to collaborations.

Mission

  • To attend training courses in the field of filmmaking, scriptwriting, show-running and content development for both live-action and animation, both locally and internationally.
  • To attend festivals and gain exposure to the needs of the international live-action and animation market.
  • To create high-quality short-format projects that has the potential to travel and that will attract co-venture and co-production deals.
  • To develop content based on feedback received and contacts made.
  • To market this content and package it in a way that will appeal to the international as well as the local market.
  • To help put South Africa on the map as a one-stop “go-to” in terms of original content.
Resume

Writer-Storyliner: 13 x 30 min sitcom for Moja Love

“Housemaids”

March 2020 – present: In Development

Writer-Storyliner: 13 x 30 min sitcom for Foscha (Pty) Ltd

“Umuzi Wabadala”

March 2020 – present: In Pre-Production

Writer-Storyliner: 13 x 1hr drama series for Foscha (Pty) Ltd

“Erased” (DSTV Channel 157)

Aug 2019 – present: Completed

Script Coverage: Drama series

“South Western Townships” (Collin Oliphant)

Aug 2019 – present: In development

Script Editor: Animated Pre-School series with Fopspeen Moving Pictures

“A Little Bird Told Me”

April 2018 – present: In Productions

Writer-Producer: Animated short film for webseries at Abyss Productions

“Spling-Go & Friends”

April 2018 – present: In Development

Writer-Producer: Animated short film at Abyss Productions

“Ruby & Roach”

April 2017 – present: Completed

Head writer: TV sitcom at Darkchild Productions

“Ou Toppies”

Nov 2018 – present: In Development for SABC 2

Script Editor: ROMCOM feature film for KwaZulu Natal Film Commission

“Single’s Cruise”

September 2017 – present: In Development

Episode development and Script writing: Animated series at Mondo TV (Europe, Animation)

“Sissi, the Young Empress Season 3”

Oct 2017 – Dec 2018

Script & story editor, writer: SOAP at MMSV Productions

Script editor, scriptwriter on DAILY “Generations – The Legacy”

2005 – present

Storyliner & Breakdowns: SOAP at Clive Morris Productions

“Ashes to Ashes”

Feb 2016 – May 2016 (extended end of season 2)

Head writer: Drama at Clive Morris Productions

Development of 13-part Drama series working title “The Grid”

August 2015 – November 2015 (4 months)

Storyliner & scriptwriter: Drama at ASI B Films

13-part drama: development, storylining, writing (4 eps) working title “Aluta”

June 2015 – September 2015 (4 months)

Freelance Writer & Content Coordinator

SMASHWORKS: Edited and published “Just an Ordinary Woman” – Myriam Donin

MINDSET: Learning resources for Grade 12 IT: * video lessons * computer-based interactive multimedia *

2011 – 2014

Freelance Writer & Producer

Produced & Wrote: Action Adventure series “Nou of Nooit” (kykNet); Made for television comedy feature “Lyk Lollery” (kykNet); Made for TV action feature “Desert Diners (MNet).

Wrote One-ACT Comedies for stage: “Lyk Lollery” & “So ‘n plooi kan looi” – Available at DALRO

Prior to 2012