Marius van Straaten


After completing a BCom degree in Marketing and  Financial Management at the University of Pretoria, Marius could no longer ignore his creative urges and completed a Higher Diploma in Film & Video Technology at the Pretoria Film School.

He then spent more than 10 years freelancing in the camera department on 16mm and 35mm film as well as shooting on various analogue and digital video formats.

He has acted as the technical director on international projects such as Fear Factor, The Batchelor, Scream and the Red Bull Music academy.  He was the Digital Image Technologist on the first HD feature produced in South Africa, Promised Land, as well as numerous commercials shot on HD.

In 2000 Marius completed the Management Development Program at the Business School of the University of Stellenbosch where he won the Director’s Prize for best student in the course.  He focused on the application of the Digital formats in a Portable Production Unit environment. A year later he completed an advance darkroom course at the Cape Town School of Photography.

Odd Number was Marius’s directing debut. “I love cinematography, but I have found my passion in directing. I aim to make socially relevant films that will highlight the plight of the unseen and unheard.”