Award winning team

Who we are

iKraal was founded in 2006 by Ken Mehrtens and Crispian Abbott.

Crispian Abbott

Director of Photography / Producer

Crispian spent eight years as a graphic designer & art director in the advertising industry before forming iKraal, where he initially focused on web and digital design. An interest in camera work grew into a passion, and he has worked as a director of photography around the world. Unusually, he loves both the technical and aesthetic sides of film, in that they both ultimately help the storytelling.He’s equally happy in the field shooting ENG style work, meticulously lighting a stop motion set, or crafting studio based work. From commercials to documentaries, its the variety his job brings that he likes most of all.
Ken Mehrtens

Animator / Editor

Ken studied Fine Art at Middlesex University (formerly Hornsey College of Art). He gained extensive experience in the communication world, working in animation, photography and set design at the likes of London Weekend Television, Channel 4, Carlton Television and the BBC, on shows like The South Bank Show, Network 7, The Janet Street Porter Show, The Rock Show and many others. After honing his skills in 3D & 2D animation, Paintbox and Computer Programming, he became a partner at a Graphic Design Company for 3 years, then moved to Cape Town, where he initially taught Graphic Design, Multimedia, Web Design, 3D animation and Video & Sound Editing.