Award winning team

Who we are

iKraal was founded in 2006 by Ken Mehrtens and Crispian Abbott. Rob Nicholls joined in 2010 to round out a perfectly complementary set of talents and experience.

William Hickman

DOP / Editor

After a long stint with the team at Design Indaba, William brings a story telling back ground as well as DOP and editing to the mix. Over and above that he’s a qualified drone pilot and experienced muli-camera director for live shows.

Multi skilled and muti talented William joined iKraal full time in 2017.

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.
Robert Nicholls

Director / Editor

Rob studied Fine Art at Stellenbosch University, graduating with Honours in photography and painting. He worked as a creative consultant at Bates 141 on branding and interactive communication, before moving into film.

Over the last 15 years, he’s worked in research, editing and cinematography, and for the last eight years he’s been directing in various formats, from documentary to commercials, for brands like Levis, Converse, Guinness, Jameson, Nokia, Lucky Star, Muti Clothing, Vida Coffee and Eurolux. His documentary experience has taken him to various countries across Africa, Europe and Asia.

View Robs work here: https://www.robertnicholls.org