Hi! I’m Ferdinand.

No more dry and boring stories. I can help turn your story into Magic! 


Revenge Thriller Recommend

When his brother goes missing, a struggling drug addict takes a job as a landscaper with a demented actress who is out for revenge.


Sci-Fi Action Thriller Recommend

A freak electrical accident gives a 4’2” geek the ability to turn his imaginary friend into a real-life badass, but his perfect ally soon becomes a deadly enemy, dead set on taking over his life.

Positive Press Reviews

SA producer, director & writer Ferdinand W Gernandt

The South African and international screenwriting world is sitting up and taking notice of Ferdinand W Gernandt, as the news hot off the presses…

Pointe Shoes Prayers and a Pandemic

Pointe Shoes, Prayers & A Pandemic was filmed in September 2020 and is Produced, written and directed by acclaimed screenwriter/producer Ferdinand W. Gernandt, with Michelle Pieterse as Executive Producer.

A documentary about dance and perseverance

‘I wanted to produce a project that inspires and facilitates positive change,’ says Gernandt.

New SA movie casts light onto world of addiction

The Loft House was written and directed by Ferdinand W Gernandt who also plays the role of John Smith in the film. It was crowd-funded.


I work with screenwriters who struggle with the overwhelm of storytelling and would like to establish an empowering writing rhythm and connect with their inner creativity.

What I promise is 1-on-1 coaching in a supportive environment that will take the anxiety out of writing and as a result will release the overwhelm, eradicate insecurity, and instill a positive mindset.

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About the Writer 

Ferdinand has been part of the entertainment industry for over 20 years and has become a respected and accomplished Producer, Director, and Writer.

In 2014 Ferdinand produced, wrote, and directed the Smash Hit Stage Musical “REIK NA DIE STERRE” which was nominated for 7 Naledi Awards then continued to complete two film projects; a thriller project ‘HAATKLOP’ and a comedy project ‘UIT DIE KASKENADES’ for kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival.

Internationally he co-wrote on a Faith-Based bio-drama 8DAYS, currently in circulation worldwide.

He has also premiered his own faith-based drama feature ‘THE LOFT HOUSE’ which landed distribution deals with Christian Art South Africa, SHOWMAX Africa, Tubi TV, Amazon Prime, Plex, and Zuzu.

His action thriller feature screenplays ‘DISCORDANT’ ‘THE IMAGINED’ ‘CORPSE GARDEN’ & ‘LITTLE RUSSIA’ got critical acclaim from several international producers, screenwriting contests and table reads.

Altogether, Ferdinand has completed over 20 feature screenplays (6 produced, 3 optioned, 2 contest wins) and 4 TV Series from development to production (1 produced, 1 recommended by coverage) – the above mentioned include paid writing assignments, personal projects, and coaching clients.

Ferdinand has been employed as a senior writer for a local film studio for two years and currently serves as a board member on an annual international film conference, Hané-Saga in Kanab, Utah, USA.

Being an award-winning, produced screenwriter, director, and producer, Ferdinand helps young screenwriters become high-in-demand professionals by equipping them with the key industry screenwriting skills that will allow them to design a marketable concept, a riveting story structure, and characters that pop…

In the end, Ferdinand’s clients understand the key principles the TOP 1% of the industry’s screenwriters are using and nailing every time.

Ferdinand is always on the lookout for new tasks and challenges. He loves searching for a better product, a better team, a better life, or a better world. He believes in making a decision, taking action, to look at the result, and then learn. He focuses on the positive in a situation, celebrates every achievement, and loves making everything more exciting and vital. 

It is good to be alive, work can be fun, and no matter the setbacks, he’ll never lose his faith in the endless possibilities of the human experience.


The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity



Romantic Comedy
(Available for option / purchase)

A hard-hearted NY chef must team up with a free-spirited cook to win a peculiar cooking contest not knowing the clash of their perspective on love and life will forever spice things up.


Coverage Status – RECOMMEND

Co-Written with Marina Rasnoveanu

Faith-Based Crime Drama TV Series

(Available for option / purchase)

A dysfunctional, displaced girl turned angry stripper fights to help her incarcerated brother but doesn’t find normalcy in her life until she finds God.

Coverage Status – RECOMMEND

Co-Written with Ahnee Rikkel

Dark Comedy
(Available for option / purchase)

A romantic holiday turns into a quest for survival when a city boy and his hot-headed fiance-to-be stumble on the killing of a big-shot CEO in the South African wilderness.

Coverage Status – RECOMMEND

Co-Written with Alonso Grandio

Adventure Fantasy
(In Development with KWP Productions)

A troubled college student gets his professor shot and grants a dying wish, leading him into the dangerous storybook world of his mentor’s manuscripts.


Coverage Status – RECOMMEND

Co-Written with Dean H Joffe

Supernatural Thriller 

(Available for option / purchase)

A martial arts instructor with ‘abilities’ wages a psychological war with demons that pretend to be the deceased, angels, Christ, and even God.


Coverage Status – RECOMMEND

Co-Written with Lorne Therrien

TV Series Action Drama
(In Development with KWP Productions)

No one has heard of Romeo and Juliet, except those imprisoned, hidden in the middle of the African desert. JESSICA CAPULET, a stubborn romantic must escape a king’s tyranny only to realize she has to return to rescue her family, kill the king and reveal the concept of love to the world.

Coverage Status – RECOMMEND

Co-Written with Dean H Joffe

Sci-Fi Action Thriller
(Available for option / purchase)

In the infertile Africa in the near-future, a pregnant teenager has her eggs-cells stolen by the leader of underground in-vitro fertilization, COSTA INC. But when she discovers she has a superhuman connection with them, she becomes a Blue Ring Investigations (B.R.I.) assassin and plots her revenge against the warlord, Zain Costa, to recover her future children and save humanity.

Movie Musical 

(Available for option / purchase)

Years after a terrible series of murders, a young orphan will aspire to play professional rugby while fending off those from his family’s past that still seek revenge.

Action Drama

An apathetic PTSD victim undertakes advance driving to reignite the romance in her marriage not knowing she must race her irresponsible husband in a traumatizing debt-clearing chase.

What People Say

Ferdinand’s thriller, CORPSE GARDEN, is a true testament to the genre. It feels like a modern take on some of the great thrillers we loved in the ’90s. CORPSE GARDEN is loaded with mystery, intrigue, and suspense. As a screenwriter who specializes in the thriller genre, I strongly recommend Ferdinand’s screenplay.

Stephen Bryant

Ferdinand writes with a pace and energy that I found exhilarating, and an imagination that transported me. A great writer and a positive person to be in contact with!

Chris Brannick

Winner 2018 Global Motion Picture Awards

Ferdinand is a gifted artist in a multitude of ways. Not only is he gifted in music and on stage but also as a screenwriter. He brings sensitivity into his work and laces every word with emotion and depth of character creating characters that come alive and leap off the page. Once Hollywood discovers Ferdinand, I’m sure we’ll be seeing his work on the big screen. He is extremely unselfish in sharing his expertise with others and I gained tremendously from his insightful feedback.

Deni B. Sher


It has been an absolute pleasure to work on several projects with Ferdinand. He is extremely creative and always willing to go the extra mile even if it means working into the early hours of the morning! His non-stop positivity and passion for the creative process is an inspiration. Ferdinand has a unbelievably creative mind, always showcasing new and out of the box concepts, pushing the boundaries, giving the audience an exceptional theater experience. It has been a privilege working with him. I would, without a doubt, recommend Ferdinand for any projects and I look forward to working alongside him for many years to come.

Daniel Botoc

Producer / Director, Founder at Five Entertainment Management (Pty)Ltd

Ferdinand is a pleasure to work with! He’s imaginative, insightful, flexible, and very open to ideas as well as very good at producing them. His writing carries depth, purpose, is entertaining, and on top of that, he’s easy and fun to work with. Who could ask for more? Ferdinand would be a true asset to any creative project, and I highly recommend him.

Mary Cealia Selfridge

Optioned Screenwriter

Working with Ferdinand is a great experience. He can brainstorm on the spot and he comes up with unique and exciting different scenarios that elevate the story. He brings his own unique and different perspective while staying true to the vision and concept being developed. He embraces new ideas and supports others. He is enthusiastic and passionate about his craft. I highly recommend working with Ferdinand on any project!

CJ Knapp

Award-winning and optioned screenwriter

Ferdinand is an excellent screenwriter and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his script. His deep use of characterization kept me engaged and caring about what happened next. And his ability to move the story forward made it both a brisk and fun read. I would recommend Ferdinand to anyone looking for a writer who is professional, upbeat, and skilled!

James B. Thacker

Screenwriter at OTD Studios

Ferdinand paints a picture for you with words. His ability to immerse you into the world he’s created so well that I felt every nuance of the characters and their conflict. He created mystery and intrigue; the suspense was palpable – I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down. His talent would be an asset to any production. I wish him the best of success.

CK Love

Optioned Screenwriter / Content Creator at Owen Demers Productions

Ferdinand is an excellent producer, scriptwriter, director, and youth mentor. I have yet to come across someone as seasoned and experienced as he is when it comes to the entertainment industry. When he commits to a project he commits wholeheartedly. Mediocrity is not an option, instead, he strives for excellence!

Monique Stoffberg

Corporate Financial Advisor

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