December 17, 2012

What a Cinematographic Year

The dream is always the same. Every child has one. Some never realize their dreams for their parents force them to go for careers that offer a quick presentable income. Follow your dreams. That’s why at Kibera film school if you knock the door will be answered.

Trainees and graduates pose for end year photo

Aristotle is not a Mexican. The central message of Buddism is not “every man for himself ” and filmmaking is not a man’s only field. That’s what we at Kibera Film school encourage and emphasize  to our trainees.
Join us at Kibera film school and learn the art of cinematography as some say its  nothing but the art of painting with light. Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet,  falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft.

Not only cinematography but learn the craft of screenplay writing, photography, production directing with industry experts the likes of Serah Mwihaki, Wanjiru Kinyanjui and many others.

Trainees enjoy skype sessions with filmmakers from around the world. One on one coaching like recent visit by award winning Hollywood writer/producer/director Dwyane Johnson-Cochran

As Swedish legend Sven Nyquist, cinematographer  says "The art of cinematography is nothing but the art of painting with light". But artistry apart, Cinematography is also a highly technical field. This you get from our training as its an intensive hands-on.

A good Cinematographer needs to know the behavior of light how its reflected/deflected, laboratory processing, the electronics of video cameras and the relation between shutter speeds, ISOs and apertures.

If ever there was a profession that did have a marriage ages ago of the arts and sciences, it is the profession of videography as some refer to it fondly as ‘cinematography’. It is the DOPs (Director of cinematography) who become the "eye" of the Director, transposing her/his vision into unequivocal images that leave indelible marks on our audiences/critics.

We at Kibera film school prepare our trainees to be able to do photography or videography in all kinds of shooting conditions, be it outside, studio based shoots or a combination of interior and outside lighting conditions.

We also train them to work as a team and be able to communicate with each other and understand requirements of any production. In order to achieve these we invite motivational speakers, industry experts, filmmakers, couch/counselors like Tazim Elkington every Friday. 

As Sven Nyquist  said “Light gives me a feeling of spiritual atmosphere. Light is with you –you do not have to feel you are alone.”  We at Kibera film school are with you.


To support the great youth of the Kibera Film School, please visit our Global Giving Page

To support the great youth of the Kibera Film School, please visit our Global Giving Page

December 13, 2012

Evaluations For Kibera Film School Trainees.

We were evaluated on all the skill sets that we had learnt in our three months of training and trust me it was not easy, from script writing to video editing, photography to production.

Shirley's evaluations.
Clarence Editing Trainer taking notes.
Shirley was on the chopping board and she was sweating bullets as Clarence our Editing trainer evaluated her. Did she do great?

Shirley Tensed!!
Clarence gets right to it.
Clarence is impressed!!
The evaluations were tough but we were up for the task and we know that we passed them all. 

To support the great youth of the Kibera Film School, please visit our Global Giving Page
It's not just a name welcome and learn the art of filmmaking. Our training is hands-on.