October 29, 2013

Desperate Hours For A Script Student.


Every deserving screenplay eventually finds a buyer to option or purchase the material. There are no exceptions. Peter Kim

As a trainee writing a screenplay for the first time is a challenge. You don't know what to say where, where to bring a twist, climax or ending. As time goes by with consistent writing and reading you get to grasp how to write a compelling screenplay. After undergoing a rigorous scriptwriting class you get to know how to:-
  • Each story needs a hero, he or she must undergo an ordeal to seize his prize.
  • Every story is incomplete without a villain
  • all heroes always refuse the call to action at some point
  • Sum up your plot in 30 words or less when telling it to friend, critics or pitching
  • Make your first line of your story compelling otherwise you'll loose most readers
  • Give your character a mentor to help them through their problems
  • Every story has a turning point and your hero has to complete the task
  • Your story must have an underlying message some refer to them as themes
  • Most people enjoy a feel-good story, once in a while write one. 
Trainees in class writing their scripts

Script instructor Florence Anyango listens to a trainee plot

Dwayne Johnson-Cochran Hollywood screen writer, producer, director during script power workshop 

By the end of the day a hands-on training is the best way to learn how to write screenplays. Enroll at Kibera Film School.

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October 24, 2013

Lighting Kit Gift From ARRI For Trainees At Kibera Film School.

By Joash Mageto

Light is light and does not change as we change formats and locations. Lighting is more than just lamps and hardware.  It is about controlling and shaping the light.  The behind-the-scenes production of any film, large/small, relies on the work and careful detail of several key crew members who help make the production possible. Among that crew is the "lighting crew." You definitely do not realize it when you watch a film, but each scene required several minutes (if not hours) of carefully placed lights to make the scene look great on film. 

A few weeks back a team from ARRI, Thomas Binsert, Harth Muth and Nyokabi Kahura, producer and managing director at African Visuals media ltd came to visit Kibera Film School. After touring the office and watching short films by trainees they promised to donate lights and they kept their promise. With this gift trainees at Kibera Film School will be able to make the scenes of their sets look realistic and help establish mood.

Hart Muth Glaser at the reception

Nyokabi Kahura producer and managing director African visuals media ltd

Thomas Binsert...Arri sales director Africa

Trainees with the light kit donated by ARRI

We thank you for these amazing gift.

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October 17, 2013

Think Safety First.

Why is fire safety and first aid training important to filmmakers?

Fire fighting is one of the most essential services of an organized society.
  • Less fire safety, more risk, fire safety training , no risk
  • Fire safety on, accidents gone
  • Accident brings tears, fire safety brings cheers
  • Be alert avert fire
  • Practice an escape plan from every room in the house-everyone to stay low to the floor when escaping from fire and never to open doors that are hot 
  • Never overload circuits or extension cords.  shut off and unplug appliances that spark or emit an unusual smell, have them professionally repaired or replaced. 
Film sets are the most disaster prone environments. We had an opportunity to prepare our trainees and staff through fire safety  and first aid training.

 Fire instructor shows.. fire extinguishers have different applications

 The fire fighting pose

First aid tips

 Aida tries her hand as a fire fighter

The fire fighting team

Roy Okello
The life of a filmmaker and his/her equipment are the key to him/her achieving a great picture. Its prudent to train them in case of an emergency.

Anne Mwaniki
This would ensure that filmmakers have secure sets  and incase of anything they know how to take care of it. 

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October 10, 2013

Nathan Abusho 'Kibera Film School' my second home.

On 25th March,  2013 which was on a Monday was my first day in Kibera film school, we started our day with orientation and Anne  took us through the whole building then we settled down. Anne and Josphat took us through the code of conduct where we enjoyed every part of it then later in the afternoon we signed the contract forms and this marked a new page in my life.
Nathan with fellow trainees WaKaggai and Charles 

The next day was 26th March where Joash, introduced us to the equipment where I learnt about various equipment like how to connect Mac minis, cameras, how to care for the equipment etc, this was the most practical lesson that I enjoyed every part of it.

Later we were  then taken through social networking session by Pamela where we were introduced on how social websites work how to be active in social networking websites. 

I came to understand 'what is a story?' now I can write unlike in the past, where I would scribble a few lines, thanks to our script writing teacher Florence.

Over the last six months the amazing, film training unrivaled in the country has not only opened my eyes but turned me from a novice to a filmmaker. I have learnt that:   

               . While shooting i have learnt always to slate my shorts.
               . Write compelling scripts.
               . Work as a team.
               . Passion without hard work is a pipe dream.

7th class trainees

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