The very first film I have ever made is called INVISIBLE SCARS. I wrote and directed the film. Then I edited it for almost two weeks. The reason why I edited for so long was because my film is in black and white, so I had to color correct.
After I finished editing my film on Final Cut Pro, I exported it in the wrong ratio. When you export in the wrong ratio, all the characters in the film look short and fat.
My trainers refused to evaluate the rough cut of my film until I corrected the aspect ratio. I had to wait until the next evaluation.
One morning, - it was on a Thursday - I was going to film school when I was attacked by thugs. They took my phone, my money and my hard drive. My film was on the hard drive. I had no other back up.
I was so devastated that I almost gave up. I went home and stayed from Friday to Saturday thinking about what to do. My mother encouraged me. She gave me money to return to film school.
On Sunday I went back to the Kibera Film School to reedit my whole film. Luckily the school still had the unedited version. I spent the whole night editing. Surprisingly I finished it in one night.
When my film INVISIBLE SCARS was evaluated on Monday morning, all the staff said the film was outstanding and told a powerful story. I was surprised at that evaluation. There were no major mistakes in my film.
I am so glad that I didn't give up.
Mike Kuria with fellow trainees in a practical lesson
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