In Film on March 17, 2010 at 7:56 am
This had me laughing hysterically. A must watch. A must share.
The new Just A Band video. Directed by Jim Chuchu and Mbithi Masya
Starring Kevin “K1” Maina, Patricia Kihoro, Mbithi Masya, Kibugi Wamae, Mugambi Nthiga, Renee Sewe, Kwame Oddenyo, PA Okaalet, Kevin “K2” Maina, Moses Wataka, Lucille Kahara and Diana Nduba.
It’s the song “Ha-He” from their 2nd Album 82 – Just A Band – An Experimental Boy Band.
In Perspective on October 26, 2009 at 9:22 pm
So, if you’ve been keeping up with things on the Ukwelii Blog, a couple weeks ago, I told you about the WCG Kenya Team Finals happening at the Village Market.
They went down, and we’re pretty successful. For those who were unable to make it, and those who want to cheer the Kenya team, they leave in around 2 weeks for China to represent Kenya at the World Cyber Games.
There’s an official website for Kenya and Facebook group now so you can keep up with all the action.
It was sponsored by D Link, Mecer, The Village Market, and the awesome guys behind The Lwanda Magere Comic,
Don’t forget to check out the video below for all the action from the Village Market.
The event was the first of its kind and is called the NexGen Gaming Tournament.
Seems gaming’s taking good footing in Kenya, I wish Erix, Nathan, Deen and the gang all the best.
WaKenya eeeeeh!!!! WaKenya aaaaaahhhh!!!!
Wonder if they’ve got a name – like Shujaa – 7’s team, Chipu – short for Chipukizi – under 20 7’s Rugby team… WCG Gaming Team – Chezo? I don’t know 🙂
In Film on October 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm
As part of a series of posts on African Filmmaking, Ukwelii and The Eumagine Factory will be looking at East African Film in the region both those that have been in circulation for a while, and some new content in the region.
Eumagine is doing some great things including the amazing concept for EumagineTV (I found out about them via Twitter) and whatever insight I can lend towards shining a bit of light on the East African Filmmaking industry, I’d be glad to.
In this first instalment of the series, we look at Paul Ekuru’s trailer for his short film The Dance for Wives – who you can fan on Facebook here. Paul Ekuru’s a good friend of mine and a director I respect. He came out of the Maisha Film Lab with this screenplay and got it to shootable and actually shot it. He attended the Maisha Film Lab at the Kenya International Film Festival (I was another one of the participants) and his screenplay was selected from 8 screenplays.
Shooting, he was respectful to all cast and crew and went well out of his way to make sure everyone and everything was well taken care of. A mark of character that will definitely see him succeed in this industry, I believe.
He’s since had the film screened at the Zanzibar International Film Festival and was nominated for two Kalasha Award for Best Short Film (That award went to Judy Kibinge for her short film The Killer Necklace) and for Best Leading Actress – Karen ‘Kaz’ Lucas.
The Poster for the Nairobi premiere which was at Alliance Francaise. And the Cast and Crew in attendance getting recognised for their efforts in putting the film together. From Right to Left: My apologies for not getting all the names during the event. (Sound Guy/Jack of all Trades, Actor (Melvin Alusa), Actress (Mumbi Kaigwa), Props and Costumes (Bernadette Otieno), Writer/Director (Paul Ekuru) and their Director of Photography)
And what you’ve been waiting for…The Trailer.
Any thoughts on the film? How about on Kenyan Film/African Film in General. I’d like to know.
In Film, Happenings, Perspective on September 25, 2009 at 9:21 pm
I had the privilege of attending the Maisha Filmmaking Lab this summer, and the experience was eye-opening, tiring, exhilarating and very rewarding. I went in with a half-baked script (In retrospect, only God knows how it got selected) and I came out with a short film that I’m proud to have my name on.
I learnt a whole lot, and I felt it only fair to share my experiences from Maisha on:
- Writing – From a concept to a screenplay.
- Rewriting – The unmistakable process that makes screenwriting what it is.
- Pitching – The 15 Minute pitch to direct film as experienced by me 🙂
- Pre-production – Casting, Reccies and Planning, Planning and some more Planning.
- Directing – From making short lists to your Shot List. Working with Actors, etc.
- Editing – Make room for the cutting room.
Now, I am by no means an expert on any of these things, nor do I claim to be, but I want to share my experience and hope it will inspire or teach something to someone. I will be doing this all from the perspective of Dawa, my short film.
Along with my film, I’ll also showcase a couple Kenyan and East African Films that you ought to have a look at. Some in post-production, some that have been released and some that are ongoing projects. I’ll include videos and hopefully examples that can help inspire and encourage you to do capture light and do something with it. 🙂
Hope you enjoy the ride over the next couple of blog posts…
Sit tight for the African Filmmaking Diaries!