Mobile Journalism Africa in partnership with CDI Gadgets on 4th September, 2019 trained mobile film makers on behalf of Kenya Film Commission at CITAM Valley Road Church. The workshop which was dubbed ‘Post Mobile Phone Film Competition Workshop’, came after the Mobile Film Competition that was finalized at a dinner gala in Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi. The training of the 30 participants which took place on the third day of the workshop began at 8 am.
During the gala at which winners of ‘My Kenya My Story’ mobile film competition were announced, a concern about the quality of videos had been raised. Kenya Film Commission C.E.O Timothy Owase had hinted at a need for further improvement in the quality of the films. The workshop therefore, was aimed at helping participants improve the quality of the films that they would create in future.
Since all are film makers, the workshop focused on the process of editing videos on Mobile phones. After a short introduction of the applications that would be used, the participants shot short videos in pairs. They then sat in four groups and each group was taken through the steps of editing.
One of the participants agreed with the Mobile Journalism team that in deed the process was a lot easier. Wacira Gatheru, who submitted the film ‘Sadness and Strange Visitor’ to My Kenya My Story Competition pointed out that Editing on mobile is easy and a lot of fun.
The Kenya Film Commission team was also impressed at how fast and convenient the process was.
“It is affordable, less intrusive and fast way of creating film,’ said KFC’s Production and Liaison Officer, Angela Muriuki.
Mumo, a YouTuber closed the session by taking participants through content creation on YouTube. He discouraged the film makers from such myths as ‘YouTube is crowded’ and ‘I do not have enough money.’
“There is no instant gratification. However, the more you create, the better you become. And do not try to be someone else,” he concluded.