Bud­ding film­maker scales new heights

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

UP-AND-COM­ING film­maker An­gelus Ra­mone’s de­but doc­u­men­tary, Gen­er­a­tion Ink, has landed him a bur­sary to study film pro­duc­tion at the Univer­sity of West­min­ster in Lon­don.

De­spite be­ing yet to be of­fi­cially re­leased, Ra­mone sub­mit­ted the doc­u­men­tary as a ref­er­ence for his ap­pli­ca­tion to study at the pres­ti­gious univer­sity and was awarded “with­out hes­i­ta­tion” due to the qual­ity of the pro­duc­tion.

The 21-year old, who was born in the moun­tain­ous Thaba Tseka district, com­pleted his Cam­bridge Over­seas School Cer­tifi­cate (COSC) in 2009. There­after, he en­rolled in a Law de­gree at the Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho (NUL) from where he got the op­por­tu­nity to com­plete the pro­gramme in the United King­dom.

“I grad­u­ated from Sa­cred Heart High School in 2009 and im­me­di­ately en­rolled at NUL as a Law stu­dent,” Ra­mone said from his base in Lon­don.

“While I was at NUL, I was af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to study in the United King­dom and moved to Lon­don in 2012.”

He fell in love with cin­e­matog­ra­phy af­ter be­ing ex­posed to the craft at Amer­sham and Wy­combe Col­lege in Buck­ing­hamshire, where he is in his sec­ond year.

“My ini­tial goal was to com­plete my LLB de­gree and spe­cialise in Me­dia Law but af­ter be­ing ex­posed to cin­e­matog­ra­phy, I de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in film­mak­ing,” Ra­mone said.

“I started writ­ing film scripts and sto­ry­board­ing ideas to gain an un­der­stand­ing of how films are made. I also took a me­dia course at my cur­rent univer­sity which has helped me gain un­der­stand­ing of the craft.”

He shot his first pro­duc­tion, Gen­er­a­tion Ink, which delves into the rapidly ris­ing tat­too cul­ture in High Wy­combe, a town in Buck­ing­hamshire, Eng­land. It fea­tures the leg­endary Sean “Woody” Wood, who con­tro­ver­sially tat­tooed Bri­tain’s Princess Diana, and has been in the trade for over 20 years with his art­work on some of the UK’S big­gest celebri­ties.

“Gen­er­a­tion Ink is cur­rently in post-pro­duc­tion and should be re­leased later this year,” said Ra­mone.

“Thanks to the doc­u­men­tary, I will be study­ing film pro­duc­tion at the Univer­sity of West­min­ster in Septem­ber.”

His other film, Tat­too Girl, which was shot con­cur­rently with Gen­er­a­tion Ink, is a no holds barred in­sight into the world of tat­toos and the chal­lenges therein. The short docu-film, which was writ­ten and di­rected by Ra­mone, was shot and edited within a week’s time.

It pro­files Hannya Jayne –– a fe­male tat­tooist based in High Wy­combe and ex­plores the chal­lenges fe­male tat­tooists face in a male­dom­i­nated in­dus­try and what steps can be taken to over­come them.

“Tat­too Girl was meant to be the trailer for Gen­er­a­tion Ink, but be­cause of the many in­ter­views on the lat­ter, I de­cided to make them two sep­a­rate films,” he said.

“When I fin­ish my stud­ies, I in­tend to come back to Le­sotho and make films about our peo­ple. I be­lieve we have a lot of amaz­ing sto­ries that need to be shared with the world.”

Film­maker an­gelus ra­mone.

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