Zim stu­dents revel in Tal­ent Fac­tory

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SHOWBIZ - Takudzwa Chi­ham­bakwe

NORBERT Map­foche and Ru­tendo Ma­hofa, Zimbabwe’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the in­au­gu­ral Mul­tiChoice Tal­ent Fac­tory (MTF) Academy, have said they are en­joy­ing ev­ery sec­ond of their time in train­ing.

Speak­ing to The Sun­day Mail So­ci­ety, the two who are in Zam­bia for the next year along­side 18 other stu­dents from South­ern Africa, said they were learn­ing a lot.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence here has been phe­nom­e­nal,” said Map­foche. “It’s all about prac­ti­cal work here. We learn by do­ing things. It’s not a con­ven­tional school where there is lots of the­ory then prac­ti­cal fol­lows later. Ev­ery­thing hap­pens si­mul­ta­ne­ously,” added the 24-year-old.

Map­foche, a spe­cial­ist in mo­tion graph­ics and 3D an­i­ma­tion, went on: “I have only two years in the game and rarely did I make films al­though I had an un­der­stand­ing in us­ing the cam­era. How­ever, with this pro­gramme, I have been ex­posed to the world of mak­ing films at all lev­els.

“For in­stance we are be­ing taught how to be cre­ative writ­ers — that is a skill I did not have. By the end of the year­long com­pre­hen­sive train­ing, I am sure I will be ready to fit in the world of film­mak­ers.”

Map­foche’s peer, 26-year-old Ma­hofa, a for­mer ZiFM Stereo pro­ducer, said she had a won­der­ful start to her train­ing.

“The vibe here is re­ally great. The pro­gramme is quite in­ten­sive and I have learnt a lot al­ready in the few weeks we have been here,” said Ma­hofa.

“Just like the ma­jor­ity of stu­dents here, I have very lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence in film-mak­ing but we are be­ing moulded into stars in the game. I was a mere pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant be­fore I came here but have learnt things such as screen-writ­ing and cin­e­matog­ra­phy.

“Af­ter con­clud­ing train­ing, I hope to have de­vel­oped re­la­tion­ships that will en­able me to col­lab­o­rate with other film­mak­ers from the re­gion so as to share knowl­edge and skills in telling the true African nar­ra­tive.”

MTF Academy direc­tor for Lusaka, Berry Lwando, said the 20 stu­dents would be em­pow­ered with skills to un­leash their tal­ent, and would be con­nected to in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

“The Mul­tiChoice Tal­ent Fac­tory is com­mit­ted to em­pow­er­ing young film­mak­ers and en­rich­ing the in­dus­try, and the academy is our key to do­ing this, help­ing to ad­dress gaps across the re­gion.

“We be­lieve that, given an op­por­tu­nity, an em­pow­ered new gen­er­a­tion of film­mak­ers and tele­vi­sion pro­fes­sion­als will rise to take their place at the fore­front of lo­cal cre­ative in­dus­tries, pro­duc­ing the very best of lo­cal Afri- can con­tent,” said Lwando.

From left — Nobert Map­foche, Film­maker Ben Ma­haka, Zimbabwe’s Am­bas­sador to Zam­bia Gertrude Takawira, Liz Dziva of Mul­tiChoice and Ru­tendo Ma­hofa

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