Stu­dents learn film­ing skills

Cape Times - - METRO - NICOLA DANIELS [email protected]

THE MA­NEN­BERG Me­dia Com­pany has pro­duced its first group of film school grad­u­ates. The 11 stu­dents learnt film­ing skills in eight days and told their own sto­ries in front of and be­hind the cam­era.

The process cul­mi­nated in a screen­ing last week at Jou Ma Se Kom­buis, a lo­cal event space, where fam­ily and friends got to ap­pre­ci­ate their work last week.

An ini­tia­tive of the Tree of

Life Church, project co-or­di­na­tor Fred­die Reed said the pro­gramme was in­ten­sive and fo­cused on doc­u­men­tary film-mak­ing.

The group learnt the value of team­work, cam­era work, light­ing, di­rect­ing and in­ter­view­ing.

Reed said: “Their films were so good. The stu­dents were so hard­work­ing and pas­sion­ate.”

The class in­cluded four women and seven men, aged 19 to 35, all from the sur­round­ing neigh­bour­hood. They were di­vided in three groups, with par­tic­i­pants shar­ing their sto­ries and se­lect­ing the strong­est to be made into a film.

The films in­cluded a teen’s jour­ney to be­com­ing a mem­ber of the Cape Phil­har­monic Youth Or­ches­tra; a young man over­com­ing the loss of his par­ents, es­cap­ing gang­ster­ism and striv­ing for a bet­ter life; and a young man who came close to a pro­fes­sional rugby ca­reer un­til he was in­jured, but still per­se­vered.

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