Live TV experience

One of my mentors said to me;

“Television is about here and now: It revolves around current affairs and unadulterated entertainment: no matter what kind of show it is, the two things mentioned above MUST always be there.”

That alone changed the way I watched Television and eventually the way I produced it. I haven’t a lot of experience, however, the skills and understanding I have acquired thus far is worth the mention.

Here are some of the productions I have been privileged to work on…

Television Screen Credit: (https://sikumariedesign.wordpress.com/tv/screen-credit/)

 

PIPOS CHOICE

on Muvi TV at 22hrs every Friday

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Breakfast With The Honeyz

on Muvi TV every Wednesday morning

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ZAFTA nominates ‘SARAH’

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The MultiChoice Zambia Film and Television Awards (ZAFTA’s) were held at the Taj Pamodzi in Lusaka on the 1st of April 2017.

The hall was appropriately decorated with lights, screens, cameras and well-dressed individuals. The last bit was really a shocker, given the fact that most of the young men and women in the room do their ‘thing’ in jeans and a t-shirt. The suits, bow-ties and fancy dresses caught me off-guard. I caught myself off-guard while in the mirror, decorating my neck for the event.

No such thing as over-dressed when there’s a limo and a red carpet; besides this is the one night of the year in which filmmakers are celebrated. The Arts, and especially the Film Industry, has come a long way to be appreciated in such a manner. Much credit given to the National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC) chairperson, Mulenga Kapwepwe and National Association of Media Arts (NAMA) President, Patrick Mwamba Salubusa for making sure that the voice of filmmakers around the country is heard. And of course thanks to this year’s sponsors, MultiChoice for making us feel like the celebrities we secretly claim to be. I personally am grateful for being alive at a time when I can attend a red carpet film award ceremony in my own country: I lived one of my many dreams in that one night.

I wrote a short film entitled ‘The Housewife’ which we later called ‘Sarah’ in 2015. This film was inspired by the idea of a supernatural gift: The main character, Jeff can’t seem to get over his deceased wife, Sarah – whose ghost visits him regularly. Jeff over time becomes accustomed to these visitations and creates himself a new reality.

In 2016 Mr. Clive Mwape directed this film and took up the role of Jeff. Clive did a great job in bringing this piece alive, by understanding the background and goals of each character in the world of the story.

This short film was nominated for ZAFTA 2017 The Godfrey Kapotwe Mwape Award for the Best Short Film up against Emmanuel Mwape‘s ‘SEX’ and Jessie Chissi‘s ‘Imagination’.

The entire production team is grateful for the nomination.

 

Angel S. Chipungu

Zambia Short Film Festival (part two)

More pictures from the training journey:

SEPTEMBER 5th – SEPTEMBER 18th, 2016.

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Day 1 of class – Introduction

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3 days in and I was having a blast – A different fedora each day!

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A wonderful discussion with Jessie Chisi, Chris Mukuli and Samba Yonga. I think it was about doing a movie with one character and one location: a task achieved by the bravest.

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Tutors in Action!

I got to reunite  and meet some of Zambia’s incredible talents – The field of Sound engineering, Film production, Film directing, Art of Pitching, Cinematography, Scriptwriting, Editing, D.O.P and Acting.

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Day 5 after an amazing ladies night. Becky Ngoma in the building!

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A light moment with some of the students (class of 2016)

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Week 3 was production week – putting the students to the test. I was mentoring one of the teams and they did great work; “It’s funny how challenges make a team stronger.” – one of the students said to me.

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On the set of short film “Desire” directed by Arthur J. Chomba. ZNBC (Mooka – ZedConnect) came through for behind the scenes clips and interviews.

It has been a tough but worthwhile journey for the students and tutors alike. Can’t wait for the Festival to begin, so that all may see the work of our hands.

 

 

Zambia Short Film Festival (part one)

Being part of such an amazing team is awesome!

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Zambia Short Film Festival (ZSFF) is a non-profit making organisation offering high-level professional training, knowledge resources and research to the community, individuals, students, non-governmental organisations and others interested in film making and sustenance of the young Film Industry.
ZSFF has been in existence since 2013 and continues to grow and add considerable value to the Zambian Film Industry. As a platform for the underprivileged voiceless talented young people, ZSFF provides a centre for professional film making by advancing short intensive training, create public understanding of Film Industry, make critical inquiry and research of our productions, and provide a link between talents and their potential employers. This has been dubbed the Young Cinema in Zambia (YCZ).

I joined Zambia Short Film Festival in June 2016 with the guidance of Jessie Chisi and Penias Mangwato. Ngeve Palata, Theresa, Emmanuel Mwape and Kenny Mwanamainda are also part of this incredible establishment.

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September 2016 brought in 45 students under the Young Cinema in Zambia who came to Alliance Francaise in Long acres, Lusaka to learn.

 

Of all the classes this year, I think mine was the most  exciting… Not only because it was the largest class, but also because THE ACTING CLASS demands attention and presence. lol. I kid not.

The class had 22 students at inception; that’s a lot to work with, as you can imagine. However, I jumped in with both feet and to my surprise the talent in the room was equally overwhelming.

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Angel is a Screenwriter, Film Director, Television Producer and seasoned Coach with cutting-edge knowledge in Acting and Casting. She is a demonstrator of worthy discourse in film theory and criticism.

Part-time producer at Muvi Television; Active member of the Zambia Short Film Festival.

Course Description:

This Film Acting class is a short course for individuals above the age 12. It is an intense course which attempts to build born actors into skilled believers. The craft is taught in a manner that not only increases your ability to perform but also your desire to reach new heights.

This is a rigorous class, and you will be held to trained-level standards. Be advised that students will be doing a lot of trained-level reading, writing and speaking. Students should only take this course after they have completed grade 7. In order to succeed in this course you need to be highly motivated, well organized and self-disciplined.

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December Last

If I could write something of my past, and then erasure it…

It would be December last.

I would make alterations to the document…

In hope that the present accepts the authenticity of the new past.

Some might remember each word verbatim and each deed to the degree…

But by December next, the questioned document would be my decree.

I’d perish the thought (no matter the chromatographic evidence showing the document was altered),

that old December would ever be told.

– Angel ‘SikuMarie’ Chipungu

(July, 28th 2015)

(Based on one December I regret; and inspired by Forensic Science notes)