The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Amakula to Train Local Filmmakers in 3D

Amakula Kampala Cinema Caravan festival (AKCCF), formerly known as Amakula Film festival, will, beginning November 14, train local filmmakers in 3D animation at a four-day workshop to be held at their offices in Mengo, Kampala.

The workshop will admit only 15 participants, who will be selected on merit upon application. Applications closed early this week. The 3D animation is a modern art of filmmaking that involves the use of extreme computer-aided graphics to create artificial images, objects or human characters, popularly known as cartoons.

Already, 3D has picked up in most developed cinemas across the world with Hollywood having championed the trend with movies such as Avatar, Lion King, Shrek and Ice Age, among others, commanding a cult following and hefty box office sales.

Now, Amakula officials feel the time is right to popularize 3D in Uganda. "The industry is on a steady growth and, therefore, there is a need to equip and train the players in the latest trends," said Amakula publicist, Moses Serugo, praising a string of institutions that teach 3D animation across town.

Amakula has shipped in acclaimed American-based Ugandan animator/filmmaker, Solomon Jagwe to facilitate the training. Jagwe will mainly focus on the basics of storyboarding, motion capture and environment creation.

He will also showcase his latest anime, Galiwango: Obulamu Bw'ekisodde. The gorilla and wildlife conservation-themed film has already been endorsed by critics in USA and is set to make its official Ugandan premier at the AKCCF finale due to happen in two weeks' time at the National Theatre.

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