29 November 2012

Uganda: Take Five - Kenneth Mugerwa

Kenneth Mugerwa is a professional cinematographer and the current director of Photography at Trends Studio. He is the man behind the camera for Mariam Ndagire's third season of 'Tendo Sisters', as well as the 'Bloody Sunset'. Joseph Kimbowa had a chat with him.

Do you have a role model?

From childhood I have always loved action-packed movies and wondered who the people behind the crafting of these movies are. When I grew up, I got impressed by the works of Micheal Bay and James Cameron. For instance Bay's Transformers was a killer and I can see myself at such level in the near future.

When was your breakthrough?

My breakthrough came when I finished my A-level in 2010 and joined Mariam Ndagire's film and performing arts centre for drama classes. She then told me that I did not belong to drama class. She instead took me to the technical class. Since then, I've been living my dream.

How far do you want to go?

I want to be the biggest and most professional cinematographer in Uganda. I will not rest my tools until I achieve this. I count myself lucky that I have undergone professional training and the film industry in Uganda is growing faster.

Any challenges?

Like in every sector, finances are always a challenge. In Uganda, we have the talent and technique but we are constrained by lack of first-class equipment. If we can get world-class equipment (and we shall get them), I believe we can rival the Western or Nigerian movie makers.

A word to prospective cinematographers:

In life, it is always the passion one has for something that makes them achieve it. I loved being a cameraman throughout my life and here Iam one. Patience, willingness to learn and respect for others is very important to the success journey.

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