Documenta AV recently launched its Masterclass program thanks to the support of the KGL Foundation. They brought experienced professionals in the film and television industry to provide training for young aspiring talents interested in creating their own projects in the film industry.
The training program included Photographers, Cinematographers, Directors, Graphic Designers, lighting experts and creatives from the industry who could provide top skills training for the youth. It was a first of its kind Masterclass that was free for young creatives between ages 18-25. The aim is to impact the lives of aspiring creatives in Ghana who would otherwise not have access to industry experts who can support their growth while providing knowledge they can apply immediately.
Documenta AV is a multimedia production company that has produced projects for both local and international clients. They have produced commercials, documentaries, corporate and government projects that run across various media platforms. Mawuli Afatsiawo, Director of Documenta AV has decades of experience and taught one of the masterclass sessions with the focus on the importance of pre-production. “It was important to teach this because without this critical part of the filmmaking process, your entire project could fall apart,” he said. It’s been his vision to transfer his knowledge to the next generation of creators to help Ghana become a source of top talent in Africa. It was the perfect opportunity to put together such a class once they received the support of the KGL Foundation.
Director/Filmmaker Nana Yaw Yeboah, who provided expert knowledge on the importance of lighting when creating said, “As a filmmaker the most important thing is to focus on what’s your motivation.” Together with photographer Des Clarke, they provided a hands-on session that showed students why proper lighting is valuable in film and still photography. “Don’t fight light, you want to use the light to your advantage so you find a way to work with it effectively,” Yeboah told the students. As a Ghanaian who worked his way up in the business, he is self-taught and provided inspiration for the young creatives to know if they have a dream and can focus on their goals, they too can make it in film.
Daniel Clifford Essien, is an experienced cinematographer and editor who shared his expert knowledge in editing to tell stories in film. Editing is perhaps the most important aspect of storytelling because the edit controls the narrative and shapes the story.
The next batch of creatives will be selected for the second Creative Masterclass set to take place later this month. Young creatives are encouraged to apply by visiting the website www.documentagh.com/masterclass. Fill in the enrollment form and someone will get back to them regarding the final selection process. The course is 100% free and there are limited slots available. Those who are shortlisted will be contacted.
No experience is needed to apply. Applicants need to have a willingness to learn and have a strong desire to pursue a career path in the film, tv and graphics industry. They must also be a resident in Accra or Tema to participate. Any questions about the masterclass can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.