KAP Academy graduates first batch of film trainees

After intensive ten-week training in post-production techniques, ten students have graduated as graduates of the Kunle Afolayan Production (KAP) Academy of Film and Television. The diploma course is a partnership program with the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) and the global streaming platform Netflix. The training was designed to impart knowledge to enhance the skills of young filmmakers and, by extension, improve the overall quality of film production in the local film industry. Toye Peter, Ifeanyi Passion, Todumu Adegoke, Adesuwa Omon, Ugbede Peter, Oyinbra Fegha, Emeka Egbueui, Unyime Patrick, Temitope Folarin and Candace John-Jumbo each received a Diploma in Post-Production Editing (Picture Trimming, Editing and Sound Design ) . Without tuition, the entire course module was estimated to be in the range of N500,000. Initiative As one of two training programs that KAP plans to launch this year, the KAP-USC program, which focuses on post-production, is the brainchild of celebrated filmmaker Kunle Afolayan. Afolayan explained that the scheme was a responsibility due to the next generation of filmmakers. He said he was passing the torch to them to replicate the greatness in film of what has been achieved so far. The show is the successor to his previous venture to educate filmmakers leveraging the Internet: Film Masterclass with Kunle Afolayan, a web series masterclass he conceived three years ago. From left to right: Academy Director Prof. KAP, Seun Soyinka; Ace Director of Photography Tunde Kelani presents the certificate to a trainee with KAP Founder Kunle Afolayan and Director of Programs Anto Lecky at the graduation of the first batch of KAP Academy-USC-Netflix trainees in Lagos, on Monday. “I hate to say there was no structure; there was a structure. But it cannot be compared to structures in other places in the world,” Afolayan said as he recalled enrolling in one of Tunde Kelani’s film classes years ago in Abeokuta. “Despite not having those structures from other places, we can still do things. Our movies are now going international. One of the reasons I thought it was necessary to start a training program was so that we can impact and build a new generation of filmmakers in our own way. Many people can’t afford these courses, but thank God for technology; it is changing the way things are done,” she concluded. The opening speech of the ceremony, by the award-winning writer and producer Femi Odugbemi, highlighted the importance of institutional training for the sustainability of the film industry. “Only a decade ago there were less than ten training programs available in the country, today there are dozens,” Odugbemi noted. “Therefore, there is general agreement that product quality needs to improve and that international exposure and distribution opportunities will come only with a certain commitment to global best practice and technical quality and artistic exploration.” However, despite these advances, he pointed out that for such programs to bear more fruit, film professionals must be willing to “esteem the learning experience as fundamental, not only in the economic world, but also for their personal growth as a artists and storytellers. ” The convocation ceremony at the KAP Hub in Ikeja, Lagos welcomed various Nollywood filmmakers and creatives. Some of the notable personalities include veteran filmmaker Tunde Kelani; filmmaker Mahmood Ali-Balogun; actress Joke Silva; Professor Duro Oni; Executive Director, Urban Vision Limited, Tola Odunsi; and the comedian Babatunde Adewale, etc. The first edition of the KAP-USC program was facilitated by Dough Blush, Stephen Flick, and Richard Burton. SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; KAP Academy graduates first batch of film trainees