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Stephen Okoth preparing the land ready to plant the flowers during the  general cleaning day at the school.

 Jefferson Oroka, electrician checking the meter box during the general cleaning day at the school

Moses Ouma and Berry Muga both students of Kibera film school carrying garbbage.   

Josephat Keya the project  manager arranging the flower pots inorder. He also urged the students to always keep the school and its environs clean adding that cleanliness is always secondliness to God.


>The stuff they don’t show you on television


Movie-making is very easy, right? All you do is grab a camera –a phone even- and switch it on, place your target in front of you, make them do something and then mount the footage on YouTube. No budget, really, unless you count the modem or cyber fees for uploading the footage on YouTube. No work, either, right?
You have no idea! Did you know that the drama that goes on behind the scenes could make an entire series on its own? In fact, some Hollywood Cyber sentinel has spotted this blogpost and made a studio call already.
He’s probably saying; “Hello, Mr. Film Director, I just stole this intellectually confounding idea off of the Kibera Film School site, about making a series out of the behind the scenes footage. Really, why didn’t we think of this before?” Seriously, they make serieses out of people staring at potted plants. And those sell!
So, this is the stuff they don’t show you on television and which we are going to show in the new Behind the Scenes series (we see you, idea-stealing Hollywood Cyber Sentinel):
Whenever we shoot around Kibera, we are followed by hordes of curious spectators. These people are so impatient they can’t wait for the movie premiere; they have to watch it on the set. For your own movie-watching safety, don’t talk to these people unless they have ‘Spoiler Alert’ disclaimer labels across their foreheads.
There are those spectators that come to the camera person and demand to be shot too. They say that whatever the cast is doing, they can do better. Serious negotiations begin. Sometimes the serious negotiations don’t stop until there’s a steady pounding of pain in the camera person’s head.
Then there are those people who make a steady living out of watching the shooting of films. If you set up the tripod on the grass, you have to pay them. If you look at a goat, you have to pay them. If you breathe the air, you have to pay them. If you ask for directions, you have to pay them. In fact, now that we think about it, that’s such a business plan! We’ll be setting up the tripod and mounting the camera, then paying ourselves for looking at the goats and breathing and stepping on the grass. We won’t have to work another day of our lives!
The paranoid people come flailing hammers and toothpicks because the camera blinked instead of closing its eyes. They ask, “Why is it looking at me like that? What are the camera’s intentions?” So, this is a public service announcement: Our cameras are good people. They aren’t looking at you perversely. They only have good intentions in their hearts.
It can take hours to shoot just one scene. One episode has many scenes, and one season has many episodes. It takes endless standing, hunching under the weight of gruesome equipment, screaming your voice hoarse and bloodying your scalp with razors to bring your favourite show on the screen. Oh wait, there’s also the deafening growls issuing from your neglected stomach.  
It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. I know, I know, that’s a cliché line. If you know any film or television crew, give them a pat on the back. They deserve it.

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Kibera Film School Assistant Trainer Clerence Illavonga showing some of the trainees how to log and capture footages on final cut.

Assistant Trainers Victor Oluoch and Karolin sharing a light moment while reviewing the curriculum on what they will be teaching their class at the beginning of the week.

Kibera Film School Trainee preparing to edit his project.

Some children from the Hotsun Foundation Children’s workshop learning how to use a still camera and the were really elated.

Every learning process begins with that first step and thus this child takes a photograph of the other children in the workshop.It was a fun activity for them and their instructor. A new hobby they found, most of them said!

What is a camera? Children’s workshop instructor Evans Kangethe seems to be asking the children.

It is always a bee hive of activities even during the weekend at the one and only Film School in Kibera. For every one here every day is a learning process and there is no wasting time in life because every second as the clock ticks counts!

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Victor Oluoch receives his certificate.

Hot Sun Foundation staff,Kibera TV and Kibera Film School trainees celebrating the IFFF award.

IFFF certificate.

Victor Oluoch,Kibera Film School trainer/filmmaker says that he is so much exited and thankful to IFFF for giving Kibera Film School a chance to showcase their talent to the world.He also said this is a promising result for the future of  the school. ‘Am grateful to Kibera Film School for offering a filmmaking avenue for Kiera youth.’

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Kibera TV crew.

 Kibera TV crew members recording the Stop Malaria Now launch held at Panafric Hotel.

Stop Malaria Now participants.

Filmmakers from Hot Sun Foundation receiving recognition prior to taking part in the production of Stop Malaria Now film and campaign.

Aida Owira assistant trainer receiving a reward.

Kibera Film School trainee receiving a reward.

Kibera TV crew shooting an interview together with the programs manager Kibera Film School.

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>Documentary class with Agnes Hee


Agnes Hee, the TV writer and editor at Korean TV and Radio Writers Association came for her second class with the trainees. She is taking the trainees through the making of a documentary about themselves titled “Who Am I”.

To day during her class which she normally uses a projector for her lessons she took the trainees through the stages and skills in interview techniques.

Instructor Agnes Hee taking the student through the skills and stages in interviews by using films with good interviews

Moses, Stephen, Alice and Joseph concentrating watching an interview piece while Agnes watches it on using her laptop.

>my World Projects


The students of 2011 have been working on their my world projects. Thats from drafting the stories to screen writing. Today they have been rehasing and shoot editing will be this week. They fell like they have gathared a lot in the school and will be showing the world the efforts on next week.



The participants being shown how to edit their stories using final cut pro

The crew from kibera film school (hot sun foundation) Amos Owino, belinda Adhiambo and Victor Oluoch arrived in kampala for the peace workshop that was taking place at the National theater.
with support from the maisha lab member Elizabeth who made thing easy for the crew in Uganda and the common wealth foundation which sported us with all the financial support.

The participants being instructed on telling their own stories.

The workshop involved the refugees from the Bondeko center and the Bonfire members fro the National theater, who actively participated in the Peace discussion siting their practical experience in the already unfolded events of Violence in their countries, mostly youths being the ones to.

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Vincent Oduor drafting his script.
Grishon onyango typing his draft using celtx format.
Josphat Keya the school coordinator on the other hand going through some of the student’s scripts.
Visitors at the office.

Visitors watching.

Visitors from Stanford and Nairobi University namely Dan Orwa,Tony Winogrod and Josh Cohen  at the accounts office being updated on the School Programs.

Visitors viewing Togetherness Supreme trailer and ‘MAJUKUMU’ a film by the children from Kibera Film School children’s workshop.

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>The 2011 trainees editing session learning how to be creative on making films,locations and post production.The class was divided into three groups by the editing Trainer Victor Oluoch and each group came up with their own stories about Kibera Film School and the theme was ‘Identify,develop and naturing of youth talents through filmmaking.’

Group one on location.
Group two on location.

Wickliffe Mboya one of the trainees says that he learnt how to use a camera in different angles and team work.

Group three on location.

Stephen Okoth one of the trainees was our star,he was the interviewee in all the groups.

Trainees at the editing room.

Trainees discussing on what kind of shots and angels to take.

After the shoot every group was busy working on post production to come up with the best product.

Trainees at the editing room.

Group three;Vincent Oduor,Alice Motieri,Grishon Onyango and Joseph Oduor editing their piece.

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>16 March Wed GLOBAL GIVING Matching Day!


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Twelve new trainees at Kibera Film School began classes in February 2011. At Hot Sun Foundation youth from Kibera have the opportunity to learn hands on filmmaking that will make a difference for themselves and their community. 
Hot Sun Foundation has three major programs –  
1. Kibera Film School with hands-on comprehensive film training;  subscribe to   kiberafilmschool.blogspot.com
2. Kibera TV, with community reports every week online, reflecting the community’s concerns;  subscribe to  kiberatv.blogspot.com
3. Hot Sun Film Klubs in primary and secondary schools, to encourage children to watch good films and consider filmmaking.
All of these community filmmaking activities offering hope and opportunities to East African children and youth living in urban slums depend on YOUR support! 
Hot Sun Foundation is in the final year of our foundation grant. To keep our doors open we need YOU!  Please donate at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632
Especially wonderful would be a monthly commitment, no matter how small, that would help keep us going. 
PLEASE Mark your calendars and make a donation on 16 March 2011, Global Giving Matching Day. All contributions will receive an extra 30% matching funds.  www.globalgiving.org/3632
Thanks for all you do!

>Visit to St. Nicholas Baobab Childrens Home.


Jane at the childrens centre.

Matt, Aida and Roy visited st. Nicholus Baobab
childrens home and Feeding programme Managed
 and runed by Mrs. Jane Wyatt. situated in ngong for
 a reserch on the Activities that they do also seting
 grounds on the prommo video that is yet to be shot
 in promotion of the centre.

Mrs. Jane Wyatt  showed a warm welcome to
the crew from the Hot sun commercial department
 taking them arround aquinting them vith any
necesary information partaining the whole

Jane poucing for the picture with the children.

The project will begin in May 2011.
and will take arround one moth for the whole production to be complete.

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>KIBERA FILM SCHOOL -Part Time Classes 2011


Passionate about filmmaking?
Hands-on training in creative filmmaking  on WEEKENDS
starting 25 March at award-winning
We offer Training in:-
Duration: 25 March – 15 December 2011
Reasonable cost, great training, limited space    Tuition and fees structure on request
Location: Hot Sun Foundation training center
     in Kibera, near Olympic Primary School
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At the editing room.

Visitors watching Kibera TV.

After the collaboration with Dunia Moja in screening at Alliance,Sheila Masinde of TI Kenya and Jude Luggya of TI Uganda decided to visit to solidify their partnership with Hot Sun Foundation in empowering the community through socia media and art.

Sheila says that she is impressed with what Hot Sun Foundation is doing to the community. They also get a chance to watch Kibera TV Clips

Updating the visitors.
Pausing for a group photo.

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>Sandra Owaka and Matthew Wildor were today editing a piece of the Nairobi Pentecostal Church Woodley showreel that would help them market the  Hot Sun Production.

Viewing the rough cut.

Sandra Owaka says that Hard work pays and she hopes from their effort they will manage to get more clients coming.

Editing in progress.

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Discussion in progress.

 Today Tracy Clayton,Pamela Collet,Angela Mburi,Jospat Keya,Victor Ombogo,Victor Oluoch and wilfred Masea were discussing about the curriculum orientation in Film making course that will facilitate smooth running of the school in 2011.
Victor Oluoch says that he noted mistakes made last year and he hopes that this year things will change since the rules have to be adhered to.

Viewing the curriculum on screen.

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>The 2010 graduants and some of the Kibera TV members attended a sound class with a lecturer Steve Yong from South Korea.”The lesson was good and we would wish to have such workshops as frequent as possible” Moses Ouma.

The lecturer explaining to the students how to match the sound with the film.

Students Viewing a short film.