Mtree "Brush with Hope 2013"
Filmed in Mombasa, Kenya.
Director : Billy Dongyoon Jang (dongyoonjang.com)
DP : Billy Dongyoon Jang
AD : Saemi Shin
Art Director : Billy Dongyoon Jang
Principle Role : Salama, a girl from small town in Mombasa
Compositor : Billy Dongyoon Jang
Colorist : Billy Dongyoon Jang
Music : " Hope - Emotion " Seongyeob Lee (syjazz.com)
Translator : Daniel Wambua
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Supported by Mtree.
This summer I was lucky enough to get involved with Brush With Hope hosted by Mtree, an international project that works with young professional artists and designers (such as myself) from around the world, and teaches art to children in developing countries.
The week long project brought together artists from across the globe to teach painting to around 150 children in Mombasa, Kenya, from the ages of 7 to 13. In 2012, about 20% of the participating children were orphans as well as HIV positive. The great thing about the program is it exposes the children of Mombasa to new experiences, allowing them to not only try different things but also to express themselves more freely.
This is a promo video for the organization.
Many videos and films about Africa depict only the harsh part of African life, making the audience have sympathy for the people, so viewers will be moved. But my main goal with this film was to show how beautiful the people are in Africa.
I came across a few challenges while filming and editing, mainly I only had 5 hours in total to shoot the whole film therefore I had very limited amount of footage for editing. It was very tough to tell the story.
Nevertheless, It was an absolutely fantastic experience in Kenya.
Salama, the actress, never acted before or seen a camera before yet She performed flawlessly.
I am sure that it was a special experience to Salama as well.
Please enjoy the short.
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