SAMUEL SAVIOUR at your service!

Anha! I know most of you clicked this link or opened up this article expecting to read the Silent Depression Short Film Premiere and of course am going to give it all to you, but since this is an article by me (Samuel Saviour) I am still running on my usual culture, so before I take you to the Premiere, let’s rewind back to the beginning of the future of the past, yeah you have no choice, hehe, alright, Abracadabra…..!!!

George Stanley Nsamba Edius has gone from being dubbed as a promising filmmaker, to a serious, challenging and go getta Ugandan filmmaker. After several weeks passing on from the production, premiere and distribution of his first ever released short film project titled CRAFTS “The Value Of Life” which happened to be rated as the first greatest shot ever witnessed in the Ugandan Filmmaking Fraternity that broke a record of having most features on point with the highest rating in cinematography (I know some of you are wondering if I made a critic review about it, but I will drop it soon, keep calm) , George Stanley together with the members of his organization The Ghetto Film Project embarked on another journey of planning for their next film project and among the many proposed scripts  , a short film script that he wrote titled “Stigma” was chosen, and for the month of April, the preproduction began that included preparing props and more necessities that were done by the members together with The Ghetto Film Project kids.

The Ghetto Film Project members with the kids making props for STIGMA short film

The Ghetto Film Project members with the kids making props for STIGMA short film

Unfortunately, as April was coming to its end, the rainy season began and Stigma being a film scripted best for a sunny and dusty weather, George Stanley communicated to the team how the project was to be postponed until the rainy season stops and it’s during this time that he had to think of a plan B which led to the birth of another abrupt project he titled ‘WE ARE ALL HUMAN” by then.

“I got the inspiration and concept of this film while I was on my way to The Ghetto Film Project on Saturday 2nd May 2015 when I saw a lady who had dropped her scarf focusing on her smartphone but when a street kid picked the scarf and took it to her, all she did was grabbing it and walking away without thanking the kid because she was probably busy responding to some whatsapp messages or something” George Stanley Nsamba Edius says (to me)

The Ghetto Film Project

The Ghetto Film Project

The Preproduction of “WE ARE ALL HUMAN” began and ended soon since it was a short film to be done from a spoken word piece written and created by George Stanley that needed less but intense planning. Fortunately by Wednesday 6th May the production phase of the film began

And as the production phase went on, the title of the project had already upgraded to “ACT OF HUMANITY” , this project was shot along  the Centre spots of Kampala like Kampala Road, The Uganda National Theatre, Jinja Road (In kampala) , Dewinton Road and many more

Actor Kawooya Malcolm (L) George Stanley Nsamba Edius (M) , Model Ejang Immaculate (R) on set shooting Silent Depression

Actor Kawooya Malcolm (L) George Stanley Nsamba Edius (M) , Model Ejang Immaculate (R) on set shooting Silent Depression

“Yesterday we started the shoot of our second short film;a motivational spoken word piece that involved rappers, models, lawyers, campusers, street kids and women, stock brokers and bankers and more” George Stanley posted online by 7th May 2015

The Silent Depression Cast and Crew

The Silent Depression Cast and Crew

After the first two weeks of shooting this spoken word short film project, its title had finally upgraded to SILENT DEPRESSION which stars Kawooya Malcolmx in the lead role alongside all the members of The Ghetto Film Project . The film also stars Sitenda Jolly | Miriam Esther Namubiru | Angelle Africanoz Amate | ShaRown Lautner Eryenyu VII | Bagonza Shakira Zion | Kobusingye Jean Jovitah |Kay-c Immaculate | Heroyalhighnes Emiru | Cyno Mc | Nelly-sade Saint |Ryan Ssebagala | Roy Cwinytado | Afzar Shambe | Andre Atiku Tamale III |Ssemanda Moses | Karamale Esco | Kim George Kizito | Simon Elly | Drug Ssesanga | Curtis | Celia | Maggie and many more plus the street kids.

The Team

The Team

After 3 weeks of shooting spending 5 days on set the final shot of SILENT DEPRESSION was taken.

This spoken word short film enlightens the effects of globalization on the current midlife crisis that has shifted from 40 to 25 and purely based on George Stanley’s research on youth depression.

George Stanley Nsamba Edius

George Stanley Nsamba Edius

During the last week of May and the First week of June, the Silent Depression short film project had already started been talked about by various entertainment bloggers and journalists including Celeb Cartel, Hinamundi Reviews, UrbanHype, BigEye.ug  and more , and its during this time that the film’s post production phase began, from around the 28th of May 2015, this involved the making of its sound and music which was done at Urban Aksent Music Studios where the spoken word piece was recorded with the lead character’s voice “Kawooya Malcolm aka Mal-X the rapper” and the soundtrack /music done by Tsabo D Middletonson.

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Unfortunately, during the first days of June 2015 while George Stanley Nsamba Edius was editing the film, he realized he had some missing scenes that he had lost, and on top of it he had extra scenes to add to the piece to make it worth to its goal, so in the first week of June, he had to communicate to The Ghetto Film Project members about the abrupt extra shoot days that had to be done expecting to be finishing the project before the first 2 weeks end.

Editing Silent Depression Short Film

Editing Silent Depression Short Film

So luckily enough the extra shooting began again where most of it happened at the Uganda National Theatre and then other scenes done at the Laba Art Festival that was happening by that time but unluckily enough, some of the characters in the film got busy and couldn’t complete the project with the cast and crew which brought another setback of reshooting some scenes with new actors who weren’t in the film, and this happened after him releasing the first poster of the film notifying the public about the premiere dates of the film which were Tuesday 16th June 2015 followed by a massive constant advertisement and Publicity that was generally done through online social media drive on various platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and word of mouth by the cast and crew team of the project

The Silent Depression Poster

The Silent Depression Poster

Silent Depression follows a story of a 20 year old guy feeling so depressed because he feels he has come short on his goals but on his journey to self-discovery in a crowded city he is up to shock when he discovers it has less to do with him but most to do with the smartphone he holds….

With all this tragic moment, George Stanley Nsamba had to beat the dates to finish the shoot and editing with in less than 8 days. He strongly went on with the shoots and to make matters worse, he shot the last scenes of Silent Depression on Monday 15th June where I joined the cast list together with Namanya Gerald Rugaba and Kevin Kix Byaruhanga who happen to be Producer and Director respectively at Havy Media, the final last scene of the film were also done at the Premiere date (Tuesday 16th June 2015) which he edited well and fast enough from morning.

“The good thing I did with the editing side is , I had already created my editing presets, for colors and stuff, so I just had to cut the clips and drop them to the timeline then drop on the  presets which worked magically faster” He said to me

By 6:00PM, which was the communicated Premiering time of Silent Depression, the film to be premiered was almost winding up with its rendering and film credits being prepared by other members of The Ghetto Film Project.

By 6:00PM hundreds of people had already started arriving at the National Theatre and according to my statistics, over 400 people showed up to attend this amazing film’s premiere most of which were fans, friends and well-wishers of the cast and crew plus the Ghetto Film Project at large but unfortunately and fortunately on the other hand, the planned space of the premiere which was the main Auditorium was still being used by stage performers who had delayed and prolonged their show which was attended by high-school students, this made the premiere delay for extra 2 hours from 6:00PM to 8:00PM and this setback caused tension among the whole cast and crew with fear of disappointing their fans who had attended, this led to the reduction of the attendance when over 100 people left the premises before the premiere.

Luckily enough, some of the loyal fans stayed around until 8:20PM when the Auditorium was open for the premiere to start and I should say I was shocked when I saw a huge crowd entering to take their seats, according to statistics, the main Auditorium accommodates around 370 people but the seats that were taken up totaled up to over 261 despite the fact that some of the people had left.

To my records, this happened to be the biggest audience ever for a short film premiere of its kind at the National Theatre, during the premiere of CRAFTS “The Value Of Life”, a record was broken as I stated in the beginning, and then on the Silent Depression premiere, more records were broken, I may not say it, but it looks like The Ghetto Film Project alongside George Stanley Nsamba Edius, is/ are record breaker(s).

Despite the fact that on that same date was the opening night of the Euro-African Kampala Film Festival at THE HUB , various Press people and Journalists including Polly Kamukama , Kaggwa Myga AndrewSegawa Salim , Moses Serugo, the team from UBC,Wizarts MediaDaily Monitor and more showed up for this Premiere, and among the audience was Mr. Fagil Mande who I spotted seated at the front seats of the Auditorium to watching Silent Depression.

The Premiere was kick-started by the quick intros (which were done by me personally) due to time, and a few coming soon movie trailers were screened of which included WAKO a feature film from Zaron Motion Pictures, Punchside Filmz and Brina Motion Pictures , Peace Point Protection and Redemption , two feature films from Platinum Filmz which were probably loved by the audience since they were laughing and clapping for all of them.

After the trailers, the In Reality short film by Kasule Douglas Benda under WristHouse Productions was screened which is an obvious film to be loved by any audience its screened to and after that the first short film from The Ghetto Film Project titled CRAFTS “The Value Of Life” was screened again and was highly applauded by the audience right from the intro credits.

A commercial break came in as the Premiere Host (Me ofcourse) came on stage again to officially open up the main premiere session by inviting the Producer of Silent Depression George Stanley Nsamba Edius upon the stage to talk to the crowd and introduce the Film to the audience. This is when he narrated a short story about how the project came about (which you have been reading all the way) and he then opened up the official screening of SILENT DEPRESSION which stars Kawooya Malcolmx in the lead role alongside all the members of The Ghetto Film Project . The film also stars Sitenda Jolly | Miriam Esther Namubiru | Angelle Africanoz Amate | ShaRown Lautner Eryenyu VII | Bagonza Shakira Zion | Kobusingye Jean Jovitah |Kay-c Immaculate | Heroyalhighnes Emiru | Cyno Mc | Nelly-sade Saint |Ryan Ssebagala | Roy Cwinytado | Afzar Shambe | Andre Atiku Tamale III |Ssemanda Moses | Karamale Esco | Kim George Kizito | Simon Elly | Drug Ssesanga | Curtis | Celia | Maggie and many more plus the street kids.

Silent Depression follows a story of a 20 year old guy feeling so depressed because he feels he has come short on his goals but on his journey to self-discovery in a crowded city he is up to shock when he discovers it has less to do with him but most to do with the smartphone he holds….

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I understand that some of you would like to read a bit of my critic review about the film for now, I felt like not doing it coz I have written a lot but let’s give it a shot.

So I am seated in front (next to Mr Fagil Mande but I didn’t recognize him coz it was dark inside), the movie begins, hmm well nice intros, a smooth touching soundtrack in the background, and oh wait, the film is in anamorphic format, well the color was pretty nice, as in it looked depressed itself I should say, and the actors, I don’t know whether they were actually acting, or in their free time? They looked quite natural to me, is this what we call being in character? Yea I think so, am not saying this coz I loved the movie, but whoever will watch will identify, but then when this character started talking, I am talking about the spoken word piece, I don’t know if it’s the problem with the National Theatre Auditorium Sound system or the sound in the film, but I couldn’t get all the words clearly, and on the other hand I realized a certain scene when the camera was badly shook like someone knocked it and this happened for just 3 seconds towards the end of the film, the editing was good I should say, except for the new something I don’t wanna phrase it into a trend but it played pretty good, this issue of playing a scene back and forth intercutting it with others as the spoken word goes on alongside the soundtrack and one thing that hurt me is that, the lead character, it’s not a bad thing, but on a viewer’s perspective it kept us on tension seeing this guy moving all over the film in a hoody labeled sick city ,hiding his face like the Assassins Creed Altair guy and we only get to see his face for only less than 5 seconds when the movie is about to end, well pretty nice trick to play around with our minds maybe, and oh one thing I noticed was that for the audience, the biggest percentage had come to watch their friends who were in the cast and could make noise whenever that person was on screen but a few watched and understood the message in the movie despite the noise that was coming from the audience, and another thing was my credit was not well put, they used Kizito Samuel yet I wanted Kizito Samuel (Saviour) hehe, what else did I forget to mention?

Yeah that was the film, and after the screening, you know what happens, the audience will always show appreciations for a good film, this is when I called in the Producer again to talk to the audience as well as inviting the cast and crew team to the stage.

Well this happens to be George Stanley Nsamba’s style that he pleasures his cast and crew people always, so just like how he did it at the CRAFTS “The Value Of Life”, he did not let the cast and crew talk but introduced one by one fully describing what they did in the film, do at The Ghetto Film Project and more.

The Cats and Crew at the National Theatre Stage

The Cats and Crew at the National Theatre Stage

The Q and A session kicked in where people dropped in their questions about the Film and The Ghetto Film Project whose answers are in this article ofcourse, this is where he mentioned something like “anamorphic film format”, referring it to the right format for movies made specifically for theatrical distribution  and its in this format that he made SILENT DEPRESSION, He says “If you look at this film, some of you must have wondered how I was able to make it anamorphic since its very expensive to afford due to the fact that anamorphic lenses cost thousands of dollars, but what I did was to be very keen with my cinematography on set where I had to double frame the scene because I knew how and where I was to cut it to anamorphic in editing without ruining the framing, so I planned for all of this”

George Stanley Nsamba Edius responds

George Stanley Nsamba Edius responds

George Stanley Nsamba Edius later communicated that the Lead Character Kawooya Malcolm is to produce and direct the fourth or fifth short film to be produced by The Ghetto Film Project after the earlier talked about project titled “Stigma” and recently, he communicated to the project members telling them how the funds for Stigma were already gotten and it’s expected to be started in the next two weeks, below is the first draft he released of the cast and crew list;

Cast and Crew List for STIGMA

Jean Jovitah Kobusingye

Erioth Kajoba

Scovia Anirwoth

Agee Emiru

Munira Munawara Nakachwa

Agnes Akite

Keith Jordan

Ryan Ssebagala

Pius

And the kids.

CREW

Director/producer/cinematographer – Nes

First Ass. Director – Malcolm Kawooya

Sound – Samuel Saviour Kizito

Photography – Moses Ssemanda and more

Behind the scenes cinematography and directing – Curtis Katuramu and more

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Continuity

Make up

Editing by Nes and Agee

Music by Urban Aksent Music

The above list is not final but it’s what STIGMA is to run on currently as more developments come in to change it if need be.

And to those who missed, find this short film on youtube by following this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvo6pcxiC-0  or vimeo https://vimeo.com/131330403

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