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09.08.2019 General News

MultiChoice Africa’s MTF Masterclasses to be hosted by Christian Epps

By CitiNewsRoom
MultiChoice Africa’s MTF Masterclasses to be hosted by Christian Epps
LISTEN AUG 9, 2019

MultiChoice is proud to present another Masterclass in its MultiChoice Talent Factory Masterclass programme, a series of industry-led workshops aimed to upskill and empower established professionals across Africa's film and TV industries.

The MultiChoice Talent Factory is MultiChoice Africa's year-long immersion programme focused on training young emerging film and TV creatives from across three regions and 13 countries in Africa.

Established in 2018, MultiChoice Talent Factory has academies in Nairobi, Lagos and Zambia and provides 60 students with a fully funded 12-month academic and immersive training experience to hone their TV and film skills under the guidance of industry experts.

MultiChoice's “Best In Class” masterclass workshops, provide industry creatives with exclusive access to practical, expert-led skills training that affords film and television professionals the opportunity to interact and learn from the best.

This month's masterclasses are led by Christian Epps, whose career as a lighting designer has spanned more than two decades with experience ranging from major motion pictures, to broadcast television, live theatre, dance, music videos and special events.

US-based Epps is also the founder of a non-profit social organisation, Lights, Camera, Diaspora! (LCD!) that bridges the gap between the African and African-Diaspora entertainment industries.

He has worked on major box-office productions such as Selma, Queen Sono among others, and has also been the director of photography for multi-camera events such as the Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards, live broadcasts, music and comedy events.

Epps' masterclasses on lighting and cinematography will be hosted in Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana throughout the month of August.

The MultiChoice Talent Factory's mission is to train both emerging and established talent and connect creatives across the continent through its three touchpoints the MTF Academies, the MTF Masterclasses and the MTF Portal, an on-line pan-African website that provides the latest news about the industry and provides a networking space for film and TV creatives.

The MTF Masterclasses to date have been made possible through strategic partnerships with local M-Net channels, technical partners such as Dolby, Fox Portugal, Universal Music Group (UMG) Nigeria, the New York Film Academy and many more to come.

Their lead experts have included multi-cam guru Bobby Heaney, Dolby sound expert Vikram Joglekar, Jonathan Kovel, the cinematographer behind the award-winning South African film Ayanda and renowned pan-African storytelling and creative consultant Allison Triegaardt.

Date for Camera and Lighting MTF masterclass

The MultiChoice Talent Factory is partnering with the Black Star International Film Festival to host the Camera and Light masterclass in Ghana at the NAFTI studios on Wednesday 21st August 2019. Interested persons may contact 0302- 93-53-03 to book a seat. Limited seats available!

About Christian Epps
Christian Epps is the founder of Lights, Camera, Diaspora!, a Los Angeles based social enterprise non-profit that bridges the gap between the African and African-diaspora entertainment industries.

His career as a lighting designer has spanned more than three decades covering the range from major motion pictures, broadcast television, commercials, live theatre, dance, music videos and special events. Directors include Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, Hype Williams, Andrew Dosunmu.

Talent includes former first lady Michelle Obama and former US president Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Nick Cannon, and Kevin Hart.

Recently he served as the gaffer for the critically acclaimed and award-winning film, Selma, featuring Oprah Winfrey and lensed by director of photography Bradford Young.

Christian has spent several years working on concerts and television across Africa, always sharing the skills that he had acquired across the US and the globe.