Prior to going to Africa, our film crew had learned about Kandole Reagan. He was a man who sought to make a lasting change for the people and environment of Kampala through his art and education. We couldn't wait to see his work.
Kandole used his education and art background to figure out ways of reducing, reusing, and recycling the waste that litters Kampala. Through his efforts, he's helped to clean up the environment and community by educating citizens on how to repurpose waste items into tools and resources to ease their way of life.
Our film crew faced several challenges, both in and out of production regarding this project. We were in a new world and had a lot to consider.
- How can I help film and edit so as to serve the story and not disrupt?
- How can we share Kandole's story in a way that people will understand and can then adopt these practices into their situation and environment?
- How can I edit this video to under 5 minutes in less than 1 week?
On this project, I was responsible for assisting in the cinematography, and in editing this story down into a cohesive and understandable documentary.
The environment of Kampala is uneasy–both politically and economically. Being American filmmakers with expensive equipment, we were careful so as not to draw attention and put ourselves, equipment, or subjects at risk.
We also had to be educated and mindful of any filming laws surround the areas we were in. All of these were accomplished through research and local help.
Kandole was fluent in English, which greatly eased the production process; we didn't have to worry about a translator, language barriers, or subtitles.
After spending a significant amount of time with Kandole and the people of Kampala, we succeeded in sharing his story of education and environment.
In 1 week, we crafted a 3 minute documentary which shares Kandole's campaign of "reduce, reuse, recycle" to the locals of Kampala. From that, we were also able to reach non-profit-supporting groups and people within the United States.
Watch the documentary below.