Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mashariki African Film Festival in Rwanda

Mr. Laurent Kiria is our master trainer in Sound and Music in film at KFI production and Moving Tanzania master classes. Last week he participated in the just concluded Mashariki African Film Festival that took place in Kigali, Rwanda from 9th March to 14th March 2015.

This week he will share the acquired skills and knowledge at the ongoing master classes hosted at the Kilimanjaro Film Institute under the Moving Tanzania program which is scheduled to end on 20th March 2015.

We also thank Mr. Rama of  Kili Inc and also an alumnus of KFI for his dedication and expertise during his facilitation in the first week of Sound and Music in Film master class which started on 9th March 2015.

The master class in Rwanda that Laurent attended was facilitated by the East African Community, GIZ and Mashariki African Film Festival (MAFF) in conjunction with the East African Film Network (EAFN).

The course module covered the following;

  1. Introduction to sound; what is sound, recognizing pitch, loudness, timbre.
  2. Converting sound waves to electric signals, dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones.
  3.  Amplifiers and loud speakers for surround and screen sound tracks.
  4. Sound recording for film, analogue sound, digital sound and Dolby sound.
  5. Sound recording required for documentary and feature films.
  6. Sound transfer and editing; sync sound with picture, linear editing and non linear editing.
  7. Prepare for dialogue tracks, sound effects and music, Foley sound effects.
  8. Sound dubbing, dubbing for animation films, changing language of the film to other. 8. Mixing sound for film, Dolby SR, DOLBY SR-D, DTS.
  9. Sound Design: importance of a sound designer.
Mr. Laurent Kiria introducing himself to the team during the first day of the workshop.
Session in progress with one of the facilitators
Practical session…
Laurent with the team during group assigments.
Group assignments…

Inspiration Talk by Mr. Jackson Benty

As film makers we often receive assignments that vary from the annual events, music concerts, documentaries, featured stories, etc. Each assignment brings its share of challenges which can only be tackled by prepared and creative minds that are not afraid to try something new. Today we were honoured to host Mr. Jackson, who is a gospel artist, producer and a music teacher based here in Arusha, Tanzania.

He shared his journey with the Moving Tanzania participants who are currently taking the master classes in Sound and Music in Film making. Mr. Jackson is a self made producer who strive to pursue continues reading and research about how he can continue to produce quality production with limited resource. He demonstrated in brief his techniques behind producing quality music with his mobile studio (‘production sebuleni’) which he has been able to record many music production deals within timelines.

The following are the three tips that he shared as part of his success.

  1. Continues reading and research through the use of internet and books.
  2.  Know your equipment (Software and hardware).
  3. Survey the location before the main production by visiting the rehearsal sessions especially for events like music concerts etc.

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“To make a name in the music industry and have a market share, we need to embrace quality production at all costs.”  Mr. Jackson Bentybenty4

Sound and Music in Film

This class offers the technical application of sound recording, by using the right equipments to select appropriate sound and music for any production.

Class Outcome;
Application of high quality media production and the ability to deliver and select high quality sound and music for film and documentaries.


The course module covers the following main topics;

  1. Behaviour of sound in different locations.
  2. Preparation for set sound, microphones and sound recording
  3. Recording ambiances in stereo and recognizing technical errors.
  4. Sound edit and effects.
  5. Sound design and music editing.
  6. Sound mix for film and delivery for different media

Course goals and objectives in summary;

  • How does the behaviour of sound influence recordings.
  • Listening to sound in different locations.
  • Use short vocal sounds (PAH TAH x2) to hear the reverberation in the different locations.
  • Balance between direct sound and reverb, finding the critical distance.
  •  Examples of differently framed recordings. Close up, Medium with a little background and further away, but within the critical distance, and one outside the critical distance.
  • Boom and / or lovelier microphones. When do you use what?
  • Basic sound editing in any platform, AB editing, Sound editing in Final Cut Pro
  • Telling a story with music



Students Intern-ship in Different Companies in Tanzania 2015

We thank all the companies that have hosted our 3rd year students in their professional companies. This is the biggest milestone for students to gain practical experience while working on different client assignments. We expect the students to learn the difference process and techniques as applied by the companies for example; pre and post production, work ethics, quality production, creativity among other issues.

We believe our students will also contribute to the company’s value, mission and vision. Our students are well prepared through our well balanced curriculum which builds on all theoretical, creative and practical learning in film making.

Below is a profile of some of our students at different companies;-

mukobelaName: William Mgobela.
Intern-ship Place: KIKOI INNOVATIVE MEDIA in Dar es Salaam.
Position: Camera Operator
Assignment: Filming the documentary for different clients.
Picture caption: On site documenting AMREF project and the project known as TUITETE which focus on issues about youth health education.

evaName: Eva Jackson
Intern-ship Place: KIKOI INNOVATIVE MEDIA in Dar es Salaam.
Position: Editor
Assignment: Filming the documentary for different clients.
Picture caption: Editing TUITETE project which focus on issues about youth health education.

GodlistenName: Godlisten Meshack
Intern-ship Place: Kilimanjaro Film Institute (Production Unit) Arusha, Tanzania.
Position: Editor
Assignment: Editing different clients and Tazameni TV program to be broadcast on TV1.
Picture caption: In the office editing Tazameni TV program to be broadcast on TV1 from April 2015.


shadrackName: Shedrack Stevens
Intern-ship Place: TV1 in Dar es Salaam
Position: Camera Operator
Assignment: Filming different clients’ assignments.
Picture caption: On location filming Andrew Mahiga Managing Director at Maanisha! Ltd Media Production


mwantumuName: Mwantumu Mseja
Intern-ship Place: Kilimanjaro Film Institute (Production Unit) Arusha, Tanzania.
Position: Camera Operator
Assignment: Filming different clients and Tameni TV program to broadcast on TV1.
Picture caption: On location film one of the features stories for Tazame TV program to be broadcast on TV1 from April 2015.


If you have any  film assignment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for quality production.