The US Embassy in Uganda has donated film training equipment to the Department of Performing Arts and Film (PAF), Makerere University. The equipment worth over 9,000 US dollars includes a sony handycam digital camcorder, sony vario-tessar interchangeable full fram, a zoom digital multitrack recorder, glide gear vest and arm stabilization system, sennheiser wind muff for ME66 microphone, sennheiser shotgum microphone system, and a flolight fluorescent lighting kit.
Speaking at the handover ceremony held today, 17th March, 2017 at the Performing Arts premises, the Head of the Department, Assoc. Prof. Sylvia Nannyonga – Tamusuza, expressed gratitude to the US Embassy noting that it was the first time PAF was acquiring film training equipment. She said the Embassy had also extended a grant to the Department to host a Fulbright scholar to offer specialized training in Film. Dr Lana Garland, the Fulbright Specialist will review and teach film and television drama production to undergraduate students as well as work with staff in the Department to develop short-term certificate programmes in film and television drama production. Dr Lana was here last year and will be returning in April to conduct “from script to screen” practical workshops not only for the Department students, but also for students from other media schools in Kampala as well as practicing film makers and television drama producers.
Assoc. Prof. Nannyonga – Tamusuza specifically thanked Mr Niles Cole and Ms Dorothy Ngalombi for their support in securing the equipment. Mr Niles Cole is the Cultural Affairs Officer at the US Embassy whereas Ms Dorothy Ngalombi is the Cultural Affairs Specialist. She also thanked the University Management, specifically the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration for the support extended to the Department in its efforts to construct a Performing Arts Centre.
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