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I wish I had found my passion sooner

Upclose. Samuel Saviour Kizito a multi-award-winning Ugandan filmmaker. He produces, writes and directs films. He also teaches and mentors upcoming filmmakers in Uganda and Africa in general.

 

First thing you do in the morning…
Every morning, when I wake up, I first look at my Emoji (my woman) and thank God for another great day. I then check my phone for emails, log onto my social media accounts in case there are any messages I read and respond to them. I kiss my Emoji good morning and get out of bed to shower and then start my day.

First thing you do when you arrive on set?
I take a moment to observe the set and imagine how to make it come to life. I then figure out the best way to maximise the space.
What is your worst moment as a filmmaker?
Every time I make a film with a producer and the producer fails to release it.

Tell us your earliest childhood memory?
I had heard of a cinema hall where they showed movies and longed to experience it myself. Around 2003, my mom allowed me to go and it was amazing. I kept going every day from morning to evening and if I was at school, I would go there from afternoon to late evening.
What TV shows are you watching currently?
I am selective about what I watch. Some of my favourites include 13 Reasons Why, Money Heist, Lucifer and Four Weddings and A Funeral.

What is your career highlight?
Being able to direct. It took a while for me to figure out that I was actually good at it. I started off as a critic then started blogging, writing, directing, editing and cinematography.
First movie you watched?
It was some Chinese magical film whose title I do not remember. However, I remember watching The Legend Of The Leprechauns on VHS tapes at home. After my dad saw my love for movies, he brought VHS decks and a number of sets that were put in different rooms at home, so I watched a lot of TV shows, including Shaka Zulu, Kigenya Agenya, among others.

Your biggest regret?
Realising my love for film late. When I joined high school, I started pursuing different things and ended up in technology. It was not until 2013 that I made the long route back. I wish I had made up my mind sooner.
Your first Job?
I used to sell hacking tips and also help people who had technology related problems with their digital devices or platforms.

Your first salary?
I have never worked on a salary, I was always paid per work done.
Why did you start Kyooto film project?
I was tired of unprofessional film sets and unprofessional projects. Besides making money, Kyooto Media Group is aiming at collaborating with existing and upcoming filmmakers and actors in Uganda and from the rest of the world to run projects properly.

What do you like about your job?
There is nothing as fulfilling as being a creator, I can now tell how God felt when he created the universe and how he feels watching the universe now. I love my job because it gives me freedom of expression.
What do you dislike about your work?
Filmmaking is not a one-man job, so the incompetence of my colleagues, collaborators, fellow crew or cast people usually discourages me a lot.

Any memorable experience?
The first time I got an international nomination was a turning point in my career. In 2017, I was nominated for the best first feature film by a director at Africa Movie Academy Awards in Nigeria, for the film Bunjanko. That nomination made me realise the value of my work.
Tell us your hobbies
I love watching movies, obviously, and gaming. I am a gaming maniac.

 

Motivation…..
I started Kyooto film project because I was tired of unprofessional film sets and unprofessional projects. Besides making money, Kyooto Media Group is aiming at collaborating with existing and upcoming filmmakers and actors in Uganda and from the rest of the world to run projects properly.

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