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Hollywood Film Director Ms. Wanjiru Njendu (Center) flanked by Assistant Professor of Film Dr Rachael Diang'a (Center left) and Principal Fundraising and External Relations Officer, Mr Eannes Ongus (Center right) poses for a photo with USIU-Africa’s pioneer Fudamentals of Film and Cinematography class, on May 30, 2018.

Executive Film Director/Producer Ms. Wanjiru Njendu, was on campus on Wednesday, May 30, to speak to the Summer 2018 Fundamentals of Photography and Cinematography (FLA1010) class.

Ms. Njendu, who holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Media and Arts from Emerson College, has had a storied career spanning projects connected with global film giants such as Universal Studios, Bloomberg LP and Illumination Entertainment. She was invited by Assistant Professor of Film Dr. Rachael Diang’a to share insights into her profession, with the inaugural class of the Film Production & Directing.

From her base in Los Angeles as Director/Producer at Magic Works Production, she has been involved in the production of international blockbusters such as The Fast and Furious franchise, Paranormal Activity, and the widely successful animation franchise Despicable Me. Locally, she has produced and directed films like ‘Safari Ya Jamhuri’- A Journey to Freedom, Look Again, Samantha Who, Super Temps and Mostly Evil.

In her lecture, Ms. Njendu spoke of her journey as a filmmaker, recalling how her undying love for film was nurtured by her parents, and sustained by passion, hard work, consistency and sacrifice.

Ms. Njendu pointed out that it is essential for aspiring film producers, directors and writers to research on film projects produced by their peers, in order to boost their knowledge.

She emphasized the need for aspiring film makers to be well versed with he basics of film production such as script writing, editing, directing, production equipment and cinematography. In addition, she underlined the importance of budgeting and simplicity in film production.
The Film Production and Directing program in the new School of Communication, Creative and Cinematic Arts, was launched in the Summer 2018 semester. It features four concentrations: Production, Directing, Cinematography and Script Writing and Cinematography.