August 23, 2006

Getting Things Done

MotherAndChildren.jpgJOHNPHAN MVULA LUSAKA ZAMBIA AFRICA - My experience in front of the camera is not what I thought it would be. I think it is easy to do and say what someone else has told you to do or say. I think since I am not a professional actor it was easier for me to follow the direction I was given. I also think it was easier for me to act because my character was based on me. The difficult part was acting in front of my Uncle Jabbes. I tried to pretend he wasn’t there.

At the end of the day if someone had asked me if I ever wanted to act again I would say YES!

Acting for this project is NOT my only responsibility. I am also the director’s right hand man. I work directly with the crew, too, in particular, the producers. At first, I found it challenging to understand the crew. After two days I began to understand them and I began to feel like a crew member. After making and receiving all of phone calls (some days up to 50 a day) , talking to the Zambian actors, organizing locations and calling business associates, I started to really feel like I was contributing something to the film.

After one week, I have learned so much. One of the most important things I have learned is that it is not about getting things done, but having the right and correct things done. I pray that BAD TIMING, Zambia’s first feature film, gets the recognition that it deserves.

I'd like the world to see the real Zambia.