GREAT LAKES Films
One of the strengths of GREAT LAKES Films LIMITED is a strong international network. This allows the production house to work with freelance filmmakers from all over the world to replenish the local team if the job requires. It also subscribes to the exchange of skills and knowledge between East African and international filmmakers. New people are coming frequently on board as permanent staff or freelancers bringing in more creativity and ideas.
Another big strength of GLMC is that we cover more than just Uganda. Our East African team speaks numerous indigenous languages that allow us to additionally produce films in neighbouring countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo, Sudan and Rwanda.
GREAT LAKES Films LIMITED output of quality products is only made possible by having a great team of creative professionals with the ability to undertake multiple tasks. This is because at its inception, GLMC engaged the services of experienced filmmakers and creative crew that is hardworking, devoted and extremely motivated. The result has been a history of quality products, great teamwork and professionalism.
The GREAT LAKES Films LIMITED team is your partner from concept and script development to all aspects of the film- and post- production until the final film is available on DVD, DV, HD or internet files.
James just loves what he does. That makes him a hard working, ambitious team player who is always eager to learn even more. James is famous at not stopping at anything before he is completely satisfied with his work. He holds a diploma in Information Systems Management from Aptech, coupled with years of experience as a radio and TV producer on Mbale FM and Light House Television respectively. James is also our main fixer working with international film teams who always benefit from his sound knowledge of Ugandan culture and history.
WWF – Camera Uganda in a Changing Climate
World Bank – Camera
The Batwa Legacy,
International Gorilla Conservation Programme – Camera
PEPFAR/JSI/TA-NPI series, John Snow, Inc. – Camera
Working on the set of our drama ‘Speak Out' was really one of the best filming experiences I have had.
‘Speak Out’ is one unique film that I believe meets characteristics of a very good production. Usually I’m not on a set because I’m an editor. It was a break through seeing me on set experiencing new ideas put to reality before they are brought to the editing table. Much as it was so hectic to double as a slater and a script continuity girl.
It was also rewarding working with different characters. Our team had about 20 people and was most of the time surrounded by curious villagers. I cannot forget the excitement, hard work, full time commitment exercised by fellow colleagues and those wonderful moments that kept me going during the shooting in a remote village. It was always fun to witness the tough LC chairman - Mr. Mugodi - making fun that saw the entire cast in laughter without allowing him to laugh. This left often the entire crew laughing silly. Shooting came sometimes to a standstill until the director made a refresh call.
I really wish GREAT LAKES Films would make more feature films because it was a lot of fun and the team spirit is amazing.
Peter Suuna – Video Editor / Animator
Animator and short film director, his film ‘Woman A Minute’ was nominated in the no budget film in Hamburg International Film Festival. He has worked on several short experimental films and on several Television programmes like ‘Tendo Sisters’ on Africa Magic as the editor and cinematographer.
Addressing Land Acquisition Challenges,
The World Bank – Editing
Welcome to Uganda, US Embassy – Editing
Improving Learning,The World Bank – Editing
The Session, HCP / Ministry of Health – Editing
Maxwell Robert Ochan – Film Director / Scriptwriter
Has worked for major newspapers in Uganda : The New Vision, The Monitor Publications- News reporting and Television and Radio stations in Uganda as a reporter. Also written plays (dramas), Guide books for Youths on the scourge of HIV/AIDS for UK based charities, and several media and related projects, A graduate of Journalism and Mass Communications. He has been involved in the making of several documentary film projects.
Uganda in a Changing Climate, World Bank – Directing
The Second Northern Uganda Social Action Fund-NUSAF2, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) – Directing
Earth Hour Forest Uganda, WWF – Directing
Keep It Real, Save the Children – Directing
Is a self motivated, multi – talented team player and a great organizer. He is involved in several areas of production, sound recording / engineering being his passion and strength. Having been on the team since 2004, he’s got a ton of experience and knows how to make it work!
Celebrating 45 Years of Progress
, DFCU – Sound
When Climate Changes
, UNESCO – Sound
The Batwa Legacy,
International Gorilla Conservation Programme – Sound
CSR film series
for Tullow Oil - Sound
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