Gatehi Mwaniki is a 23 year old Communications student at Daystar University. He is a filmmaker with a passion for quality work and hunger for international success.
What exactly are you studying?
Specializing in Electronic Media. I’m in fourth year.
Mostly lazy. Procrastinator. But people say I’m creative so there’s that. I’m also an introvert.
What do you do?
Filmmaking, photography, videography. We have four films so far. I take pictures of a variety of things, of everything.
Where can people find your work?
Youtube, Instagram and Facebook. All ‘NMK Films’.
What is the meaning of NMK?
The initials of the founders’ video game pseudonyms. I’m N and the other two founders are M and K.
When did you know making films was what you wanted to do?
I can’t remember a point in my life where I was like ‘Oh, I want to do this.’ We’re all nerds so when we all realized we liked this stuff, when the ideas kept emerging, we thought ‘Let’s do it.’
What topics do you touch on in your films?
We just touch on pop culture. We don’t really focus on problems. Like Ghostpunchers on people’s perceptions of ghosts and Al-Harb on people’s misconceptions of Muslims.
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Who are your role models?
Spielberg, Albert Hitchcock. There’s a youtuber called Peter McKinnon.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
One upcoming film. It’s called ‘Baby’.
What challenges have you faced so far?
Economical. Political. A lot of films suffer from budget problems. We also don’t have real actors so it’s hard to direct non-professional actors. Affording equipment like cameras because they’re really expensive. Getting our films out there. Being the only editor is tough so we can’t meet deadlines because I like to procrastinate. Packaging and distributing films. School is another challenge, it costs us shooting time.
What do you hope to achieve in your career as a filmmaker?
I don’t know. As a filmmaker, you never stop filmmaking. I want to make a Hollywood size film in Kenya. I want to break down walls restricting Kenyans from making great films so I can make great films.
Any final words of inspiration for other people also hoping to create quality films?
Creativity is king. Just that.