Uganda: An Elegant Adventure

With 10 National Parks - and a few of the world's remaining mountain gorillas - the Uganda Wildlife Authority was keen to display its plethora of flora and fauna.

  • Dennis Matanda
    Director
  • Prince Heto & Papiso Matsau
    Writer
  • Sharon Walker & Stephen Lande
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 22, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Uganda
  • Country of Filming:
    Uganda
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Ultra HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Dennis Matanda

Dennis is a self-taught videographer who started his career in radio production, and currently serves as a trade policy strategist for Africa's supranational and regional economic communities. With graduate degrees in American Politics and International Relations, he spends up to 7 months a year in various African capital cities - advising countries on trade and investment. He takes his Inspire Pro and Nikon D5600 everywhere; filming and experimenting with images and sound in his downtime.

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Director Statement

We shot this video over a 12-day period. I lost two Phantom 3 Pro drones - one just decided to fly right into a tree just as we were about to get to the Murchison Falls National Park. Because this was the first time I was in these national parks - although I spent my entire formative years and most of my professional lifein Uganda - I spent more time marveling at the beauty I was fortunate enough to capture - with both the drone and DSLR.

I lost the second drone because I got too close to unpredictable waves and water fall patterns. On the other hand, the reality is that this was my first time shooting in the wild, and I had, in my paranoia, carried a back up to the back up of my primary drone.