AWARD-winning film and television makeup artist Louiza Calore, 50, is working with Walter Sisulu University (WSU) students to give back to the next generation of filmmaking while also exposing expose an aspiring generation of filmmakers to new opportunities while sharing her 25 years of experience and skills.
Calore, who has been involved with film and television since the early 90s, has projects like Ayanda, Vaya, Tell Me Sweet Something, Yizo Yizo season 1 & 2, and Ali (starring Will Smith) as part of her resume.
Since moving from Cape Town to East London last year, she has teamed up with head of the department of corporate communication and marketing Dr Alicia van der Spuy, as well as BCC rector Dr Prince Jaca at WSU to form the East London Film & Television Society where she is working with about 16 students with the aim of reviving the local film industry.
“She has been training students to work in the film industry, training them on who does what as well as putting them through the process in a practical manner,” Van der Spuy said.
“Students who have completed the course are to be considered for film jobs in East London. We hope the collaboration between Ms Calore and WSU will be long and fruitful.”
Calore said she is using her 25 years of experience in the film and television industry to give back and teach what she has learnt.
Calore said: “With WSU, I decided to start running short courses where the students are taught how to write synopses with the hopes of making two short films later this year. We need to start making films in East London because if we want to cultivate what we have here we have to make films here. I also encourage my students to write in their vernacular language because that is how you tell stories best.” she said.
She said there was a challenge in the industry where people were not watching South African movies and that was a challenge.
“I think we have been brainwashed by the American films into believing that they make the best films. In SA, we need to cultivate bums on seats as every filmmaker is battling because of the lack of people watching our films. I encourage the youngsters to watch other people’s films,” she said.
Calore said this prompted her to show South African films free.
“I contacted producers and asked them if I could show their films without charge. I show the films at WSU once a month free because some films do not make it to East London and that’s got to change,” she said.
“I’m really grateful to WSU for giving me the opportunity to influence people that way. The group that has already done the classes with me are now in the process of writing their synopses and we are sending them out to different channels and trying to get development funding for script writing.
“I’m the behind-the-scenes person and I’m pushing them forward,” she said
The films are shown free every last Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the WSU Journalism first year lecture room. at 6pm.