Juvens Ntampuhwena Unit Manager for 'Shooting Dogs'
'After Sometimes in April, Shooting Dogs was another experience for the Rwandan movie industry. Rwandan crew members were fully involved in the entire process. Many of us held positions of responsibility such as Casting Director, Unit manager etc. We had opportunity to sit in the management meetings, not just as observers but as advisors and decision makers. The producers and our fellow crew members from the UK, Australia and Germany paid particular attention to our comments and valued our opinions.
The film shooting was a tough yet wonderful experience. There was a good work environment with a lot of cooperation and mutual respect. There was no distinction between local and expatriate team members. Every crew member was as important. We all helped each other; we did it as a real team. “Together Everyone Achieved More”. We did a tough and tremendous job. We worked very seriously, yet there were occasions for fun.
One morning I bet with David Belton the Producer about what time the sun would rise and I ended up taking his 1000 francs! Crispin Buxton the Location Manager managed to keep a smile on his face throughout; Drew Wood the Line Producer managed to smile at least once a day.
We celebrated crew member’s birthdays, we had good times together and everything happened much faster than expected.
I haven’t yet had chance to watch the film… looking back to the scenes, I strongly believe the comments of those who had chance to watch it before me are genuine. '
-Juvens NTAMPUHWE, Unit Manager