MAISHA CADRE This is a process of developing a regular soap opera series requiring the development of a broad skill base within African community offering opportunities for professional in this hard to reach ethnic communities. Business management, creative writing, video producing and project management along with core video production technical and craft skills are all essentials topic areas for the project to explore. The skills developed by participants in the project will be fundamentally transferable and build on the participant individual confidence and integration into the wider society. The natural cycle for the development of a project of this nature oblige us to look for volunteers in the following areas, for specific consideration:
-Scriptwriting: typically soap opera scripts are written by teams as there will be a huge pressure to turn around weekly scripts ready for production. Additionally writing teams work to a 'bible' which outlines the character back stories and other contextual material with which the individual writers work to develop their own story ideas so they fit within the overall story arc of the soap opera over an extended period of time. The scripts would be written in a mixture of Congolese and English which will also require further translation in part to support the production process and in part to provide subtitles for the programme.
-Casting: similar issues arise from the need to recruit actors to the team and in particular older cast members since it is anticipated that there will be a bigger involvement from younger people. The possibility of running acting workshops for the community in order to identify and encourage participation is a key element of this proposal since there is a clear need to recruit people who will commit for an extended period of time along with the time commitment of shooting on a regular weekly basis.
-Producing & Production Management: Need to develop a production team to manage and organise the logistics of the production, casting and writing.
-Video Production Core Skills: access to video technology is not really that much of an issue for the project since partners have already offered free use of video cameras and other production equipment. However there is a need to train potential crew members to work effectively to a reasonably high standard as part of a team. Such training would focus on camera skills, sound recording, lighting, managing location productions, health and safety and creative problem solving.