Through Kitty’s lens: Cat’s Eye Films

Kitty Chrisp, Boo's daughter, writes about how she became interested in making films and her love of Africa.

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Kitty Chrisp is Boo’s daughter. She is currently travelling with Boo and capturing images and videos of their trip. Having recently graduated with a BA (York) in Writing, Directing and Performance, Kitty also has a passion for film and loves being behind the camera. On this exploratory trip into Rwanda she is combining her developing film-making skills with her love of Africa to capture some of their experience and convey a detailed and atmospheric view of the places, sights and sounds of Africa through the lens of her camera. In her own words:

It is hard not to be interested in exploring Africa – especially when you have been brought up with Bushbuck Safaris and by Boo Chrisp!

I made my first film in Africa in the summer of 2015. I had the wonderful opportunity to work at Lion Camp for two months, which is the most friendly and colourful safari camp based in the South Luangwa Valley, Zambia. I took my sister’s DSLR camera with the view to taking some top-notch photos, as opposed to fumbling around on my temperamental not-so-smart phone. I soon got bored of photos, and began filming everything – and I mean everything and anything and I had the idea to make a film about and for the Zambian staff.

Sitting in my room surrounded by lions and hyenas, I then decided to edit the footage I had and fiddled around on iMovie and taught myself the basics – admittedly I was not very good at first, but I got better and moved onto Final Cut Pro for a more professional look. Back home I continued editing and ended up with a 45 minute film which I sent back to Zambia for the staff to enjoy.

When I got back to University, I decided to do my dissertation on how British and American film has portrayed Africa over the last 50 years, and how there is a tendency to show Africa as either a spectacle of nature, a place of suffering, or an exotic unknown. I was proud of my film because I felt I achieved the opposite of what my dissertation was critiquing and managed to really encapsulate the specific feeling of being involved with such a unique camp, surrounded by the special people who make it – their friendships, routines and personalities without twisting it into the much generalised version of Africa we are so accustomed to seeing.

That experience leaves me where I am today writing this – in Rwanda 7000ft about sea level, about to climb a mountain in pursuit of capturing some rare footage of the incredible mountain gorillas. I am hoping to be able to do this professionally and launch a business in freelance videography; shooting anything anywhere from the mountain gorillas of Rwanda to weddings, events and promotional videos in the North East and around the U.K. I’d say a pretty jazzy alternative to remaining an unemployable drama graduate for the rest of my life until I die alone with 100 cats…

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