In the world of motion pictures and Television, it is believed that only a few people would normally take their time to get to know and acknowledge some of the many induvial working tirelessly behind the camera to help capture these amazing stories and bring them to their screens.
Meet Alois Nashali, an east Africa renown cinematographer, currently doing his work in Canada, He started his life on a production set volunteer before went on to enroll into a broadcast school in Ottawa, Canada. And has managed to grab his fan base attention through his creative work as he continues to flourish even more through the Canadian soil which gives hope that we might continue to see more of new faces in the Abroad film scene originating from east Africa in the near future.
We asked Alois Nashali about growing up in an eastern Africa environment, his rise to fame and his love and passion for entertainment industry.
What were some of your best childhood memories growing up?
I have a lot of good memories growing up in the hood, especially the middle-class lifestyle and growing up around childhood friends lots of self-respect and good people around the neighborhoods is really what helped to build me to be who am today. (he laughs)
Memories to forget?
I don’t think if I have any bad memories of those days, but I do remember that when I was young, as a kid growing up in a spiritual family, praying all the time for everything, going to church, I didn’t like it but now I thank God for parents who instilled in me these values of putting God first in everything I do.
What was it like growing up in Tanzania/Kenya? now that you’ve seen the other side of the world?
I’d always dream of success but according to where I came from there was a bit of challenges especially the career decisions I made at a young age, and for that reason I had many people doubting my capabilities but am glad I made it despite all that.
How did you get into Cinematography? And why is it important for you?
Cinematography wasn’t in my mind in the first place or something I ever thought I’d do. I was never the smartest kid in school and was thinking and seeing things in a whole different level. At the age of 17, I got a friend who was really into film stuff, by the time I was finishing high school, I had already made up my mind with the help of friends and random people had already started to ask me to consider a career in camerawork. With support and exposure, am sure an east Africa young cinematographer will be known.
Were your parents supportive of you becoming a cinematographer?
Not at the beginning, my parent was not supportive at all! coming home late at night from sets and shoots, they didn’t take it well. They would argue that I was not taking life seriously but now they’re slowly accepting cinematography can be a career too like any other.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
The fact that I have been able to be a household name in the film industry for short span of time, this really keep me going and pushing for more. I have been able to take 4 awards I just 2018 alone as my debut year is something that am really proud of.
Last word to your audience?
Just wanted to thank everyone for the tremendous love and support that you guys are showing me please continue to do so and you can always keep it locked up across all social media including YouTube @Alois Nashali and Instagram @Beingalois
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