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Canon launches a virtual academy video platform for filmmakers in Africa


Canon Central and North Africa on Thursday announced the launch of a virtual film school to provide filmmakers with a dynamic, interactive, and engaging educational platform.

Known as the ‘Canon Academy Video,’ the platform features courses aimed at cinematographers, filmmakers and videographers of all skill levels which are delivered through e-learning, and face-to-face learning experiences and workshops.

The platform is available in English and French and virtually mimics the actual working process of a cinematographer/videographer/filmmaker in a physical production studio to deliver an authentic learning experience to users.

Canon hopes the newly launched Canon Academy Video, will empower cinematographers, filmmakers, and videographers by delivering an online film school with a vast amount of educational content, insights and guidance from leading industry experts, tips, and tricks on using Canon products for filmmaking, and much more.

“This is truly a ground-breaking and visionary initiative from Canon, and it is underpinned by our aim of delivering equal access to education by embracing the technologies available today. We are transcending the borders of learning by introducing this novel education format that is a lot more than just a virtual hub of information. We have paid special attention to the details in ensuring that we created an experience that thoroughly immerses the user into understanding the A-To-Z of filmmaking,” says Amine Djouahra, Sales, and Marketing Director, Canon Central and North Africa.

Canon says it has remained committed to advancing educational and empowerment opportunities in Africa and has a myriad of initiatives and activities, including its pre-existing Canon Academy Photo (focused on the art of photography) and Canon Academy Juniors (focused on the advancement of children in the field of virtual arts).

“The video academy is a culmination of many creative ideas. The platform is a treasure of knowledge that can provide everything a user may need in his/her journey of learning and their career path as a filmmaker. We have also replicated the exact process followed in the production process to elevate the experience of our users along with the other myriad of features. Our goal is to make education in filmmaking accessible to all through this platform. So, if you have the passion for education in filmmaking, Canon has the solution – The Canon Video Academy,” Amine adds.

Canon’s virtual film school takes learning a notch higher by integrating the technologies of today to create a compelling online experience, from being greeted by avatars to being able to move around from one film studio to another. The Canon Academy Video has three main areas: Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production.

The Pre-production suite will guide learners to understand everything that happens at this stage, from creating storyboards to setting budgets and project timelines. The production studio will lay emphasis on lighting and camera control techniques, and lastly, the post-production suite will take a user through the editing and sound-mixing stages of production.

The Canon Academy Video platform also offers detailed insights on Canon cameras, and the best tips and tricks to use them, in the ‘Kit room,’ while its ‘theatre room’ will be a go-to place to access information about Canon’s latest equipment, upcoming events, and masterclasses. The second phase will include enhancements to the platform based on learners’ feedback and physical workshops where content related to what is available on the platform will be delved into more deeply.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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