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Avatar creator coming to Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 3 – Kenya will next week host one of the creators of the epic science fiction movie ‘Avatar” which is the highest grossing film in history.

Yvonne Muinde, who’s Kenyan, is on Monday next week expected to give a talk on how the country can fuel the development of the visual effects industry, an event that stakeholders hope will also provide an opportunity for exploring ways of scaling up talent in the sector.

“We have invited one of Avatar makers to speak on the marriage of IT, animation, film and music to create one of the fastest growing modern industry, Visual Effects,” said Information Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo.

Ms Muinde, 34, is a painter and feature films matte painter’ and painted the backgrounds for the award-winning movie and has also featured in other box office animated productions such as King Kong and The Fantastic Four.

The 2009 3D movie which was written and directed by James Cameron broke several box office records and raked in Sh160billion ($2billion) surpassing Titanic, which had held the records for the previous 12 years.

Next wee\’s meeting will bring together all industry players including animators, movie makers, graphic designers, sketch artists, gamers and musicians, a move that industry players say will provide a platform for addressing the sector’s bottlenecks in a holistic manner.

In an email invite to local bloggers, the PS expressed optimism that in the ‘roundtable’ meeting, players would brainstorm on the best way to unlock the huge opportunities that the sector portends and develop it into one of the fastest growing industries.

The government’s priority Dr Ndemo said, is to build capacity which will help turn around the virgin sector and in effect turn the idle labour in the country into economic use.

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