The CDI Studios: What’s in store for you?
When someone mentions the word “studio” what comes to your mind at first? Well the Cambridge dictionary defines the word studio as: a room with special equipment where television or radio programs or music recordings are made. It also defines a studio as a building or place where films are made or a company that makes them. What does a studio mean to you? For some of us, it might be a studio is a place where professional photos are taken of models, or family’s or even passport photos. Everyone understands the term in different ways and in whichever way you understand the term, at CDI we want to change the meaning. We believe that a studio is a place where stories are made and stories are told.
CDI studios is a “jack of all traits” if so to speak. The main purpose of us coming up with the studio was all in a bid to give story tellers a platform to tell their stories, whether using photos, using art, using vlogs, using short clips, expressing themselves in different topics, telling their stories in the way they know best. The CDI studios will therefore be used for the following purposes:
YouTube as a platform has really developed in our country as we continue to witness different “vloggers” and “Youtubers” creating content on this platform on a day to day basis. These Youtubers normally discuss different topics including societal matters, some of them have learnt to use this platform specifically for what they like doing as a hobby or as a passion for instance makeup artists, travel vloggers, food vloggers and so on. In essence the CDI studios will be open for these creatives to use when they have make up tutorials to film and even when they have panel discussions on certain matters.
When we attended the Gala Awards of #bestmobileflickKE at the Kenya Cultural Center we had no idea that people would be able to film using their mobile phones up until these young artists proved us wrong and they shot films using just their mobile phones and since we have gadgets that one can use to film using their mobile phones, why not incorporate these filmmakers to use our studios to film? I think that’s what they mean when they talk about nurturing talent, don’t you think?
- Panel discussions
We are living in a society where we don’t like addressing some issues just because it is against our “culture” to talk about them. For instance how come when one of us is affected with HIV/AIDS we go around whispering behind that person’s back? We talk about stigmatization being of the major challenges that affect individuals with HIV when we are the ones stigmatizing them. How about when we teach our young girls to use family planning methods in fear of early pregnancies and at the same time we forget they could contract sexually transmitted diseases even with family planning? Or when we go around “yapping” about mental health and we have no idea really what mental health is all about? We have no idea what is going on in our friends or family’s lives? These are just some of the topics that the CDI studios will talk about and of course not just talk about but also bring on board experts who will advise if not find solutions to some of these problems.
What is a podcast? Please, please, please, don’t join the bandwagon of just saying I was listening to a podcast. You must first understand what a podcast is and what goes into creating one. A podcast, or generically netcast, is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to. It is often available for subscription, so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user’s own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player. Different topics will be discussed in the podcasts.
A photo speaks 1000 words. Photos can tell a story; therefore the right photo can speak volumes. I dare ask have you ever seen such a nice ph
oto such that you were convinced to even buy a product just by the picture you saw. That’s the power of photography. In the CDI studios we will have product photography which means that if you have products and you need to take really good images for your products then our studios are always open for you to do that.
Aside from product photography we also have photo shoot sessions for those of us who are “Photogenic” and would like to take awesome photos and share them on social media or those models who would like to create a portfolio that speaks volumes, then CDI studios is the place for you.