Thursday 20 September, 2018

Video: Adjani Salmon risked it all for filmmaking

Adjani Salmon risked everything career-wise, to fulfill his dream of being a filmmaker and director.

Adjani Salmon risked everything career-wise, to fulfill his dream of being a filmmaker and director.

Dissatisfied with the direction in which he was headed as an architect in Jamaica, Adjani Salmon risked everything career-wise to fulfill his dream of being a filmmaker and director.

After working for a year in architecture, he left that job to work as a freelancer in video production. He later ran a production company focusing on corporate videos and advertisements for three years.

During that time, without formal training in film production, he managed to write and direct a 13-episode web series which amassed over 40,000 views within three months.

In 2013, Salmon took the bold step of dissolving his business, and moved to the UK to pursue a Masters in Directing Film at the Met Film School.

Video edited by Ramon Lindsay.

“I realised that to really excel in film, I would need to either actively work in the industry or pursue studies that would arm me with the knowledge and skills I needed. So I opted to study,” the Munro College old boy reflected.

Salmon showcases his journey through the character ‘Kwabena’ in Dreaming Whilst Black, a mini comedy series that was released in March of this year, and is being aired on YouTube.

“Navigating the film industry is tough. It takes a while to find your bread and butter, and to find a recurring client, and so on,” Salmon told Young People in Business.

Dreaming Whilst Black has premiered in six major cities - Shanghai, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Miami and Kingston.

“Hopefully in five years Dreaming Whilst Black will be finished, we would have gotten our broadcaster deal, we would have done four seasons, and we would have won an Emmy,” said Salmon.

He also hopes to make a feature film in Jamaica by then.

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