Grace Murema popularly known for founding East Africa’s first special effects product line has shared her experience in regard to her contribution in the making of the highly-rated American Superhero film Black panther.
The 28-year-old landed the deal after Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia who had been selected to work on the Afro-futuristic premiere project for Black Panther reached out to her.
Murema who was behind the special effects in this particular premiere project teamed up with other creatives Andrew Mageto, Valarie Mdeizi, Kevin Abbra, Sinitta Akello, Richard Kinyua, and Corrine Muthoni; in a role, she describes as simple.
Although this marked as one of the greatest milestones of her career, and she in fact admits that it was one of the major projects she has ever worked on, Murema recently revealed that they she was not paid for her contributing role.
Speaking to NTV, the makeup artist says the fact that there was no financial gain from the project, was not a big deal for her because this was a one in a million chance that did not just offer exposure but also opened her up to more opportunities.
“We were not paid but for me, it was fine because Black panther… it was exposure for me. I feel like it opened other opportunities” she stated
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Her revelation brings us to a comparison with a confession by Kenyan filmmaker Likarion Wainaina who stirred a debate among local creatives after narrating his regrettable move to sign off all the rights to his directed film ‘Supa Modo’ ending up with minimal benefits. [even though she does not mention of any regrets]
Despite having worked on other well-paying deals locally, Murema says that inconsistency is one of the major challenges and the fact that she executes the roles without any assistance which is at times overwhelming.
To counter her challenge, she started a school that offers training of the special effects make up artistry.
“I decided to start teaching because jobs on set can get overwhelming and I do not have any help. decided to share the knowledge I have by training people and that is when I opened the school” she said
Some of the popular local films linked to Murema’s special effects contribution include; Disconnect and Maria.
Check out some of the photos showing her skill