In Conversation with: Chris Shoca

Chris Shoca - cinematographer

Chris Shoca is an African filmmaker, director and cinematographer based in South Africa & Zimbabwe. He has worked with numerous artists across Africa such as, Patoranking, Ice Prince, Winky D to name a few.

What led you to working in the music industry?

I’ve always had a desire to cause a shift and improvement of the visual entertainment industry in Zimbabwe, learning from my Nigerian and South African peers. I learnt that we are not far behind, it’s just a matter of combining creative efforts.

What would you say makes your work unique?

My work never phases out, even if viewed years from now it is just as enjoyable to watch, classics and nostalgic art last longer.

What has been your most memorable project to work on?

My most memorable project was working on Winky D’s – Kasong Kejecha.

Who have been your favourite people to work with so far and who do you want to work with in the future?

My favourite people to work with so far have been, Patoranking, Ice Prince, Simba Tagz, Raydizz the list is endless. In the future I would really want to work with American A list artists.

What have been the highs and lows of your career so far?

The lows were mainly in the beginning of my career, trying to build a name and working for exposure dollars. This worked out great because my biggest strength is improvising during a crisis without compromising on the quality of the product.

What are you working on for the rest of the year?

For the rest of this year I expect to grow and prosper because we are still open for business and working regardless of the circumstances.

Music video Director

What’s a typical studio session like for you?

Studio shoot sessions, I love those they are usually quick because all the resources are in 1 space, so it cuts production time.

What is your advice for upcoming cinematographers/artists?

Never give up, work hard, but remember to work smart especially in the Zimbabwean industry and economy. Not every gig is a good job, pick your clients and connections wisely.

How are you keeping yourself busy during the lockdown?

My work is mainly online based during the lockdown, clients from abroad still send us projects that need indoor based shoots or animation work.

What’s the soundtrack to your life?

The soundtrack of my life is Drake – No new friends.

How would you like to be remembered?

 [I choose to be remembered as the guy who bridged the gap between zim and the competition out there

Social media

Instagram: @hail_magna

Facebook: Chris Shoca

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