Director and producer, Neil Schell,originally from North America and spanning a film and television career for three decades, arrived on Africa's entertainment scene and made a world of visual impact, beyond continents when he teamed up with renowned Kenyan actress Scolly Cheruto. As managing director of Cheruscopic Productions, the team has reached phenomenal heights. Currently, they are in development of an animation African superhero series called MAXUS, Mogaka na Chema, a Kiswahili comedy, as well as OASIS, a co-production with Canada and South Africa supported by the Canadian Media fund and the National film and Video Foundation in South Africa
Neil Schell has featured in renowned international shows like ‘ The Watchmen’, ‘A Team’ and Fringe. Bridging the continental gap between North America and Africa, as a mentor and business partner at a leading production house in Kenya,Cheruscopic Production.Combined talents brought together creative wonders like 39 episodes of a Kiswahili comedy called LokoLoko and thirteen episodes of an English drama, Twisted, as well as 26 Episodes of an English drama called Monica amongst many others.
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He is passionate about sharing skills in ongoing actors and apprentice workshops with continous workshops between tight schedules.
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A recent social media post by Neil Schell that caught the attention of the #CreatePreneurAfrica research group was an Actors Core Group 2019 course for actors to produce their own projects an take charge of their roles.
It reflected the boom stage of the film and television industry and the constant need for quality content. It was a call out for actors aspiring to produce their own works and launching a career without ever looking back.
The #CreatePreneurAfrica team reached out regarding a feature film project in development, #SHUJAA, Kiroho Mtoto….#LANGUAGEREVOLUTION regarding a ‘warrior’ lead role envisioned to be played by none other than Lupyana Kihaka, a Tanzanian actor.
Neil Schell came on board and agreed to support the project. Cheruscopic Productions were brought on board to join the #LANGUAGEREVOLUTION as the executive producers of #SHUJAA, Kiroho Mtoto_Mtoto wa kiroho kurudisha ulimwengu wetu #Warrior_ Spirit child taking back our earth… envisioned to be ‘the feature film of the millennium’
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Meet the passion of Africa, beyond continental borders #CreatePreneurAfrica Neil Schell
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Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My passion is to tell stories with the purpose of connecting Africa with North America so the people of both continents begin to understand each other more. Right now there is this huge misconception between their inhabitants.
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How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I wanted to be a part of the film and TV industries when I was around 16 years old. But it took me a while to find my place. It’s kind of been a continuous discovery over the past 4 decades.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The freedom to create, to communicate on a large scale about things that matter and with that communication being able to inspire others to improve conditions for themselves and others.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
It came hand-in-hand with wanting to reach as many people as possible. The film and TV industries are the vehicle to achieve my passion and at the professional, money-making level the most people are communicated to
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
Way back around 1983.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
Just somehow knowing that I was meant to do this line of work.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
The excitement I have for the projects I am working on.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I would have to say, “I know you couldn’t see it in me then but I am glad you can see it in me now.”
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
Be persistent and professional and never stop learning. Enthusiasm is contagious. Spread it!