Vinstinct (Vincent Otieno) was born on March 16th, 1990 in Nairobi, Kenya. At the age of 12, he moved to Maryland, USA, where his passion for telling visual stories was nurtured.
Over the years, he directed music videos for renown artists in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia metropolis. He directed multiple short films including 6:59.Vinstinct has had numerous production tours with international musicians such as Steven Van Zandt documenting his performances across North America, Australia and Europe.
His love for his country and the artistic process of storytelling through moving pictures brought him back to Kenya. His goal is to share strong kenyan stories that have a global appeal.
Q&A with Vinstinct
How did you start in the industry?
Filmmaking has always been a part of me from a very young age. Some of the stories that influenced me were Sarafina and The Gods must be Crazy just to name a few. I bought my first camera during my first year of university. I would constantly find myself filming everything and anything. Eventually, my filming evolved to me structuring narrative stories, filming them and editing the shots together.
What does your typical workday look like?
My typical workday varies depending on what stage of production I’m at. For 6:59, the shoot day started with the crew and I arrive at the location at 7am. We went through the day’s schedule and shot list. Upon the arrival of the talents, we had breakfast and proceeded to block the scenes. The shoot was during the day but since we were going for a night look, we blacked out all the windows, set up the lights then began the shoot. Having one camera, we had to shoot multiple takes from different angles and capture a variety of performances from the talents. My goal was to capture a believable performance and try to match what I captured with the idea I had in mind. We wrapped up the bedroom scene around 4pm and the talents took a break as we waited for the sun to set so we could set up and shoot the exterior night scene. All said and done, we finished the shoot around 8pm.
What do you think FAME Week Africa can offer the Pan-African Market?
I think FAME Week Africa offers the Pan-African market a chance to showcase its creative talents in Africa. It also opens up networking opportunities that can propel the industry further by creating new partnerships and motivating creatives to keep creating.
What do you think the future of the creative industries look like?
Africa is still has a young creative industry but compared to about ten/twenty years back, the African creative industry has grown immensely. There is still a lot of untapped potentials which I am sure with the right support and resources, we can expect a huge creative boom in the near future.
Featured Film: 6:59
A young college student who is consumed by the news of police brutality in the states unfortunately finds herself dealing with the same issue in the country she calls home.