Guyanese soca artiste and three time road march Queen Melissa ‘Vanilla’ Roberts has been awarded a scholarship to the University of The West Indies Barbados to pursue studies in Motion Picture Arts. The five month course commenced on February 1, 2011 and will conclude in June. At the end of the course she would have covered several areas including: The entire film making process from pre-production to production and post production; acquired knowledge that prepares her to engage in the practice of film as an art form and technical discipline. She will also acquire skills to professionally work as a member of a film crew and be able to create a short film from initial idea to finished work. Additionally Vanilla will acquired knowledge of entrepreneurial and business skills that can be applied to a career as a film technician
The programme is a full time study one and will culminate in the production of a full length film.
Vanillas scholarship is a result of the continued effort by Kross Kolor Records to ensure that its artistes continue to develop in various areas of the entertainment industry and to pursue excellence wherever possible.
Vanillas Scholarship comes on the heels of the President’s Endorsement to the arts for the development of five short films and one animated short film, her skills gained would serve to enhance this project. Kross Kolor Records is expressing gratitude to The Kashif and Shanghai Organisation, Digicel and Banks DIH for their kind assistance in our company’s quest for Vanilla to participate in the scholarship programme.
In related news two performers from Kross Kolor Records, Tennicia Defreitas and Ossie O have just concluded an animation workshop at the University of Guyana. The course which was made possible through the Communications Department of the University was conducted by personnel from Canadian Company Toon Boon, whose software was featured in making animated movies such as the princess and the frog and the Prince of Persia.