Shooting a film entails various aspects, from the set, location, equipment to editing.
Maria Series drama is one of the most-watched shows in Kenya, with fans from young children to the aged following its developments on TV and social media pages too.
However, behind-the-scenes cuts offer the viewers a chance to see parts that are edited out and hilarious sides of the actors.
Maria actors are a closely-knit group, with the cast enjoying their time off set as seen in several videos cut off from the show.Citizen TV's Maria series cast post for a photo in 2019
Directors of the show, Lulu Hassan and Rashid Abdalla described the group as the best generation of actors in Kenya, having blended both seasoned actors such as Brian Ogana (Luwi) and debutants like Yasmin Said (Maria).
"If you look at the response on our shows, what stands out is how different we are from other production companies. We heavily invest in our stories," Lulu Hassan stated.
In one of the recent episodes aired in July 2020, the scene shows how the film was shot, encompassing both the crew and the cast.
The episode was centred on Bridget Shigadi (Sophia) and Alice Mari's (Kanini) eviction from Mr. William's house. One can see how the crew were directed to take shots as well as sound.
In another scene, Madam Victoria breaks into laughter with her 'son' Victor after perfecting a scene where Victor is crying and needs to be consoled.
Mr. William is usually a composed and strict father in the show. However, Maria managed to bring out a lighter side of him in a behind-the-scene act.
"Haki nmekuhata vinoma (I have missed you)," Mr. William cracks the joke in Sheng as the duo breaks into laughter.
In most of the scenes, the director can also be heard directing the crew on cuts and retakes, as the actors end up cracking jokes on set.
To break the monotony from the show, the producers engage the cast in singing, dancing and also playing competitive games.From left: Maria series actors, Luwi, Victor, Madam Victoria, William and VanessaFile
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