Thursday, July 7, 2022

CSI Botswana TV series production in the horizon

He set out to western countries with just but passion. A passion to make films.

Vincent Bitsang said that after years of struggling and hustling to make a mark in the closed-off Hollywood Elite Director/Actor/Writer and Producer circle he has finally set his foot into the door or at least stepped on the welcome mat sitting just outside the door.

The young and vibrant man talks animatedly as he reveals the real reason he set out for the west almost ten years ago.

He says that it has always been his passion to be a director, but things have not always been easy for him. And now his dream might be finally becoming a reality after signing a $2 million contract with a Canadian production company.

Bitsang said that production companies are always looking for new material and there are a million talented people who are bursting with great ideas. The problem comes when they have to meet. With the escalating number of lawsuits, most production companies do not want unsolicited material.

Bitsang said that after years of trying and trying, his moment came when he was still in Canada and found out that one of the executives at one of the most sought after production companies was doing some volunteer work at a local homeless shelter. He did not hesitate to jump at the opportunity.

“For a year, I volunteered at that homeless shelter hoping to have a chance with that woman. My chance came when she could not make it in one day and I was asked to cover for her.”

And as they always say, the rest is history.

“After meeting her it took me less than a month to pitch my idea and meet the shakers who made my dream a reality.”
His idea: CSI Botswana.

“CSI Botswana follows a team of forensic investigators/police officers who use both cutting-edge scientific methods and old-fashioned police work to solve crimes.”

In one of the episodes, a person was poisoned with a poisonous tree. And the family proceeded to bury him before investigations and a postmortem had been carried out. The investigator then has to dig up the body to get evidence, but he is conflicted because he knows that it is against culture to do that. The family also wants results but they can’t bring themselves to dig up their loved one.

“In another incident, we are investigating a house that was burnt down but unlike those in the western countries, high-tech devices are not abundant so we use instinct, guts and training to solve the mystery.”

Bitsang went on to say that even though they have bought the franchise, they will not be following the norm of the other CSIs. It will have an African feel to it because they are already getting the high-tech ones from their shores.

Bitsang says that it was easy for him to develop this story as he has a Degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto’s Missisaya Campus. He said that after that he took a course in Crime Scene Investigation at the International Career School of Canada, where they focus on making sure their students get real-life experiences.

The Canadian company, whose name he said he could not reveal at this time due to their agreement, has asked for the first five episodes of the series.

“They have given us instructions on the type of show they want. The specifics on the type of cameras we should use, for example. And if everything falls into place, the shows will be distributed and aired in Canada on the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23th and 30th of September of this year.”

Bitsang said that they have already done auditions in Phikwe and Francistown.

Auditions will continue in Gaborone on the 4th and 5th of May and anyone needing more information can call 72556686.

Asked to assure the public that he will not hold auditions and disappear like many other producers, Bitsang said that with the contract signed everyone will be refunded their audition fee should the shooting not go ahead.

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