(CNN)Bisaso Dauda isn't your typical prop maker. Today, he's building a full-sized helicopter from scrap metal. As he works away in Wakaliga, one of the poorer suburbs just outside of Kampala, Uganda, he tinkers with a diesel engine to help spin the rotors. Next, he'll build a tank, then a submarine. Welcome to Wakaliwood.
The director who makes viral action films for under $200
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Wakaliwood is the brainchild of self-taught director Isaac Nabwana, who launched his own amateur production company, Ramon Film Productions, in 2005. Since then, he has seen trailers for his films go viral (the clip for the action movie Who Killed Captain Alex? garnered almost 2.4 million views on YouTube).
He is 42-years old, and has made over 40 films in the past decade, all on a budget of less than $200. He gets creative. Machine guns are made from scrap metal, bullets carved from wood, and fake blood bursts out of bags made from free condoms sourced at the local health clinic.
Nabwana's love of film began in childhood.
"I used to draw comics and my brothers would tell me what happened in the films -- Rambo is chasing Chuck Norris -- and I would draw it."
It wasn't until he was 32 that Nabwana attempted to make his own movie.
"I didn't know how to write a script so the scenes I'd film weren't connecting," he recalls. A partnership with an actor who had written a play and needed Nabwana's help to film it provided the director with his first opportunity to learn how to string a story together.
It says something about Nabwana's ambition that in addition to launching his own production company, he's also coined the name for an entire movie industry. Wakaliwood might not have the resources of Hollywood, the glamor of Bollywood or the reach of Nollywood -- it is not even the official film industry in Uganda which is the little-known Ugawood. But Nabwana's passion for film and his eagerness to teach others is already spawning other film stars.