Cause, I grew up—sometimes I found myself on their sets. If it was giving Nigeria a bad image, all those actors would not be celebrated all over Africa. But if you get others, even like short courses, workshops outside Nigeria in whatever area you want to specialize, it will broaden your thinking, broaden your mind. The most rewarding thing for me so far is the acceptance. He came with his wife, and they stayed and watched the whole film and they stayed for the question and answer. Kunle Afolayan on The Figurine , filmmaking, and Nollywood. I mean, in this age and time, a lot of people would rather shoot on cheaper format but still achieve the same high quality.
Especially if the money is given to the right people who can utilize it. I got invited when they were going to shoot Saworoide in , and I got selected to play the role. The Nigerian industry is a phenomenon, because we are moving from one phase to another. I think there is a lot of training [needed] within the industry, because a lot of people would rather say, we need infrastructure, we need sets and studios, and stuff like that. Saworoide was a blockbuster, and even up today is relevant in the Nigerian film circle. To you, what are the major challenges of Nollywood, what does Nollywood need to do to go to the next level? Keep supporting Nigerian films.
The film has really set a new standard, not only in Nigeria, but among the other filmmakers from other regions.
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Already we are in the middle of signing the agreement, and hopefully it should be out by April. Most of those people who are criticizing. One of my biggest challenges was getting the funding for the film, which took a while, but eventually we were able to. If we have all these benefits in place, I believe it will help change the industry.
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Aliyu Tilde’s “Discourse with Dr. Even big budget films worth 50 million dollars fall into the same category with this film. We have regional distributors, national distributors in the north, south, east, west part wahch Nigeria.
Well, I think they should first consider starting at home. Saworoide was a blockbuster, and even up today is relevant in the Nigerian film circle. There are quite a number of people who are trying to set up a proper distribution framework, from cinema to dvd and pay-tv, and all of it. Wherever it is they go… people are stuck on those films. Then another major challenge was the location.
Distribution, I believe, is our major, major challenge. But if you get others, even like short courses, workshops outside Nigeria in whatever area you want to specialize, it will broaden your thinking, broaden your mind. When you think of Nigeria, then you think of Africa, because we reason alike, and the distribution channel that the likes of Silverbird watfh trying to put in place, will definitely cut across Africa.
Keep supporting Nollywood, and you can get details of The Figurine from figurinemovie. You can also click on the photos below to be taken to a large copy of each page on my flickr site. You mentioned Tunde Kelani, what about Hollywood directors?
In conclusion, is there anything you would tell an audience, anything you think they should know about Nollywood or their films. In Magun Thunderboltfor example, the Igbo father of Ngozi, the woman struck with the curse of magun curse, converses in Igbo with her in front of the Yoruba babalawo. I got invited when they were going to shoot Saworoide inand I got selected to play the role. See the trailer below for a clip of each. There was a spark and everything plugged to it got burnt.
The Figurine included Yoruba, pidgen, and standard Nigerian English. The Nigerian industry is a phenomenon, because we are moving from one phase to another. We shot with an all white cast and crew project, and I directed it. I was also a little dismayed that the published version mentioned that The Figurine got ten African Movie Academy Award nominations but not that it actually won five of those.
Be it scripting, be it lighting, hands-on-camera, sound, makeup, and you know the other departments, set design and all that. Most of them seem surprised that such a high quality film could come out of Wztch.
Those are the two major things that make them have a film that will be successful commercially and will be international. If it looks good, it looks good. In The FigurineSola and Femi switch to Yoruba for intimate conversations; youth corpers use pidgen in informal situations at their NYSC camp; Sola and Mona use English at home in their watcy marriage but make a point of teaching their son greetings in both languages.
All I wanted to do then was write my own story. Join 3, other followers Sign me up! I resigned my appointment from the bank inand went to film school at New York Film Academy, studied digital filmmaking, came back, and set up Golden Effects, which is a production house.
Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I had a bit of sound issue, because our 50K generator fell into the sea when we were trying to move to the location. So the shoot had to stop. There was a time that it was strictly celluloid, then people moved to video because it was cheaper to shoot, and now people are moving back to higher formats, higher definition.
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