EDITING is the final writing of a movie. It’s the stage where a films take form, sometimes re-written and all the pieces of storytelling fall into place. It is a critical position which requires someone with a great eye for detail, precision and most important, beyond the software STORYTELLING.  Knowing how to shape a performance out of 10 different takes and make it seamless.

It’s a place where women have thrived in Hollywood as some of the earliest editors of the Golden age of cinema were women.

Lizzie Franke of the BFI Film Fund said to LWL “When women got pushed out of directing back in the late 1920s with the development of the studio system, editing – along with screenwriting – remained a field that women could flourish in. I think the perception prevailed that editing was like sewing – it was more akin to ‘women’s work’.”

Alma Reville was an Editor before a young Alfred Hitchcock started his career as a Director and along with marrying him later, she became a critical collaborator on all his films, he never made one without her input.

As much as there should be more women Directors, we also need a lot more women Editors.

Here are some of the most renowned and upcoming edting icons.


THELMA SCHOONMAKERis a French-born American film editor who has worked with director Martin Scorsese for over forty years. She started working with Scorsese on his debut feature film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967), and edited all of Scorsese’s films since Raging Bull (1980). Schoonmaker has received seven Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing, and has won three times—for Raging Bull (1980), The Aviator (2004), and The Departed (2006).


MARGARET SIXEL, is a South African-born, Australian film editor. She is best known for her work as editor on feature film projects such as Babe: Pig in the City (1998), Happy Feet (2006), and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. Her body of film work extends across numerous genres, such as documentary features, live-action short films, animated comedies, and action epics


JOI MCMILLION is an American film editor, known for her work on the critically acclaimed film Moonlight. In 2017, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing. In high school she wanted to become a Journalist, but after catching a glimpse of an Editor working on an Episode of Animal Planet, journalism was out and Editing was in.


The late Editor was Quentin Tarantino’s editor from “Reservior Dogs” up till “Inglorious Basterds” and you can feel her absence in the films he made since her passing.
Tarantino said “The best collaborations are the director-editor teams, where they can finish each other’s sentences” and that Menke was his “only, truly genuine collaborator”.


The late Fields was was an American film editor, film and television sound editor, educator, and entertainment industry executive.
If you love the film JAWS, you have her to thank for shaping that film together. Spielberg called her Mother Cutter, due to her maternal nature of both shaping the film gently and how she also handled her director.


Remember Lawrence of Arabia? That magical cut from the lit match stick to the vast desert? This is the lady you have to thank, she won an Academy Award for her work on that film.
She has multiple Oscar and BAFTA nominations.

There is also

ANGIE LAM – Kung Fu Hustle, House of Flying Daggers, Red Cliff

DEDE ALLEN–  Bonnie and Clyde ,Dog Day Afternoon

DODY DORN– Momento, Kingdom of Heaven, The Abyss

CAROL LITTLETON– E.T The Extra Terrestrial , The Manchurian Candidate

and others.

So ladies, we need you in editing.  Get the software and learn the software but most of all, understand cinematic storytelling and how your instincts can help you shape a film into the best it can be.

You can start by re-editing films, change the tone, change the pacing, see how it plays out in a different shot and changes the mood of the scene and what it means to see something in a wide as opposed to a close up.

Go forth and be awesome.

PS- If you are a reader in Nigeria and interested in getting into Post Production, specifically editing, you will want to check out Chicks in Post a training initiative to get more women into post production.

PS 2 –  There is also sound design, grading, sound mix, ADR, coloring etc We dont have enough people doing that in Nollywood, you can get ahead of the curve and own that space.


Its MARCH, two weeks of the year  are already gone!!!!

As we  you look out on 2018, you think about your career as a filmmaker, you’ve made a lot of content, made a lot of tv and web stuff, but no feature film yet.

If you are over 30 this may weigh heavy on you as you think about  all the stories of filmmakers like Orson Wells, John Singleton, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee and others who made their breakthrough film in their 20s.

You look at the young ones in their mid 20s making moves and its impressive what they achieved at such a young age; it can be depressing if you are long pass that period in your years.

But have you heard of those who made their début  film in their 30s and 40s?

This infographic from mentorless

So, don’t get discouraged.

It’s not too late.  Many filmmakers are still directing and producing into the 70s and 80s, so even if you are in your mid 30s or early 40s, you still have a long time to make films.  With more and more distribution networks removing the middle man, maybe you can focus on building your audience and people who love what you want to make. Shorts, Skits, Directing TV, whatever you need to show your creative expressions.

So, as you begin 2018, keep your head, don’t get caught in the ageism.

Work smart, do your thing, go forth and be awesome.


If you’re sitting around thinking what other people think about your work, you’ll just become paralyzed.- Steven Soderbergh

Being a creative there comes a certain level of self doubt and insecurity about your work; that slight trepidation you feel about putting it out there in the world, but as multi Oscar and PalmDor winner, Francis Ford Copolla once said I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”

You wont make any home runs if you are afraid that people will laugh at way you swing the bat.

You wont score any goals when worried that people think your run is awkward.

There is valuable feedback and there is worrying about the trivial and failing in advance.


Do the work, put in your very best, ship it and learn from it.

Go forth and be awesome.

What tips do you have for not freezing. What have you done to get out of being scared to show your work?  Comment and lets know.  Lets help each other.


Nollywood gets a lotta s*** for how its films look and frankly, some of it is justified.

Some of it was due to an ultra guerilla shooting style.

Go in, Get the shot. Move on. No time for precision or precious when the clock is running.

Little attention  given to framing, composition, color, tone and mis en scene.  Taking time to do that was not an option to many people shooting  min content in 3- 5 days.

Limitations of  shooting on video with very little equipment and limited lens choices(if any)

But a lot of it was due to lack of better know how; the people also didn’t demand better, so they weren’t given better.

Things have changed in the last decade ; with the emergence of social media , people are loudly declaring what they don’t like and what they really think.

But there are new filmmakers emerging, most of them you have never heard of , most of them you havent seen anything they have made, especially if you aren’t in the film community.

Some have only made short films, some have made features.  These are filmmakers based at home, and it’s not an exhaustive list, there are still a lot more to come in later posts.

Their films show an understanding of genre, tone, mood. Some use shadow and light to great effect and all show a great use of framing and composition.

So check these out

Director:Damilola Orimogunje
Cinematographer: David Wyte


Director: Micheal Omunua
Cinematographer: Baba Agba


Director/Cinematographer; KUDDI


Director: Nadine Ibrahim
Cinematographer: Oluseyi Asurf
Director: Ifeoma N Chukwuogo
Cinematographer: Ademola Soares


Director: CJ Obasi
Cinematographer: Baba Agba
Director: Udoka Oyeka
Cinematographer: Idebhor Kagho


Director: Abba Makama
Cinematographer: Tejumola Komolafe
Director: Olu Yomi Ososanya
Cinematographer: Biola Ladipo
Director: Tolulope Ajayi
Cinematographer: Muhammed Attah
Director: Walter Tayleur
Cinematographer: Paul Gambit Obata/David Wyte
Director: Ishaya Bako
Cinematographer: Unlimited LA
Director: Tope Oshin
Cinematographer: Kunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe


Dear Aspiring Actor, “Natural Talent” is never enough

If you have seen an audition poster in the last 3 years , chance are , you would have seen the words “naturally talented”, “do you have acting talent” or  “do you want to act” , or some incarnation of that.

Everyday, the belief of “natural talent” being all that is required is a quick sand that sinks ambitious but untrained young people into a quick sand of performance ranging from  atrocious to dull to “who the hell cast him/her”.

While natural talent is a part, like any other skill/profession, training’s essential, to refine that talent into a skill which can then become a profession.

For aspiring actors, there is an opportunity to gain the baby steps.

Actors, Ade Laoye(Hush) and Diana Yekinni (Lunchtime Heroes) have designed a 6 hour workshop to enable aspiring actors and those already working with better skills in their next audition, project, performance.

Follow @therealdealng on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated for future workshops.

Dear Nigerian Audience, the power, is yours

Something Wicked,, What lies Within, Slow Country, Ojukokoro.

These are some of the titles of Nollywood films which came out in 2017, ambitious films which dared to explore other genres in an ecosystem overwhelmed with slapstick comedy and romance inclined films.  Unfortunately people didn’t come out and support them the way they did the same comedies complain about. WHY?

I explore this in today’s Guardian

Dear Nigerian audience, the power is yours

Let’s have a conversation. Why do you think this is? What can be done to change the situation?


In the last few years, screenwriting has become a practical career path which a young person can embark on and tell stories.  Whether those stories be in Web series, Sitcoms, Drama series, Telenovela or Feature films.

Now, don’t get it twisted, it’s not an easy path and it’s frustrating  but it satisfying.

Here is someone who knows it all , intimately.  Victor Sánchez Aghahowa has been a write/director on TINSEL, creat one of the earliest webseries , was a show runner on Africa Magic’s HUSH and JEMEJI .

Watch him tell his story.

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Hey guys, hope your weeks is going great.

So, BBC World Service reached out for an interview and we talked about #BlackPanther and what it means to me from the perspective of a Nigerian/African, and what it could mean for the future.

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Hello Everyone,

Happy Sunday, Trust you had a great weekend.

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Rise of the Urban Ninja

Ok, here is that Guardian Article

The essence of visual storytelling


Insomnia grabbed me by the throat one night, so i decided to revisit some of my post production work.

Its amazing what just 5 mins of tweaking can do, What can an hour or a day yield ? And this is me just trying out stuff as im not as good as I want at color correction etc

I asked, “How can this look better”, how can the aesthetic be enhanced beyond the flat images provided by the camera.

Technology allows us to do so much to digital images these days .

This is by no means a finished work, this is what 5 mins at  3am and exhausted eyes could do.

Work can always be better, pushed a little further.
#filmmaker #Director

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God, Cinema, Life and all that jazz