USING SHADOW AND LIGHT IN CINEMATIC STORYTELLING

In filmmaking, cinematography is as much a storytelling tools as the words on a script and actor performance, after all, it has the word CINEMA in it.  The use of shadows and light to create the world, mood, tone and atmosphere is essential in engaging the audience, pulling them into the story, letting them know what […]

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WHEN YOUR WORK SUCKS

It took me a while to like my work.  Even when people told me they liked it, it never was up to where I saw myself or where my aspirations reach . It was not as good as what I admired. Guess what! It never would be ….at the beginning. When you start, it wont […]

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Build together with friends at the same level

It’s important to Network Across and help each other out. Do this with discernment,choose wisely as not everyone will have good intent or be willing to return. But sometimes those you grow together with will be the most important creative allies you can form than trying to reach those already ahead of you. Dont always […]

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Making a $6000(N2m and some kobo) film

I always find it impressive when a filmmaker can pull off a film for a low-budget and make it looks almost as good as something shot for 10 or 20 times the budget. Luckily there are podcasts by some of these people showing how they did it. Here is the trailer for Josh Caldwell’s LAYOVER […]

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GUARD YOUR MIND

Making films has got to be one of the hardest endeavors known to humankind. Straight up and down, film work is hard shit.- Spike Lee Film is HARDDDDDD No matter what the budget or resources you have it is incredibly hard to pull off.  So you need to take care of your mind and the […]

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WE ARE IMPOSTERS

Self doubt is something which a lot of creative people from pursuing their craft, going after or accepting certain projects or opportunities etc.  There is the feeling of not being good enough and you will be found out (Imposter Syndrome) . Listening to podcasts and hearing a legend like Francis Ford Copolla talk about his […]

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Nollywood and the power to influence(not taken)

A few weeks ago, this came across my twitter timeline. “In Hollywood movies, Russians/Arabs are (Nuclear) terrorists, the Japanese die aimlessly in battle, the Americans are the smart, patriotic, pragmatist who always saves the day. That is how Film is used to brand a country, to shape the social values and worldview (politics) of a […]

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FilmMaker, You arent alone in your challenges

Whether its London or Lisbon or Arlington. Indie filmmakers have many similar challenges. Raising finance, limited shoot days, finding favourable theatrical distribution etc. Each country has its own unique environmental and idiosyncratic challenges but the basics are the same. It’s easy to assume that indie filmmakers in the West, have it on easy street due […]

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DONT BE POLITE OR YOU’LL BE LEFT BEHIND

  This is a lesson i took a little too long to learn. As you start,  especially on no to low-budget shorts,web series(or maybe even features) you will be working with people for no money or very little, because you are all looking to make something great and put your name out there. As Director […]

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Filmspiration – Bumping the Lamp

In the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit,  there is a scene where the detective  played by Bob Hoskins bumps the overhead lamp and it swings, casting a shadow on him, but not on the animated character in the same frame. When the Director, Robert Zemeckis watched this , he ordered the scene be reanimated to […]

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