Anchor Baby

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sidney

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I know bro, the only downer was those 'soft' shots, how in the world did that happen?? It couldn't have been every take so why? Did they have a busted prime lens? That happened to my Zeiss 50mm and it's soft at 15 inches or less - Ouch!
Sometimes I think it not paying close attention to detail either during filming or editing... Something, somewhere, goes amiss.
 

Village-Boi

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Sometimes I think it not paying close attention to detail either during filming or editing... Something, somewhere, goes amiss.
Well one of the first things one is taught is 'anything that can go wrong WILL go wrong' so double & tripple check. Attention to detail is always a little devil innit? Having said that they had a FULL CREW and good monitors... no idea what went wrong with those shots. All in all still a damn good film and very high in my 'little black book' of Naija films.
 

ssergit

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I know bro, the only downer was those 'soft' shots, how in the world did that happen?? It couldn't have been every take so why? Did they have a busted prime lens? That happened to my Zeiss 50mm and it's soft at 15 inches or less - Ouch!
I haven't seen the movie.....in EVERY TAKE?? Wow!! That is a bummer! Perhaps the DOP has bad eye sight?? And what was blurry seemed sharp to him? :roll...Am just saying....cos how all takes go dey dat soft? Dem no dey stop and review shots after takes? Shuo!
 

Village-Boi

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I haven't seen the movie.....in EVERY TAKE?? Wow!! That is a bummer! Perhaps the DOP has bad eye sight?? And what was blurry seemed sharp to him? :roll...Am just saying....cos how all takes go dey dat soft? Dem no dey stop and review shots after takes? Shuo!
Seriously see the movie... it is AMAZING! I love it, love it, love it! Yeah there were 3 or 4 shots that made one go 'Oops that was a mistake.' It does not kill the film and it really is no biggie at all mistakes being IN films - everyone does it! I just finished shooting a Naija short and it is riddled with mistakes (so I might never post it here), who cares? Hollywood is notorious for crappy mistakes lol.

Bottom line - such a good story - The awards it's picked up dey blow the trumpet well, well and rightfully so.
 
#30
I watched the movie and maybe the soft shots are maybe 2 or 3 which is normal with any other movie. I guess it's a matter of it being the best shots out of a bunch for the filmmakers. Sometimes, editors and directors will take a soft shot over a focused shot if the soft shot has better acting in it. There is a saying in filmmaking that says "You only edit what you have in the can". You can't edit what you wish you have. If any of you have done a short film, you will see that just about anything can go wrong and sometimes with the rush to meet deadline, you miss a few things. But the key is turning whatever you have in the can not a godmine. Shooting a feature length film is no cakewalk and anyone who has done even a 5 minutes shortfilm will tell you that. Just from watching Anchor Baby twice in cinemas, one can tell that a lot of thought went into the story and film in general and the awards like someone said are very well deserved.
 

Village-Boi

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Na "film look" when it is done abroad. Na una no open eye.
Hahahaha no kill us here with laugh.


I watched the movie and maybe the soft shots are maybe 2 or 3 which is normal with any other movie.
Hmmmm I don’t really agree with it being ‘normal’ for any other film.

I guess it's a matter of it being the best shots out of a bunch for the filmmakers. Sometimes, editors and directors will take a soft shot over a focused shot if the soft shot has better acting in it.
No director or editor worth half a dime will pick a ‘soft’ shot over an ‘in focus’ shot that has crappy acting in it; the bad acting shot will win ALL the time. Pls Sidney correct me if I’m wrong; one of the soft shots was a wide estab shot abi? – How did that happen?
So from their 3, 5 or 1000 crew members not one single person there has ever eaten enough carrots to have eyesight or had the balls to tell that raggedy-ass oyinbo DOP that his shot was out-of-focus – now that is just plain dumb.

If any of the questionable shots were shots they were ‘pulling focus’ on we’d be like “Yeah, pulling focus is hard man” but we get ya. It’s even harder without a focus puller. Secondly none of the shots were 'Risk-my-life-dangling-over-a-cliff-in-100mph-winds-with-bullets-whizzing-by-inches-away-in-order-to-get-an-emmy-award-winning-shot' kinda shots' they were all very simple 'zero' reason to be soft shots.

Note* - they did pull focus very well throughout the film.

If any of you have done a short film, you will see that just about anything can go wrong and sometimes with the rush to meet deadline, you miss a few things.
Very true for any length of filmmaking. But I bet if you watch any episode of ‘101 movie mistakes’ you will never, ever see a ‘soft’ shot… crew in shot, boom in shot, mad reflections, bad acting and every other mistake YES, but a soft shot NO!
Simply because a soft shot is SEEN long before you roll camera... on a monitor, camera screen or viewfinder. It's almost impossible to miss.

Just from watching Anchor Baby twice in cinemas, one can tell that a lot of thought went into the story and film in general and the awards like someone said are very well deserved.
Despite all I have said about the soft shots, it is STILL pretty much the most amazing Nigerian film I have EVER seen. The main reason is the story is soooooo incredibly well written. Check my one-million & posts – I always say Story is KING. The Anchor Baby story is a KING that will kick-ass anywhere in the world. Mega Kudos to all those involved (except the soft-shot guy lol)

Bros, I have seen the works of Robert Peters, former Nollywood actor turned director, and Katung Aduwak, big brother Nigeria 1 winner turned director, and their work is always tight!! Not a soft shot ever... Then I saw a film with a relatively working American DP from NY. He worked on many Hollywood low budget projects and soft shots FULL ground! I don't know if the guy felt that whatever he does would be better than the average Nollywood movie or he is just not as good as advertised. However I am inclined to believe the former.

Glad this film was great! But we don't need to look to foreigners for behind the camera expertise.
I have run into the ‘the-white-man-must-be-right’ Nigerian mentality here in London many times on set. Where they get these bums from I have no idea. But they see it as a ‘bragging point’ – “My DOP was a white man”, “My lighting guy na white man”. We had a ‘French’ lighting guy on one set that didn’t know where lights should go or the difference between a CTB gel and a CTO gel. What????????!!!!!!!! Al I can say is… *sigh!*
 
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Hey sorry I'm not involved with the film but I happen to know someone in the crew. By the way, the DP is a black guy when you check their website. That being said, I am certain the DVD is not out yet. @village, I agree with you 100% on the fact that story is king and that's what sells most great movies.
 

Village-Boi

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#37
Hey sorry I'm not involved with the film but I happen to know someone in the crew. By the way, the DP is a black guy when you check their website. That being said, I am certain the DVD is not out yet. @village, I agree with you 100% on the fact that story is king and that's what sells most great movies.
Thanks a lot for the response & clarification; nice one. Yeah the DOP is black & CSC. Any idea when the DVD will be out? I could easily watch that film every week & not get bored of it.
 

Sola

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Thanks a lot for the response & clarification; nice one. Yeah the DOP is black & CSC. Any idea when the DVD will be out? I could easily watch that film every week & not get bored of it.
Okay, I know you made the movie under a pseudonym. That's why you're selling it to us so hard. We believe you. We will buy it as soon as its available! Your hair like winch own...
 

Village-Boi

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Okay, I know you made the movie under a pseudonym. That's why you're selling it to us so hard. We believe you. We will buy it as soon as its available! Your hair like winch own...
Hahahaha Oga Sola, I know nothing about the making of the film. It's 'darn' good and I'm happy the 'jazz' of my hair has made you a convert!

Ok, I shall from henceforthing zip mine teeth!
 
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