Yes I was talking about a US based producer trying to make a Nollywood proper movie....well it wont be a Nolly proper if one can't sell it in Nigeria(point Taken)
Kala Lou said:
I have some Nigerian items like this Hausa leather mat(same type that was on the wall in that movie "Hamza" with Omotola and Olu Jacobs, In that movie they had the mat on the wall of the Amir's palace, there are a bunch of other stuff I can find around my house to design a space, even when you go to flea markets you can find some props. If I take of the headboard of my bed(too American looking), throw native wrapper over my closet door, put a wooden framed picture(of my mama) on the wall, use a curtain to cover up my window blinds...Gbam!! I dey Naija..maybe not quite...but it'll do for a scene. When shooting a scene, you as the director decides what the audience sees or does not see, if you don't what your audience to see your space heater sitting on the floor then you should frame your shots accordingly. I know it will be a challenge to shoot a feature length film like this but it can be done.
You'd have to be extremely disciplined with your lighting and controlled in your camera movement so that we don't see things like radiators or peek through windows. While most Nollywod movies take place in interior settings, the characters do at least step outside into the compound or are seen driving on the road, but you won't be able to do that. You probably will even want to avoid showing characters coming into the room from outside, too.
For me, my concern with decorating the interior space would be to avoid going overboard and "over-ethnicizing." The average Nigerian home is not rally filled with an abundance of stereotypically "African" artifacts, so having sculptures and wrappers and raffia mats hanging everywhere would look just as phony.
But yes... It COULD be done!