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Curious about Nollywood USA movies

Discussion in 'AFRICAN MOVIES, TV & WEB SHOWS' started by moviewizard, Jan 1, 2011.

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  1. takestyle

    takestyle Well-Known Member

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    Ah... I see. But in that case, you're still talking about a Nollywood USA production, aren't you? If it's a US-based producer shooting a movie in the US with US-based actors to be sold primarily in the US, then it's not a "Nollywood proper" movie... even if it's set entirely in Nigeria. These categories we've come up with are meant not to describe the subject matter or the setting of the stories, but the "market" for which they are produced.

    It can be done, but it depends on the kind of story you're dealing with. If you want to do a full feature like that, then it has to be a story that is almost exclusively composed of characters interacting within an enclosed space. Something like Glengarry Glen Ross or Deterrence or Fail Safe. Or perhaps even most of Reservoir Dogs.

    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!
     
  2. Kala Lou

    Kala Lou Well-Known Member

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    LOL @ "over ethnicizing"...reminds me of some old Hollywood silver screen movies, where actors in "Africa" are always surrounded be animal skins on walls, Zulu shields and spears propped up against the wall e.t.c.

    Green screen can help you fake some exterior shots

    I just watched Shirley Manso's "6 hours to Christmas"..Her interior shots in the movie could pass for an apartment in the US..there are no distinguishing features in the room that tells you they are in Ghana, the few exterior shots in the movie establishes that fact.
     
  3. wendydoks

    wendydoks Chickala si odeshi

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    what a tribalistic post!
     
  4. wendydoks

    wendydoks Chickala si odeshi

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    i actually own amaerican nurse one and two. i like one better. two was bleh. thats the only NollyUSA movie i own.
     
  5. wendydoks

    wendydoks Chickala si odeshi

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    the only problem with the naija usa movies is the script, direction and the actors. nothing to do with their "nigerianness". absolutely nothing. i watched the movie "American runs" (i think is the name) with genny, rita, chidi and jim iyke. i enjoyed that movie. movies with similar themes has been made in nollyusa but they fail to beat this movie. movie was shot in the usa. the problem is that the american sector cant tell a story right and fail to use good actors. American Nurse 1 was well directed. part two just lost direction and the story became weak. they usually have good stories but cannot execute them well and they keep using bad actors.
     
  6. ssergit

    ssergit ..still The Drama Queen!

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    Lovely Monday morning. Good to be back to base. sigh...
    Dang! you outed me! I was hoping to cause a Friday cracakloo while am gone.
    And heck, I do NOT watch or even like 3/4 of the movies they make here, some of them get my blood boiling by their dryness and lack of creativity! I have walked off couple of them when they show me they have no idea what they are doing....

    and when I use the word 'hating'....am just being a naija. who substitute criticism for 'hating'.... ;)


    and this thread is still going on........14 pages??? wow
     
  7. takestyle

    takestyle Well-Known Member

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    Here's an example of what we're talking about here:

    OKOTO THE MESSENGER

    Pascal's got Aloma Wright from Scrubs and Mad Men in there, and I LOVE her... But why? Why is she in there speaking with an accent that's a bizarre cross between generic "West Indian" and generic "African"?

    It's stuff like this that detracts from the.. "authenticity" of these movies for me.
     
  8. ssergit

    ssergit ..still The Drama Queen!

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    Off topic:
    Question:

    * Why do Nollywood (proper/Nig/USA) spell casts' names wrong?

    I mean, I've seen Ramsey Nouah (sp)...being spelt as 'Noah', 'Nouah', or Veeda Darko being spelt 'Vida' 'Darqo', 'Darkoh' etc....

    at least in Hollywood, you dont even see a 'Myers' being written as 'Meyers', because they understand that wrong spelling changes 'individuals'.....
     
  9. sidney

    sidney Well-Known Member

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    The names have to match the union name, if it is a SAG, or another union, job. Other than that, the actor can be called whatever they chose...

    Although Nollywood USA producers should at least try to get the name spelled correctly.
     
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  10. ssergit

    ssergit ..still The Drama Queen!

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    warrahappen?

    *blink blink blink*
     
  11. Mojames

    Mojames youwillbeok!!!

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    Double Shift is showing in Silverbird, Lagos, Nigeria...
     
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