• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

Curious about Nollywood USA movies

Status
Not open for further replies.

takestyle

Well-Known Member
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)
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.

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.
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!
 

Kala Lou

Well-Known Member
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!
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.
 

wendydoks

Well-Known Member
I know the cost is obviously different, but the typical Okoro man is known as a heavy investor in anything that would yield him money. I am thinking, the contents, cost and value of a full container they import from China 'on the high sea', which they cannot even guarantee safe arrival to Apapa wharf should be more than building a Cinema of seats, sound proof walls, projectors, a big screen (cloth, painted or otherwise)....many of them already own lands they know nothing to do with.....am just thinking aloud......

but I am very sure that as soon as they see it as another movie-milking cow, they would dabble into it...... me thinks...
what a tribalistic post!
 

wendydoks

Well-Known Member
I thought the same until I saw American Nurse. Although i haven't seen American Nurse 2 but the promotion was good! So you will come around very soon.
i actually own amaerican nurse one and two. i like one better. two was bleh. thats the only NollyUSA movie i own.
 

wendydoks

Well-Known Member
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.
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
ssergit, it looks like you are being overly defensive, talking about people "attacking" your post and "attacking" Nollywood USA... but I have not seen anybody do either. Some people (myself included) have said that they don't find Nollywood USA movies interesting at this point in time. There's nothing wrong with that... It's not by force that everybody must like them. I'm sure that you yourself do not like every single genre of movie out there, but that does not mean you are wishing them ill.

As you said, Nollywood USA is still developing. As time goes on, it might win over those who are not feeling it right now.
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
 

takestyle

Well-Known Member
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.
 

ssergit

..still The Drama Queen!
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'.....
 

sidney

Well-Known Member
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'.....
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.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.