Ije is the first standard Nigerian made Hollywood film – Anyaene

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By Ogbonna Amadi; Entertainment Editor, Lolade Sowoolu and Bridget Amaraegbu

When in 2005, Chineze Anyaene travelled to Los Angeles, California to begin a year film making program at the New York Film Academy, she was very optimistic she’d excel.

A few months later, she was recognized for creating an outstanding epic folktale, which stood out as the best foreign film of her graduating class.

Immediately she enrolled for the Masters Degree program to master the art of film making. Anyaene is the first student in the history of the New York Film Academy to shoot a feature film while in school. She’s today the youngest female film maker in Nigeria, and she is also the first student in the history of Kodak to shoot a feature film on 35MM raising the bar for the Nollywood film industry.

Founder of Xandria Productions, Anyaene is a first time feature director, her credits include 12 short films, two commercials, and one music video.

Ambitious and talented, she believes in the power of her ideas and her ability to bring them to fruition on the big screen. She’s currently breaking new grounds with IJE: The Journey which tells the story of two sisters with unbreakable bonds of loyalty and the power of the human spirit. Through this production, Anyaene brings the improvement in quality that is essential in order for Nollywood to make its mark in the global film industry.
This is her story.

Outside Theatre Arts, were you ever an actress?

No, I was never into acting but I just played around with camcorders.

So, where did you get this whole idea from? Why did you opt for film making?

When one is studying Theatre Arts, people naturally have this impression that he/she will act when they graduate.

But I knew I didn’t know how to act. I didn’t like acting. I just preferred to set the lights, designs and other things. So, one day, I was playing around the cam corder with my cousins and my uncle just said, “I think you’re more of a director than an actress.”

After that, I went to research on who a director really is and found out that was me. I love to create things. I love to watch the making of movies. I enjoy the creativity of how things are done. My mum is also into Arts. She does paintings and poetry.

Was it just because your uncle said you’re more of a director that pushed you into this business of film making?

No, remember I studied Theatre Arts, though the lecturers concentrate more on acting. But as a person, I knew my strength and weaknesses. So, I knew acting wasn’t for me but I loved the arts.

While in school, sometimes, I just preferred to organise shows. I love being behind the scene and write the scripts, do the designs and lightings, though, I never directed while studying Theatre Arts because sometimes, you don’t get the chance to do so.

After my research into film making, I decided to give it a shot. Even when I got to America, I wasn’t really sure if I could handle it, which was my reason for doing a diploma first and then masters later.

I had to do all these because I wanted to be the best in what I do. I wanted to contribute to the growth of our movie industry. I think film making is my calling and want to enhance it.

I want to also contribute to the world movie industry, if not, I would have just stayed here and produced a complete Nigerian movie. I want to make my mark in this industry so that people can go watch my movie in America and all over the world.

While in school, I did a lot of short films. So, I got tired at a point and decided to do a movie that could compete for the Oscars. So, this is my first feature film which I know can compete anywhere in the world.

So how long did it take you to produce this movie?

It took 18 months.

Did you also write the script?

Yes, it was my story but I had a script writer to do the script.

What informed your choice of cast/characters, especially Omotola, Genevieve Nnaji and Clem Ohameze?

When I was doing the story, I wanted to do something that we all could relate to. So, I decided to choose the best from home. I mean those who are marketable.

Then, from the creative point of view, I also saw that these ladies really know what they do. They’re experienced. As a director, I should be able to bring out the best.

What was your experience like leaving theatre arts for film making and then studying in the midst of whites?

My experience is one the thing that influenced this film. In my one year diploma, we were just two blacks- myself and a South African. Sometimes, I felt the racism thing because every other person was white, including the cleaners. But I had to fight my way as a Nigerian because we no dey carry last.

Sometimes, it’s really good for people to be thrown out of their comfort zone for them to develop tough skin. It was a good and bad experience because I had to learn the hard way. The whites think that we Africans do not know anything. They keep seeing us in the light of the world phenomenon. Some of them will come and ask me if I know how to use a blender and things like that. So, I just laugh at them. They’re shocked when I try to educate them on certain things they think we don’t know about.

I remember telling them about Ghandi and they were like, so I know Gandi?

The experience was generally good because I worked with people from different parts of the world like Australia, London, Americans. So, it gave me an opportunity to learn their culture and gather something from all of them. It was hard but school is always school and this film is actually my Thesis in school and it’s the first feature film coming out of my school.



People don’t like to go into it because they say it’s expensive, and shooting in Hollywood is difficult because you can’t cut corners. You just have to play by the rules and all the process this film had to go through also influenced the title Ije (The journey).

How much did it cost you to produce this film?

I can’t talk about cost now because I’m still spending, even my journey here is part of the cost.

What about the initial cost?

I still can’t talk about that because my producers may not welcome that.

Was it a low budget film? (Producer).

If you look at it from the Nigerian context, you can say it’s a huge budget Nollywood film.

Where do you intend to sell this film?

This film is more of an international film because we have Latin American, African American and others. We’re currently on sales around the world. We have sales agents in America trying to sell it into foreign markets. We intend to go worldwide.

The finance, producer and even content are Nigerian. So, it’s Nollywood, though it’s international. It’s international because the cast came from different parts of the world, which makes it easy for us to sell out different rights to different markets. Yes, we have the lead characters from Nigeria but it’s international.

We’re currently doing eight festivals in the world. We have the African territory marked out, Europe, Africa, America, Latin America. This is done through the marketers depending on your movie and the festivals. In Nigeria, we’re doing cinema rounds before we go to DVDs.The marketers can decide what they want to do later.

Omotola and Genevieve may not really be out A-list actors. We still have people like Chinwetel and others….
These people have their agents and also as a film maker, I’m paying my dues. People do not want to be seen in any bad movie because it’s their career and I’m happy that this film came out well.

Do you think this film will boost their career?

A lot. It’s going through eight festivals, show casing them all over the world.
Omotola got an agent at the screening in Los Angeles because of the film. So, you never can tell where the bigger cheques will come from. I’m also happy that Hollywood is coming back to Africa. They’ve started featuring South Africans in their movies and who says they can’t feature Nigerians.

Apart from this film that is based on your thesis, what else have you done?

I spent four years in film school and have over 20 short films to my credit. I’m just a student straight from school with this film.

You spent 18 months doing this movie. Can you tell us what you were doing all those while that it took so long?

The first part was the pre-production, which we shot for like two months in Jos. Back to Los Angeles, we produced for like six weeks with Omotola and Genevieve. Then, the post-production took us nine months, which I think is one of the things we lack in Nollywood. Film making is not all about cutting and pasting. There’s a lot in post-production and that’s where the film comes out. That is if you want to maintain the Hollywood standard.

This is the first Nigerian film to pass the Hollywood standard and that is why it took us 18 months.

Was there any correlation between what you were taught here in school and what you met in film school abroad?

Theatre is totally different from film making. They’re like two opposite directions. It was like starting all over again.

What about your accent? Did you consciously decide to keep it intact all those four years?

I’m very much Nigerian, born, bred and buttered here. I did my nursery, primary, secondary and first degree education here in Nigeria. So, why would I begin to tilt my accent?

Some people spend just six months abroad and throw away the Nigerian accent.

We were just two Africans in my diploma days. So, we were proud to speak in our own accent. In fact, we would have used our languages if we understood each other.

My accent got me meetings in Hollywood. It got me noticed. It opened doors for me. I don’t want anybody to see me as African American. No! I proudly introduce myself as Chineze Anyaene, and they’re like, where are you from? My accent worked a lot for me in America and I’m proud to be a Nigerian.

They key to success is accepting who you are and where you’re coming from and where you are going. You’ll always have problems whenever you start changing your identity.

How did you get your producer in Nigeria?

We studied Theatre Arts together in school.

So, what’s the relationship between you two?

I’m a film maker and he’s a producer.

Did you just come back to start scouting for him or you’ve always kept tabs on him? Does he have a film background?

While I was in school, I kept thinking about who’ll be my producer back home, so I called him up. After talking, he accepted the offer and I came into the country and we started shooting.

So, who brought the money (finance)?

Executive producers bring the money for production while the job of the producer is to use that money and work within your budget.

Ekoja is my producer here in Nigeria, while myself and Paula (Our US promoter) were producing in America.
Just as I’m talking about this film here in Nigeria, Paula is also moving to several festival abroad, talking about the same film.

My finance for this film actually came from Stella Maris Private school. They financed the film completely and it’s owned by Mrs Uche Anyaene.

What’s relationship with her?

She’s my mum.

How would you rate Omotola and Genevieve professionally?

I would say that they’re Hollywood, very professional. They did their job very well and I was amazed. As a director, you have to set the pace for respect to flow and every other person will follow suit. They came on my set very prepared.

They did their pre-production rehearsals, came on set and performed and even gave me more than I expected. Uptil this moment, they’re still trying to promote the film in their own little way.

I think the pay must have been very fat, considering the time and period of production.
But that is what you do if you want a good job. Better soup na money kill am.

How were they able to take you seriously?

Yes, it was difficult getting them to take me seriously because they’ll always ask for what you’ve done in the past, who’s directing. And when I told them I was directing, Omotola was like, you directing!

The next question was what am I shooting on, and I said we’ll be shooting on 35mm. Again, they were concerned about the story. I remember Genevieve’s manager asking me if all those jails, airports, court rooms are not fake and I said no.

They took up the challenge and risk because business itself is risk taking. When they came for the first meeting, with all the cast, they all interacted in Los Angeles and took me seriously.

How did you manage the technologies in Nigeria and US?

We shot in Nigeria and Los Angeles. I actually shot the two young Omotola and Genevieve in Jos where they spoke Igbo. I didn’t have to hire any foreign crew to shoot in Nigeria. My producer went to the Nigerian Film Corporation and was amazed at what they had. They had the camera, lighting and everything. I’m still shocked that I could get all that here in Nigeria.

You’re talking too much about film. Don’t you have time for men?

I’m a girl who has a relationship but will definitely keep my relationship out of my professional life.


You’re beautiful. did you ever take part in any show business while in school?

No, I was just a student who wanted to graduate and get out of school.

What’s your relationship with men like?

I try to keep my professional life separate from the men. It’s different when it comes to relationships.

Tiger Woods deceived the whole world until the bubble burst….

Okay, wait until when my own bubble bursts.

What’s your take on celebrities getting married and breaking up after two, three months with bizarre stories of why they broke up? Is there something wrong with the way these relationship were built?

Their stories are everywhere because they’re celebrities. People who’re not celebrities also have bizarre marriages.
I guess people get carried away when they see a celebrity and most of these female celebrities also get carried away with all the vibes from the men. But I don’t think bizarre marriages are only peculiar with people in the news. It’s a prize you pay for being in the news.

I disagree with you there. Don’t you think these our so-called celebrities place themselves at a very ridiculous height because they don’t like getting married to regular guys, instead they prefer the bling bling guy who they know little or nothing about and that is a major problem?

Life is full of deceit and the profession which they find themselves is always busy. They keep going from one location to the other. So, they rarely have time for a steady relationship.

A regular guy won’t accept a woman who goes from one location to the other.

I think you people can set up a sort of counselling unit for the industry….. (Laughter)

What kind of a man would you like to marry?

An ideal man. I’m a woman who would like to take her children to school, do the cooking and other house chores which is why you have to live a planned life so that people don’t just throw things at you. You have to plan your life and find the man that will understand that plan. Being able to separate your professional life at any point in time is one ingredient that makes relationships work.

What are the qualities of this ideal man?

The right qualities that every woman would want in a man. An ideal man is one that respects me, who’ll treat me as his equal and partner.

Where are you taking film making to, past time or full time?

I want to make movies for the rest of my life. I want to win the Oscars with my films and probably have my producer and actors win the Oscars too. That will give me the biggest joy in life.

Now that you’ve graduated, are there plans to relocate to Nigeria?

I don’t live in America. I only went to school there but I live here in Nigeria. This is home for me. As a film maker I can go to Afghanistan to produce my film.

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Angela81

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ehe! The Amatas have not said this about their movies, neither have Tunde Kelani. suddenly Ije is what we have not seen before?

BTW, the heck do do you mean by "Hollywood Standard"

I can list of Tunde Kelanis work
Jeta Amata's Amazing Grace (Which had an actual and real Hollywood star BTW)
I sing of a well (which also has an actual Hollywood star)
The figurine which is in Rotterdam Film Fest.
White waters
the secreit laughter of women
Our own Solas' Missing in America
Lancelots Ebuwa
Stephanie Through the glass (which had some up and coming american actors)

all these people have not said anything and one movie we have not seen.

Please, let us see this "Unprecedented in Scope movie" (as she described it on IMdb.com.
before you start to climb higher than REAL filmmakers who have had to toil to raise funds for their movies, pay back the money and still make more and more.

Everybody who comes from Nigeria to LA to shoot a movie claims its a Hollywood movie. what level of ignorance it this?

anyways, I am still desiring to see it. it better be better than the without a trace style trailer.
 

nike007

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I appreciate her honesty and she deserves to be proud.....i consider her movie hollywood standard cos like she said....she did not just cut and paste the movie...when you see the trailer, you'll notice that this was a well thought out movie....not just some shabby rubbish
 

Angela81

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I appreciate her honesty and she deserves to be proud.....i consider her movie hollywood standard cos like she said....she did not just cut and paste the movie...when you see the trailer, you'll notice that this was a well thought out movie....not just some shabby rubbish
ok. so the other filmmakers like Kunle and Tunde cut and paste?

by the way my dear girl, would you say the same if per chance you favorite star were not in it?

what is Hollywood standard? style, format, story, package? or because it was shot on 35mm film? or that its a union film? the very word "Hollywood standard" shows a high level of ignorance. English and south African and Senegalese movies are not "standard" then? they meet no "standards" of filmmaking?

do a google search for Tunde Kelani before you raise a movie you have not seen higher than him please. what is exciting about that trailer? the amateur lighting? if it were any other person, you Nike007 would have shot the person down. i can pull up some threads for you. lets be objective please. people were she she came all this raise myself...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJs-h1YKdlw

in case you have not seen Jeta's amazing grace which is at blockbuster distributed by Vivendi Universal... here's to help you.
 

nike007

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I am not a movie director, so i am not judging the equipment she used...heck i dont even know what the frigging frack a 35mm is...I am saying that i appreciate the time she put into pre-production and from what i am seeing, the movie looks great...if to you the lighting is bad..eh the lighting is bad now....i am saying that from the point of view of a consumer...it looks awesome...And yes....I have said it many times....When it comes to Genevieve Nnaji...Objectivity is thrown out the window...she can do no wrong in my eyes...So you can fault me there i guess
 

leoghana

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I don't think she compared herself to other film-makers or anything like that..Even if she did,she didn't mention anyone by name. I don't begrudge her. There is nothing inherently wrong with self-promotion(at least in the business she is in).At least,she is trained. I admire that.She may have just graduated but she has the skills and the training,which is what frankly we need more of in Nollywood and Gollywood. You can't take that away from her.I am happy for her and i celebrate her achievement,however flawed it is.
 

Angela81

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I don't think she compared herself to other film-makers or anything like that..Even if she did,she didn't mention anyone by name. I don't begrudge her. There is nothing inherently wrong with self-promotion(at least in the business she is in).At least,she is trained. I admire that.She may have just graduated but she has the skills and the training,which is what frankly we need more of in Nollywood and Gollywood. You can't take that away from her.I am happy for her and i celebrate her achievement,however flawed it is.
of course, she must ride the publicity horse wildly, that will help sell the movie. no she did not compare, neither did i say she did. BUT to say her movie is the first "standard" film to come out of Nigeria will rub people wrong like it rubs me wrong cos people have done it all before.
 

nike007

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This is the first Nigerian film to pass the Hollywood standard and that is why it took us 18 months.

I think that she reffered to it being the first hollywood standard film in terms of post-production, and in that sense she is right.....if she wants to toot her horn then that is completely acceptable.... She worked hard on this movie and it is something she should be proud of. Might it rub people the wrong way? Yes, but then if she does not publicize the movie who wil..
 

Angela81

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This is the first Nigerian film to pass the Hollywood standard and that is why it took us 18 months.

I think that she reffered to it being the first hollywood standard film in terms of post-production, and in that sense she is right.....if she wants to toot her horn then that is completely acceptable.... She worked hard on this movie and it is something she should be proud of. Might it rub people the wrong way? Yes, but then if she does not publicize the movie who wil..
which is why i say the statement borders on ignorance. the time has nothing to do with the standard or quality of the movie.

you know how long it takes tunde to put a movie on the market? even Jeta took a while, the figurine took a while too.

she could have used 18 months for many reasons. money, timing, crew availability, choice... moreover, she does not have investors on her back waiting for a turnaround on their investment.

don't cut down people who do this as a profession. the wolf man was shot in June 2009, within 7 months, itc coming to theaters, does it make its standard less? whatever this standard means or is.

I am amazed you are talking like this. seriously, would you say this under different circumstances? <praying:

you are simply defending because you want to say your Star was in a Hollywood film. Was it a Union film? no it was not and she keeps lieing about the budget. from 500,000 to 2.5million dollars. really?
 
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ehe! The Amatas have not said this about their movies, neither have Tunde Kelani. suddenly Ije is what we have not seen before?

BTW, the heck do do you mean by "Hollywood Standard"

I can list of Tunde Kelanis work
Jeta Amata's Amazing Grace (Which had an actual and real Hollywood star BTW)
I sing of a well (which also has an actual Hollywood star)
The figurine which is in Rotterdam Film Fest.
White waters
the secreit laughter of women
Our own Solas' Missing in America
Lancelots Ebuwa
Stephanie Through the glass (which had some up and coming american actors)

all these people have not said anything and one movie we have not seen.

Please, let us see this "Unprecedented in Scope movie" (as she described it on IMdb.com.
before you start to climb higher than REAL filmmakers who have had to toil to raise funds for their movies, pay back the money and still make more and more.

Everybody who comes from Nigeria to LA to shoot a movie claims its a Hollywood movie. what level of ignorance it this?

anyways, I am still desiring to see it. it better be better than the without a trace style trailer.
The fact that these people, ie: the Tunde Kelani, Jeta Amata etc are "not saying anything" does not in any way, shape or form prevent Chineze from heaping praises on her movie with the intention of creating the required publicity to make her endeavour a successful venture. Since when did Amata, Kelani etc set the standards as to when, how & what other filmmakers should say about their prospective movies?

This is why I have said times without number that you hardly make sense in your posts. You're so filled with hatred for anything that relates to Genevieve that you go out of your way to bring out the negative aspects even if it means fabricating them entirely.

What happened to that movie you made so much noise about?
Can Leila Djansi produce a movie of such standards?
Why don't we wait and see how successful Leila's movie is, in comparison with this movie that is geared towards taking Nollywood to the next level?
Mshewwwwwwwwwww!
 

Sola

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the time has nothing to do with the standard or quality of the movie.
That's true to a large extent...in the outside world. In Nollywood, though, time contributes immensely to the process. Inadequate pre, pro and post time all around hurts us.

So why are you lot fighting over a movie you haven't seen?
 
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ok. so the other filmmakers like Kunle and Tunde cut and paste?

by the way my dear girl, would you say the same if per chance you favorite star were not in it?

what is Hollywood standard? style, format, story, package? or because it was shot on 35mm film? or that its a union film? the very word "Hollywood standard" shows a high level of ignorance. English and south African and Senegalese movies are not "standard" then? they meet no "standards" of filmmaking?

do a google search for Tunde Kelani before you raise a movie you have not seen higher than him please. what is exciting about that trailer? the amateur lighting? if it were any other person, you Nike007 would have shot the person down. i can pull up some threads for you. lets be objective please. people were she she came all this raise myself...

YouTube - The Amazing Grace Movie Trailer

in case you have not seen Jeta's amazing grace which is at blockbuster distributed by Vivendi Universal... here's to help you.
Maybe you think Nollywood fans are illiterate and do not know something different from the norm, when they see it.
I've been watching Nollywood movies since 1994 and I can say with all sincerity that the trailer of this movie ("Ije") appears to be different from anything I've seen produced in Nollywood or by Nollywood producers.

Irrespective of the fight that the content of the movie is yet to be assessed, one can still spot the difference in terms of sound, lighting and picture quality. The jury will be out on how good a movie it actually is. But judging by the publicity this movie is getting, it's definitely bound to be a success. You can take it to the bank.
 
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That's true to a large extent...in the outside world. In Nollywood, though, time contributes immensely to the process. Inadequate pre, pro and post time all around hurts us.

So why are you lot fighting over a movie you haven't seen?
@highlighted. Leave that girl. She thinks we're stupid or ignorant. Everyone knows the average Nollywood movie takes approximately 14 days to shoot (if claims in various interviews and articles are anything to go by), and she's here telling us time is irrelevant. This is Nollywood we are talking about and if a movie take that long to make, it's bound or expected to be better than the average rushed Nollywood productions.
 

Angela81

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The fact that these people, ie: the Tunde Kelani, Jeta Amata etc are "not saying anything" does not in any way, shape or form prevent Chineze from heaping praises on her movie with the intention of creating the required publicity to make her endeavour a successful venture. Since when did Amata, Kelani etc set the standards as to when, how & what other filmmakers should say about their prospective movies?

This is why I have said times without number that you hardly make sense in your posts. You're so filled with hatred for anything that relates to Genevieve that you go out of your way to bring out the negative aspects even if it means fabricating them entirely.

What happened to that movie you made so much noise about?
Can Leila Djansi produce a movie of such standards?
Why don't we wait and see how successful Leila's movie is, in comparison with this movie that is geared towards taking Nollywood to the next level?
Mshewwwwwwwwwww!
lol. this thing still dey pain una.

I won't even tow that line with you. why bring Leila here at all? have you seen her movies? that you ask if she can make a movie of such standards is a laugh. what on earth do you mean by standard anyway?


this is not about your star. your post here now I don't understand. my point remains, don't claim that your film is setting standard for nollywood when others have done it before you were even born. make all the noise you want to market the film, that is a smart move, just don't say things that are not true.

what did I fabricate by the way? LA film industry is big but its small you know. imdb also says a lot.
 

Sola

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This is Nollywood we are talking about and if a movie take that long to make, it's bound or expected to be better than the average rushed Nollywood productions.
:D Again, not necessarily true ALL THE TIME. You can take 10yrs and still make a runaway wreck...EXPECTED, yes, BOUND, maybe not:D

You all need to wait for it first before drawing lines...
 

Angela81

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That's true to a large extent...in the outside world. In Nollywood, though, time contributes immensely to the process. Inadequate pre, pro and post time all around hurts us.

So why are you lot fighting over a movie you haven't seen?
forget normal nollywood. lets talk about ground breaking nollywood like Kunle, Tade and Kelani. not forgetting the Amatas. I am not fighting, I do this all the time, when Imasuen spoke about Ebuwa, I said the same thing I am saying now.
if I remember, we all were on the same page.

you can have all the time in the world, it won't guarantee a good movie. 10,000 BC, Gigli...

you can have minimal time (woman thou art loosed, shot in 12 days) and still make a good film.

don't qualify standard by time. to say oh, because it took me 2 years to make a film, it is Hollywood film. come on now.
 

Angela81

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Maybe you think Nollywood fans are illiterate and do not know something different from the norm, when they see it.
I've been watching Nollywood movies since 1994 and I can say with all sincerity that the trailer of this movie ("Ije") appears to be different from anything I've seen produced in Nollywood or by Nollywood producers.

Irrespective of the fight that the content of the movie is yet to be assessed, one can still spot the difference in terms of sound, lighting and picture quality. The jury will be out on how good a movie it actually is. But judging by the publicity this movie is getting, it's definitely bound to be a success. You can take it to the bank.
Med, now you are making no sense. you have not seen The figurine, Through the glass, Arugba, white waters. I won't even mention Ghana. what is it about Ije's trailer that makes it the best thing ever? again. I have not seen the movie, but I can tell you the story and how it was cut, it has the without a trace, crime drama style to it. now if you say nollywood has not made something this sophisticated in terms of story... I will ride with you.
 
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lol. this thing still dey pain una.

I won't even tow that line with you. why bring Leila here at all? have you seen her movies? that you ask if she can make a movie of such standards is a laugh. what on earth do you mean by standard anyway?
I dare you to name 1 movie by Leila that is better than Ije. I'm talking about the script, lighting, sound, and all other aspects. Sohuld you name such a movie, the entire NR will watch both mvoies and then make their recommendations. I'm waiting.


this is not about your star. your post here now I don't understand. my point remains, don't claim that your film is setting standard for nollywood when others have done it before you were even born.

And my point remains: the right to promote one's movie in a desirable way does not inherently belong to those producers or directors you're talking about. They neither have a monopoly of ideas, nor do they determine what others should say about their own movies.

And learn to use capital letters after every full-stop. You should know this by now.
 
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:D Again, not necessarily true ALL THE TIME. You can take 10yrs and still make a runaway wreck...EXPECTED, yes, BOUND, maybe not:D

You all need to wait for it first before drawing lines...
I knew this would come up, which is why I used "EXPECTED.":spiny:

However, I must emphasise that due to the usual Nollywood movie being done within a short space of time, surely the average Nollywood fan would have an enormous expectation that a movie such as Ije (with such an incredible productiuon time) is bound to be better than the average Nollywood movie. They may not be enirely or always right, but it nonetheless does not eliminate such an expectation.:bouncy
 
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