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Why we shoot movies abroad - Movie makers

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  1. bolanle

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    Recent developments in the Nigerian movie industry indicate that it has now become an enviable thing among Nollywood movie makers to shoot their films outside the country. This explains why more movie makers are joining the league of those who shoot their movies abroad.

    Among those who started this new trend are, the national president of Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) Mr Fidelis Duker, Nollywood prolific director, Chico Ejiro, and Ace director Lancelot Imaseun among others.
    The movies shot abroad by these movie makers include the following:

    Fidelis Duker
    Paradise in America: produced by Fidelis Dukar and co to produced by Longinus Obialeri and London Blues which were shot in USA and London respectively. Both movies are directed by Fidelis Duker. “Paradise in America parades Nollywood stars such as Rita Dominic, Desmond Eliot, Paul Obasele, Veronica Kelly and Marcus O. Marcus.

    Chico Ejiro
    This movie giant has shot three movies abroad. They include the following: Life in New York (His first movie shot abroad), London for Ever and All my heart. All the movies are aimed at correcting the ills of society and to discourage Nigerian youths from chasing the shadows instead of the substance.

    Lancelot Imaseun
    He is another Nollywood producer *** director who has done quite a number of movies outside the country. The movies he did abroad include: Zero your mind, which was shot in Berlin. Others are Saving The Crown, ‘Home and Broad’, Seed of seduction and Adakhanva which he did in his native language as well as ‘Windstorm’ his latest movie shot abroad. The movie ‘Saving Crown’ is produced by Henry Black and Isaac Izoya and directed by Lancelot. It stars Festus Eguebor, Jim Iyke, Patience Ozokwor, Tunde Alabi and Emmanuel France among others.
    Home And Abroad – This movie stars comedians like John Okafor, Victor Osuagwu and a host of others. Zero your mind talks about human trafficking and the dehumanising aspect of it, while the soon to be released ‘Windstorm’ also condemns human trafficking in addition to drug peddling and money laundering. Windstorm is shot in both Germany and Nigeria, produced by Chika Umeh and directed by Lancelot Imaseun. It stars Eucharia Anunobi – Ekwu, Emeka Enyiocha, Klint de drunk, Kingsley Ogbonna, Kelly Orogun (London based) among others.

    Despite the achievements recorded by the Nollywood movie makers, they also had a lot of problems to contend with, which include: locations, compatibility, reception and other logistic problems.

    The general aim of these movies is to dissuade Nigerians from travelling since opportunities abound in the country to develop themselves as well as to expose such practices like prostitution, human trafficking, drug peddling and money laundering which most Nigerians are forced to indulge in abroad!

    http://www.thetidenews.com/article....d - Movie makers&qrColumn=ENTERTAINMENT WORLD
     
  2. bolanle

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    Okay who has seen any of these movies? And I thought Chico Ejiro is a BUsiness man :laugh:??
     
  3. takestyle

    takestyle Well-Known Member

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    oh.... so THAT'S why they do it!

    LMAO
     
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  5. Pretty Girl

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    Huh? what kind of false assumption is this? Do they think that everyone leaving naija is travelling to Italy or what? Please, they need to come up with a more sensible reason why they chose to shoot movies abroad...that excuse whoever made this statement is so lame. The worst thing of it all is that all these their so-called movies shot abroad has ended up becoming a complete flop...and at the end of it all, whatever they were trying to get across to people didn't get to them.
     
  6. Hubscrown

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    The movies still sucks anyway. Them yeye people, instead of paying the artist more and save money for better equipments, they gonna flying people around the world shooting yeye story and mediocre photography. Meanwhile if they are so hungry of abroad feeling of movie they could send someone to capture millions of exterior from overseas and instill it to their pictures. What happens to blue/green screens and movie magics? How many Hollywood movie regarding certain location were actually shot at the exact location?

    I saw that Live in New York or so. I guess nobody told this director or producer that people knows where White House is. The story suppose to be about New York, no single exterior scene is from any New York landmark, the worst of it, they show a xter ran from her house in New York to take a rest infront of White House in DC. How ridiculous.

    This people are just frying my brain with all these their pathetic ideas and steps.
     
  7. takestyle

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    well, underestimating the audience's intelligence is really the stock in trade of the Nigerian film producer. always has been.
     
  8. Hubscrown

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    You are right. I bet they dont even think about what they put together if it make sense to the public or not as long as it makes sense to them.
     
  9. khamileon

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    Abeg make dem close mouth Jare! we were one of the earliest to start that stuff with UNDER PRESSURE (98) DAPO JUNIOR (99)...and no be all these ones wey dem do yesterday...... Dem even dey fear to shoot cause dem no get licence,,,,dem no leave for Abroad and dem get some of the stories/logistics wrong!.. By the way I no even sabi why dem dey yarn about the thing self cause Naijas at home don dey tire for am as per say dem no dey get the stories/logistics right
     
  10. takestyle

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    i don't think it necessarily makes sense to them per se... i mean, i seriously believe that they think the audience is dumb. i've talked to some directors and i was appalled at the sheer contempt they displayed for the intelligence of the public.

    one instance that makes me laugh whenever i think about it is some film i watched years ago - i can't remember the title and i'm not interested in doing so either - it was set in slavery days and the hero was some dude who had come back from Europe (or America) and was returning to Africa to combat the slave trade.

    anyway, the main attraction was the fact that he came back with his white wife, who was portrayed by a young woman who was plastered all over the cover of the video, advertised as "________ from HOLLYWOOD!!!"

    the hilarious thing is that this so-called "Hollywood actress" could not only NOT act her way out of a paper bag, but she could barely even speak the English language despite the fact that she was supposed to be portraying an Englishwoman. clearly she was some Dutch or German expatriate whom they had just picked up and thrown into the movie.

    the producers banked on the fact that the audience would be dumb enough to see a white woman on the cover and immediately feel that the film somehow has at least some endorsement from Hollywood. which is retarded.

    personally, i'm rather dismayed by the constant kissing of Hollywood's *****... i understand that the American film industry is the most developed in the world so there's the desire to gain legitimacy by associating with it... but in some cases it appears rather desperate.

    just last night i was reading this interview with Stephanie Okereke where she made a big deal about the fact that she auditioned for a part in the "Hollywood movie" The Constant Gardner, as if that gave her legitimacy as an actress.

    i've not seen The Constant Gardner yet, but from what i've seen of it, there don't seem to be any major roles for African women in it. which means that she was auditioning for an extra role as one of the Masai villagers in the movie and that's what she's making mouth about?

    it's stupid. if the Nigerian film industry is gonna get anywhere, it's really got to develop confidence in itself and stop this silly sucking up to Hollywood.
     
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    God help them.
     
  12. obude

    obude Eson 'N' Uselu.

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    and who says prostitution only exist in Italy????.
     
  13. obude

    obude Eson 'N' Uselu.

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    ......and how does this relate to the topic??, weather she auditioned for a waka pass role or not atleast she was there, i can feel some jealousy in your write up, abeg make you carry go jor!!
     
  14. obude

    obude Eson 'N' Uselu.

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    People hate to hear the thruth, and to be sincere how many of us left NIGERIA, i mean really left NIGERIA to study abroad???,i am not talking about the ones that were born there, even if you were actally born there!, have you ever asked your parents what brought them abroad in the first place and what they actually did before you were born, and why they have not returned, so if a story is written about it, you all call it crap abi??,
     
  15. pompom

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    Wouldn't it have been nice to see the movie first before commenting on the part Stephanie Okereke went for in the Constant Gardner. I really don't see what is wrong with someone auditioning for a role and letting people know about it. Pray tell, how does one make mouth if she never actually talked to you about it. Didn't you hear it just like I did from the press, so shouldn't your comments be directed towards the press and not the actor.

    Please someone remind me of the old saying that goes "there are no small roles only ....
     
  16. takestyle

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    LOL why on earth would i be jealous of such a thing?

    to be fair, i typed that post late last night and i was tired and a bit tipsy, and reading it again now, i realize i made a mistake: it was not The Constant Gardener that she auditioned for, but rather The Good Shepherd, a film that has not come out yet.

    that error kind of neutralizes the point i was trying to make, but i just found it funny to think that a woman who is an established superstar in her own country would be bragging about *auditioning* for extra work in America. it IS an absurd situation no matter how you slice it, and it is indicative of the esteem with which the Nigerian film industry regards itself. but since i got my film references mixed up, i'll just say "mea culpa" and let that issue rest.

    still, i find it laughable that you would suggest that i'm jealous.

    through everything i wrote in that post, all the (i think) valid points i made, the only thing you could find to comment on was that i might have been somewhat critical about one aspect of Stephanie Okereke? are you an official in the Stephie fan club or something?
     
  17. takestyle

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    you guys are funny, the way you're getting all defensive about this Stephanie thing! did you all just search the boards to see who might be speaking ill of Steph and then just converge on me?

    there's nothing wrong with Stephanie trying to cross over to extra work in the States... hell, she can probably make more money doing Hollywood extra work than she does from her starring vehicles in Naija. nor is there anything wrong with her letting people know about it.

    my issue is the braggadocious way it is presented. like "Stephanie is such a superstar, she is even trying out for roles IN AMERICA!!" as if she's being called in to play the romantic counterpart to Leonardo Di Caprio or something, when it's just extra work that even the most unqualified person can walk in off the street and do.

    to me, it's akin to someone who is a fairly successful engineer in Nigeria bragging "you know... i just interviewed for a job IN AMERICA!! yeah, i might be getting this job at a company called WAL-MART... they're giving me a position called 'customer service respresentive'! impressive, isn't it?"

    you know... as if just saying that the job is IN AMERICA makes it so superior to everything you're doing back home, seen? i just think it's reflective of how low we think of ourselves in general.

    now, mind you: i don't know whether it was Stephanie herself who bragged about it that way, or the media, or the audience receiving the media... i don't believe i pointed a finger at Steph directly in my post, did i? i just said it was an absurd situation in general, who ever is responsible for it.

    EDIT: i just re-read my post and realized that yes, i DID say "she made a big deal about it"... okay, my bad. but then again, on her personal website, she DID kinda make a big deal about it, so the statement stands. but like i said, i was thinking of a different film so again, my bad.

    but in the end, the overall point still stands!
     
  18. pompom

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    Take Style... Not being defensive at all. Just felt that you needed to clarify yourself since your posts tend to be much more insightful than the one I responded to. I felt that the comment shoulda really been directed at the press but if you say she made it a big deal on her website, then I stand corrected. However, one man meat is another man's ... U know what...
     
  19. takestyle

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    LOL well, thanks for keeping me on my toes.

    i have to admit that in some cases i'm not tolerant of the "one man's meat..." argument, and this is one of them. this is a situation which i think is absurd through and through!
     
  20. obude

    obude Eson 'N' Uselu.

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    I hate doing this, and that is why i have less post after been a member for a long time, for your information i am not her fans, but when some one is doing something right we have to be proud of it instead of criticizing the person, and even if she did talk about her upcoming project what is so bad about that?, i know if you were in her shoes you will equally be doing the same thing.
     
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