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KAP Academy graduates pioneer set of film trainees

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The pioneer set of trainees and certified affiliates of the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) in the United States, through Kunle Afolayan Production (KAP) Film and Television Academy have graduated following a 10-week intensive training on Post-production techniques.

The diploma course, which is also in partnership programme with global streaming platform, Netflix, was created to impart knowledge to improve the skill of young filmmakers, and by extension, improve the overall production quality of films from the local film industry.

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Toye Peter, Ifeanyi Passion, Todumu Adegoke, Adesuwa Omon, Ugbede Peter, Oyinbra Fegha, Emeka Egbueui, Unyime Patrick, Temitope Folarin and Candace John-Jumbo were awarded a diploma in post-production editing (Picture Cropping, Editing and Sound Design).

The tuition-free course module was estimated at ₦500,000 per student.

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Being one of the two training programmes planned for rollout this year by KAP, The KAP-USC programme, which focuses on post-production, is the brainchild of celebrated filmmaker Kunle Afolayan.

He explained that the scheme was a responsibility he owed the next generation of filmmakers and he is passing the torch to them to replicate greatness in filmmaking than what has been achieved so far.

The programme is the successor to his earlier venture to educate filmmakers leveraging the internet: Film Masterclass with Kunle Afolayan, a web series masterclass he conceived three years ago.

“I hate to say that there was no structure; there was a structure. But you cannot compare it to structures in other places around the world,” Afolayan said as he recalled enrolling in one of Tunde Kelani’s film classes years back in Abeokuta.

“Despite not having those structures from other places, we are still able to do a lot. Our films are now going international. One of the reasons why I thought it was necessary to start a training programme was so that we can impact and build a new generation of filmmakers in our little way.

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“A lot of people can’t afford these courses, but thank God for technology, it is changing how things are done,” he concluded.

The ceremony’sThe keynote addressed delivered by award-winning writer and producer, Femi Odugbemi, highlighted the importance of institutional training for the sustainability of the film industry.

“Just a decade ago, there were less than 10 training programmes available in the country, today, there are dozens,” Odugbemi noted.

“So there is general agreement that the quality of the product needs to improve and that the opportunities of international exposure and distribution will come only with a certain commitment to global best practices and technical quality and artistic exploration.”

Despite these developments, he however noted that for such programmes to bear more fruits, film professionals must be willing to “esteem the learning experience as critical, not just in the economic world, but to their personal growth as artists and as storytellers.”

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The convocation ceremony which took place at the KAP Hub in Ikeja, Lagos played host to several Nollywood filmmakers and creatives.

Some of the notable personalities include veteran filmmaker Tunde Kelani; Former Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde; filmmaker Mr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun; star actress Joke Silva; Prof. Duro Oni; Executive Director, Urban Vision Limited, Tola Odunsi; and comedian Babatunde Adewale, among others.

Source: Theculturenewspaper

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Ivie: Opa Williams returns big with movie against rape

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The veteran producer, Opa Williams, is back with a refreshing movie, Ivie, which he intends to use as a tool to fight against rape.

And this is coming after a hugely successful 3 Wise Men, a 2016 Nigerian comedy drama film, he produced and directed directed by Pat Ogbere Imobhio.

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Ivie shot few months ago and also directed by Oghere will hit the cinemas on September 30th and already movie buffs are predicting a major outing for the production.

IVIE – Synopsis

A 12 year old student, Ivie, must come out to save her mum, Enado (who has been abandoned by husband) and her 13year old sister, Isoken, a rape victim from the claws of Sanko.

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For shame of stigma, fear of betrayal and economic inadequacy, Enado is unable to confront a terror, fearless hardhearted rapist named Sanko.

Ivie believes, in her little world, that the society should be polite to its citizens, and despite a corruption, culprits should be made answerable for their actions.

Can Ivie take on the all powerful and ruthless Sanko who has raped her sister and been a threat to mum singularly?

“The movie will do two things. It would entertain and also pass a strong message to the society on the evil of rape,” Williams disclosed.

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Collision Course: Excitement grows as Netflix debut approaches

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As its Friday September 1, 2020 Premiere date on Netflix approaches, excitement and anticipation are building up around Collision Course, the hard-hitting film by Bolanle Austen-Peters.

Last Saturday August 20 highlighted how much the movie is well-anticipated when actors and crew members on the film as well as select guests gathered in Lagos for a private viewing of the movie, which explores the impact of rogue law enforcement officers on Nigerian society and how their unenviable harsh personal lives is sometimes a factor in their official duties. inspired by the October 2020 anti-police brutality protests in Lagos, Abuja and many other cities in southern Nigeria, the film has only been shown to a privileged few last November when it premiered as the closing film at the All Africa Film Festival (AFRIFF), which held at Landmark event centre in Lagos.

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Echos of Year 2020’s #endsars protests reverberates through Collision Course as a reminder on how many Nigerian youths took to the streets to demand an end to what they called endemic police brutality. The protests, especially in Lagos, ended on a brutal and tragic note when armed soldiers reportedly opened fire on unarmed protesters on the night of October 20 2020.

Saturday’s special private screening brought back the import of the 75-minute film as a topical, intensely-detailed and well-acted film about a police officer struggling to make ends meet and his encounter with an aspiring musician whose worlds collide.

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Brilliantly played by Kelechi Udegbe, the police officer sets up a roadblock to extract gratification from drivers as troubles at home grew, only to encounter the frustrated young artist with a pregnant wife.

After accidentally shooting dead the musician, the plot sets in motion a chain of events that leads to emotional trauma, arrest and a note-worthy commentary on the state of affairs within the police force.

One of the guests at the screening, Catherine Bickersteth, an educationist and development leader, said the film’s director deserves an applause “for crafting a great production about an important social issue so brilliantly.

Collision Course is an indelible film on several levels:

The storyline: topical and emotive but balanced.
The script: delivered the multilayered messages in succinct language freely and smoothly flowing from good grammar to pidgin English and local dialect.
The Acting: superbly evoked both visceral and intellectual reactions from unforgettably skilled characterization.
The locations: perfectly enhanced the narrative. For local viewers because the locations were not made-up sets, they emphasised the reality of the lives the characters were portraying.
The music: heightened the rollercoaster of emotions of the film.

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Austen-Peters, who personally picked the Best Film (West-Africa) award for the film at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) earlier this year, said Collision Course seeks to show some of the underlying issues that forces someone to turn against the very same people he swore to defend.

“I found out that every single person in the story had a back story that we all needed to understand, and at the end of this when you watch this movie you begin to understand that we are all victims, we are all brutalized by the system that we live in,” she said.

Aside its AMVCA award, Collision Course also earned Udegbe the Best Actor award at last year’s AFRIFF and picked two out of the four it was nominated for at the last African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

The film hits Netflix for global streaming on September 2, 2022.

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Sola Sobowale tears up over huge announcement, lands first Bollywood role

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The Nigerian movie industry is no doubt soaring higher daily and one can’t help but be proud of the actors and actresses.

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One of Nollywood’s most sought-after actress, Sola Sobowale is going international.

The “King of Boys” actress made a special announcement on her Instagram page recently.

Sola revealed that she would be going to India to join record-breaking Director, Hamisha Daryani Ahuja for her latest project.

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Sobowale also said that she would be surely going to India to film and she would be playing a very dynamic role in the project.

“I am so excited to announce that I will be working with record breaking Director/Exec Producer @HamishaDaryaniAhujaon her upcoming project! And….get this…we will be going to India to film! I will be playing a very dynamic role in this project and cannot wait for you to watch it”.

Sola Sobowale had held a special thanksgiving at the St Peter’s African Church, Lagos where she danced like the Biblical David to honour God for being so good and kind to her. It was reported that the veteran actress and King of Boys star, Sola Sobowale showed up in a wine and white lace mix with wine headgear.

After dancing with joy, Sola Sobowale went on her kneels at the altar and received special prayers from the clergies.

Sharing photos from the special thanksgiving on her page, Sola Sobowale wrote “We thank God for all his mercies. ALLELUIA! Thanksgiving Sunday… May all our thanksgivings be accepted in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.”

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