Saturday, 22 August 2009

Around and about Nollywood...

Lilian Bach made it

Preparations begins for SHOOT 2010
Preparations have already begun for the 2010 edition of SHOOT! The focus will be on “Towards Digital Migration”. Interested filmmakers, Students, Practitioners, Stakeholders and other enthusiasts can visit our website, or e-mail, for on line registration and enquiries. The edition takes place at the NFI, Jos from July 19 – 23, 2010. This year’s edition with the theme “Reel Life, Real Sound” lasted for five days, from Monday July 20 to 24, at the NFI, Jos.
One-Week joins Leadership to Remember Fela
Leadership-E-Train in conjunction with Blakes Excellence Resort present FELAMANIA (Fela Remembrance Day), starring original Oroko Man and his Shrine girls; Tony One Week (the gyration king); Style Plus; Don Juan (from London); Tommy Shields; Keycee Kline and the great sensationals; Ibrahim Baba, the funkiest Mallam; and other top Abuja stars and comedy aside other side attractions. A statement by Al-Amin Ciroma indicated that Tony One Week will headline the show that will hold today August 2, 2009 at Blake Excellence Resort, Opposite UBA, Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki II, Abuja beginning from 7pm.

Producer — Amebo A. Amebo Director — Mr. Gossip Actors — Nollywood Celebrities

Jennifer Eliogu’s arresting voice
Wonder why popular Nollywood actress and mother of one, Jennifer Eliogu, has not considered a career in singing. The actress, who was a co-host of Clarion Chukwurah’s 30 years on stage anniversary held last week in Lagos had a brief ‘solo singing’ run on stage that tripped a lot of people including Alabi Pasuma, who also delivered an arresting performance that evening. Even the resident band at the event — the AMCO voice — didn’t know when they started urging her to do another solo. One waka pass, who heard her sing says she will do well as a singer, but the fellow wondered whether the voice will not change if she downloads the second time. And you know what, we asked him? What ‘downloading (giving birth) has to do with singing’? Abeg, carri go ojare sista Jeni…….na we go buy the first copy!

Popular Nollywood actress, model and singer Lilian Bach was a visible part of the Clarion Chukwurah’s anniversary. She came in company, not of her ‘my leg, your leg’ –Davidson Johnson, but with a tall handsome fellow, who did not as much observe the dress code of platinum or red. But Lillian was in a red top and black pants that turned heads towards her as soon as she arrived. Maybe it was because of her glittering skins and trinkets that made emcee or show host to introduced her twice. But the problems was that Lillian disappeared few minutes after she was introduced. One waka pass who kept what he called a ‘fixed gaze’ at Lillian and her ‘handbag’ said she never made it back to the hall after she was invited to grant an interview on the red carpet. Someone said she was shy and we concurred. I mean wetin make peson wear black eye shades in the evening and for an indoor event go equal shyness.

It’s Dickson Ireogbu and the rest of us
If you have a good product to sell, make sure you find Dickson Ireogbu, and please, insist that he sells it personally. Many people are capitalising on the director’s marketing and organisational skills and have been passing all sorts of briefs to him. The latest being the marketing of movie director and producer Teco Benson to the electorates. We understand that Teco Benson has declared his intention to vie for the Presidency of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP) and ,so, Ireogbu who has been waxing philosophical of late is at the head of the campaign team. He has sent over a dozen text messages and one waka pass is afraid that the current AMP president Paul Obazele may not have a second term, considering the weight of his text, which reads: “Our thoughts, or in other words (sic), our state of minds is ever at work. Fixing up things good or bad, in advance. Transparent. Leadership works! Vote Teco Benson’s team!” Who knows two plus two make him add am up….To God Be the Glory

NFC’s SHOOT 2009 ends
The five day intensive training and capacity building programme for motion picture professionals SHOOT 2009 organised by the Nigerian Film Corporation has ended in Jos, the Plateau State Capital with a call by Governor David Jang on participants to bring their experience to bear on the industry. Jang, who equally charged participants not to rest on their oars stressed that the industry is making enormous progress. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the programme last weekend, Friday 24, 2009, at the film institute, venue for the five day training programme. Jang, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Plateau State Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr. Ezekiel Daliop, expressed joy over the tremendous investment put in the projects initiated by the NFC, to reposition the industry. The progress recorded so far, he said, can only be sustained if adequate preparations are made for future challenges. The Corporations Managing Director/Chief Executive Mr. Afolabi Adesanya at the ceremony said: “Given the euphoria that greeted the elevation of Nollywood to the second position of content provider of films in the world, it became imperative that we sustain quality production values; a demand, which only improvement in the technical quality of our films and edifying content can guarantee”. Adesanya who commended participants for making out time to be at SHOOT! 2009 said the need for sustainable development of the sector, which cannot be over emphasized, also motivated the designing of the workshop series with the objective to reinforce professional skills and breed future practitioners for the industry. Each edition of the programme has always been unique with improved formats for training, techniques, equipment and other technical requisites for world-class training. Special training in Camera Skills and Lightening Techniques; High Definition Production and Audio For Film and Video; Production Design; Photography, Special Effects, Elements and Techniques for Funding, Co-production and post-production, Sound Design and Music, Special Effects for Film and Television, Documentary Production and Advanced Camera Skills among others have featured at past editions. Documentary Production, Still Photography Cinematography/Editing, Directing for the Screen, Music for Film, Animation and Sound featured as core courses in this years edition. Over a 100 participants registered for the courses, which are considered germane for further growth in Nollywood. Each of the courses lasted for 8 hours per day, an approximate of 40 hours for the five days. The closing ceremony also featured the presentation of certificates of participation, goodwill messages and commendations. Speaking on behalf of the Resource Persons, Mr. Stephen Bayly praised NFC management for sustaining the programme, which he hopes will help transform the industry. Dr. (Mrs) Halima Kadima, the immediate past Head of Department, Mass Communication, University of Jos, who spoke on behalf of participants, also commended NFC management and described the training recieved as a better alternative to some foreign courses.

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