BY ZIKA BOBBY
A film production company, 2et Media Network Limited, has created a platform for upcoming artistes to be in the mainstream of filmmaking in Nigeria. Tagged: “Unleash Ur Creativity”, two groups of 25 artistes will be selected and camped for a month during which they will learn the rudiments of filmmaking and then shoot a short film. They will be required to conceptualize a story, produce and premiere it within the period. The movie will be premiered to an audience on live TV and the winning group will get N10 million to produce a feature film.
According to the organizers, the programme is geared towards empowering upcoming acts, who have never had the opportunity of playing in the big league. The artistes selected will comprise storytellers, actors, cameramen, editors, musicians and songwriters. While they are working, the audience will watch their efforts and get to know how things are done behind the camera from scripting, casting, down to choosing of locations, rehearsals, principal photography, and editing of the movie.
Seven locations are being considered for the camping. They include Obudu Ranch Resort in Cross River State, Abuja, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Bayelsa, Kogi and Lagos States.
While seasoned filmmakers will visit the artistes from time to time to give them practical tips on the art and science of filmmaking, popular actor and filmmaker, Desmond Eliot has been penciled to anchor the first season of the show which would aired on AIT and other satellite TV stations.
Put together by Eyaba Emmanuel Tagbo, the show is endorsed and supported by Diamond Bank, Directors Guild of Nigeria, Royal Paradise Limited, Foboche International Limited, TGM Media, Signature magazine, and Nigerian Film Corporation among others.