Exclusive (Photos): Dynamics Of Modern Movie Production, Olufemi Bolorunde Unfolds The Theatrics
Filmmaking is generally intended for extensive theatrical exhibition which involves a number of discrete stages including an initial story, idea, through screenwriting, casting, shooting, sound recording and pre-production, editing, and screening the finished product before an audience that may result in a film release and exhibition.
Stage Crafts happen in many places around the world in a range of economic, social, and political contexts, and using a variety of technologies and cinematic techniques, involving many people, and can take from a few months to years towards final production.
Below is a candid experience from one of Nigerian most finest in movie productions, Olufemi Bolorunde
Presently, my outfit, Bara Productions is collaborating with an NGO to produce a drama series that will educate and enlighten Nigerians and Africans about Anaemia disorder.
As a veteran of the industry, can you take us through some of the challenges and how you were able to survive them?
The challenges are enormous. I have the privilege of being part of the emergence of Nollywood. Acceptance was first a great challenge. We also had training issues as well. That’s why some of us had to go outside the country to acquire that knowledge. We had to tell our colleagues that filmmaking was a serious business. Some of us spent years in the universities studying theatre arts but, it’s a different ball game on the streets.
Presently, it’s time to transfer knowledge to the next generation. Now I take interns with me on locations for them to learn. Things are better now. It’s a privilege on my part to see the industry become this massive and prosperous.
Can you say the film industry in Nigeria is doing well, what is your overview of the industry?
The industry is evolving. The Nigerian film industry can only get better. It’s an industry that employs people from almost all other fields such as carpenters, doctors, marketers, journalists and others. Nigerians in the Diaspora are embracing the industry. It can get better with more support from the government. The industry is not doing badly. We moved from where we were 10 years ago. We are making progress. We are more professional, our equipment are better, we have been able to attract foreign investors and Nigeria filmmakers in diaspora into the industry as well. The Nigerian movie industry is the face of Africa across the world. The industry has also given employments to the young and old and has taken so many off the unemployment market.
How do you think the movie industry can be affected positively by the government?
Few years ago, the industry circulated within itself more than N20 billion naira, with that, it’s very difficult for any government to ignore such an industry.
The government should make do with more of training and re-training of practitioners. They should give opportunity to filmmakers to access equipment for our trade. The bail out through the Bank of Industry should be friendlier. The interest rates is still high as far as I am concerned. CBN recently announced a loan scheme for the industry as well, unfortunately, upon enquiries, most commercial banks are not even aware of the loan. We should remove the “Nigeria factor mindset” and be fair to all. Practitioners too need to learn that it’s business and not just an act.
In times past, our script were designed to educate people on morals and good lifestyle, but in recent times, value system is being rubbished through our content.
As a professional, what do you think we need to do to revert to status quo?
Would you say that Cable TV and online platforms have added value to the industry? Have they improved the quality and life style of the stakeholders in the industry?
What do you think could be done to reduce piracy in the industry?
The government must show more support to the industry by prosecuting those arrested promptly. We need full implementation of various outcomes of meetings and workshops on the industry.
Tell us about yourself?
Do you plan to have an academy?