BY ESE DIBEBI
Following on from the success of Snapped the Movie (www.snappedthemovie.com), the UK’s first Snapchat movie, 2Far Media are continuing their commitment to creating a series of ‘social movies’ (a new term for short social media films that it has coined) by pioneering a collaborative project to create a Snapchat movie with a distinctly Nigerian flavour.
Written by Olivier award-winner Bola Agbaje, partnering with Nigerian director Kewa Obi, Snapped Nigeria has used a highly collaborative process of workshops and online social media meet-ups between the two countries. The movie was produced by award-winning Nigerian actor/producer Kemi Lala Akindoju and, after shooting in Lagos was completed during February, is currently going through its final editing and post- production process in London by Tom Moutchi, who was the director of the original Snapped the Movie.
An early pre-release cut of Snapped Nigeria had a successful preview with an audience of online professionals during a Social Media Week Lagos interactive session on February 26th.
Snapped Nigeria is scheduled to launch on Snapchat at the end of March 2016 on 2Far Media’s social movies Snapchat account. Snapped Nigeria is being produced in close association with the British Council as part of their UK/NG 2015-16 programme.
Writer Bola Agbaje says about the project, “Spielberg learned how to make movies by using Super 8. The new generation’s Super 8 is a smartphone and this generation’s young Spielberg is somewhere in the world with a phone in their hand waiting to be inspired. When Tom Moutchi and I worked on Snapped the Movie in the UK we said we would love to take the concept global. Being of Nigerian descent I love telling stories from that perspective. It has been great working with Lala and the Nigerian team remotely and wirelessly because we are showing the world not only can it be done, but we are doing it right now.”
“It’s super exciting to be a part of the team producing Nigeria’s first Snapchat film. The challenges experienced whilst making the film have helped me grow and I can’t wait for everyone to see it,” Kemi Lala Akindoju adds.
Akin – Adeolu Adefarasin
Fola – Nkem Marchie
Emela – Sylvya Oluchy
Temi – Odenike
Ade – Amarachuks Onoh
Mugger 1 – Olumide Adisa
Mugger 2 – Gbolabo
Writer Bola Agbaje
Director Kewa Oni
Producer Kemi Lala Akindoju
Editor Tom Moutchi
Production Assistant Funke Osisami
Executive Producer Clive Holdsworth