BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Nigerian Filmmaker, Niyi Akinmolayan has announced a scriptwriting competition for his next movie. He stated on his blog that the movie will be a joint project that will involve interested readers and subscribers of the blog.
“Interested participants are expected to write a 5-10 page script, one location (locations could be connected by a door like a dining-living room-kitchen…or a restaurant-kitchen…or an office-reception). There must be five main characters in the story, two females, three males. Among these 5 must be an elderly person (post 40yrs), a disabled person, and a character that doesn’t talk throughout. Every character must be integral to the plot.”
The competition will run for two weeks (July 22- August 5) and the winner who will get N100,000 will be chosen by Anthony Kehinde Joseph, a screenwriting lecturer but all the submissions will be posted on the website. Entries should be sent to [email protected]
There will also be opportunities for readers to become part of the cast and crew of the movie and to learn from professionals. The cast will be chosen by the public and the crew will be chosen by Niyi Akinmolayan. The movie making process will also be live streamed for the benefit of readers that are unable to join in the project so they can still learn a thing or two about movie making.
About his reason for making the movie, he wrote, “Re-phrasing Anton Ego in Ratatouille “Not everyone can be a great film maker, but a great film maker can come from anywhere, regardless of their background and means”. I’ve been told to charge a lot of money to train people. While this is great and might still happen, right now, I’m interested in those people that can’t afford a fancy film school but have a lot of greatness locked inside of them. That was me 10years ago. This is not the time for dick measuring contests in nollywood. None of us are there yet, but we can keep passing the basic knowledge of filmmaking around thereby unlocking great potentials. When we get to that point where its hard or almost impossible to see a bad Nollywood film, then I can start charging millions for training…if I haven’t retired to be a farmer or a jollof rice chef by then.”
For more details, go to niyiakinmolayan.com.