Three ways to become a good filmmaker

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Aug 3rd, 2014
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Prolific filmmaker and one of the pillars of Nollywood, Madu Chikwendu in a chat with Justice Ilevbare, outlines three ways of becoming a successful filmmaker

Ever wondering how you could be a good filmmaker?

Here are three ways, According to Chikwendu, to becoming a good filmmaker

  1. The first element is talent – You are born with talent. Talents come in many varieties and you should know this. They may be inwardly directed or outwardly. They need not be profitable, useful, or conventional, but they will always be your own, a part of what makes you, you. Talents are usually second nature. So for you to be a good filmmaker, you have to discover your talent in this regards.

 

  1. The second element is skill – Skill is acquired and you must acquire the skill because it is the skill that will help you to use the talent. So for those desiring to be successful in filmmaking, you must get the needed skill. This usually comes through training. You need to develop skill in these areas; writing, visual storey telling, communication and technical expertise among others.

 

  1. The third element is passion – the creative industry is not about money making because people make the mistake that it is all about money – This is a paradox because it is about money really, but you don’t start with money in mind because of the nature of the industry.

 

In the beginning you are practically worthless nobody knows you. So you actually need to persuade a producer to use you. So if you have in mind that it is all about money, you won’t get anywhere. Your talent has not been fine-tuned, it is still like a rough diamond that needs to be cut and polished.

 

It is the passion that will drive you. It was this same passion that drove us when we started Nollywood. Some of us didn’t even have money to rent location buses. We may manage to get a bus that will drop us at a location, but when we get there we share the equipment. Some of us even carried equipment on our heads to the next location.

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