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How to produce an award winning movie (2)

PRODUCING an award winning movie is no child’s play.  A lot of factors are to be considered, your budget, the cast, location, costumes and a whole lot.

We spoke with two more award winning producers on how to make a movie that can clinch an award.

 

‘Award winning movies takes time’ – SAHEED  BALOGUN

Saidi Balogun

Saidi Balogun

What are the major ingredients for producing an award winning movie?

Your storyline must be good.  You must have the right cast for the movie.  You must have the finance to move the movie to international standard.  All the equipment needed must be made available.  A perfect and solid director, make-up and costume to make a good movie.

The story must be tight.  The shooting of the movie must be of international standard.

What are the challenges of producing an award winning movie?

Making an award winning movie takes time and you must be ready to face it.  Making an award winning movie requires hard work, focus.

How capital intensive is an award winning movie?

It depends on the storyline and how you want to depict your picture.

Do you always recoup the money invested in a movie?

In Nigeria, no. That is why we are begging the lawmakers to pass a bill against piracy.

 

‘It’s capital intensive’ – TECO BENSON

Teco Benson

Teco Benson

What are the major ingredients for producing an award winning movie?

The most important element is the story.  You need to have a good storyline.  You need a good director to interpret the story.  You need a good screenplay.  That is where a good writer comes in, a good writer who can make the story appealing.  You need great actors, a good camera and a good cinematographer.

You must have the right funding, if not, you wouldn’t have a story.

What are the challenges of producing an award winning movie?

Funding is a challenge.  Most good actors are expensive.  Distribution is also a problem and getting your money back is a problem.  Piracy is eating up the industry.  Our hope is the cinema and online platform.

How capital intensive is an award winning movie?

Very capital intensive, if you want to do a movie that will meet international standard.  You need a good camera that will give you a very good resolution.

You need good costume and a good research so that you can get it all right.  It is really expensive.  When you finish production, you have to do a post production, the sound, the picture, everything must be in shape.  Most important, you have to spend money on advertising and distribution.  You have to make noise about it so as to create hunger in the people for the movie.

Do you always recoup the money invested in a movie?

That is the expectation. Our people seem to prefer to watch American movies in the cinema.  These days, there are some kinds of luck involved.  Sometimes, you can’t even predict.  The consumer’s behavior is something you cannot predict.

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