Film making is an aspect of my life that has never visited the pages of Becca Diaries. Well, maybe in recent time I haven’t been on any set. That reminds me, Becca Diaries is 2 months old this week. Yippie! Congratulations to us.
So, welcome to my world of Film Making. Between 2013 and 2016 I have played a number of roles on movie set during different productions on campus. Notably among them is Production Manager.
I have been a Production Manager (PM) to the point where I can be called a veteran. I remember running around and serving as the link between my producers, directors, casts and crew. What was rather amazing at this point was the fact that I was a student in the department of Theatre and performing Arts, ABU Zaria. A department known for its level of engagement with students that keeps them occupied always. How my film rendezvous, which was extra-curricular, progressed at that level is a story for another day.
Back on track!
I recently got an appointment to lecture at the department of Theatre and Performing Arts, ABU Zaria – where I graduated in 2016. This is a dream career and I’m forever grateful to God Almighty.
So, Mathew Babalola, a 400level student wrote a wonderful story and approached me with the script. He intended to produce a short film afterwards but had no financier at the moment. I read the script from cover to cover and stumbled on the possibility of telling a compelling story.
Lying in there, staring at me is a change of narrative for the Nigerian youth in dealing with politicians who take advantage of them in securing political offices .
The Storyline (as drafted by Babs)
The Honourable is a short film that tells the Nigerian story through a young guy (Bruno) and a politician (Honourable Safini) as they both tangle around what is wanted and what is desired in a bid to get to an expected end
I’m aware that stories don’t necessarily come fully formed but rather progressive through the collaborative efforts of both casts and crew. I took up the challenge of financing the short film because I believe that it has great potentials.
In no time at all, we embarked on a great process, bringing together casts and crew – many of which are my colleagues (lecturers of Theatre and Performing Arts Department) and students of same department.
Finally, we started the production with a pre-production meeting, vetting of location, gathering equipment, and all others.
On production day, we all set out elated and energetic but it got draggy at some point and I got really scared of losing daylight and not following the schedule. From experience, I know it will mean an extra day, and an extra day will translate to extra funds.
Wow, this is the point where I need take a deep breath. To all Executive Producers out there, you all are the real MVPs. I give it to you.
And to you Nuhu Dalyop, you’re a rare gem. Nuhu is a director who works with people without necessarily shouting down at them or throwing things around. My experience with other directors has been on a different level entirely.
Please, watch out for the mind blowing short film, The Honourable.
Anyways, I don’t intend to bore you, but in case you don’t get the drift, I just added another feather to my cap, “Executive Producer”.