Just like in the preparation of a meal; if all the necessary ingredients required to make a pot of soup are available but no skilled cook is present to effectively assemble and blend these ingredients, there will be no meal? So also is the process of making a movie.
The absence of a skilled director in movie making is like taking away a very important ingredient without which the movie will amount to virtually nothing.
The importance of a director cannot be over emphasized as he is the driving creative force in a film's production and acts as the crucial link between the production, technical and creative teams. Directors are responsible for creatively translating the film from a script to the images and sounds on the screen. He or she must visualize and define the style and structure of the film, then act as both a storyteller and team leader to bring this vision to reality.
One of Nigeria’s veteran director’s Teco Benson has over the years shown immerse skill, talent and expertise in his continuous delivery of films. He debuted into the Nigeria movie industry as an actor in 1994 and later went into script writing in 1995 after which he began his directing career in 1997. He has since maintained a very strong track record in the Nigerian Movie industry.
Originally a civil servant, the 42-year-old father of five prides himself as being a change agent. In 2011, Benson in collaboration with Stepping Stones directed a movie ‘The Fake prophet’ which was produced as an advocacy tool by the UK-based child rights charity.
The talented director’s wish for the Nigerian movie industry is to turn Nollywood into something better than Hollywood. Already, hundreds of people are coming from Hollywood to Nigeria to learn how to work. With his wealth of experience, Benson coordinates projects and workshops stationed in the rural and urban areas of the continent.
According to www.naijarules.com, he has been known to finish a movie in at least three months compared to some Nollywood movies that get released every two weeks.
Since 1997 after he quit his civil service career, Benson has written and directed about 50 films, which has made him a familiar figure in Nigeria. He directed his first Yoruba movie titled 'IKU DORO' in 2011.
As part of the federal government delegation via the Nigerian Film Corporation, he represented Nollywood in Ghana in 2005, as well as being a part of the five men delegation that represented Nigeria at the 32nd Cairo International Film Festival. In 2006, his movie Explosion was chosen to represent Nollywood in Israel.
Some of the movies he has directed are: High Blood Pressure, Mission to Nowhere, Silence of force, etc. He has become a force to reckon with in directing with his twist in movie production through the incorporation of modern technology that enables his movies to contest at international level. This is evident in his new block buster movie “Red Hot” starring, Bimbo Manuel, Uti Nwachukwu, Bukky Wright, Akin Lewis, among a host of others.
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Nollywood actress Chika Ike as usual is showing off all the fun she is having while she’s on holiday in dubai. The actress, who has been having a blast have been posting different pictures on her Instagram showing us how great her trip is. From a luxury yacht to a helicopter ride and so much more.
According to the star, who just concluded her reality tv show, these are her pre-birthday vacation.
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I've had enough fun to last me for 1year! 😄.i wish everyday could be vacation day but I've to go back to work so bills can be paid😄😀#ifwisheswerehorses#prebirthdayvacation#africandivarealityshow#istanbul
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When it comes right down to making your dreams a reality; passion, opportunity, tenacity and of course unending positive energy, all these have become like a daily breath of air for Chaz D a rising face in the music industry.
Born Jonathan Charles Deemua, Chaz D had since childhood dreamt of the day he’ll be able to share his stories through his voice and show the world the spunk his made off. Finally the 26 year old can realise this dream.
Knowing he couldn’t just lurch himself into the industry without fine tuning his craft, Chaz D went to music school before starting out as a sound engineer with producer Jeggy Jeg. He left months later to the streets, raising funds to pursue his passion and promote his music career.
Yet to be signed to a record label, the afro pop R ‘n’ b artiste has through the influence of Usher, Fela, Wande Coal and 2Face horned his music to what it is today. Chaz D currently has a single out “Inheritance”, which has been enjoying air play on radio stations. He tells Happnings9ja that soo far the feedback has been awesome and it has increased his zeal. He however has other singles in the works and would release them in due time. In the meantime, he wants fans to get used to his sound, accept him.
Starting out and working your way in this industry is never an easy streak, some people may try to put you down, especially when it comes to funds. We must confess music is serious business in Nigeria - Chaz D isn’t excluded. According to him, “my set back has been meeting people with the wrong perspective and also financial constraint.
Chaz D has been making clear cut moves to engage with fans with various performances and appearances, including Carniriv (river state carnival) and also FESTAC Town street carnival.
Besides music, the talented vocalist is very much involved and passionate about business and fashion – it’s after all part and parcel of the entertainment industry.
Chaz D is very confident about success and doesn’t see challenges as a hindrance but as an opportunity to excel – now that’s the personality of a star in the making
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Oscar-winner Christian Bale -- best known for his star turn as Batman in the blockbuster "Dark Knight" films -- will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic.
"We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," the film's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said, in an interview with Bloomberg Television posted online Thursday.
Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for "The Social Network" about Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said giving the lead role to Bale was an easy call.
"He didn't have to audition," said Sorkin, although the writer said "there was a meeting" before the British-born actor was given the part.
"He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined," said Sorkin, who is writing the script for Sony Pictures based on the 2011 biography "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson.
"There isn't a scene or a frame that he's not in. So it's an extremely difficult part and he is going to crush it," Sorkin said.
The Apple inventor's storied life already has been rendered on the big screen in last year's drama "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher, which received lukewarm reviews.
Bale received a best supporting actor Oscar in 2011 for his role in the "The Fighter," in which he plays the older brother of a washed-up boxer struggling to revive his career.
The actor had a breakout performance as the lead actor in the 2000 movie "American Psycho," and also earned a lead actor Oscar nomination for his turn in last year's "American Hustle."read more
Guess who just turned 100...Mohammad Amanpour, proud father of CNN star correspondent, Christiane Amanpour.
The daring war correspondent who now hosts CNN International nightly global affairs program took to twitter to express her joy and also posted photos of a birthday party and Mohammad Amanpour holding a special birthday card from Queen Elizabeth.
My dad, proud to make it to 100 for special Birthday Card from Queen Elizabeth! pic.twitter.com/waNWhDFq1R
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) October 20, 2014
Happy 100th, Daddy! What a century! pic.twitter.com/J4NPHADvAu— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) October 20, 2014
The Antique is an epic movie set in the 19th century. Written and produced by award winning Darason Richards, the Southern inspired storyline totally pulls off arresting cinematography under the directorial expertise of Darasen Richards and DJ Tee.
The Antique movie boasts of Nollywood icons; Olu Jacobs, Funsho Adeolu, Bimbo Akintola, Ricardo Agbor as well as fast rising stars - Gabriel Afolayan, Kiki Omeili, Seun Akindele (2013 GIAMA Best New Artist ) and introduces the likes of Oge Indiana, Dada Omowunmi complemented beautifully with delightful humour from ace comedian Akpororo.
The plot of the story is straight forward yet engaging. The story comes to life 40 years later as the heir to the throne in Godo Kingdom falls seriously ill and the sacred antique (the pot) which had been violently snatched away from the king (Olu Jacobs) by ancestors of another village many years ago is irrevocably demanded as it is the only cure for the dying boy.
An evil collision is formed between the king’s wife brilliantly played by Kiki Omeli and Godo Kingdom’s high priest who lie about the gods choosing Oge Indiana as the chosen one to venture into the land forbidden to mortals to get the precious antique.
At first the high priest tries to talk the queen out of it as Oge is an only child of Funsho Adeolu, nonetheless he agrees so that his secret isn’t revealed. Later on hearing the decision, her lover Gabriel Afolayan tries to elope with her immediately but she delays convincing him that they would escape before dawn.
Just when they are about setting out, she is caught and has to embark on the journey into the forbidden land ( Irava). Meanwhile, Gabriel tries to fight for his love and is seriously whipped and imprisoned in the king’s palace. This was a where the movie took a dip, as effects by the makeup artiste could have utilized the opportunity to impress the audience with visible stripes which could have reflected his pain and anguish, however they took the easy way out and didn’t show his back at all during the beatings.
However as the story continues, he catches the eye of the queen with his guts who then suggests he cleans the palace as punishment instead, with the hidden agenda of seduction but when he refuses her advances, she implicates him with rape charges and he is imprisoned.
Alongside this development, Oge together with assigned bodyguards go through series of tests. Here, we see lapses in different scenes as her expressions tend to appear amateur, particularly during the farewell chat with her best friend- Omowunmi Dada, who stole the spotlight from her in their brief conversation with her magnetic acting.
In the end, Oge succeeds in bringing home the Antique and the heir’s health is restored.
Similarly, truth prevails in Gabriel’s world as the queen is caught red handed cheating and tries to claim rape charges once again, it becomes obvious it was all a lie so Gabriel is released and the queen is imprisoned in his stead then he reunites with his love.
At last peace and normalcy returns to Godo Kingdom and the story crowns it up by projecting the importance of preserving our culture.
With amazing sound effects and spectacular acting from Nollywood icons as well as commendable performances from the likes of Kiki Omeili, Akpororo and Dada Omowunmi, ‘The Antique’ is definitely a good watch.
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