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5 Tips to Film Making Mastery By Ace Nollywood Cinematographer, Nodash

With 2018 just a few hours away, I decided I wanted to share my most recent insight into the world of Film Making. Do not be shocked, movie reviewing is more than just appreciating/critiquing a movie from the lame entertainment hungry viewer angle but also understanding the level of work that goes into creating a good movie- the mathematical part!

Interestingly, in my search for information, I stumbled upon an ace Nigerian cinematographer popularly known as Nodash. Nodash ( Kunle Adejuyigbe ) is one of the brains behind amazing movies like Isoken (which I saw but sadly didn’t realize the need to review),

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The Tribunal

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and most recently The Bridge.

If you are looking to delve into the world of film making, these tips are as good as gold!

Enjoy!

In the last few weeks, Nodash (Kunle Adejuyigbe) worked on another project with Director, Kunle Afolayan and for each day of that production he ran a series of tutorials on his Instagram page. In his own words “The idea is to share some experiences that you might find entertaining and hopefully inspire/share some knowledge in the process.”

 

5 Film Making Tips

FILM MAKING STARTS WITH THE TREATMENTS: The treatment is a document that communicates the head of department’s vision for the story. Ideally all creative departments should present treatments, however; it really depends on who is running the production and the capabilities of the people in charge of these departments. I would advise that you prepare a treatment no matter what. It helps you prepare and it also communicates your ideas to the director.

CHOOSING A CAMERA: Contrary to what camera manufacturers want you to believe there is no camera that is good for ALL projects. The three questions you should ask yourself before choosing a camera are “What am I shooting?”, “What accessories are available?”, “What can I afford?”

WE NEED TO COLLABORATE MORE: For every aspect of film making there are a few people in the industry who are excellent at it. So it makes sense to say we need to collaborate more. “Your crew” is whatever crew gets the job done not the ones you are friends with.

Don’t say you can’t work with someone just because you don’t ‘like’ them. You are supposed to work with them not marry them. 

GOOD CINEMATOGRAPHY DOESN’T START WITH THE EQUIPMENT, IT STARTS IN THE MIND OF THE DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: As a DP, give each scene the attention it deserves. Shoot for the movie not for your show reel; see the scene before getting on set. Consult with your team, as a DP you have many brilliant people working with you, talk to them, you will be shocked at the brilliant ideas that your team will have. Even Jesus had someone help him with his cross so don’t worry, relax, consulting people doesn’t make you look any less a hero.

WITH FILM MAKING EMOTIONS ARE EVERYTHING: It’s important to design every scene to clearly communicate whatever emotions you want the audience to feel.

 

It is important to know that because a movie looked good doesn’t mean the cinematography was good. Having good pictures is like having an eloquent news reporter read you a motivational book while good cinematography is like having a motivational speaker read you the same book.One of them leaves you “impressed” while the other leaves you “inspired”.

Also note that “good picture” isn’t the same as good cinematography. Good pictures = “pleasant to watch”, Good cinematography= “expresses the story.

 

While the scenes in most films are mostly brightly and flatly lit, good. cinematography is supposed to reflect scenes that are carefully sculpted to create specific moods per scene. Whether the characters are happy, sad or being romantic, each shot is made to reflect the mood of the scene. So even though good cameras which give cleaner pictures by default is used, good cinematography creates expressive pictures for films, and that’s what every cinematographer to aim to shoot

 

I hope you enjoyed reading the tips. Quite a good number of young and aspiring  film makers follow his feeds religiously. The tips are a total of 15 all documented on his social media platforms. CLICK to View.

 

 

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