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Accelerate Filmmaker Project 2019 Day 4 – Kemi Adetiba Teaches Directing

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At the end of day 3, Lala and Bolanle continuously mentioned that we should expect an exciting guest for day 4 of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project, but they never mentioned who the person was, so imagine the shock and excitement on everyone’s face the moment Kemi Adetiba walked in!

Day 4 was so fantastic! We spent the whole day with the amazing and talented Kemi Adetiba and from the looks on everyone’s faces, they seemed to be pretty pleased about what they learnt from the multi talented director and they were even yearning for more.

The first thing that we noticed was that Kemi is a fantastic story teller and she knows it, well there’s a reason why she’s one of the best directors in Nollywood! So you can see that Accelerate only brings the best of the best to its people.

Kemi started off by telling us the story of how she became a director and trust her to not tell the story the normal way a person would tell it; from the gestures, to the suspense, and practical examples, she carried everyone along till the end of the story.

After her story, she showed us her film reel and some of the music videos she has directed and after each music video, she explained every part of the video and why she directed it that way.

Kemi also asked the filmmakers questions and asked them to explain their own understanding of the video.

As the class went on, Kemi Adetiba did some practical exercises with the students while  teaching them about lenses. After the exercise, she played the movie Apocalypto by Mel Gibson for everyone to watch, and as the movie was playing, she paused in some parts to explain why the director made certain choices and what those choices meant for the movie.

Overall, today was a day well spent and it was one of the best days of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project, we can’t wait to see what day 5 holds.

Check out photos from today’s class in the gallery above.

By Dammy Eneli

Read also: Accelerate Filmmaker Project Day 3

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