By Modupe Lamikanra
AFP 2018 Day three started on May 30, 2018 with a masterclass on cinematography by Adekunle ‘Nodash’ Adejuyigbe, cinematographer, director, and editor.
He and the filmmakers discussed the job of a director of photography and he ensured that the team knew the importance of art department in creating the visual aspect of the film.
Ending the class with a demonstration on how to set up the visuals for a scene, Nodash emphasised the importance using small details to help express the emotion of a scene.
He constantly reminded the filmmakers that filmmaking is collaborative and they should rely on each other to create incredible films.
After a quick review with Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju on the business of film and how everyone was feeling about Friday (the pitching day). The filmmakers were treated to a screening of the short film ‘Still Water Running’ which Lala had co-produced and then they went for break.
The budding filmmakers gave short updates about the stories they were working on for Friday after the break. With most of them, at different stages of the process, Lala gave a few pointers on how to correctly pitch a film.
This was then followed by the masterclass on Directing by Nollywood Director, Tolu Ajayi. He started by explaining how his creative background in photography and comic books had helped him create his directing style. He emphasized the importance of the filmmakers emerging themselves in artwork across different mediums.
He also expressed how important it was for the filmmakers to observe the world around them, telling them they should constantly be looking for the truth of the moment. He gave them advice on the skills needed to become a successful director: developing their director eye, script analysis, and communication skills.
He screened some of his work including, Closed, The Encounter and Special Day, noting some of his favorite actors to work with. He used these to give examples of different ways for the director to represent their visual narratives.
So, after a jam-packed day filled with fantastic insight into the minds of Nodash and Tolu Ajayi, the filmmakers continued with the development of their stories for their pitching on the final day.
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