Two dozen esteemed filmmakers from the world’s third-largest producer of content were embedded in an intensive four-week course at the Colorado Film School this spring. Their overarching mission: to raise professional standards for future features in Nigeria – and potentially allow their homeland to compete for international awards.
Nigeria trails only the United States and India in terms of volume of content, sometimes producing 1,000 titles a month. But many of them are for domestic consumption and the technological level of these films are considered below par.
Now, through an economic development grant in Nigeria entitled ‘Project Act,” the country enlisted the help of Community College of Aurora, which houses the Colorado Film School, to raise the bar. The Nigerian filmmakers spent 20 days and 44 one-hour modules that offer training in such facets as script writing, story structure, character development, writing dialogue, directing actors, eliciting reality behavior in performances, moving the camera, and lighting.
The Nigerian grant focused on Colorado Film School to provide that foundational piece, given that the school has been cited as one of the top-25 film schools in the world by Hollywood Reporter magazine.
“It’s going to be a revolution,” Andy Amenechi, president of the Directors Guild of Nigeria, predicted. “I foresee a different style, a professional input into filmmaking from this program.”