3 Ways Nollywood Screws up and wastes Veteran actors

Nollywood over the years, have thrived on many grounds due to the type of movie producers and directors it had in past and present times. The likes of Teco Benson, Obi Madubuogu and the award winning producer and director Kunle Afolayan have produced and as well directed several movies that has hit so high in rating of content by Nigerians and foreign viewers of their movies. Recently, so many other producers/directors have attracted accolades to Nollywood by virtue of some good quality movies being shot within and outside Nigeria such as 30 days in Atlanta, wedding party, October 1st, Jennifer’s Diary, and many others.

In recent times, Nollywood now has too many movie producers and directors who just want to become the Mel Gibson of Africa in movie making and directing but are not willing to learn the art of standard movie making. This has led to them screwing up many veteran actors and actresses within the movie industry. We here at Gistpark Media has carefully pick pointed areas where Nollywood is missing it big time. Check them out below;

1. Poor Scripts:
A movie could have a captivating and thought rattling title but if the scripts used in the movie is not superb, then the whole movie will be a huge turn off for the audience that are watching it. Many movie directors currently in Nigeria don’t care about the standard of their movie’s script more than they care for the profit that will emerge from the movie sales at Alaba market, 51 Iweka Road Onitsha and others. 

When these low standard Nollywood directors make these errors, it reflects in the movies and turns the veteran actors and actresses we have to nothing but clowns on screen. They will become nothing other than amateurs simply because the directors don’t take into deep cognizance, the quality of the script used.

The script writers in the movie industry are supposed to be people who are creative and as well read books of great stories. As a matter of fact, they are supposed to be prolific in storytelling and writing. The book ‘Things fall apart’ by Chinua Achebe was acted as a movie and epic was its middle name. why? Its storyline was amazing, great and audience captivating. Scripts for movie shouldn’t be any different. A good example to pick from Hollywood was the book ‘Lord of the rings’ that was acted. The movie has carved a niche for itself in the movie industry worldwide.

2. Poor Movie Scene Directing:
There are so many movies in Nollywood that has good storyline but the scene casting and directing are so poor. Most times, you watch movies and all you see is poor casting/directing and at the end of it, the errors are still allowed and compiled as part of it. Examples are movies like one funny movie that featured the already trending teenager Regina Daniels titled ‘Batman’. The storyline may have been great but the directing was so damn poor that the dude called the batman uses what seem to be a silk like blanket as his hero apron. Well let’s not go into details about that movie here. The key idea under this point is that poor scene casting/directing does nothing but wastes the potential of the actor or actresses involved.

In some Nollywood movies, Veteran actors like Olu Jacobs,Nkem Owoh and others were seen acting storylines that depicts that they had no formal education and hence decided to start school from the primary level of education and this now leads to funny and childish movie titles such as ‘Osuofia goes to school’. In the movie, veteran actors we expect to see using their experience of many years in acting to pass deep messages are seen acting as amateurs in some movie. This becomes a turn off for most Nigerians and then we all go crazy scampering with our mobile data trying to watch ‘game of thrones’, Thor, Empire and others online. Currently, music stars are the ones taking over movie scenes in Nigeria. When they appear in a movie, it attracts the attention of most Nigerians because their songs influences Nigerians more.

3. Poor Cinematography:
A movie could have a good storyline, casting/directing but if its camera shooting style and method is poor, it turns viewers off. Some Nollywood movies that had great storylines were ruined because the producers didn’t pay attention to the camera shoot methods and as well the number of cameras to use for certain kinds of movies. These errors, has ruined chances for so many movies that could have made headlines and won awards for both its producers and actors involved. 

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