Revealed: Nigerian students who shoot sci-fi movies with smartphones
In every corner in Nigeria lie talents waiting to be explored. This is the story of ‘The Critics’, a squad of young students from Kaduna state, shooting widely accepted sci-fi movies with smartphones.
TheNewsGuru reports that the eight-man team learned special effects from YouTube tutorials; used a shattered mobile phone as camera; made a broken microphone into their tripod; and chose an improvised hairdryer to initiate the heavy winds.
They also defied internet and power outages and set up video editing methods into their production processes to depict the desired movie scenes while standing in front of just a green studio fabric.
In a chat with Reuters, Raymond Yusuf, a member of the team and a student, spoke on the crew’s giant strides and said that their efforts have not been without challenges.
“The computer is really slow. Like, it takes time to render. A five-minute short film took us almost two days to render. Apart from this, electricity here is pretty poor,” Yusuf said.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 13, 2019
The crew’s resourcefulness earned them the support of a popular producer in the country who initiated a fundraising campaign in their name and amassed them nearly $6000 with which to purchase new equipment for more quality films.
Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna governor, who recently invited the team, praised their creativity. He also offered them government support and constituted a team of senior officials to work out “the details with their families.”
“The main aim was not for our stuff to go viral. We just wanted people to see that there are kids in Kaduna doing something different. So that was just the main. But, all of sudden, it’s just happens and blew our minds,” Godwin Josiah, a member of the team, said.
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) August 15, 2019