Thursday, June 26, 2014

Use of Digital Media for Advocacy in Nigera

Bomb Explosion Scene, Emabs Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja-Nigeria. 25th June 2014
As a Cinematographer in a developing Nation like Nigeria, I have had great fun as a working professional. last time i wrote how i enjoyed roasted snail delicacies and the fisherman soup.
But today, due to my quest to deliver high definition footage to media agencies and to also insist in best practice with respect to the strength and integrity of Nigeria, i moved hastily to a Bomb explosion scene at Emabs Plaza, Wuse 2 Abuja with my 5D Mark. It was not just the goose pimples that made me want to shed tears, yes, phone calls from my family also touched me. but the worst of it all was when i imagined what harm ignorance can cause the world. As a Media Consultant, i want to sincerely recommend the use of Digital Media and Mobile Technology for Advocacy and Campaigns.
The Educational sector has done much to include Social relationships and culture as part of Educational Curriculum. That is commendable. The religious Institutions have either preached or instigated social crises. what more can we do but pray?. yet, i insist, when it comes to the strength of everyone. the Uuuuuuus! and the Iiiiii! . we need to put more effort as Nigerians, to improve our knowledge of the good and the Bad. to also use our profession to educate and encourage one another. With this, maybe i can take footage easily without shading tears, those tears mean a lot to every man. here they come again.  goodbye while i go back to my scripts, cameras, lenses, cranes my world of visuals and sounds of history. Comerade.  Ugwuja George Odinakachi

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Photojournalism in Nigeria

My story of Photo Journalism is not something I can under emphasize, no never, but twinkles were the morning stars when viewed from a resting sea…the early morning sea of the south south zone of Nigeria. 

During my first experience, we sailed to Brass, a terrain I have never experienced in my entire life, scary sea foods i ate and off my passion for professional photography drove me. With a Senior Technical Assistant OSSAP-MDGs and other state PSU, I knew I was in good hands but once again, they are indigenous Bayelsa people that understands the Terrains better than I do,
Another day was just about sailings also and for three weeks we sailed until I became a better sailor, I started eating sharks also…I ate sharks because I conquered the sea just to shoot MDGs-CGS Success story.
The Niger Delta Region would be experiencing many gracious developments if not for the challenges of their aquatic terrains.
I visited the most remote villages and recorded success stories of MDGs Solar Boreholes and PHCs
I called TD
The Value of data I collected was enormous, and I was happy for the government.

I am not happy this time because I was paid to exercise my most lucrative profession, no never! i was happy because i saw awesome government interventions positively affecting the lives of community people.
The MDGs-CGS success story was a success, yes it was.
i have been going on field trips
i have been shooting documentaries,
i have eaten different species of fishes
but i have not had the kind of job satisfaction like i had during the shoots of  OSSAP-MDGs Success Story.

Ugwuja George

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tales of Nigeria-Biafra War

“To make Nigeria one is a task that must be done” he lowered his gaze, and tears slipped out of his left eye, I saw my father fighting to stop either the tears or the tales of a deadly civil war that claimed the life of his best friends.
He pointed at an old radio, which shows the words he said were from there,
He looked up to the sky, and the agony in his eyes explained how bullets flew.
there were killers, there were rapists, i could still see some bullet wounds healed but memorable.
though i wanted to hear the story, yet i could not bear the sight of my Fathers tears.
Oh yea war!
stay away from my people
stay away from Nigeria
stay away from Africa
and let my father's tears come with a smile of the achievements of his children
and not in any more remembrance of the lost world
a period of ignorance and pride
a time we are not ever going to see again
but not in violence and war
for we do not kill who we protect
we do not uproot a vine we water
a story i was supposed to tell
but sorry my father didn't say all
(This is to inform you all that i am conducting a research on Nigeria-Biafra war, talking to eye witnesses and retired soldiers, using the details to do a screenplay. we need good cinema films, it starts with this screenplay. to collaborate or produce this work, contact me)

Ugwuja George Odinakachi

Friday, June 21, 2013

The rising of Monacle

From the boom of Nigeria music industry, to the actualization of songs we can play. Songs that compete with that of the western world, yes we have arrived.

Nigerian circular songs were hitting the airways, but the Christian songs had questionable qualities.

We needed Christian songs that would wake the youth’s empire of celebration; we needed Nigerian Christian songs of appreciation. Something like what we have now.

The rising of Monacle is a breakthrough; the songs we wanted is here now.

Introducing ‘’so amazing’’. This track is one of the leading songs of Monacle that reflects appreciations, expectations and celebration. To him that is unique will always want his regards to go to someone…someone of great influence. Mostly, upcoming artistes choose great musicians that inspired them…some say its their Father…Monacle said God did it all and his expressions of surprised is lavished in this Track. So Amazing video is hitting the airways soon
Click this link to download and listen to the audio ‘’SO AMAZING’’

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Final Stage of GURU GUANO

Consultant Film Maker in Nollywood and Africa: Final Stage of GURU GUANO: Starting from the conception of GURU GUANO, the plot was one of the major challenges i had. but just as a little boy will tell his father, ...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Investing in African Cinema Films

Film is an amalgamation of different artforms, incorporating writing, drama,cinematography, music etc, to me, it remains the greatest work of creativity. i choose to talk about this because Africa has so many stories of Independence, amalgamation, culture and diverse lifestyles which every film lover will definitely sit in the cinema to watch. the market is still lucrative; earlier than now, we the Nollywood film makers ran back to low budget films for home distribution when we realized that our market lives with us. but things are changing now, with our inquisitive attributes, we have understudied the process of Cinema film making; we have access to Full frame production equipments and above all, we have the stories.georgeostories can be your expert guide here, we want to do business with both local and international business men that can invest in Films. the market is secured now.
consider our options:
Go high and wide – release films at festivals, secure theatrical distribution before going to DVD, TV, Online streams. This route means competing head on in the cinema market with Hollywood, Bollywood and other big budget blockbusters.
Go wide and low – includes exploiting free to air TV, Cable TV, and Community TV platforms, going straight to DVD, using mobile TV and Internet online rental and offline purchase options, as well as the use of multiple internet promotional opportunities.
Africa needs filmmakers across all these sectors. We want flagship African films that will compete successfully in theaters, locally and globally, and develop return on investment throughout the value chain. Africa needs more producers and more distributors to engage with the challenges. We also have innovative low-budget films that tell local stories and provide viable economic opportunities.

During the colonial era, Africa was represented exclusively by Western filmmakers. The continent was portrayed as an exotic land without history or culture. Examples of this kind of cinema abound and include jungle epics such as
Tarzan and The African Queen, and various adaptations of H. Rider Haggard's 1885 novel titled King Solomon's Mines. In the mid-1930s, the Bantu Educational cinema Experiment was carried out in order to educate the Bantu peoples.

In the French colonies Africans were, by law, not permitted to make films of their own. This ban was known as the "Laval Decree". The ban stunted the growth of film as a means for Africans to express themselves politically, culturally, and artistically. In 1955, however,
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra - originally from Benin, but educated in Senegal - along with his colleagues from Le Group Africain du Cinema, shot a short film in Paris by the name of Afrique Sur Seine (1955). Vieyra was trained in film-making at the prestigious Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, and in spite of the ban on filmmaking in Africa, was granted permission to make a film in France Afrique Sur Seine explores the difficulties of being an African in France during the 1950s and is considered to be the first film directed by a black African
Film Festivals in Africa (partial list)

Abuja International Film Festival (Nigeria)
Amakula Kampala International Film Festival (Uganda)
Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt)
Carthage Film Festival (Tunisia)
Dockanema (Mozambique)
Durban International Film Festival (South Africa)
Encounters South Africa International Documentary Festival
Ethiopian International Film Festival
FAKO Film Festival (Cameroon)
FESPACO PanAfrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (BurkinaFaso)
Festival du films de Dakar (Senegal)
Images That Matter international short film festival (Ethiopia)
Kenya International Film FestivalLola Kenya Screen
Marrakesh International Film Festival (Morocco)
Out in Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (South Africa)
Rwanda Film Festival
Salaam Kivu International Film Festival (Congo)
Tri-Continental Film festival (South Africa)
Zanzibar International Film Festival (Tanzania)
Zimbabwe International Film Festival
Zuma Film Festival (Nigeria)
African Film Festivals (International)
Africa in the Picture (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
African Film Festival (Sydney, Australia)
Afrika Film festival (Belgium)
Africala African film festival of Latin America (Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, Brazil)
African Film Festival of Tarifa (Spain)
Afrika Eye (Bristol, UK)
African Diaspora Film Festival (New York, USA)
African Film Festival(New York, USA)
Annual Cascade Festival of African Film (Portland, USA)
Black International Cinema Berlin (Germany)
Images of Black Women Film Festival (London,UK)
Milan African Film Festival (Milan, Italy)
Pan African Film and Arts Festival (Los Angeles,USA)

To invest in African based Film Project contact georgeostories.