Nigerian student-filmmakers create slick sci-fi short films

Nigerian student-filmmakers create slick sci-fi short films

- Nigerian student-filmmakers from Kaduna called The Critics Company are making short sci-fi films with little resources

- With just a mobile phone, knowledge from YouTube tutorials, they carved a niche for themselves

- The group said they just wanted to let the world know they are doing something different and not to go viral

Give Nigerians electricity and a little bit technology, and wonders would happen. Nigerian kids from Kaduna are making marvellous works with just basic green screen and low-budget smart phone.

The group of Nigerian student filmmakers called themselves The Critics Company and said they have been making short movies with little resources.

Raymond Yusuf, one of the group members said some of the problems they have been facing are availability of electricity and the capacity of their computers to run the software that renders raw movie clips.

“Our system is very slow, it takes hours to render a short clip. A five minutes short clip like Chase took us like two days…,” he said.

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One of the team members, Godwin Josiah, said their main aim was not to go viral but to show that there are some kids in Kaduna doing something different.

They use a broken microphone stand as tripod and washing blower to create wind effect during their production.

A fund-raising campaign got them almost $6,000 which they used to buy some equipment for their future productions. Now, the team has more efficient laptops, a few lighting gadgets, light shedder, some cameras and others.

Meanwhile, earlier reported about a 9-year-old Nigerian boy Basil Okpara who has built games with the help of a free programming application called Scratch 2. Okpara, a serial game developer, made use of what he learnt in a five-day boot camp organized by Codefest International.

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The camp was put in place to give children like Basil access to emerging technologies like robotics and virtual reality.

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