How to make a Nollywood short-film for less than $5,000

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Here's a video by New York-based Vocativ, which the NMN team stumbled upon recently, it is from the making of a Nollywood short film titled “Butterfly”. But in fact, this video, shows you how to make a short Nigerian movie for less than $5,000 USD! Watch, comment and share with followers on your Nollywood social network.

See below for what the Vocativ crew had to say about this project of theirs, and why they chose to study Nollywood, Africa's largest film industry: 

A few months ago we held a screenwriting competition because we wanted a script so we could make a movie in Nigeria. Why, you’re asking??

Because Nigeria's movie industry pumps out more films a year than Hollywood. In fact, Nollywood, as it’s been dubbed, is the second largest film industry in the world, in terms of movies produced – second only to India. It makes more than 2,000 low-budget films a year, most of which go straight to DVD, which is the medium of choice for Nigerians.

Despite enormous problems with piracy, Nollywood generates about $600 million a year. We wanted to get an unvarnished view of the business and we decided making a movie there would be the ultimate insider way to do it.

We took our winning script, called “Butterfly,” written by a first time screenwriter named William J. Haran, and we sent it to a producer in Lagos, the heart of Nollywood, and the biggest city in Africa. The producer, Eke Ume, a veteran in the industry, assembled a crew of 14 and made the movie in three days on an extremely low budget.

In a country where more than half the population lives in poverty, electricity is in short supply and crime and corruption are not, Nollywood filmmakers have lots more to contend with than your average LA-based auteur. Take a look at the “Making of the short film called “Butterfly”.

Video credit: Vocativ.com

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Tags: Vocativ, Butterfly, Short Film, Nollywood, Nigeria, How To Make a Movie

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  • Davio Jacobs
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    Great Short, the writing is fantastic, I love how it all comes together when the Butterfly appears at the end. Moving, Some production weakness but look at what they need go thru to film. Bravo to the writer, cast and crew

  • Davio Jacobs
    Added

    Great Short, the writing is fantastic, I love how it all comes together when the Butterfly appears at the end. Moving, Some production weakness but look at what they need go thru to film. Bravo to the writer, cast and crew