A group of Nigerian boys have gained world-wide recognition with their sci-fi films they shot in Kaduna.
The team headed by Godwin Josiah and supported by his cousins was able to produce the film with materials sourced locally from scrap.
Using a smartphone and a tripod made from a broken microphone stand, they start. A blower generates air and buffets the actor who, in the film, will be flying through the air, Africanews.com reports.
“Well the main aim was not for our stuff to go viral, we just wanted people to see that okay there are kids in Kaduna doing something different, so that was just the main aim. So it all of a sudden just happening, it blew our mind and it made us happy,” says Godwin Josiah, 19.
The Critics as the crew of 8 call themselves made their first film “Redemption” in 2016. They saved for a month to buy the green fabric for the chroma key and taught themselves how to do visual effects by watching tutorials on Youtube.
Battling slow internet and power cuts, they created a tale about two boys who create an organic bio-fuel.
Their efforts impressed Nollywood movie producer Kemi Adetiba so much she tweeted enthusiastically about them in June, the students, known online as @thecritics001, have since gone viral.
A funding campaign for the boys amassed donations of about 5,800 USD — and they are on their way to upgrading their equipment. Josiah now has his sights on taking on Nollywood.
“One of the targets we aim for in the years to come is to make the biggest film in Nigeria and probably beyond,” he says. “We want to do something crazy, we want to do something great, something that has not been done before, and from what has been going on now, we believe quite well that it is going to happen soon enough.”
Nigerian boys grab global attention with sci-fi films.
— #BBNaija Laila Ijeoma (@LailaIjeoma) August 17, 2019