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PREPARE YOUR OWN NOLLYWOOD BUDGET

Hey guys…today, we look at Nollywood budgets! I will be sharing ideas on basic setups to help minimize cost, a breakdown of different sections of a budget and some smart things to do while costing stuff. You will be able to download a sample template that you can tweak for your purpose. Note that the figures in the budgets are based on costs as at the time of this write-up. Hopefully, as Nollywood gets better and bigger, these costs, especially for crew and cast will change for the better. Quick one!. I have added a “subscribe” button to the blog. its on the top menu. Click on it and send your email address to join my mailing list and always get the latest blog post. You won’t have to miss a thing! If you are reading from a phone, the subscribe button should be on the top right dropdown menu. Oya…enough talk…lets fight…kichaooooo!!!

First, some Things to get us started

STUDIO FILMS VS INDIE FILMS

Oya drop that your oyinbo film book for now and come back home. Every nollywood film is an independent film. This means they are largely self-financed with money from personal savings, Family, friends and probably stolen from your local co-operative society (na joke o). We don’t have the standard hollywood studio system here for now. I know some initiatives are beginning to think in that direction but for now, omo you must go and look for that money yourself. This then makes the next issue a bit confusing.

The Champion is a very low budget film.

The Champion is a very low budget film.

HIGH BUDGET AND LOW BUDGET NOLLYWOOD.

I have decided to put this into subsets based on experience and findings. There are four types of nollywood budgets;  a.Very Low Budget, b. Low Budget, c. High Budget d.very High Budget. Let’s break them down.

VERY LOW BUDGET

Generally, these budgets fall within 2-3million naira. They are the films mostly called Asaba; which should never be used derogatorily. Films made solely for DVDs and VCDs will fall under this category. They are also likely to make it to some streaming websites like irokoTV or a cable TV like African Magic Igbo or AFMAG yoruba for a small price. What they lack in production value, they compensate for in excessive melodrama and comedy which people love. Most of the marketing is via posters

Clueless is a low budget film. loved on IrokoTV

Clueless is a low budget film. loved on IrokoTV

LOW BUDGET

These will fall within 4-6million. Usually they would never exceed 5million except the producer wants to spend a little on marketing and publicity. These films target Web streaming platforms and Cable channels mostly.  They would usually try to make good looking family dramas or comedy that can earn some good money on those platforms. They are able to use at least one Popular face amongst other upcoming ones. They would most likely sell DVDs too. Now some of the movie producers with this budget will also try for cinema, but except they have a very compelling film or some relationship with the distributors, they won’t get good times and can only hope to be sleeper hits (a sleeper hit is a film that’s sells a lot over time with very little publicity). I don’t recommend cinema for this kind of budget though. I’ll explain later.

Out of Luck is a high budget film

Out of Luck is a high budget film

HIGH BUDGET

This usually will range from 7-15million. 90% of all the films in Nigerian cinema were made at this budget range. Yes..You heard me…including all my films and the films you’ve all enjoyed in cinemas. For now, this is the Cinema safe zone for optimal profitability. If i was doing 7m, I’d probably be smart with 6m, use a star with 1-2 known faces and use 1m for marketing. If I had 15m, I would use about 12m for the production, use 2-3 stars, some fancy rigs, 4-5 other known faces, some cheats with location and extras and use 3m for marketing. These films can get good cinema time slots and if the marketing is on point coupled with a good story, can last up to 4 weeks in cinema. Some have even managed to cross 6weeks. After the cinema run, the producer can bargain for good deals with cable TV stations and web platforms, even NETFLIX!. The films can also make it to festivals abroad because most festivals would consider them art-house type films. If you want to make your first nollywood cinema film, fall within the range and you will be safe, except you do a terrible job or your people from the village are on your case.

’76 is a very high budget movie. $2m

VERY HIGH BUDGET

This is the realm of the big boys. Any film above 30million in my opinion is a very high budget nollywood film. It’s very risky but if done right, can be very profitable. These films would usually have high production values, A-list cast, maybe even some international cast and crew members, multi-platform marketing and publicity and even international premieres. It’s exciting to know that some films coming out this year fall within this range. While I cannot say for sure if they will make profit, they are gradually improving nollywood’s image home and abroad. We need more films with very high budgets. una we get bastard money…epp us…abeg…we will make u proud 🙂

 

 

Always remember though, that even with all these, Film and art generally is unpredictable, a very low budget film sometimes will outsell a very high budget film but stop thinking like that. It’s not a smart way to think. Plan properly and you will be fine. Also, not all films are meant for cinemas. It’s not helping nollywood. If your story and premise doesn’t have a scale that fits a big screen, biko, don’t put it there. You will just be letting all these small children abuse us. please na…e joo…nitori anobi. For the sake of this post, we will look at Low and High budget films.

a nollywood Low budget film setup

a nollywood Low budget film setup

A SAMPLE LOW BUDGET PLAN: Please download the attached word document BUDGET FOR – Ogbonge small movie You can re-edit in MsEXCEL to access the Sum function if you sabi that thing. Basically, you would divide your budget into Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. Let us look at key parts of this budget.small budget a* You can do all the location recce yourself and save cost. ** most low budget films have writer/producer credits. ***Don’t do open auditions for a low budget film. thats stress. its better you get actors by recommendation or from watching other films. and you can do your close auditions in your house or office.

small budget b

LED lights can replace KINOs

LED lights can replace KINOs

*I recommend 4 Lenses to go with your camera: a 24mm or 35mm for wides, 50mm for mediums and 85mm for closeUps. in a two cam setup, You will roll the wide (24 or 35mm) and medium (50mm) at once then re-block for Over The Shoulder (OS) shots or CUs with the two 85mms. ** the camera and lenses will usually come together. same as for sound which in this case will include 3-4 lapel mics, 1 boom mic, 1 digital recorder and one audio mixer. ***LED light are more cost effective now than KINOS and they don’t flicker and they use batteries. ****Always put your star in a separate, moderately bigger hotel. It helps their ego…lol. *****Your data wrangler should work with the continuity guy and you should check footages every night. ******You can cut down location costs by using family and friends. don’t be rowdy and always pay something…even if its to buy fuel for their generator or cookies for their kids.

small budget c

*Don’t Touch your post money. **Have at least Two hard drives, One for the edit. and one to keep. Village witches are real o. *** Always try look for a good song in your movie. It will make it look expensive. Get a music producer to create a song for you.

a nollywood Highbudget film setup

a nollywood Highbudget film setup

NOW, LETS DO HIGH BUDGET: Please download the attached word document BUDGET FOR – Ogbonge big movie You can re-edit in MsEXCEL to access the Sum function if you sabi that thing. Basically, you would divide your budget into Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. Let us look at key parts of this budget.

big budget a*You have some money now. Hire a good location guy and a good writer. You will get a good award winning script for this amount. You should be willing to spend even more. **You can find an open space or studio to do your auditions. Also make sure you have a cast and crew meeting ahead of the shoot. very important.

big budget b*You should add an addition lens to go with the one above. maybe an 11-24mm if you want some really wide shots or a 70-300mm for some delicious close ups. depending on style, you might want to get some macro lenses too. **You will need more lights and i recommend HMIs. Very good for fighting the sun and cool night exteriors. Your Gaffer should be able to arrange a deal specifically for days you need the HMIs. They are expensive so don’t keep them when you don’t need them.***For Cinema, Camera style is very important as using it well can add scale. combine steadicam, dollies and cranes to create some good cinematography. the audience will love it. spend that money baby! ****Hire a professional AD this time around. You will need it.big budget csame as above. don’t touch it!

SOME SMART POINTERS TO CUT COST

– Be smart with your story. The real difference between cinema and small screen is the world in which the story is told. For instance, James Cameron’s Titanic is the basic nollywood story. Rich family don’t want their girl marrying a poor boy but love prevails. We tell that story all the time but tell that story on a sinking 882feet long Ship and you have Oscar winning Cinema. If you are doing low budget, give us a story to die for. Even if everything happens in one room, people will love it.

– Hire an Ijebu Production Manager…lol…ok so what i mean is, you really want a production manager that is very thrifty and smart. He should be very proactive and know where to be smart with cost. For low budget films, crew members can share hotel rooms. You can also be smart as a producer and make your home comfortable for some key crew. I didn’t stay in a hotel while doing make a move, the producer’s cousin had a fine house with Playstation 4 and a kitchen. With games and jollof rice, who needs hotels.

– Avoid using Family members – This is very important. I know people want to save cost on this but as a matter of principle; I never hire someone i know i can’t fire. So stop using your immediate family members or that chic you had an affair with and left her for her hotter friend as crew members o. She might be an evil edo girl o. hmmm. It’s a serious job and someone’s money is on the line. Even if you want to use family member, do not use them for key roles

– Plan all your Locations around a region. Nothing delays a shoot as much as moving from one location to another. Plan smart. Look for locations close to each other and find a hotel close by too.

– Use at least one star. Don’t believe all that “ it’s only the story that matters” orisirisi talk o…na lie. irokoTV will offer you crumbs if they don’t see a known face. Cinema distributors too, the same. So you ask, how do new people now enter. Remember i said, use a star. This does not necessarily mean he/she has to be lead. They just need to be there to give the film some credibility. Subconsciously, distributors will think, if this star agreed to be in this movie, it must be a good one. Also they bring a wealth of experience to a production particularly if it’s your first. Again, stop putting your friend as cast in a movie you want to make money from. Those of you that like putting your actor girlfriends in your films …who you epp.

– Keep your postproduction and marketing money aside. I have plenty producers owing my studio money. They all come crying that all the money finished while shooting. Stories that touch. Before you start shoot, keep the money for post and marketing aside. Maybe with someone else so you don’t touch it. Your zeal to sell a film can disappear when it spends forever in post. Bad things too can happen like missing files, editor disappearing…etc. use a dedicated post production studio like Anthill for your films. its safer and smarter and they are very nollywood friendly.

– Hire a Director who understands this is business. If you are serious about making money from a film, please high a director who is willing to work with your budget, your team and with you. Don’t hire someone who is stubborn to work with and does not believe in collaboration. A film is hardly a director’s film in nollywood. Everybody dey chook mouth small if it must to sweet. Find a director that believes in the project as well. It matters a lot.

 

So there you have it. Shoot me questions or opinions or jollof rice and don’t forget to add your email to the list by clicking subscribe on the top menu. Interesting things are coming soon with the blog. Stay committed to learning.

Categories:   Director and Crew, orisirisi, Smart Stuff

Comments

  • Posted: July 17, 2016 13:45

    O'Fresh

    Hahaha... I particularly love that part where you said... "village witches are real o" thumbs up boss... These posts are exactly like you handling a million naira to every one who reads... So much embedded. GOD BLESS bro... I wish everyone in industry were like you sir
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 14:01

    Dapizzle

    Cool
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 14:41

    David Daudu

    Thank you so much uncle Niyi this write up was really helpful.
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 14:49

    Line Producer

    Small error in high budget document. In sound mixing, you have 200,000 as unit cost, and then your total is 100,000. Otherwise, thank you so so much for taking the initiative to put this together!
    • Posted: July 17, 2016 15:19

      admin

      wow...I just saw that. will fix. Thanks a lot. I'm glad you scrutinized it well
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 14:52

    OMONIYI

    Comment thank you sir for this piece.. I wish I could have all your write ups so far in a book.. I can't wait to produce my first movie as a product of everything I have read here and will read... Thank you sir... One more thing sir.. We need to learn the art of making the most profit out of our production sir.. Thank you sir...
    • Posted: September 7, 2017 23:32

      Horlahitan

      How is production coming up, Sir
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 15:34

    admin

    Please let me know if there are any inconsistencies in the quote template figures i attached. I know know book like that o.
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 16:18

    James Olorunosebi

    So hilariously funny in the delivery. Thanks for the write-up. Sharing that.
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 16:28

    Victor Negro

    Writer fee must always increase o!
    • Posted: July 17, 2016 16:30

      admin

      yesoo...tell them
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 16:47

    Amaka

    Very very insightful.
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 17:43

    set'o'props

    Hmmm nice piece perhaps this helps
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 18:35

    Bobby RAK

    gbam...
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 22:12

    Wittytayor

    Brother, you're just too awesome. Thanks for this. But, Chai! U and jollof no go kill each other she Thanks
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 23:01

    Olabanji

    Bro this is helpful oo we need post on post production tip too o for those of us planning to set up a good nollywood post production studio thanks egin Niyi omoloogun
    • Posted: July 17, 2016 23:32

      admin

      very soon
  • Posted: July 17, 2016 23:22

    Obi9 'NINEplay Nnabugwu

    Thanks boss, this is an eye opener as we dey always talk for naija here. Really tho, i ve always wanted to know how it works here cos i don too watch #HollywoodMakingOfTheMovie and i plan to do my own movie one day. now i see.
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 00:00

    Goodluck Azunwena

    Choi!!! My eye af open... Thanks
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 01:36

    Michael Osheku

    We now have an indie filmmakers blog, we can call our own..so practical and engaging. Thank you sir!
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 03:05

    Tunde Raphael Egbayelo

    Insightful! ESE Egbon
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 03:07

    Tunde Raphael Egbayelo

    Again sir, I didn't see DOP fee on the list.
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 03:20

    Tobi Obishakin

    Nice one sir, God bless you.
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 05:50

    mrnollywood

    Great job Boss...My name is MRNOLLYWOOD I Acted as Armstrong In The Johnsons.... You Have Directed One Very good job I Acted With Majid Produced By The Ambo Winner Lady..... You Are Truly Good At Your Hustle Am A Witness
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 06:53

    Olubunmi Oreaje-Ogbori

    Very helpful piece, thank you sir. Anyone need a screen writer/content entrepreneur? Contact me Oreajebunmi@gmail.com
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 08:47

    Razaq

    This is very helpful to me as a photographer and video editor, because I'm working towards making movies in the future
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 08:49

    Chibugo

    One of the best things that has happened in recent times is this blog....this article is beautiful, very insightful!!!
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 12:59

    ceecee

    You I have followed this big bros like kilode,...and am still following I guess this is movie production (101). Thanks boss. My role model
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 13:43

    Henry Richards

    A true guide into understanding what it entails to make a production.
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 14:18

    ufuoma

    Very helpful piece Niyi.
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 14:55

    Rasheed Ridwan

    well i am a tech blogger, i just had love for films,thumbs up boss, you did a great job here. More ink to you pen
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 19:19

    jessy

    thank you very much for this...very helpful!
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 19:25

    Akin Abiola

    Thank you Mr Niyi. This indeed is very helpful to me. thanks again.
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 19:58

    Ebuka

    Wow! What more can I say?
  • Posted: July 18, 2016 23:13

    Mary

    Thank you for this..very practical,easy to follow like abc and funny,thanks
  • Posted: July 19, 2016 12:21

    Muyiwa

    Woo! Great job. One of the realest I've ever read . Nice one bro. We wish it gets better though. You delivered this piece flawelessly taking away some "camouflages" . Bless you bro.
  • Posted: July 19, 2016 16:08

    Scanner

    But wait o: sub leads are paid that low!?!? Chaiiii. And the fees for the "star actors".... Great write up though. Made for a very interesting read. But as tomato set cost now, you sure say you no go try coconut rice?
  • Posted: July 19, 2016 16:43

    Scanner

    But wait o: sub leads are paid that low!?!? Chaiiii. And the fees for the "star actors".... Great write up though. Made for a very interesting read. But as tomato dey cost now, you sure say you no go try coconut rice?
    • Posted: July 19, 2016 17:02

      admin

      Tomato price don come down joo...no excuse
  • Posted: July 20, 2016 02:40

    Sulaimon

    30m for high budget . Does that mean some numbers are being adjusted when you hear $2m budget?
  • Posted: July 20, 2016 15:28

    phoenix

    Thank you very much for these Sir. Quick question: If i made a film for 7million (Marketting Inclusive), Will the Cinema distributor agree to sign it on? (Word around is Cinema distributors will only work with budget 10M and above) Thank you
    • Posted: July 20, 2016 15:58

      admin

      That's not true. If they see potential in your film, you will have their attention. They are a business afterall
  • Posted: July 22, 2016 22:15

    ojo moleeky

    When I saw the publicity for this your write up, I never rest until now. Now I feel too blessed being on this blog. All I want to say is thank you for this.
  • Posted: July 23, 2016 14:01

    Ogundare Timileyin

    This is very insightful. For some of us who don't have money to go to a proper film school, this is just amazing. Egbon Niyi should train me biko. How do I get you to train me Egbon?
  • Posted: July 24, 2016 19:47

    Barnabas Emordi

    i'm learning! i'm learning!! I Can't thank you enough for all this information you are given for free. Young aspiring film makers like me will gain a whole lot from your lessons Thank you sir
  • Posted: July 26, 2016 01:59

    Danny Nwauzorma

    CHAI! (in capital letters). My eye don open wella! This blog is the best thing that has happened to me in recent times.
  • Posted: July 26, 2016 09:27

    chidimma

    Comment very informative
  • Posted: July 27, 2016 13:20

    sola

    see words of wisdom oo cheii. i actually took down notes like i'm in a lecture class damn. *tear* quick question, please, do u have any words of wisdom for a ZERO budget production? by that, i mean all i have are friends who will act with me, a camera and my father's house as location. don't worry, i'm not delusional. the script entails only one scene centered around a dining room. but i'm still lost on how to shoot it right. any thoughts?
    • Posted: July 27, 2016 14:12

      admin

      focus on the story and the delivery. If ur actors are bad...people won't forgive u even if u made it with blood
      • Posted: August 3, 2016 09:43

        sola

        Thank you sir. will do.
    • Posted: August 19, 2016 14:47

      Ogundare Timileyin

      I could come work with you for free too oh! I am looking to build my experience.
    • Posted: November 6, 2016 08:50

      vikky

      hello Sola, i think You and i are treading on d same path here... lets gît in touch If You dont Mind.+22963297364 Whatsapp. ochepo elegantvictoria Facebook. Im à nigerian but schooling in cotonou Before u start to wonder(abt my Whatsapp number) i'll be waiting on your text. Thank You
  • Posted: July 28, 2016 00:19

    yemi akintokun

    David Garrick Baba ! #smiles .
  • Posted: July 29, 2016 14:09

    Bernie Wills

    When I said I'm in a film school, I'm not joking. To think I paid and didn't get half of what I'm getting here and for free is amazing. Thank you for taking the time to do this. You should see my note. Please, permission to tell everyone that you are my teacher and I'm in your free film school. Thanks again, many blessings.
  • Posted: July 30, 2016 10:09

    samson

    thanks bro, this piece is an eye opener
  • Posted: August 1, 2016 02:56

    samson

    happy new month bro. please can you help send this piece to once's email? pls. thanks
  • Posted: August 2, 2016 14:09

    Ekene Osuagwu

    Thank you very much, sir for bringing this closer home. What many of us read out there are basically the Hollywood way. This is our niche. Our POV. Thanks for the frontier.
  • Posted: August 3, 2016 21:29

    Osas Osamende

    Thanks so much Mr Niyi
  • Posted: August 11, 2016 18:47

    Cecilia ocheme

    Thank you so much
  • Posted: August 11, 2016 18:48

    Cecilia Ocheme

    God bless you
  • Posted: August 24, 2016 22:43

    Tongryang

    Thank you sir oo for this post and blog, you have no idea what you are stirring. Hmmm. I am having production dreams already. Please halla whenever you are in Abuja, let's do jollof rice. You are too much
  • Posted: September 2, 2016 12:07

    'Tope Kasali

    Give freely and you get back in hundreds... Great
  • Posted: October 14, 2016 23:56

    Chibuzor Aladum

    Sir pls is it possible for me to be a writer director??? And also after writing the script, how do i get producers to produce if i am not financially capable???
    • Posted: October 16, 2016 06:40

      admin

      yes you can. If you have a good idea, send the synopsis to a producer.
  • Posted: November 6, 2016 09:08

    vikky

    Good morning sir, I have à NikkonD5200 and à lot of voluntary actors. my mother May cook jollof rice If i ask Her to, LOL. accomodation is not à really big problem, my 19yrs on earth Has taught me to believe in me So i dont think I'll break down If my production fails(like, Im ready for d UPS nd downs). all i Wanna know is, can i git à script and start shooting?(without much Money) do u think i'm close to it or should i wait till i have thé Money?
    • Posted: November 7, 2016 18:10

      admin

      Yes you can. make sure you focus on a great idea. a good story will win over any other thing
    • Posted: October 25, 2017 11:06

      Benjamin Johnmark.

      Hello vikky,are you still looking for a good idea to start with? i've got a very good story,you may hook up with me if you like so we can do collaboration.
  • Posted: November 7, 2016 13:35

    elly

    Very informative piece admin. Kindly advice the possibilities of a foreign producer shooting a film in Nigeria. It would be so helpful because I have a tonne of questions if I can contact you directly. Be blessed.
    • Posted: November 7, 2016 18:08

      admin

      Hello...what exactly would you love to know. Its very possible to shoot in Nigeria. The question is; are you making a film in your country but want some location set in Nigeria, or are you trying to make a nollywood movie. You can mail me at niyiakinmolayan@gmail.com and i can help answer your question.
      • Posted: November 7, 2016 23:15

        elly

        Thanks. Let me do so tomorrow morning. Will include my phone number for a call if you do not mind. Be blessed
      • Posted: November 8, 2016 12:38

        elly

        Hi Nini, I sent you a mail. Thank you.
  • Posted: November 8, 2016 07:50

    vikky

    2016 09:08 vikky pending Good morning sir, I have à NikkonD5200 and à lot of voluntary actors. my mother May cook jollof rice If i ask Her to, LOL. accomodation is not à really big problem, my 19yrs on earth Has taught me to believe in me So i dont think I'll break down If my production fails(like, Im ready for d UPS nd downs). all i Wanna know is, can i git à script and start shooting? (without much Money) do u think i'm close to it or should i wait till i have thé Money?
    • Posted: November 8, 2016 08:08

      admin

      I believe I have answered this
  • Posted: November 30, 2016 16:43

    Styne

    Wow, this is good stuff! Thanks muchos! As per Oliver things, we go still ask for more. So I am planning a low-budget production and I need someone to shed some light on my selling options. Like who can I sell to, best options, worst options...I know of IrokoTV and DSTV. I don't know if there are other good alternative buyers out there. Any ideas?
    • Posted: November 30, 2016 19:12

      admin

      those are top on the list
  • Posted: December 4, 2016 07:47

    Bisong

    your indeed the boss.we appreciate your efforts. God bless you. I write movie scripts of any genre,I am a story teller,I just want to get started in the production thing,but the problem is the funding aspect. I have even thought of selling one of my scripts so as to raise fund,please I need ur guidance.
  • Posted: December 10, 2016 23:04

    Tino

    Thank you so much for this write up... it's like an eye opener for me esp in my state right now... I'm on the journey of producing my first film.. I would really like to know more on the profit margin bcos I have investors already that would like to know their benefits.thank you so much
  • Posted: December 29, 2016 16:58

    Francis pullen

    Thank you so much, Mr Niyiakin and admin. l really appreciate all your lecture. l am living in the diaspora. you have given me so much light since l have been following your message. By the grace of God, l have a story already that l have a plan of making it a movie in this coming year. please, what do l do ?. Do l need a proofreader and editor to go through first? Or please, what is my next step and who do l approach now. Well, l have written to you on your email and please, kindly reply my email. Wishing you and your crew and everyone a Happy New Year in advance and God blessings.
    • Posted: December 31, 2016 12:47

      admin

      I'll get back to you soon
  • Posted: January 6, 2017 09:36

    Francis

    Happy new year boss. I would love to know what it will costs to get trained in post production with your firm. thanks
  • Posted: January 16, 2017 05:08

    Francis pullen

    Hello and good day Mr Niyiakin, greetings of the day. please, l am still waiting for your reply and respond. please, let me know if it is what you can direct or do, l beg of you, waiting for your reply in my email or on this platform. Thanks
  • Posted: March 13, 2017 13:34

    Seyi Adewoye

    Highly commendable sir...Thank you so much.
  • Posted: April 1, 2017 08:46

    Divine

    with Citizens like you in other sectors, Nigeria would have no option than to get better. being Great shouldn't be judged by How Much You Acquired BUT by How Many Lives You Inspired. May God give you Reasons within you to celebrate yourself even more than we do here...
  • Posted: April 12, 2017 11:48

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  • Posted: April 20, 2017 05:53

    Dlaw

    Make sense...thank you sir!!!
  • Posted: May 10, 2017 14:05

    Nonye

    I'm a screenwriter and I've discovered that selling scripts in the industry is very difficult. Even if I manage to get the attention of a producer, the money is usually small like 10,000, 20,000 and so on. How do I get a serious producer to pitch my script please? Thanks.
    • Posted: July 27, 2017 19:43

      Marvel

      Nonye, this is my whatsapp contact 08139407151. Please Holla me let's talk.
  • Posted: May 15, 2017 12:47

    David

    Thanks sir, for the great job. I am an intending investor but really can't figure out the profitability of film making business. I have been approached by some people to invest in their movie but they couldn't really convince me regarding sales and profit. Pls can you through more light or email me @ peewaidavid@gmail.com. thanks
  • Posted: June 5, 2017 21:15

    saviours movie production

    Comment please this post is great.. but how can make money after making a low budget movie?
  • Posted: June 7, 2017 23:18

    Tunmise adebayo

    This has relief me. Its not about making a movie but making a very good one thanks sir God bless you
  • Posted: July 4, 2017 13:42

    Ibrahim Shuaibu

    this is really pretty enlightening. in all of this however, i haven't seen the "pay" so to speak, of the scriptwriter clearly highlighted especially in the big budget despite the important place they occupy the film-making process...or perhaps i missed that somehow. i think you guys are really doing a very great job of helping to build an empire that will soon be second to none in our country. thanks,folks, a million times.
  • Posted: July 20, 2017 11:08

    Nikky

    Morning sir ...pls what are the things someone have to know because going into Yoruba movies funding and movies producer business in Nigeria ???? I don't want to be an actress just movies funding and movies
    • Posted: August 13, 2017 10:58

      Producer

      I need help. My name is Funso Smart I am a script writer, and it has been a while I have being in industry but I have no money to do my own stuff please help me to produce at least one script, and to all upcoming actor/actress that can help me in this will automatically get the chance to play on it. May God bless Nigeria and other country, please help me +2348073159513
  • Posted: July 26, 2017 17:38

    Marvel

    Sir, thanks for this piece, it's really exhilarating given the fact that most people 'on top' hide infos that are essential to the growth of younger ones. I would like to really comprehend what you mean by Iroko TV offering "CRUMBS". I mean your CRUMBS might me my dream money for a beginner, you know? I just want to understand in fiscal terms, what you mean by that and also does Iroko TV buy films that have no stars in them?
  • Posted: August 13, 2017 12:45

    Victory Mba

    Oh uncle Niyi. How I love thee...eshe ghon sir
  • Posted: September 6, 2017 13:58

    Jummai

    Production Budgeting 101!! Thank you so much sir.
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  • Posted: September 27, 2017 03:24

    Osunloye

    hanks bro hope to meet you in person, im a script writer waiting for challenges my mail is daregbrl27@gmail.com
  • Posted: October 15, 2017 10:08

    olanrewaju

    Hello hanks , I want to shoot a short 3 minute action intense film.. And I need fake guns for the scenes any idea where I can get some plus what Nigeria law is about it... thanks Email is omicheal39@gmail.com
  • Posted: October 15, 2017 14:31

    Stanley Okeke

    Wow!!! This is really lovely, an eye opener for film makers most especially upcomers... I've looked forward to seeing something like this and wish all film makers can come together and help... I wish to do embark on a film project and its a high budget movie. I wish to involve you in this production as a partner. Working with your studio. If you do a combined business(collaboration), you can reply us via oue Email@ Klaspastudios@gmai.com, and we can talk better, then forward de script to you as a co-producer. Thank you once again.
  • Posted: October 19, 2017 17:51

    Ajay

    Hi, I would like to know how to get in touch with stations like irokotv and the rest. Thanks alot
  • Posted: October 21, 2017 21:12

    kendy okeke

    Comment Ladies and gents,my name is kendy okeke and am a filmmaker.I have various screenplays (scripts) that I wanna shoot.There are so much money to make from making movies.I am using this opportunity to advertise for sponsors to come on board.I am the former manager of Asaba film academy.I resigned because I wanna work on my projects.I have some funding but they aren't enough.Beep me if you have some money to fund a movie.You can send an email at kcokeke1007@gmail.com or WhatsApp me on 09075934623
  • Posted: November 11, 2017 01:30

    Netta Dunn

    Just wow. I was reading like the novice that I am; eye popping, heartbeat racing and stuff like that. I'm just an ordinary script writer and a JJC as well. The only thing in my mind is, "when will I get there?" #postsweetlikejollofrice
  • Posted: November 12, 2017 23:21

    Olaniyi famodun

    Great,thanks for this insights.
  • Posted: December 14, 2017 15:27

    frank

    A very nice job sir..... On the Low budget movies you budgeted 150 thousand for the producer; does it mean that If I am a producer who wants to produce a 5 million naira movie, I will likely be expecting 15o,ooo Naira as my net profit after all expenses
    • Posted: December 15, 2017 07:26

      admin

      The producer in this case is the one who coordinates the production not the owner of the film
  • Posted: December 14, 2017 15:29

    frank

    I will be glad if you can answer the above question sir....