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ROOM 315 – PROGRESS REPORT 1 (OCT 5-2016)

October is Room315 month. I’m so excited about this project and the support I’ve gotten from all of you. Here’s what we’ve achieved so far

  1. WE GOT A SHOOT DATE, BIMBO MANUEL AND TINA MBA

1Great news guys. First we now have a shoot date for Room 315. Saturday, October 22nd. Even greater, we have confirmed Bimbo Manuel to play the Character Dr. Stone and Tina Mba to play Edwina. aren’t we lucky!!..I’ll announce the other characters next week. As if that’s not enough, my oga of life , Oje Unuigboje will be giving us his RED Scarlet and awesome cine lenses for free for the shoot. Did i also say we will have a Red carpet premiere of this film in one of the FilmHouse Cinemas…stay there o. Now i need you all for one thing. I need to talk to a professional Psycho therapist this week. It will help in getting the film to look authentic. Hook me up with one ASAP. professional o…not student doctors o. Lets do this babyyyy!!!!

2. THEN WE STARTED BUILDING THE CREW. EMMANUEL UDUMA AND PATIENCE OLUFUNMILAYO

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Two fantastic people have volunteered for awesomeness on this #room315project. Emmanuel K. Uduma (MTV shuga) is our producer and the beautifulPatience Oluwafunmilayo (R2TV) is our production manager. We went location scouting all day today and we finally found the right place. Oje Unuigboje touch media studio will be the location for Dr. Stone’s office. It will be a lot of opportunity to learn about Production design, so keep following the blog. Tomorrow, we round up Camera September in a Facebook live video with a special person. Will announce tomorrow. Our film is happening guys. Are u excited?

3. THE BRILLIANT CINEMATOGRAPHER AGREED TO DOP FOR US

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O boy…our film don blow o…Taofeek Olanrewaju Tyson has volunteered to be the Cinematographer on our project; Abosi Ogba‘s Short film, Room315. Now i can go and sleep and focus on the story. Jah Rastafari!!!

4. ACTING COACH SUNKANMI ADEBOYO AGREED TO A ONE DAY FREE WORKSHOP FOR ACTORS WHO SUBMITTED AUDITION TAPES

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So about a Month ago, I asked actors to read for the role of Nina and Adam from our short film Room 315. while i got interesting responses from the ladies, The men were a bit of a disappointment so i will find an established actor to play Adam. I am going to announce the winner this Saturday but because this blog is not about competition but training and empowerment, every one who submitted to #room315nina is invited to a free workshop with Director, Acting coach and thespian Adebayo Olasunkanmi (Desperate Housegirls, Spotlight, the Tarzan Monolugues). he’s a Lecturer at Royal Arts academy and has offered to do it free of charge. I will also have Producers and casting directors around so bring your A game on. Apart from the winner, 5 actresses will also be chosen to act in the montage sequence in the film. and finally all the participants are now my sweethearts. see you all on Saturday.

5. WE GOT A PRODUCTION DESIGNER

5Oya work don start o. We now have a production designer on the project.Oluwafemi Dada (dude in white n black) is one of the best in the business. He designed the original Moments with Mo set, Art director on Tinsel, The Johnsons, the debaters and African magic Original films. He’s worked on over 120 films. Even bigger, FEMI WANTS TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN 5 WANNABE PRODUCTION DESIGNERS. Are you the one?. Nollywood lacks good production designers. We will build this set from nothing to Dr. Stones Office. If you want to be one of the guys involved, Send me an email at manuyie@gmail.com. Tell me what you do and why you want to be a production designer. If chosen, You will be meeting up with Femi this Saturday and the work begins! who’s ready for awesomeness?

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Comments

  • Posted: October 5, 2016 15:10

    Danny Nwauzorma

    This is awesomeness.... but not so awesome until them waybill my jollof rice. #bringbackourJollofrice
  • Posted: October 5, 2016 16:00

    Chidi Ezeibieli

    Room 315 is compulsively readable screenplay. I know in the hands of Niyi, the movie would be great.
  • Posted: October 5, 2016 17:07

    Barnabas Emordi

    Yaaaayyy... Our Movie!! I'm happy about the progress of our movie boss. Looking forward to being a member of the crew. I want to learn Oga niyi oooo. Thank you for being a blessing to this generation of Young enthusiastic Filmmakers.
    • Posted: October 5, 2016 17:09

      Barnabas Emordi

      I also want to learn production design so in the future I will be able to design a set from the scratch for my movies and music videos *The future. I'm definitely sending that mail. *grins
  • Posted: October 5, 2016 17:39

    Uyi

    More blessings... Let them keep coming. Kai, if not that Directing follow me from my mama belle... Production design is an absolute joy
  • Posted: October 5, 2016 18:37

    LordJosh

    Can't wait for that premiere and everything before it. I see you Pat (Lemme famz a lil). This is really happening. Round of applause Niyi Akinmolayan.
  • Posted: October 6, 2016 06:05

    Priye Diri

    Yaaaas Baby let's do this ?? I'm beyond excited
  • Posted: October 6, 2016 11:23

    Belema Onikio

    Ride on boss .... Can't wait for this work to be ready???
  • Posted: October 8, 2016 20:54

    Bernie Wills

    Hmmmmm. What can I say. I have just missed a once in a lifetime opportunity. Niyi, it wasn't intentional and I'm really sorry I missed the training. If you can give me another chance, I'll come in ASAP. Congratulations to all the girls, enjoy it. Cheers
  • Posted: October 16, 2016 13:05

    Mfoniso

    Glad. I'm happy this isn't happening in USA or any other white country, but in Nigeria. I am proud of you Sir. Grace, grace and more grace.