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LET’S MAKE 5 GREAT DOCUMENTARIES TOGETHER

 

lets make a doc together

Hey guys!! Its that time of the year again where we get to collaborate on something really awesome. Room 315 made me believe that if we set our minds on something, we can achieve it with rugged determination. I can’t wait to experience that with you all again. This time, we are going bigger. We are going to make 5 amazing documentaries.

First, I have been able to save 1 million naira to give to some lucky people and help them get on with making documentaries. Lets quickly spend it before Buhari strikes again o. here’s what we are going to do.

ASSEMBLE A TEAM

I am going to need 5 different teams from all over the country. The team will consist of three key members; The writer/researcher….The Director…and The Cinematographer. EACH TEAM MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE FEMALE MEMBER TO QUALIFY. Age is no criteria. When you assemble your key team of three, You will decide on a subject matter. You should also give your team a cool name. The three of you must agree on the subject matter and this takes us to the next stage…

CREATE A ONE-MINUTE VIDEO PITCH

Next, the three of you will create a one minute video pitch (you can use a phone) introducing each other and your respective roles on the project. you should also create the video around the location of the subject you wish to explore. if your documentary isn’t based on a location, show whatever best expresses the idea. I will share an example on my Instagram page tomorrow (@niyi_akinmolayan) so follow the IG handle. After making this video, tag me on Instagram so i can repost. also use the hashtag #docwithniyi. I’m interested in really cool ideas…be bold, be daring. Your documentary doesn’t necessarily have to be about hungry children in a forest…lol…It could be about a culture or lost tradition or even someone important. You guys have three weeks so get going. After all the submissions, i will chose 5 teams and then we…

INVITE THE FIVE TEAMS TO A THREE DAY BOOTCAMP IN LAGOS

After making my choices, largely based on importance of subject matter, clarity of video pitch and also number of likes on the repost, the five teams (15 people) will be invited to a boot camp in Lagos. In these three days, i will show us how I make documentaries, how to write proposals for documentaries, how to plan documentary budgets and how to film documentaries. I will try get professional filmmakers to teach us cool techniques as well. we will then break down the pitches of each team and advice them on how to go about it. At the end of the boot camp, EACH TEAM WILL BE GIVEN 200,000 NAIRA to go back to their respective states and make the documentary.

PRODUCTION AND POST PRODUCTION

Each team will go back with the 200k grant to make their own documentary but they will live stream every step of the way so i can guide and advice while they film. once they are done, All the documentaries will be brought to Anthill Studios where we will help the teams edit and do all post production on their documentaries. this will be on the house so the team doesn’t have to pay for post production. Each documentary should not be more than 20 minutes.

PREMIERE

Here’s one of the fun part, when they are done, i will travel to each state where each team is from and premiere the documentary with them. We will also have a grand premiere here in Lagos possibly at FilmHouse Cinema and show all the five documentaries. the best documentary will win a grand prize (i no get money o but i will try to bully someone to bring that prize)

HOW CAN YOU BE OF HELP

A lot of people reached out and helped on room315. Its my policy never to ask for money on the blog and that still remains. However there are things you could help with; bootcamp space, food and other logistics, accommodation etc. If you are into professional documentaries and you would like to help train people for free during the bootcamp, do let me know. We have done this before and we can do it again.

Lets tell powerful stories. Lets go boldly where no one has gone before. Lets do it together.

Lets do this guys!!!

Lets do this guys!!!

 

 

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Comments

  • Posted: March 27, 2017 21:21

    Eucharia

    Finger licking good!!!
  • Posted: March 27, 2017 21:33

    Yemisi

    Yayyy!!!!! This is it.
  • Posted: March 27, 2017 21:38

    Olakunle

    Really excited about this....Fingers crossed
  • Posted: March 27, 2017 21:57

    Barnabas Emordi

    Yes ooooo!
  • Posted: March 27, 2017 22:39

    Sunday

    I am glad to come across this opportunity and I will love to be part of this challenge...
  • Posted: March 27, 2017 22:47

    kelvin

    okay I know I was team vigilante story before but damn Niyi! this is good stuff. I'm so down... so let me just drop my email here for female cinematographers and directors. please contact me ASAP...let's do this. kelvinukhurebor@gmail.com whatsapp: 08134851347
    • Posted: March 27, 2017 23:22

      admin

      We will still do the vigilante. I'm planning towards end of year
  • Posted: March 27, 2017 22:57

    Kolade

    Boss! Boss!!! More power to your elbows!!
  • Posted: March 27, 2017 23:04

    Opeyemi Aiyegbo

    I AM REALLY INTERESTED, BUT GETTING A TEAM IS THE REAL PROBLEM. HOLLA ME ANYONE, IF YOU REALLY WANT THIS! WOULD APPRECIATE ANY PART OF THE COUNTRY, APART FROM LAGOS. LOVE DIVERSITY!! KUDOS OGA NIYI...MORE GRACE!!
  • Posted: March 27, 2017 23:05

    Opeyemi Aiyegbo

    MY WHATSAPP...08026070989
  • Posted: March 27, 2017 23:46

    LordJosh

    Ideas wey dey burst brain. Now to find partners in or around Kwara State. And of course, a mind-blowing topic.
    • Posted: March 29, 2017 15:31

      Francis

      Am in Kwara, Lets meet..08062497027
  • Posted: March 28, 2017 00:23

    Michael Lawrence

    This is simply ingenious... let's do this...
  • Posted: March 28, 2017 02:34

    Olubunmi

    "Lets go bold where no one has gone" Niyi is the boss!
  • Posted: March 28, 2017 05:31

    Motunde

    OK this sounds so cool. Well its cool actually. Jeeeezzzz. So anyone looking for a team mate??? I'm here. Yikes!!! This is scary and daring.
  • Posted: March 28, 2017 05:53

    Giovanni Durojaiye

    Cool idea from a very selfless man! I will like to explore documentary making as a writer so if there are any directors and cinematographers who would like to form a team with moi, holla at me WhatsApp 08023429131 or email jovikool@ Gmail.com
  • Posted: March 28, 2017 07:31

    Duru Collins

    Hi, I'm based in Ibadan. Collaborators should contact me on 08066352819. Whatsapp preferrable.
  • Posted: March 28, 2017 08:32

    Chidebere

    Another great one, Mr Niyi! When is the deadline for the submission of the video pitch?
  • Posted: March 28, 2017 09:21

    Ndy Godwin

    Niiiiiice!
  • Posted: March 28, 2017 17:14

    Asorkin

    Nice one. Thank you Mr Niyi for doing this, your contribution towards making great Nigeria Filmmakers will surely get rewarded someday.
  • Posted: March 28, 2017 21:30

    Judith Audu

    This is AWESOME Oga Niyi!!!!!!!! Thank youuuuuu for being so selfless and providing opportunities for serious people!
    • Posted: March 29, 2017 06:26

      admin

      We all should
  • Posted: March 28, 2017 22:58

    olawole

    I am a videographer and photographer i am really intrested
  • Posted: March 29, 2017 08:34

    Mimikay Tosanwumi

    Awesome, thanks boss.... OK am in Lagos am am a female director .... So please call and lets brain storm... 07039445773
  • Posted: March 29, 2017 17:35

    Kennypoka

    I am currently in Katsina and I have some cool stories we could do.. any interested corper or person who knows about cinematography.. a lady precisely
  • Posted: March 29, 2017 17:37

    Kennypoka

    @Niyi, is it possible for the writer to be the director also?
    • Posted: March 29, 2017 19:02

      admin

      Hmmmm...sure but the third person can be an assistant writer/producer
  • Posted: March 29, 2017 21:15

    Matthew

    Good idea, anyone in Ibadan can call me on 08137651569
  • Posted: March 30, 2017 15:31

    Ceediq moh

    Am in kwara who wants to tag on. 08059764493.
  • Posted: March 30, 2017 18:08

    Eniola

    I'm a director, I live in Lagos, please available female writer should contact me ASAP.. 08119912900 or 08088430795 let's do this together
  • Posted: April 1, 2017 09:13

    Divine

    Great one there! I'm a writer lives in Akure, any female producer can call 08167806261 or mail to Audanspecial@gmail.com. let's do it cos we can!
  • Posted: April 7, 2017 14:07

    Director crystal

    great one sir... please sir, what the deadline for submission of our pitch.
    • Posted: April 8, 2017 06:14

      admin

      April 30th
  • Posted: April 11, 2017 11:31

    Cinenubia

    You can post information about you documentaries on cinenubia.com so everyone can find information about it there. Its free and easy. Just sign up and request producer privileges.
  • Posted: April 12, 2017 22:37

    Halima

    Hi, niyi I am up for it. I am a female videographer.
    • Posted: April 13, 2017 05:01

      admin

      Awesome
  • Posted: April 13, 2017 23:57

    Bukola Odumosu

    My name is 'Bukola Odumosu;a Doc Photographer based in Lagos.. I'm wiling to work as a team with fellow documentary photoGs.. I can be reached in 09091275584;08176700502(Whatsapp). I
  • Posted: April 17, 2017 09:42

    Olubunmi

    You need a female writer or Creative Director in your team? Please Contact me 08069749855 /whatsapp. I am in Lagos, we should be able to work things out.
  • Posted: April 17, 2017 15:50

    Ani Obinna factual

    I'm so happy for this rare opportunity, I'm surly going to be part of this
  • Posted: April 20, 2017 22:35

    Yemisi

    Hi....i need a either a male or female cinematographer to collaborate with. I stay in lagos and you can hit me up on my email. darehilda@gmail.com.
  • Posted: May 16, 2017 20:11

    Dolapo

    I'm a writer in Ogbomoso, anyone willing to collaborate should reach me on 09035439091
  • Posted: May 17, 2017 14:32

    JOSHUA

    hit me up and lets do this together , i have all equipments Olawoyinjoshua@gmail.com