Tag Archives: Film

The Making Of Thunderbolt: A Foray into Tunde Kelani’s Film Technique (Published)

Making a film can be seen as a long process of decision making, not just by the director but by all the specialists who work on his or her team. A great many decisions, however, do affect what we see and hear on the screen. There are the artistic choices made by the film makers. What lights will enhance the atmosphere of a love scene? Given the kind of story being told, would it be better to let the audience know what the central character is thinking or to keep him enigmatic? When a scene opens, what is the most economical, understandable way of letting the audience know the time and place? Which is more dramatic, to show an explosion or just have it heard from off screen? The sum total of all such decisions cumulates in a finished film. In this work, we are going to survey all the aspects of the filmmaking process. Our cases study is Tunde Kelani in his award winning production Thunderbolt. The essay will examine his roles as a film director. How he approaches his art from the pre-production stage to the post production stage. Adopting Stanislavsky method acting that proposes that acting must come from inside. That is, actors should feel what they portray.

Keywords: Decision, Directing, Film, Post-Production, Pre-Production, Production, Screenplay, Specialists

Teaching Vocabulary Using Film and Video: The Development of Senior Secondary Students’ Registers (Published)

Second language development could be achieved through various teaching and learning processes; however, applying film and video technology has facilitated this process. This study aimed at examining the influence of film and video on vocabulary development of secondary school students’ language. Twenty S.S. 2 students in a city in an urban city in Nigeria form the population of this study. The participants were randomly selected into control and experimental groups. Before the experiment, a 20-item vocabulary matching test was conducted as the pre-test. After the pre-test “Power of Justice”, a Nigerian home video was shown to the experimental group. The control group on the other hand was taught using the traditional method of rote – learning the language register of Law. A post-test was conducted thereafter to examine the development in each group. Both independent and paired t-tests were carried out. The results of this study revealed that the participants in experimental outperformed those in control grouped in terms of their vocabulary development. The findings may be shared with other teachers in order to inform how film and video influence the vocabulary learning of Nigerian ESL students.

Keywords: Film, Register, Video, Vocabulary

Globalization and Nollywood: Carving a Niche on the Global Plane (Published)

Globalization has become an irrestible phenomenon. Virtually all aspects of human life, however remote are now affected by globalization. The Nigerian film industry has equally been affected. The effect of globalization on Nollywood can be noticed in various ways. One of these is the attempt by the industry to take its place on the global plane. The concern, however, is the kind of image Nollywood is attempting to create for Nigeria. This paper finds that, so far, Nollywood has not been able to establish the kind of identity by which the ordinary Nigerian can be identified. The paper therefore suggests some values, attitudes and cultural practices that Nollywood can emphasize as a means of establishing an identity for Nigeria as a nation, in the quest of carving a niche for itself on the global plane.

Keywords: Culture, Film, Globalization, Nollywood