Cinematography

A Love Letter to Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart by Damola Layonu

Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart first made waves when it was announced as a Netflix Nigerian original, and naturally, there were differing opinions on its quality and whether it deserved to be so courted. This debate intensified when it became Nigeria’s first ever submission for the Oscars’ Best International Film category, but the film truly earned global phenomenal status when it was disqualified for failing to fulfill the criteria of being shot “primarily in a language other than English”. Fans of the film both at home and abroad, including famously, renowned filmmaker, Ava DuVernay,rushed to the film’s defence and criticized the Academy’s decision. https://youtu.be/v45GprEyM7U This is not a review of Lionheart. Not only is it far too late in the day to attempt this, but it flies in the face of my personal values as a distributor, film-lover, and aspiring filmmaker. I must allocate my time wisely, thus I’ve committed to writing only on that which…

3 Films Daniel Ehimen Wants You To Watch

Daniel Ehimen, DP, Director and Colorist, is one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the Nigerian film and television industry today. We get to take a look at his favourite movies and what filmmakers can learn from them Inglorious Basterds Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this film is a revisionist take on the second world war. In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish US soldiers coincides with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans for the same. Laden with typical Tarantino moments: long, tense dialogues followed by brief, intense action, he also pays homage to the spaghetti western, with the score and operatic camera work.   Tip:  This film is an experiment in dramatic lighting says Daniel Ehimen, as the DP Robert Richardson teamed with Tarantino to formulate the unique look for this film, going for an epic look with high…

Adapt and Overcome: Daniel Ehimen Will Change How You Shoot and Edit Films.

In a crowded market of Directors of Photography(DP), Daniel Ehimen stands alone. Daniel Ehimen has lensed some of the most visually stunning commercials and films in the mainstream. These include titles like Countdown, Coming From Insanity, When Love Happens Again and others. His directorial credits include films like Sergeant Tutu and In The Name of Love. Also an assured colourist, Daniel Ehimen has shown a predilection for sharing knowledge freely on social media and is slowly gathering a following. Filmkaku sat down with him to discuss his work, his approach to cinematography, cameras and every other thing. FilmKaku: How did you get into shooting films? Daniel Ehimen: I was fascinated with cameras as a child. I’m one of those kids that had “still” cameras growing up. My dad gave me a Yashica or Kodak still camera when I was in secondary school and I used them to take cool pictures…

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