A group of Nigerian teens, from kaduna have gone viral for producing sci-fi films using a smartphone and a tripod made from a broken microphone stand.
“Well the main aim was not for our stuff to go viral, we just wanted people to see that okay there are kids in Kaduna doing something different, so that was just the main aim. All of a sudden it blew our mind and it made us happy,” says Godwin Josiah aged 19.
Production of sci-fi films is very expensive due to the use of sophisticated software. But these young Nigerians have defied the odds by creating films from recycled items. Their recent work has made them social media darlings.
In 2016, crew of 8 made their first film “Redemption” in a similar process. The production was funded by a month worth of savings. It was from these funds that the group bought the green fabric for the chroma key and trained themselves on visual effects by watching tutorials on Youtube.
Their short stories, which are usually not longer than 10 minutes are a celebration of African heroes. The 20 short movies they have released to date are mostly about superheroes, aliens and supernatural powers.
Nonetheless, the youngsters have challenged the capital limitations that keep down numerous African adolescents from seeking after their interests. The production has no costs included in light of the fact that it is self-supported. This has incited them to make their production short with the goal that it doesn’t take too long to upload.
“One of the targets we aim for in the years to come is to make the biggest film in Nigeria and probably beyond. We want to do something crazy, we want to do something great, something that has not been done before, and from what has been going on now, we believe quite well that it is going to happen soon enough,” said Josia