What struck me most about “This is Nollywood” was just the general attitudes of all of the production staff, the directors and actors in the video shoot that the film followed. Everything from the collected response to large set backs to the “can-do” outlooks of the female actors (which has been frequently commented on in previous blogs), seemed completely opposite of stories you hear from the western film industry, Hollywood.
The first reflection of a totally different mind set came from a woman in the film industry who commented on the quality/ reputation/ status of the movies made in Nigeria. She basically said, near the beginning of the documentary, that they were making these films for wide-spread entertainment purposes only, no to create prestigious “films,” as she says. I thought this was just magnificent. She was not at all trying to posit what they were doing as a high cultural form and was very honest about the intentions and expectations surrounding their movies.
The second miraculous display of grounded Nollywood was they way they approached filming setbacks. With such a little budget and so few days to film, you would think that filming guidelines would be very strict. However, the day it rained, the production staff seemed to just shrug it off and work around it as best they could. This was not something they had control over, but I would have expecting a little more of a freakout. Also, the attitude towards the lead actor was just incredible. He had over booked his schedule and could therefore only make it to the last few days of filming. This would be a huge issue in Hollywood, maybe even for some of the biggest actors. The director and other movie-makers simply just accommodated to his schedule and were hugely understanding. At the same time, the same actor did all his own stunts and only voiced some concern when he was basically being shot in the chest being afraid his face might actually get ruined in the stunt. From the movie “This is Nollywood, ”it seems that a certain amount of honesty, level-headedness and dedication is what Nollywood runs on.