Day 20+21 #workexperience

Day 20

today was pretty disappointing and in fact annoying. we had to wait endlessly for one of our acts till it became clear to us that this act was actually never going to come. what made it more annoying is that we had to keep other people waiting for a while because of these act. the whole team was looking forward to it as well because it was potentially another big act we got to feature on the channel. oh well, moving on anyway, we featured two artist free styling in one freestyle session on the roof top of the shop rite mall in Lagos (exciting stuff isn’t it) . we had to gain permissions and clarify that we were not going to the top to nothing more than film, so we showed them some of our videos and they presented our case to the security which was preventing us until they saw reason to allow us. we got the shoot at the end of the day, the weather was very permissive so we had not problem with wind noises affecting the sound etc as we normally do.

Day 21

coming to my last days in Nigeria we were still going hard on the freestyles today and i had managed to finish producing all the other freestyle videos we had already done! however coming to the point of today, we were able to get two freestyle shoots done today in great time and with great organisation. we started off the first shoot at 12 noon, same location as the previous one at the top of the mall but in order to make it look different and to ensure versatility in our content, we switched up how we used the rooftop again. the name of this upcoming act is ‘Esojay’ a versatile rapper with a video getting a very good vibe from the public. both him and his team were very enthusiastic to work with us, they more i had to sell myself to people, the better i got at it.

our second shoot that day which was scheduled for 6 that evening in a chinese restaurant in Lagos was an established artist. the set looked very good on camera and what we did was to make us of the bar as the main location on set for the video. the minute we showed them all the freestyle videos i had finished editing, they were really on the ball to make the shoot the best they could an they did!


Day 17-19 #workexperience

the sunday after the shoot at Doregos private academy came another rap freestyle shoot. this was of another upcoming act called ‘Basky’. the team and I went to his house as he had a studio which was ideal for the rap freestyle rap video. however, as director i wanted to work with various settings before concluding definitely on the studio as the set for the shoot, however the artist was persistent about using the studio for his shoot so which i had no problem with anyway so we stuck to that. the footage and shots came out really good and so now I’m hoping for the best in post production.

after Phenom saw our style of work and in entering discussions with him, they were very enthusiastic ¬†to further work with us so we were invited for a radio interview phenom was to attend with another very prestigious artist. this however did not happen. the shoot was to go at 11am on monday morning but even as at 12 noon we couldn’t reach them. very annoying. but what could we have done. we later got through to the manager and he let us know what happened and he was apologetic about the whole situation so we got to film another on his artist today called ‘Fefe’ an upcoming singer with a very strong voice. so we did the acoustic sessions with her as she sang one of her tracks to be released soon called ‘aura’. having already meet fefe even prior to the shoot today, it made things much easier to film her as everyone was casual and calm but had their work game on.

the day after, we had another freestyle shoot. amidst all these shoots we were getting everyday, i was still in post production of some of the videos thus i was getting so much on my plate. Time management was key to ensuring that i could manage all these much work. we now had to film another upcoming act called ‘Mobie’ and in were trying to create a ghetto kind of scenery as that is the brand the artist was aiming for, we filmed it outside by a basketball court. the footage came out really well after i checked it and I am so excited for post production!

work! work!! work!!!


Day 14-16 #workexperience

I’ve been bale to generate content and move forward with our projects these past three days.

after researching and contacting several managers over artist that they manage or some independent artist, i decided it i snow time to move on to start generating the content that i came to Nigeria to achieve. our first shoot was a female rapper calle ‘AT’, being an upcoming act meant she indeed did need the exposure so we were able to sell ourselves to her management to authorise the shoot. the shoot went very well as we shot the rap freestyle in her studio. exciting shoot because it was my first time at the set but i was able to improvise with lightning which was no helping to my advantage at first.

i had to meet with one of our potential web designers the next day so as to explain the recommendations for the website we were looking for. his experience and confidence in fact did sell him and his work to me, the meeting was really fun and interesting mainly because he was a youth like my self and so talking and explaining my specifications to him was pretty straight forward. it was a good shout out from on of vendredi team members, our representative, to find him. the next working plan is that i am to receive the template of the website at the end of the coming week.

we had a very exciting shoot on day 16. we got to follow a bunch of artist to an event in a secondary school today called Doregos Private Academy, as they supported ‘children’s day’ but our focus was one of these artists, Phenom. it was something like a documentary of key moments of the event as he played basketball with the kids, listened to and advised some of the rappers in the school, took pictures with these kids and just made them feel special in general. we got the opportunity to film all of this on the day. a main challenge we faced on this day as team was getting there as result of traffic. we got there about an hour late because of the traffic so we missed out on some events but that did not stop us fro ¬†achieving our goals that day.