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Penulis : The Movie Guy on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 | 01:17

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Some may say that "Nollywood" and "Mistakes" are synonyms, and using them both in a sentence may as well be tautology. The truth is, especially for Nollywood, we have a lot more excuses than other movie industries for making these Mistakes.

The award winning Hollywood Director Steven Spielberg accidentally stepped into the frame of one of his first movies called "Duel". Spielberg left the mistake in to remind him of the imperfection of film making. So why do these mistakes occur?

Most of the answers lie in the high pressure world of commercial movie production which is worse here because Nigerians don’t like to pay for anything.  Directors generally work under the tightest budgets (mainly because investors wouldn’t want to put in so much into what may not reap fruits) with heavy time restraints and re-shooting movie scenes can be a nightmare. If an occasional mistake manages to get into the final cut of a film, and it is actually noticed, it may be best to leave it in and pray not too many viewers notice, rather than arrange for an expensive re-shoot or other post-production fix.

Some movie mistakes are caused by shooting out of the sequence of the script.  Very few movies are filmed in a linear progression according to the script.  The truth is, producers may only have access to a particular booked location or scene for a short time due to a tight budget, so the director and actors must shoot ALL the scenes based at that location at one time, regardless of whether its only the beginning and end of the movie. This leads to our very popular "continuity errors", such as having Lagos taxis all around in "Doctor Bello" when they were supposed to be in Abeokuta (Ogun State).  Shooting out of sequence can also lead to inconsistencies in an actor's appearance or use of certain props.

The most annoying of Nollywood movie mistakes are factual errors.  If a movie is set in a particular time period, such as the 1980s, it is up to the set designers to make sure everything shown on the set is historically appropriate. we see a lot of scenes like where Tuface Idibia is shown on a billboard in a movie supposedly set 20 years ago. Lets not even get into mistakes made as a result of not consulting professionals in the area of expertise involved in the movie.

Most frequently, cast or crew members create movie mistakes by stepping into the shot or allowing equipment to appear ( e.g here in "Broken Silence ) where camera wires and multi-sockets are seen in the shot).  Boom microphones are especially difficult to use without them showing in the frame, so many modern cameras have built-in safety zones which prevent such accidental intrusions from microphones or crew members, which ideally Nollywood producers should use.

Finally, our dear grammatical and translational errors. We all wonder why such errors get into production. Even if the script writer isn’t too fluent in the English language, shouldn’t the actor or anybody on the set notice such? In reality, it all boils down to the time available for shooting the movie, and the funds. Is there enough time to employ someone to proof-read scripts and translations before the shooting date or production? How much time do they have to begin to correct scripts when all actors are on set and rent of the venue is already running?

In conclusion, Nollywood is limited by a greater number of factors than their counterpart movie industries, some of which are funds (investors), equipment, quality and unique movie scripts, creativity, proper consultation for areas of expertise used in the movies and most of all, proper directing. On the bright side, Nollywood has a huge fan base of people who only watch the movies for the comedy in the production. Nevertheless, we can't deny the surprisingly large number of people who want improvements.

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Penulis : The Movie Guy on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 | 06:45

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Continuity Error:
While complaining about being starved to death, Daniel (Perez Egbi) drops his saucer of biscuits and two fall out. When he picks the saucer back up, the biscuits have jumped back into the plate.

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Penulis : The Movie Guy on Thursday, 5 September 2013 | 04:03

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Continuity Error:
Kashi (Adewole Ojo) comes home from school with his report card and says he came first in class. However, when the report card is shown, he took the 5th position. Also, the man who read the card to Maami (Funke Akindele) says the report card showed that he could get a scholarship. Again, the report card does not show anything about a scholarship.

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Penulis : The Movie Guy on Friday, 30 August 2013 | 03:32

Friday, 30 August 2013

Dr Bello (Jimmy Jean-Louis) was supposed to be a Nigerian, yet spoke with a French/Haitian accent. You think Nigerians don’t know what a Nigerian accent sounds like?

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Penulis : The Movie Guy on Monday, 26 August 2013 | 02:33

Monday, 26 August 2013

Factual Error:
Dr Bello (Jimmy Jean-Louis) was supposed to be a Nigerian, yet spoke with a French/Haitian accent, Nigerians know what a Nigerian accent sounds like.

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Penulis : The Movie Guy on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 | 06:14

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Continuity Error:
In Greg’s (Kalu Ikeagwu) sitting room, Emelda (Uche Jombo) claimed to know Greg was wearing the ash coloured boxers his wife bought for him because they had sex that morning. During the flashback, the day he told her he was wearing the ash coloured boxers, he was not wearing the same shirt he wore that morning.

Factual Error:
Greg’s (Kalu Ikeagwu) father was said to have died of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis (n): a disease occurring especially in women after the menopause in which the bones become very porous, break easily, and heal slowly. (Encarta Dictionary 2009). Osteoporosis can lead to a fracture but does not kill.

Continuity Error:
When Greg (Kalu Ikeagwu) snuck out of bed to go downstairs and talk to Emelda (Uche Jombo), the camera shows his blackberry screen which showed the call had lasted “0:50”.  About 15 seconds later, we see the phone screen again. This time it shows “0:05”. About ten seconds after that, it shoots up again to “0:54”.

Emelda’s (Uche Jombo) friend claimed she got a call from the doctor that Imelda got stabbed but there was no explanation as to how the doctor got the number.

Continuity Error:
When Greg (Kalu Ikeagwu) holds Emelda’s (Uche Jombo) neck to the wall, her glass drops to the floor and the shards are shown. When she crosses over with her bare feet, there are no shards anymore.

Continuity Error:
Emelda (Uche Jombo) pours herself a glass of wine with the bottle still relatively full. She later breaks the bottle but there is no wine nor is the floor wet, just glass.
Audio Error:
When the security guard gives Emelda (Uche Jombo) Greg’s (Kalu Iwuagwu) address, the audio from his speech seemed to have been recorded separately.

Factual Error:
Doctor Bella (Okonkwo Monalisa) said an X-Ray showed that Emelda’s (Uche Jombo) blood vessels were damaged. An X-Ray does not show blood vessels.
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Penulis : The Movie Guy on Monday, 12 August 2013 | 15:04

Monday, 12 August 2013

Sound Error:
As the Concierge (Bishop Imeh-Umoh)  reaches for a kiss from Ogechi (Ini Edo), a  male voice in the background  is heard saying " go closer" and "closer", as the Concierge (Bishop Imeh-Umoh)  leans even further  to receive a slap.

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Factual Error:
The Nanny Adaora (Uche Jombo) while getting acquainted with Junior after her interview, they both refer to "Zack" as a the founder of Facebook... they certainly must have confused "Mark Zuckerberg" with "Zack.
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