Veteran Nollywood actress, Joke Silva, recently shared her thoughts on the growth of the Nigerian film industry, where she emphasized the importance of Nigerian filmmakers learning from Tyler Perry, a popular American actor and movie maker.
She shared her thoughts during a youth development forum called ‘The Roundtable Lekki.’
According to Silva, one crucial lesson Nigerian filmmakers can learn from Tyler Perry is the significance of investing in studios.
She believes that in order for Nollywood to produce high-quality movies, there is a need to establish more studios and sound stages.
By investing in studios, Nigerian filmmakers can create a dedicated space for film production. This allows for better control over various aspects of filmmaking, such as production design, lighting, sound recording and editing.
With access to well-equipped studios, filmmakers can enhance the overall quality and professionalism of their movies.
Tyler Perry, known for his successful career in the American film industry, has established his own film studio, Tyler Perry Studios, which is one of the largest production facilities in the United States.
Through his studio, he has been able to produce a wide range of movies and TV shows with high production values.
She said; “We need to build our studios and sound stages, just like American filmmaker, Tyler Perry, has done. He built one of the biggest sound stages in the world.
“The thing with sound stages is that there are usually facades. I once shot a movie in France, but all the interior shots were taken in London, United Kingdom. All we did in France were the exterior shots to give the ambience of that country. Sound stages give one control. It allows one to make movies at one’s desired pace.
“We shoot in apartments these days. But I won’t allow movies to be shot in my home; it won’t happen. I know the number of people that are brought into a shoot. There may be two people in a scene, but to shoot it, there will probably be about 20 people there. That means 20 people will put their hands on my wall, block the loo, and do other things,” the thespian added.