Africa News: Using a smartphone and a tripod made from a broken microphone stand, they start. A blower generates air and buffets the actor who, in the film, will be flying through the air. These days, sci-fi films are made using sophisticated software.
The films created by these boys use every day, recycled items and their works have catapulted them into social media darlings.
“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. So it all of a sudden just happening, it blew our mind and it made us happy,” says Godwin Josiah, 19.
The Critics as the crew of 8 call themselves made their first film “Redemption” in 2016. They saved for a month to buy the green fabric for the chroma key and taught themselves how to do visual effects by watching tutorials on Youtube.
Battling slow internet and power cuts, they created a tale about two boys who create an organic bio-fuel. Nigeria’s multimillion-dollar sector, Nollywood, is ranked second largest in the world after Bollywood by quantity of films produced.
The student filmmakers have found a niche in sci-fi. “One of the targets we aim for in the years to come is to make the biggest film in Nigeria and probably beyond,” he says.
“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.”