Monthly Archives: April 2011

Film Reviews in Hausa by Yusuf Ubale: Halak Malak

Yusuf Ubale, film reviewer

Yusuf Ubale is a Hausa film critic, whose Hausa-language blog Fahimta ta Kan Al’Amura (Reviews and Views by Yusuf Ubale) is largely devoted to reviewing Hausa films. He recently posted a review of the film Halak Malak, produced by TY Shaban and Directed by I.M.A. El-Muazzam, for Effect Crew Family and Sef Jamil Studioz. 

In the past Malam Yusuf has also reviewed the Hausa films: Fassara 1 &2, Al-AmeenKudi ne!,    Hafsah, Sarkin 10 Zamani 10, Rikoh, and Nakiyar Kan Kashi . To read his review of Halak Malak, click here.

To watch the song sequence for Halak Malak (unfortunately Malam Yusuf did not identify the composer or the singers in his review), see the embedded video below.

Scholarship Opportunities listed on Student Expert Blog

The Hausa Home Video Resource Centre recently subscribed to a newsletter from the Student Expert blog, which is doing excellent work gathering and making public information about academic opportunities all over the world.  The site has specific tabs for undergraduate bachelor degree opportunities, Masters Degree level opportunities, PhD opportunitiesPostdoctoral opportunities, fellowships, awards, prizes, and conferences. Rather than re-post every slightly relevant opportunity, we thought it would be best to write a post on the site, and let you subscribe if you are interested. Although most of these opportunities are not related to film, it is useful for those looking for study opportunities. Programmes such as the Jane Klausman Women in Business Scholarships,  for example, would be useful to women who are interested in undergraduate or post-graduate business training to produce films. Under each article is a link to the original website (For example, the original Jane Klausman Women in Business Scholarship information can be found here) where the scholarship or opportunity is listed.

To check out the opportunities listed on the site, click here. To sign up for the newsletter, input your email address in the box at the top right hand corner of the site.

2 Week Screenwriting, Producing and Directing Workshop, 9 May 2011, from Centre for Excellence in Film and Media Studies and Amaka Igwe Studios

Screenwriting,Producing and Directing Workshop.

The Centre for Excellence in Film and Media Studies and Amaka Igwe Studios present a 2week Screenwriting, Producing and Directing Workshop. Classes hold on Mondays to Fridays only and commence on the 9th of May, 2011.

For screenwriting, some of the courses to be covered include; Who’s a Screenwriter?, Script appreciation, Finding the Story, The Film story, Story Development, Dialogue , Writing for film and writing for Television, Characterisation, Plot and Conflict and Understanding Genre.

For Producing; Who is a producer? ,What is producing?, Breaking down a script, Shooting on time and budget, working with a director and crew, production project management. Creative producing, fundraising, Sponsorship and strategy.

For directing; Who is a Director?, Shot by Shot, Casting , Grammar of Directing, Planning the Shoot, Handling Cast and Crew, Geography of Shots, Shot Composition, Blocking and Choreography, Camera Placement, Directing Talent, Shooting for Edit.

All those specializing in screenwriting will be expected to complete the screenplay for a short film during the workshop.

Those for directing will be expected to shoot a short film.

Workshop fee is N50, 000 and this covers training materials, tea/coffee break and lunch.

Workshop is open to only 25 participants.

The team of facilitators will be led by Amaka Igwe.

For further information please call 08030833769, 08023525104 or come to 44A Palm Avenue, MKO Abiola Gardens, Alausa ikeja Lagos.