Desmond Elliot to host talent hunt for rising filmmakers in Africa
Politician and actor, Desmond Elliot will be hosting a new talent hunt to hit television soon. The show is searching for multiple talents including, actors, scriptwriters, cameramen, songwriters, singers, editors, makeup artistes and costumier? The organisers, 2et Media Network Limited, a film production company, has created a platform to put rising artistes in the mainstream of filmmaking.
Over the years, reality shows have filled the airwaves in Africa and Nigeria. They have become a major source of content provision for our TV stations and have also helped to change the economic status of many people.
In the show tagged, Unleash Ur Creativity’s concept, two groups of 25 artistes will be selected and camped for one month during which they will learn the rudiments of filmmaking and then shoot a short film. They will be required to conceptualize a story, produce and premiere it within the period. The movie will be premiered to an audience on live TV and the winning group will receive N10,000,000 (Ten million Naira) to produce a feature film.
This programme is geared towards empowering rising actors who have never had the opportunity of playing in the big league. The artistes selected will comprise storytellers, actors, cameramen, editors, musicians and songwriters. While they are working, the audience will watch their efforts and get to know how things are done behind the camera from the scripting stage, casting, down to choosing of locations, rehearsals, principal photography, and editing of the movie.
Seven locations are being considered for the camping. They include Obudu Ranch Resort in Cross River State, Federal Capital Territory, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Bayelsa, Kogi and Lagos States.
Seasoned filmmakers will visit the artistes from time to time to give them practical tips on the art and science of filmmaking.
Unleash Ur Creativity is different from other reality shows because it is concerned with transforming the total movie industry and not just picking an individual and rewarding him for eating, sleeping and abusing people. Unleash Ur Creativity rewards hard work, creativity and team work. An individual is not given the price money but the money will be invested in a movie project by the winning team which will at the end make all the participants famous.
Desmond Eliot, a seasoned Nigerian actor and filmmaker, will be anchoring the first season of the show which will be aired on AIT and other satellite TV stations.