Save 39% on HF's.
Digital Edition + Get a Chance
to win big

Category Archives: Movie

Star Wars Episode VIII Writer Spills Some Tea On Upcoming Movie

Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 

Star Wars

Writer and director of Star Wars Episode VIII, Rian Johnson has revealed some secrets for the highly-anticipated sequel to The Force Awakens. However, don’t expect major spoilers just yet, as Johnson has only started teasing about things to come.

For starters, we have no idea what Episode VIII will be called, but that doesn’t mean Johnson doesn’t know it. According to what he told USA Today, he had the title in mind all along, ever since he started working on the second episode of the third Star Wars saga.

“It was in the very first draft I wrote,” Johnson teased, but that doesn’t mean we get to find out what it is just yet. “I’ll just blurt it out right now!” the director joked before saying that. “All [is coming] in good time, my friend.”

Star Wars Episode VIII is currently in post-production, and USA Today’s interview took place before Carrie Fisher’s unexpected death.

If there’s one thing Johnson revealed that’s somewhat conflicting earlier spoilers is that Episode VIII will be a fun movie, rather than a dark one. Fans of the series will agree that all Star Wars flicks have a healthy dose of humor, so we’d expect the same thing from Episode VIII.

“I want it to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride the way The Force Awakens and the original Star Wars movies were,” Johnson said.

[Star Wars Episode VIII – Filmed Halfway, BTS Photos Shared]

Luke will be more present in the film than in The Force Awakens. “What’s going on with Luke Skywalker?” is the question Johnson wants to answer. “I’m approaching it with a take that I hope feels honest and real and is going to be interesting to folks and make sense.”

Moreover, Luke and Rey will establish a special bond, but Johnson won’t say if he’s her father. However, the family will still play a major role in this episode. After all, it’s Star Wars. “Family” is “a huge part of especially Rey’s character, something that was a really powerful part of her setup and something I really wanted to dig into with this,” the director revealed.

But Johnson isn’t going to explore just Rey’s background, as his movie will focus on all three new Star Wars heroes. “I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory,” Johnson said. “Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.”

Perhaps this is where the rumoured dark side of this episode comes. Meanwhile, no trailer has been released ahead of the upcoming movie.

The Birth Of A Nation – Nate Parker’s Movie To Hit Cinemas In Nigeria This Month

Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 

the birth of a nation

Hollywood movie The Birth of a Nation, will be released in cinemas across Nigeria come November 18, 2016.

The movie is not just another slavery story, but a story that pays tribute to the struggle of African Americans.

The main character, Nate Parker plays an enslaved African American (Nat Turner) who is an ordained preacher that spearheaded a slave rebellion.

The movie is a portrayal of how African Americans rebelled and fought against oppression and is set in Virginia USA in the year 1831.

“The Birth of a Nation” is written, produced and directed by Nate Parker and stars Gabrielle Union, Aja Naomi King, Armie Hammer, Colman Domingo, Penelope Ann Miller, Mark Boone Jr and Dwight Henry.

Nate Parker Reacts On Rape Accuser’s Suicide, Fox Searchlight Affirms Support For Him

Watch the trailer below.

Adesua Etomi And Majid Michel Star In Emem Isong’s New Movie Ayamma – Watch The Trailer

Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 


Nollywood sensation, Adesua Etomi and Ghanian actor Majid Michel star alongside Wale Ojo, Theresa Edem, Ime Bishop Umoh, Moses Armstrong and Ekere Ekanga in Emem Isong’s new movie Ayamma. The movie is from the stable of Royal Arts Academy in conjunction with Bank of Industry.


‘Ayamma’ is a musical story of love, treachery, lust and revenge.

Set in a fictitious village somewhere in Ibibio land in Akwa Ibom state, ‘Ayamma’ is the story of Ihuoma, (played Adesua Etomi) the poor but beautiful village maiden with the voice of an angel. Her sonorous voice haunts Prince Daraima, (Wale Ojo) the handsome heir to the throne and he does all he can to reach her so as to win her hand in marriage. His efforts are however, constantly thwarted by the envious Princess Ama (Theresa Edem) a princess from a neighbouring village, betrothed to Prince Daraima and who will stop at nothing to secure her rightful place as his bride. All this is played out under the watchful gaze of his younger brother Ekong (Majid Michel) who harbours his own dark secret.

The action packed movie was produced by Emem Isong and Misodi Akama, directed by Chris Eneaji and Ansa Kpokpogiri.

There will be a private viewing of the movie on the December 11, 2016 while the film premieres on December 23, 2016.

Watch the trailer below:

New Movie: Watch The Trailer Of ‘Honourable’ Starring Yomi Fash-Lanso

Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 

Honourable is a 30 minutes short film by written, produced and directed by James Abinibi. The film stars Yomi Fash-Lanso alongside new talented actors Eric Didie and Adejumoke Aderounmu among others.

‘Honourable’ addresses the issues of Integrity, Corruption and Unemployment in the Nigerian system and is taken from the point of view of an encounter between an unemployed citizen and a nonchalant politician.


The anti-corruption-based movie premieres Monday 31st, October.

Watch the trailer below:

My Watch – Obasanjo’s Book To Be Adapted Into A Movie

Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 

My Watch

The controversial expository book by a two-time past president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo titled , My Watch is set to be adapted into a movie.

Talks on the upcoming project were concluded yesterday August 16, 2016, at a meeting between the ex-general, top Nollywood actor Enyinna Nwigwe, (popular for playing a gay role in the movie Hell or Highwater) as well as Hollywood actress and producer Vanessa Martini (Black November, Road to Redemption) and American based Nigerian filmmaker, Jeta Amata.

A contractual agreement was signed and concluded at the end of the meeting.

The controversial autobiography was banned from being sold in Nigeria for a while due to its expository content but this didn’t deter the former president from launching the book in 2014.Obasanjos-book-cover-300x191

The former president also went ahead to launch My Watch in Kenya and London.

Now OBJ has given his consent for the book to be developed into a movie.

My Watch was openly endorsed by the President of Nigeria, Muhammudu Buhari during his campaign as APC’s presidential candidate.

My watch is a 3 volume book and we can’t wait to see how the movie will translate it

How To write A Short Film

Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 

How To write A Short Film

A short film script can be a great calling card for a writer. Short films aren’t a lesser form of cinematic storytelling. In fact writing them requires the exact same skills as writing a feature length script, though on a smaller scale. Although TV broadcast opportunities may be limited, there are more and more outlets for these opportunities.

In recent times, and partly due to the growth in technology and a high rate of ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), shorts films have become a lot more interest among regular people, because so many people are making them and putting them on the web. Suddenly, we’re not explaining short films to people. Everybody’s seen one.”

Many of the best writers and directors started out with shorts. Do you know that Sacha Gervasi, the writer of “The Terminal”, found his U.S agent, and then a lucrative writing gig with DreamWorks based on the strength of an extraordinary short film he wrote? It’s a rarity but it happens. In any case, it’s an excellent way to develop your craft and flex your writing muscles and it is much less daunting than penning a first feature if you haven’t much writing experience.

There are a few things you should never forget when writing a short film:

The Shorter The Better
A short film can be anything from fifteen seconds to forty five minutes in length. Make your short film script as short as possible because the shorter the short, the less costly it will be to produce. Of course, digital technology frees up film makers, yet time still costs money, so does feeding a hungry crew, and if you shoot too fast your short film might end up looking amateurish. It has to be cheap but shouldn’t LOOK cheap! Plus, if you want to get your short into a festival, then keep it to no more than ten minutes, which is usually 7-8 pages maximum. Why? This is simply because, if your short film is longer, it will eat up a longer slot and festivals love to play as many shorts as possible! You can also create real emotion in just a few minutes.

Keep The Practicalities Of Writing In Mind
The great thing about shorts is that they can be anything. However, don’t discard the practicalities of writing your script. I have read some of my friends scripts with pages of chase, action scenes and car crashes, and many writers seem not to realize how time consuming it would be to actually shoot these scenes. In fact, see the writing of a short as an opportunity to become more aware of what each line you put down on paper implies and costs. Visions of Aliens landing on third mainland bridge as the military explodes the bridge certainly looks cool and amazing in your mind but are you sure you’re good friends with a wrangler and/or a CGI specialist? If you only have access to modest resources, think small.

I saw a short titled: Apricot, and it comes as a great example of a short film that could have been done on a low budget (it shows such impeccable production value I doubt it was actually done on the cheap) because it deals with two people sitting at a table at a cafe yet manages to show a wide range of emotion. Along the same lines, the Asian short film Just a Love Story   takes place almost entirely in an elevator. Write for locations that are interesting yet practical, think of access and control, and avoid remote locations requiring driving for miles.

Make It Visual
“Film is a visual medium”. “Show, don’t tell.” That is one of the greatest issue with the Nollywood Industry in Nigeria. Those are the golden rules of screenwriting the gurus keep telling us. Yet it’s astonishing to see how talky most scripts are. Film is about telling stories in pictures, which is the most economical way of telling a story and when you make a short film, economy is everything. Create visual backstories for your characters. Externalize through visual images their temperament, their profession, their status, etc.

In the short film Lunch Date, the posh lady polishes her fork before using it. What does it tell you about her? Note how there is no dialogue in this short film, a short film that went on to win an Academy Award for best live action short film.

Find Single Moments
The best short films are often a single moment that is played out, but one that has a story at its heart. What do I mean by story? I mean a conflict that has to be resolved, where there’s a dilemma at stake and a choice that the protagonist has to make. Strive to add a deadline, or ticking clock. It is not necessary but it will add some tension to your short film.

The short On Time is a good example of a short film that meets all these conditions. It tells the story of a heart broken young man who can peek into the future and must act on it on the spot.

Tell A Story
You should always try to tell a compelling story. Beware of ideas that are concept driven or just aim at breaking all the rules for the sake of breaking rules. Short films are a great opportunity to push the boundaries of what cinematic storytelling can do, yet they must still engage your audience emotionally. As a rule of thumb, unless it is extremely brief a short film should have a hero with a goal and an obstacle/antagonist in the way.

Watch I love Sarah Jane. It shows a bunch of teenagers in a ghost town where adults have turned into zombies, yet at the core it is a love story about a young boy who can’t reach through to the older girl he loves.

Engage The Reader
Since you have so little time to make an impression the impact of page one is crucial, just as it is crucial to hook the reader in the first 10 pages of a feature length script. What is the world of the film? Do we root for the main character? Does the world and story of the film feel authentic?

The ending is also essential as it’s rare to truly feel moved at the end of a short, so work towards a meaningful, satisfying ending.
The DSTV Advert titled DStv Making Memories is a 1min simple romantic story that best explains this.

Beware Of Cliches
There are many clichés in short films, and much navel gazing. How come everybody feels the need to write about hit men for hire, heists, people seeing themselves die, children representing innocence, incestuous relationships, etc? Avoid stereotypes unless you have a fresh slant on them. That’s what The Descendent does. In this short film a couple of bewildered hit men actually have to kill a seemingly cute little boy and one of them gets cold feet until he realizes that the child is a supernatural being who terrifies his mother. Write what you’re familiar with and what resonates with you rather than writing something you borrowed from other films. Don’t shy away from small stories, short formats are the perfect vehicle for them and you won’t often get the opportunity to tell small stories as a professional writer.

Last but not least, watch as many short films as possible. There is no replacement for knowing what is out there, and knowing what you as an audience (as well as a writer) think and feel about it.

Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 

Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

I always say; “Anybody can tell a story, but not everybody can tell a great story.”

There are so many storytellers out there, and when I say story tellers, I mean writers in every sphere, from screen writing, novel writing, creative writing etc. all of these people are telling a story, but storytelling is more than just a simple conversation or explanation, there is an art to it that distinguishes a good storyteller from a great one?

So who is a great storyteller? Well a great storyteller has to have superb storytelling skills, which former Pixar story artist, Emma Coats broke down in her 2011 tweet. She laid down 22 simple, yet straight forward story guidelines that she learned from her colleagues at Pixar.

Recently, Imgur artist DinoIgnacio superimposed all 22 rules over stills from Pixar films. Here they are:

You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

You got to keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about until you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but its poison to the audience.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How do you rearrange them into what you DO like?
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

You got to identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.
Pixar States 22 Rules Of Storytelling With Movie Stills

If all these steps and questions can be answered and in-cooperated into that great idea of yours, then I bet you, you are on your way to becoming a great story teller.


Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 

A cross section of the team during a press briefing in Ikeja, Lagos

Audio Visual First, a seasoned team of advertising communication and content professionals have launched a first of its kind project tagged, ’50 Naira Story Initiative’. The project is aimed at making top notch movies to educate and entertain movie enthusiasts in Nigeria and around the world.

The ’50 Naira Story Initiative’ is designed to provide an enabling environment for mainstream actors to showcase, mentor and share their wealth of experience with the upcoming talents, who would also be showcased on the series of movies that has, and will be made in the course of this initiative. This in return will open job opportunity for prospective crew members and professionals in the filmmaking industry.

The ‘50Naira Story Initiative’ production ball has already been kicked off with four movies, namely – “Beneath Her Veil”, “Night For Sex”, “Where Does Beauty Go?” and “One Minute Man”. These movies will be premiered at 5pm on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at the Film House Cinema; Apapa Mall, 13, Park Lane, (Newly named Otunba Ayodele Soyode Lane) next to Apapa Club in Apapa. Lagos.

In a chat with the Managing Director/CEO of Audio Visual First, Mr. Adeyinka Oduniyi, he said, “Our mandate is to produce 18 movies each year, with an aim of discovering new talents and creating more job opportunities for industry practitioners, as well as positioning the country’s vast people and resources in a positive light to the rest of the world”.

As much as this is a welcome development in the Nigerian movie industry, we asked the CEO, who also directed two of the movies, “Beneath Her Veil” and “One Minute Man” about his commitment to ensuring that the company’s target is met.

The MD also said the initiative, in partnership with Iroko online will also serve as a platform for movie makers to showcase their works beyond the shores of Nigeria.

Watch the trailer for “Night for Sex” below

Watch clip of press briefing below

Movies: “Chappie” hits the cinemas

Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 


Movies: “Chappie” hits the cinemas

Showing this week in the cinemas is a Science fiction film titled, “CHAPPIE.”

Directed by Academy Award nominee, Neill Blomkamp, who featured in “Elysium” and the controversially accepted “District 9”, the film runs for 120 minutes and features Holl S. Copley as “Chappie”, Dev Patel who played “Jamal Malik” in “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Die Antwoord” rap group member, Watkin Tudor Jones among others.

The plot of “Chappie” narrates how South African Police make an effort to reduce the high crime rate in the country by resolving to the use of armor-plated attack robots invented by Deon Wilson (played by Dev Patel), who works for a major weapons manufacturer- “Tetravaal”.

Riding on the waves of success, Deon goes on to create a prototype artificial intelligence that mimics a human mind to the point of feeling emotions and having opinions, but CEO of Tetravaal, Michelle Bradley denies him permission to test the A.I. on a Police robot.

Determined to test out his newly created software, Deon decides to steal a recently damaged robot before it is destroyed, along with the ‘guard key’, which is needed to update the robot’s software. The event took a new turn as he was later kidnapped by a group of gangsters from the South African rap group – “Die Antwoord”.

The gang threatened to kill Deon unless he creates a fighting robot to help power their underworld schemes. In a bid to save his life, Doen obliged to create a robot which the gang named “Chappie”.

The movie is currently enjoying heavy screenplay at popular cinemas across the country.

Watch the trailer below.


Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 

Ghost Busters Cinematic universe


American production company, Sony Pictures is expanding its Ghostbusters movies to the cinematic universe level. According to reports, the studio has put together ‘Ghost Corps’ – a team led by original Ghostbusters’ director, Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd. The team will oversee the expansion of the movie franchise not just into a cinematic universe, but also move Ghostbusters into terrestrial and digital television as well as merchandising.

The first line of action will be to develop a new male-oriented Ghostbusters that will be released after the much publicized female-centric flick that was put together by Paul Feig. The movie, which will feature Kirsten Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, shoots this summer and will be released next year (July 22, 2016).

We gathered that the duo behind ‘Captain America’, Joe and Anthony Russo have been fingered to produce and direct the movie. Drew Pearce, who wrote ‘Iron Man 3’, will write the script, while Channing Tatum, who may also star in the movie, will produce it with his partners, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan.  Reitman be part of the production team.

Translate »