US-trained filmmaker, Akorede Alli has spoken heavily on the scourge of piracy and as to how it affects the strengths of filmmakers in Nigeria. He further urged Nollywood producers and investors to respect the craft of filmmaking and professionalism to record success.
According to the Modern-Eko Studio boss, there are stages to producing a quality film and all the stages are very important and have their time frame.
“Respect the craft. I’ve found that producers and investors often focus on profit over product and lose both in the process. A few years back, I walked away from investors because of their insistence on a quick turnaround and I patiently waited until I was able to executive produce my film and could take the time necessary to produce a quality film,” Alli said.
Alli, a descendant of one of the royal families in Lagos State, started his filmmaking journey after graduation from Pefti Film Institute Nigeria before moving to the United States to further his studies in filmmaking and Advanced Cinematography at The School of Visual Art in New York City, after which he relocated to Los Angeles, California to further his career as a film director, actor, and producer.
The Modern-Eko Studio boss, who returned to Nigeria to film and produce his first indigenous project, ‘Ran Mi Lowo,’ said his new movie is a thriller.
Alli also weighed in on the scourge of piracy saying it is a very real concern for him. “Who doesn’t want to fully profit from their hard work? But piracy is an unfortunate consequence of this business,” he stated.