Barely a week ago
I started posting on this page. And to be sincere, I get quite uncomfortable when I look back at my posts and read them; I feel like a GEEK.
I’ve had a bunch of people tell me that I’m the only one who bothers about the background details of movies (i.e. the script), but I’d like to put it to you today, that it has nothing to do with me being an “efiko” (which some have blatantly accused me of. They even say that the more I deny it, the more confirmed it is!)
This even has nothing to do with the fact that I’m a writer, I’ve been a writer for over a decade, and only just recently started writing movies, which I’ve decided is the medium for me, cause no other medium has given me the kind of satisfaction that I feel busying myself writing scripts.
I bother about the background details of movies because knowing these details are simply awesome and empowering! When I watch a movie, I imagine each second (okay, maybe only a few moments of the movie) as how I would have written it in the movie script; I feel like a goddess of motion pictures!
Wetin be efiko sef? Say the person na geek? Abi na wetin?
Have you ever watched a movie that was so cool that you had to ask yourself “how did the screenwriter come up with this idea?”? You sometimes wish you were the one who wrote it! (don’t be ashamed to admit that. I know we all do it) The truth is, you really could be the one who wrote it; there’s no magic there, and you don’t have to be a geek to get something cool as that out there. It’s not easy, but it can be done. It’s about following cues such as dreams, imaginations, and acquisitions, and knowing your onions (tomatoes and peppers?).
Take sex workers and exotic dancers. The way they do their thing is probably the best way any man would experience. Does that make them efikos? Cause, guess what? They studied the best way it can be done too. It’s a kind of discipline; like Screenwriting, Acting, Sculpting, and any other form of art. So maybe they are efikos. What usually makes their case different is the immorality and some social unacceptability of the concept. Nevertheless, it’s a course.
You’d be surprised that Christian ladies also strive to get that perfect body that these people have, and want to please and keep their husbands in that same technique they use. But sorry girls, you’re not “efikos”. Or are you? Some women are “vexing” these days o! Why? Because it’s awesome, and they learnt the way.
Criminals in organized? Why do you think it’s called “organized”? Na efiko dem be o!
Coming back to reality…
…discipline and diligence is key to great achievements. There is nothing so fantastic about any movie story out there. If, for example, you are to write a drama or action movie of your life experience as it is, all you need do is omit the boring and uneventful parts, you just might have a blockbuster there, especially if you’re an adventurous person.
Anybody can be anything if they train. Anybody can be a writer if they train, not only a geek.
Isedehi Aigbogun, also known as ISD, is a staunch academic, holding a B.A., M.A., and PhD (in view) in English Language.
She’s a Screenwriter, Screenplay Analyst, Consultant, and Film Scriptic.