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Storytelling is an integral part of life. The ability to tell stories convincingly is one of the most powerful skills anyone can posses.
90% of what we consume in the world today are stories, whether in audio-visual content, pictures, news, advertisements and brand management. Even digital media is flooded with stories.
But how well do we tell our stories?
Over the past five years, the creative industry in Nigeria, particularly Nollywood, has improved on audio-visual technical qualities. Sound is better now, pictures have greatly improved but our storytelling abilities have somewhat diminished.
A long history of powerful storytelling, steeped in our contextual realities, has now been abandoned by new storytellers for the glories of telling tales that appeal to a global audience. The challenge with this move is that stories are first local before they are global. Great stories
are told within specific contexts but they travel because of similarity of human experience.
A 3-Day workshop on the art of accurate storytelling is championed by Chris Ihidero, a leading filmmaker, TV producer/director who has mastered the craft of storytelling, including the full cycle of content production.
The second Masterclass in the series will hold between 30th May – 1st June 2016. at the British Council Ikoyi, Lagos.
Participation is welcomed from creative practitioners who are already telling stories through social campaigns, screen writing, audio-visual content producers, content directors, drama series producers, digital marketing consultants, feature editors and brand custodians.
The workshop is delivered to empower and share knowledge to a class of thirty-five (35) participants, following a rigorous selection process as identified in this document. Our idea is to prepare participants for opportunities that extend their enhanced skills by servicing the industry with better storytelling.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
The Chris Ihidero’s Story Story Masterclass workshop will seek submission of creative works from, writers, producers and directors of audio-visual content in the form of short screenplays, produced films, written scripts etc. as attempted by applicants. An application form will be made available for download at Pinpoint Media’s website.
The workshop is open only to those who have personally made an attempt to tell stories, however successful or otherwise those attempts may have turned out to be.
All completed entries, including a statement of interest, must be returned for further screening and selection of the final 35 workshop participants between 30th May – 1st June 2016..
Chris Ihidero’s Story Story Masterclass workshop is facilitated by Chris Ihidero and supported by a faculty of creative professionals who will be narrating realities in storytelling. Established and respected in the industry, these experts include:
CEO SMAT Media (First Nigerian company to produce MTVShuga)
Ayeni Adekunle Samuel
Publisher, Journalist & PR Expert
(Project Fame, Tinsel)
(Comedian & Compere)
Victor Sanchez Aghahowa
Writer/director (Tinsel, Hotel Majestic)
Producer & Director
Director , Producer & Writer
WHO IS CHRIS IHIDERO?
Chris Ihidero has been telling stories professionally for 19 years.
He started out as a theatre actor and director. He taught literature at the Lagos State University for 3 years. He was the pioneer Editor of the then leading men’s lifestyle magazine, MADE. He has been a newspaper columnist for 10 years.
His first short film, Big Daddy, has almost 450, 000 views on YouTube and was nominated for 9 awards in 2012, including AMAA Awards and AMVCA. commissioned him to make a short film on HIV and young people, It Happened to Me.
In 2013 UNESCO
He has directed about 100 hours of television drama, including Fuji House of Commotions, Tempest and Now we are Married.
He recently produced the 4th series of the ground-breaking HIV and behavioural change focused drama series, MTVShuga.
Protégé of revered Nigerian filmmaker Amaka Igwe for 8 years, Chris was responsible for managing the production services at Amaka Igwe Studios (AIS) including training of creative professionals at the Centre for Excellence in Film & Media Studies, the training arm of AIS.
A member of Raindance Academy, the UK’s biggest independent filmmaking body, Chris Ihidero has participated in story Masterclasses facilitated by Hollywood’s top script/story consultant and author of the classic Anatomy of Story, John Truby.
Chris Ihidero is passionate about positively impacting the Nigerian creative industry with appropriate skills and development capacities.
PARTNERS & MEDIA SUPPORT
Partners supporting the maiden edition of Chris Ihidero’s Story, Story continue to grow: