MAKE REAL OR MAKE BELIEVE ? – KUNLE ADEPOJU & TOYIN FATUNSIN
Thank God you are on this page.
As appealing as convincing the audience is, it’s high time we learnt better approach to make viewers believe what were are trying to pass across than subjecting actors to irremediable risks. Personally, I’ve equally witnessed a stage drama rehearsal; the director instructed how hard he wanted a brother to be tormented. During the ministration this brother shed the tears the director put in picture but his buttocks suffered it for days. Thank God he recovered after using some pain relieving pills, but he will never fail to remember that day and the ministration easily.
Also, You don’t have to go extreme to portray a picture at the benefit of what your are trying to preach against or at the detriment of the actors well being.
Let’s read what Kunle Adepoju has to say on this from the perspective of cinematography:
In 2006, I was directing a movie titled “the fall of a giant”. There was an accident scene where an actor will be hit by a moving vehicle. In an attempt to make it real, a good driver was employed to drive and apply the brake as soon as he is about to hit, but the case was different. We were very lucky that the actor could jump, we would have recorded the reality and the actor would have ended up in the hospital.
From that day, I asked myself why?
Why must we?
Why must we loose life before we get the shot?
Why must we injure an actor in a process of achieving our aimed shot?
Are there no other ways of making it real?
Of course this is applicable to injurious performance on any set. As simple as it is to slap a character on set, it can land the victim in a hospital if the director fails to know the state of health before engaging the cast. Likewise, asking the actor to jump from tree, top of a house, swim in unhealthy or dangerous river, using of knife to stab, using local gun to shoot, and a lot of dangerous scenario on set…
These actually bring a lot of intrigue to our movie but we should devise a technical way of doing it.
One of the ideas I learnt in film school about camera is that camera is so power that it can suggest what has never happened to us as if it happened. All you just need is to know is how to angle your camera in a dangerous place. For example, car can pass over a camera suggesting a crush of the character instead of putting the character under the car for real.
I hope we understand.
Another standpoint of either making it real or making it believing, Toyin Fautusin called attention to characters taking up roles. She discussed her point below on her Facebook timeline.
Read her post below:
Evangelical drama/film are to make believe not real passing across the message of Jesus in a convincing way in order to bring souls into God’s kingdom, let’s be careful how we pass the message across in an attempt to make it real let’s not cross the boundary.
Going naked, exposing sensitive body parts in order to play a role is not Christ like. In fact a different message is being passed across that way. Let’s be careful, watchful and sensitive.
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI