Movie Director, Onesoul Releases Cajol, Diana’s Verdict, Anger
Edo State born Ideh Chukwuma Innocent also known as Onesoul is a director, scriptwriter and producer signed to 2wice As Nice Studios and Ibru Foundation as its official director.
The International Relations graduate of the University of Lagos who set up his film production company after returning from South Africa where he studied film has released his third movie in the year titled Cajoling which tells the story of deceit, love and betrayal, will feature Yemi Blaq, Segun Arinze, Kunle Coker, Elvina Ibru, Dede Mabiaku, Adaora Ukoh and Mofe Duncan. After he had earlier released Diana’s Verdict and Anger.
According to Onesoul, “I feel blessed with the opportunity given to me by 2wice As Nice Studios.”
He however noted that one of the challenges as a filmmaker is getting proper funds and budget needed to execute world-class film productions that every filmmaker would love to achieve and having a proper marketing channel to sell the final product.
We give our best creative strength in other to bring out the best in films, with little amount of production time on our side we need to get the job done and get out of set as quickly as possible because the longer you stay on set the more money you spend and the sad thing is you are not guaranteed your return on investment. And then when you get off set and do post production, the poor marketing channel will not give you the room to explore and make your money back.
While lamenting on the role of privacy, Onesoul said, “With very few cinemas in the country, piracy decide the number of copies you sell at the end of the day; While trying to sell 1,000 copies of your hard earned product, the guy at Alaba has sold 100,000 copies for himself to get rich on your creative work.
Investors are no longer interested in funding our films because they have had sour experiences, then we struggle to raise personal funds to make our own self financed films at the end of the day you are not guaranteed return on investment and this affects your creative mind.
Who are your mentors? “I have great respect for Kunle Afolayan, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen and Tunde Kilani, these Nollywood filmmakers have taken time to push the industry to another level and have decided to standout. I have grown to watch them and they have inspired so many young filmmakers like me. Internationally, I love Stephen Spielberg, James Cameron and Mel Gibson, they are geniuses and legends in their own right,” he said.