Friday, June 6, 2014

Call for Book Chapter Contribution on Nollywood

Photo Credit: BBC, Is Nollywood destroying Africa's film industry?.  


We are proposing a new textbook titled FILM DISCOURSE: ISSUES, TECHNIQUES AND CONTEXTS. Film in Nigeria, just like popular music, theatre and literature, has reflected and affected past and present social realities. Nollywood filmmakers have developed effective and powerful film stories infused with socio-cultural and socio-political ideologies and values. Global, national, regional and personal cultural themes are evident in some of the most popular Nollywood films. Some of these films become popular because audiences easily recognize the portrayals and subtle themes reflected on the screens and can identify with them.

However, the Nollywood film industry is ridden with tension. Funding, training opportunities, language use, story structures and roles in films are often distributed according to the priorities and opportunities offered by individual filmmakers. Conditions and the environment of filmmaking in Nigeria have therefore been faced with technical and financial challenges; challenges in production, distribution, exhibition and consumption.

With the emergence of the Nigerian Film Industry Nollywood in 1992, audiences for film within the African continent and in Diaspora have grown in size. Such expansion has implications for film content, form, production strategies, distribution mechanisms and policy frameworks. Nigerian filmmakers are faced with the difficult task of delicately negotiating the widening markets, for instance, whilst focusing attention on the political economy of film consumption in the rapidly changing local and global contexts, they are also compelled to give some consideration to the quality of films produced.

In view of the understanding of the significant role film has played and continues to play in the transformation of the society, it becomes very necessary to write a textbook that will address not only the history of film development in Nigeria but also focus on the challenges confronting Filmmakers as well as the prospects of filmmaking in Nigeria. The dearth of books on the techniques of Film Pre-Production, Production and Post Production, and Film theories and Criticism, written from the Nigerian perspective will make this book a very interesting and valuable piece of instructional material for students and educators in Universities, Polytechnics and Monotechnics in Nigeria and beyond. It will also inform professionals in relevant fields of endeavor as well as serve as a guide and reference piece for government agencies in Nigeria.

NOTE: Your chapter should take one of three approaches:
1.      Discuss the techniques of film pre-production, production or post production.

2.      Conduct a thorough data driven research on one of the issues that are germane to filmmaking, distribution and consumption in the Nigerian Film Industry. These issues include, but are not limited to Piracy, Distribution, Subtitling, Titling, Acting, Casting, Screenplay, Financing, Editing, Technology, Directing, Themes, Costumes, Music, Sound, Lighting, Content, Audience, Language, Censorship and the legal environment of film in Nigeria,  among others.

3.      Discuss film theories and their relevance and applications to Nollywood films, taking into consideration the Nigerian socio-cultural contexts.

Submission Instructions & Guidelines:
1.         Submit a full written chapter of not more than 25 pages including the reference pages. A completed chapter is due by June 31, 2014.
2.         If your paper is accepted, you will be required to submit a brief profile (bio) of the author
4.         All written work should be on Times New Roman (12).
4.         Final chapter submission must be written following APA style and the author(s)’ name, title and institution or agency affiliation should be properly identified after the title of the chapter.
5.         All graphs, charts, and tables must follow APA standard and will not be in colors.

Full chapter submission should be sent to:

1.      Dr. Ifeoma Theresa Amobi,
            Department of Mass Communication
University of Lagos, Akoka
Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +2348033205565+2348033205565
Skype: theresa.amobi
Twitter: @amobifeoma

2.      Mr. Shaibu Husseini,
      Department of Mass Communication
University of Lagos, Akoka
Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +2348033085993+2348033085993
Twitter: @igalaman

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