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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I Have Worked with the Best in Nollywood - Chris Orioha-Marcus


Chris Orioha-Marcus, the first Assistant Director of Lancelot Imasuen’s epic “Invasion 1897” is one of the few good directors in Nollywood and he believes more in his works speaking for him than making noise about them.
 “All works have their peculiar interests. Creativity is exciting when one overcomes its challenges,” he said in a chat with him after the press preview of “Invasion 1897” on Thursday 14, 2014, at the Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos.


“The excitement about co-directing ‘Invasion 1897’ was the cross-cultural creativity I impacted since I am from the Igbo tribe working on an Edo historical film.  Though it was done in English language, but the cultural understanding of the job was quite challenging, but I pulled through.

 Chris with Lancelot Imasuen at the news media unveiling of "Invasion 1897" on Thursday August 14, 2014, at the Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
"As a director, ‘Connecting the Dots’ was challenging. An ExxonMobil job dealing with professional security issues as related to the job. I barely did have a technical professional idea of the job, but I scaled through consultations and research."

"Moreover, the most outstanding challenge was working with a cast of forty non-artistic professionals whose primary concern was their desk office assignment than the film ‘Connecting the Dots' which to them at that time was a secondary work. Squeezing out that needed artistic juice out of them was challenging, but I pulled through successfully. And at the end, my greatest joy was when the management honoured all the participants with awards and cash rewards in appreciation of their artistic excellence on the job."



"Another challenging work was the stage play ‘Victims of Cultism’, a story that exposed the dangers of cultic initiation on campus. Parents actually shed tears, knowing the deadly implications and the realities of cultism.”
“I have worked with the best actors and actresses in Nollywood, including Genevieve Nnaji, Nonso Diobu, Mike Ezuruonye, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Charles Inojie, Victor Osuagwu, Hanks Anuku, Olu and Joke Jacobs, Bimbo Akintola and the late veterans Sam Loco, Justus Esiri and Enebeli Enebuwa. And the best cameras I have used so far are Red and Canon digital cinema cameras. '




Education:
A graduate of Theatre Arts ,
University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Actor:
* RATTLE SNAKE
* CHECKMATE
* FACES OF FIRE
* ANOTHER CAMPUS TALE
* PLEASE COME BACK
* AFRICAN HEROS
* FRIENDS OF MINE
* JANGO
* LAUGH PATTERNS ( comedy series)
* MY DAUGHTER MY JEWEL
* HIDDEN CROWN....etc.
Assistant Director:
* JANGO
* BRUTAL HEARTS
* MAMUSH
* GOLDEN JEWEL
* BENT ARROW
* VISA LOTTERY
* IN BETWEEN THE LINES
* EVERYDAY PEOPLE
* MID-NIGHT BLUES
* INVASION 1897....etc.
Director:
* CONNECTING THE DOTS
* EVERYDAY PEOPLE
* RED ALERT...etc.
Stage Productions: Playwright/Director.
* VICTIMS OF CULTISM
* THE DARKER THE BRIGHTER
* ANCIENT OF DAYS
* BEYOND BELIEF
* SINS OF YESTERDAY
* NOTHING LASTS FOREVER...etc.
Contact:
+234 8023187310; +234 8167982112; +234 8167303800.
Email: coxswainolly@gmail.com.



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