New boost for Nollywood

first_imgDirector Bond Emeruwa and crew shoot a scene for the film This Is Nollywood, a Nigerian documentary about the country’s multimillion-dollar film industry.Nicky RehbockFind out more about using materialNigeria’s film industry, the second largest in the world after Bollywood, is about to be taken to another level with the building of an ultra-modern film studio and entertainment complex with a Disneyland-style theme park.Because Nollywood – the popular nickname for Nigeria’s film industry – is often criticised for poor production standards and sub-standard acting, the proposed new development aims to shake things up and turn the country into a world-class filming destination.According to the Abuja Film Village International (AFVI), the company in charge of the project, the development plans to provide a place where local and international filmmakers can flock for pre-production planning, production, post-production and the premiering of their films.Although still in the early stages of planning, developers envision the project to also offer retail and residential areas along with the elaborate theme park.Abuja ideal locationThe film village is the dream of AFVI managing director Segun Oyekunle, who lived and worked in Los Angeles, US, for almost 30 years and relishes the idea of a Nigerian Disneyland. “We want to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure for film, music, television, as well as a theme park,” he said.The project will be financed by the administration body overseeing Abuja, local developers, as well as Nigerian and international investors.AFVI has teamed up with the Landmark Entertainment Group, which has overseen a range of impressive entertainment-based real estate developments across the world, including theme parks for Universal Studios and design work for many Las Vegas casinos.The development will also boast environmental friendliness, with part of the village running on solar and hydro-electric power.Landmark president Tony Christopher is upbeat about the plans. “A few reasons to put the project here in Abuja [as opposed to Lagos or other locations in Nigeria] would be based on the large land site, the fact that Abuja is a tourist-friendly city, as well as the need to develop the capital into an entertainment and cultural destination,” he said.“In my opinion Nigeria needs to offer more support to the creative people making films. They need education, more professional facilities, and the infrastructure to build the talent pool in the country. This is exactly why the Abuja Film Village is being created at this time … it will allow more opportunities for Nigeria to compete with films internationally.”In addition, the AFVI plans to run workshops in all areas of filmmaking before construction of the village actually starts.Oyekunle says that, “50% of our vision is geared towards improving and developing Nollywood but we also aim to provide equipment such as cameras and editing suites on a rental basis, or even take a stake in certain projects – this is strictly business you know”.Besides providing film-production and entertainment facilities, AFVI will also produce its own films with the first one called Seeds of Nationhood: The Sokoto Caliphate Story. Before colonisation, Sokoto Caliphate was one of the most powerful Islamic empires in sub-Saharan Africa.With a mainstream Hollywood production costing as much as US$100-million (R811-million) to produce, Oyekunle says the Abuja village will offer a more cost-effective filming location.“We aim to provide a modern alternative and hope they will seriously consider producing their films in Abuja … we want to stop films that are set in Nigeria or elsewhere in Africa – such as Tears of the Sun – being produced in Hawaii.”A multimillion-dollar industryThe Nigerian film industry emerged in the late 1970s amid the country’s crumbling economy. Due to many financial obstacles, public funding of movies and original television programming collapsed, and spiralling crime made cinemas too dangerous to visit.European and American shows soon dominated television, but the absence of an African flavour irked the country’s fledgling filmmakers, who soon began screening vibrant tribal productions. By the early 1990s filming on celluloid became too expensive and production shifted to video.Today, the $250-million (R2-billion) industry produces about 1 500 feature films a year, many shot only in a week on a shoestring budget of between $17 000 (R138 000 ) and $23 000 (R187 000). Because of the low number of cinemas in Nigeria, films go straight to DVD or video compact disc (VCD) and are snapped up at outdoor markets for $2 (R16) to $3 (R24) a piece.Traditionally Nigeria’s movie videos are shot on location throughout Nigeria with hotels, homes and offices often being rented out by their owners for filming purposes. The most popular film locations are currently Lagos, Enugu and Abuja. Most of the movies are in English, allowing for the widest-possible reach.The quick turnaround in making a Nollywood movie allows directors and producers to make films with plotlines that reflect the ever-changing political and cultural climate, and often include aspects of current events. Storylines revolve around corruption, prostitution, folklore, HIV/Aids, romance or slavery and civil wars.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at [email protected] articlesNigeria’s Lagos State to growAfrican film awards honour SACape Town: Africa’s HollywoodUseful linksTradeInvest NigeriaNigeria Nigerian film industryAbuja Film Villagelast_img read more

Windows 8 Spells Trouble for Linux, Hackintosh Users and Malware Victims

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Garrett notes that vendors could choose to provide firmware support to disable this, but “experience indicates that many firmware vendors and OEMs are interested in providing only the minimum of firmware functionality required for their market.” Loosely translated? Many vendors aren’t going to spend the money to give users this feature.The secure boot requirement is already raising eyebrows in the Linux community. As planned, machines that would conform to the logo requirements for Windows 8 (read: virtually any system you would buy from Dell, Asus and so on) would not boot Linux. Though Microsoft has not shown a great deal of love for Linux, I doubt that this is a just a scheme to thwart desktop Linux. At best, Linux commands a few percent of the desktop market. It’s hardly worth Microsoft’s time to go out of its way to prevent a small percentage of users from installing Linux on machines they’ve already paid “the Windows tax” for. I suspect Microsoft’s primary aim is to further curtail “pirate” versions of Windows. But it has the potential to do collateral damage to Linux users and distributors. It also affects anybody else that might want to load a different OS onto the system, and even to users who want to install third-party graphics cards onto the system. Secure boot means that the small but enthusiastic Hackintosh community would be out of luck too. While you might find Linux vendors willing to jump through the technical and administrative hoops to get signed copies of Linux that would work with UEFI, there’s little chance of getting boot media for OS X that would have an approved CA signature.Dedicated users could still build their own machines, of course. However, if the Win 8 Logo program goes to market as proposed it would severely limit the options for many OEM-built machines. Want to reuse that old Windows 8 machine with a Linux distribution or something like FreeNAS? No dice. It’s also unclear how this would affect resale of systems that go off-lease. There’s a pretty big aftermarket for desktop systems that would be affected by this as well. Time for Concern?Garrett says that “it’s probably not worth panicking yet. But it is worth being concerned.” I agree with this – it’s going to be quite a while before Windows 8 ships. There’s a lot of time to give Microsoft feedback on this feature, and the company might back off the stance on its own.But it is a concern. One of the things that’s always been a given for me is that I can repurpose any PC hardware by installing Linux on it. Losing this much control over hardware that I’ve purchased concerns me – and it should concern enterprise buyers as well. What do you think? Is this an acceptable feature, or should Microsoft go back to the drawing board? IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Microsoft is trying to lock down system firmware to prevent malware and pirated copies of Windows. Unfortunately, this may have some undesirable side effects for Linux users and anyone else that wants to boot an operating system not officially blessed by Microsoft and OEMs. This poses a problem for hobbyists and large organizations alike.This was discovered by Linux developer Matthew Garrett, who’s been doing a lot of work with EFI booting in general for his day job. Recent UEFI specifications have allowed for “secure boot” that requires an OS to have a signed key in system firmware to work.Microsoft is requiring (PowerPoint) that OEMs ship client systems with the secure boot enabled to get the Windows 8 logo. Of course, all major OEMs are going to want the Windows 8 logo. In short, a vendor like Dell would ship systems that recognize the OSes that Dell offers. That would mean whatever Windows versions that are offered by Dell would be properly signed. Other OSes – even retail versions of Windows 8 – wouldn’t necessarily be signed to run on the systems. ImpactThe positive to this system is that malware that affects OS might not be able to boot. According to the presentation by Arie van der Hoeven of Microsoft, if the boot process detects a unsigned boot manager, it would drop to a recovery system managed in firmware. Presumably OEMs would include recovery media to fall back to.The downside is that users have a lot less control over their hardware with this feature enabled. Much like mobile devices that prevent unsigned ROMs from loading, this would mean desktop systems with Windows 8 would not run unsigned OSes without rooting the computer. If you have malware on your system, you’re stuck with the OEM recovery media instead of being able to use your own recovery software.This presents a bit of a headache for vendors like Acronis that provide backup software that boots systems to make images of hard drives. Related Posts center_img Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… joe brockmeier 1 Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Cord-Cutting For Some: HBO Now Launches With A Limited Apple TV Exclusive

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… If you want HBO Now, the only cable-free option for watching shows like Game of Thrones, you’re going to need Apple TV. During Apple’s live event Monday, HBO CEO Richard Plepler announced that the service will launch with Apple as its exclusive partner.Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced a price cut for Apple TV, to $69 from $99. While a $30 price drop is considerable, it still means Apple TV costs more than competitors like Google’s Chromecast and the Roku stick. See also: Stream Engines: How To Choose Between The Apple TV, Roku 2 And ChromecastThis lofty price is why Apple TV adoption has tended to lag behind that of its rivals. In 2013, both Chromecast and Roku outsold Apple TV nearly 2 to 1. To catch up, Apple TV was going to need to either seriously improve its product—or snag an exclusive deal its competitors couldn’t get. With no new Apple TV on the horizon, it has clearly chosen the latter. It’s not yet clear how long Apple’s exclusivity will extend. [Update: “The exclusive agreement with Apple is for three months among new digital distributors,” according to an HBO spokesperson.]For HBO, restricting its cable-free option to Apple only isn’t any more limiting than the previous business model, which only allowed customers to watch streaming shows if they also had a cable plan (or friends or family with one).HBO Now will be priced at $14.99 a month and offer access to HBO’s complete library of original shows. Plepler added that customers who sign up in April will get a free month.Image courtesy of Apple lauren orsini Tags:#Apple TV#chromecast#cord-cutting#HBO#HBO Now#Roku#streaming TV 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

LG unveils mid ranger Max smartphone with 5-inch screen

first_imgLG has added a new smartphone in its line-up of mid-rangephones. The company has launched the Bello II which is the second generation ofLG L Bello that was released last year. The company will be launching thedevice in select markets, India and Latin American countries are among thefirst to get the phone this month followed by Europe and CIS (Commonwealth ofIndependent States) in the third quarter.The phone will be launched under different names indifferent markets. The Indian version as well as the device launched in Mexicoand CIS will be named LG Max whereas the phone will be named LG Prime II inBrazil and Chile. There is no official confirmation of the device but to stayin the competitive Indian market, the South Korean company will have to price thedevice reasonably well.The phone sports 5 inch screen with a resolution of 480×854,the device will be powered by a quad core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. Theprocessor is assisted by 1 GB RAM and 8GB internal storage but the user canexpand the memory using a microSD card slot. On the camera front, the phonecomes with a reasonable 8 Megapixel front camera that will be assisted by agenerous 5 Megapixel front facing snapper. The phone comes inbuilt with gesturecontrols to click selfies without touching the screen. The smartphone will comein various colours and will also have a dual-SIM slot. The device is 3Gcapable, which is why the device is being launched in markets where 4G is stillin the initial stages. The phone exptracts its power from an average 2,540 mAh.advertisementCommenting on the launch, Juno Cho, President and CEO of LGElectronics Mobile Communications Company said, “The LG Bello II bringsunprecedented value to 3G markets, which still account for a significant 40percent of smartphone markets. With its 5-megapixel selfie camera, largedisplay and familiar features, the LG Bello II is a great balance of form,function and price, which is why we expect to be even more successful than itspredecessor.”Also read: Keralainmates to get email idsAlso read: Microsoftto buy Israeli cyber security firm Adallomlast_img read more