CHINYERE WILFRED PRODUCES HER FIRST MOVIE
Delectable actress and mother of three boys, Chinyere Wilfred returned from location feeling fagged out. She had gone to produce her first film which is just concluding post-production. The movie which features Desmond Elliot, Stella Damasus and a host of others is warming up for the highest bidder in terms of marketing.
The star actress in Beyond the Vow and Nneka the Pretty Serpent who just returned from a trip to London spared time for a chat and says:
“A lot of people are wondering where I have been or what I have been doing and I tell them that nothing really has been happening to me except that I have been very busy on location, I just completely wrapped up a production of my own. We are currently putting finishing touches on post-production. I have been very busy. We have a working title— Entangled.
“The movie stars Stella Damasus, Desmond Elliot, Kalu Ikeagwu, and my humble self. It is a love and family story.
It is my story which is written by Ifediba. It is a film about love, bad friends, bad company and betrayal. It is about two friends, one a happily married couple and another, an agaracha woman.
The couple had been aiting for the fruit of the womb and believing God that His will be done. I don't want to give it all out until it is released.
We shot here in Lagos, at VGC. It is my belief that movie lovers out there would enjoy it when it comes out. I think we have done something interesting with wonderful actors and actresses. There is no marketer for now.
We are checking the entire work and hoping to now call upon some marketers to see what we have in stock.
Why venture into production?
I told my friends that I have acted all my life and needed to expand my scope. I saw the opportunity and I grabbed it wholesomely. I believe this is just the beginning for me because there are other stories waiting for production. I have to source money from friends and family. I know I won't let any one down.
I recall those good old days when Zeb Ejiro invited me to be part of Ripples. After Ripples, I was called for an audition in Taboo and after that I had started on the journey and I can say to God be the glory.
I also did Nneka the pretty serpent, Beyond the Vow etc as you well know.
Like I have always said, I approach every production as a major challenge. All of them are any way. I do not have any ones that are not.
Challenges of production
This is a different ball game from acting. In acting, you just get your scripts and digest them and go before the camera. Now as a producer, I now call every shot, negotiate with the artistes, source their fees and make sure that everyone is happy.
It is indeed a major challenge and I thank God I overcame it. I now appreciate the work of the producer who would wait on every one and manage our idiosyncracies.
Some times the artistes would say they may not be able to make it to location and this will increase cost of production because the producer may have budgeted for a few days only for the delay to increase the cost. But it was fine and a giant leap in my career.
Nollywood is changing
It is true that Nollywood is changing and I believe it is for the better. Everywhere you go around the world, the talk is about Nollywood.
We are moving forward. My picture of Nollywood is that it started somewhere like a mustard seed. It is going somewhere and it would be somewhere. There is no problem in Nollywood, we are not doing badly. Imagine that we started this industry out of nothing.
I didn't study acting. I did computer studies at the Lagos State Polytechnic. But I have trained on the job since I have always had acting in my veins right for childhood. It comes naturally to me.
Boys, boy, boys
I have four men in they house, my children, the three of them and of course my husband. It looks like I am a loner in the house but I am believing God to have a girl some day.
He is from Dikenafai in Imo State while I come from Agulu Eze Chukwu in Anambra State. We met several years ago when I was in secondary school and we courted for over seven years before deciding to get married. He waited for me.
He is a very humble, God fearing man. He is different. One of the reasons I love him is because in this our job, only an understanding man would understand the razzmatazz that follow it. He is used to it and the scandals as well. He knows his wife and tells me that I shouldn't be bothered so that I do not get distracted.
By the grace of God, we are going to produce a movie in London. I went to put finishing touches to the arrangement. It would have Stella Damasus, Sola Sobowale who is in London already and a couple of other artistes. We hope to let the cameras roll soonest.
Problems of the industry
One of the problems of the industry which always would worry the practitioner is the so much bad belle as people spread bad stories about each other at any slightest provocation. You never can tell the level of envy, jealousy and the like in the industry. I pray that God protects me from all the troubles as
I continue to wax stronger by His grace.