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Before you can sell a Nollywood screenplay, you have to take note of these below;
  • You need to have a body of work
One screenplay alone may not be enough to break into nollywood. Write more. Write up to three, four, five or more. Explore the entire 'soft' genres. It may be uneasy and burdensome, but you have to try.


  • You need to become a real script writer
What I mean here is that you need to be in script-writing. You need to develop the passion for it. Script-writing needs to be beyond your hobby. Just be determined to make it your source of living.
Screenplay has a lot of components and elements. A real script writer doesn't just write scripts he also studies explicitly those components and elements of screenplay. He goes to the extent of teaching others.
You need to take your time in writing your screenplays. You need to also give in huge effort.


  • Create a channel
Create an outlet. Every business or talent needs to be exported or advertised for consumers or audiences to know about it. Just try and create awareness. You can use social media. You can use your facebook page or you can create a weblog; and in it, you can post regularly your experiences in script writing. You can write short screenplays, post them on the blog and then invite your friends to read them. As you keep on building your weblog, people will see you as someone very busy and passionate with script-writing. A Nollywood film maker may even read all those posts by chance, and may eventually mail you.

Note: while doing all these, make sure you promote your work first and not your name. Promoting your name first may mean you are showing off. Just be humble. Nollywood film makers love humble clients. Your audience will also like what you do if you are humble.


  • Go beyond script writing
Study how to rewrite a screenplay. Learn film making. Learn how to teach others. Be a master of screenplay.
Have you ever wondered why only one person in some of the Nollywood movies you have watched did almost all the job? He is the story creator, the writer of the screenplay, the creator of the cast, the producer and the director. 
You may call him 'Jack of all trade'. But no; he is not! This person in question went beyond script-writing. He learnt many other things about film-making. This is the kind of movie business we have in nollywood.
An executive producer may not want too much people to get involved in making his film. When too much people get involved, too much money would be spent. As a result, he opts for someone who knows it all.
Try and know it all if possible. You can develop a story, write, re write, do the casting, budget, schedule, direct and produce it. This will increase your chances of selling you screenplays in Nollywood. It will also help you to be in Nollywood full time. You will now become an executive (smiles warmly).



  • Be determined to become an independent film maker 
 Just try and believe you are going to produce your screenplays into movies yourself. This kind of belief would help drive your urge to learn the other things in film-making. It will help you to be focused.
This is Nigeria for you. Everybody claims to be a film writer. It will be hard for you to convince a producer or film maker to buy your script when he can just scribble one for himself.


  • Attend shows
Yes, just try and attend film shows, festivals, seminars, premier and workshops. At these shows, you can proudly tell people you are script-writer. Get into interview sections. Identify yourself as a good script-writer. Go ahead and mention your outlets like your weblog, website, facebook page. Intimate people your expertise in script-writing and perhaps film making. Through all these, you may shine one day. A film-maker may get interested in you.


  • Get contacts of people whose jobs are in one way or the other related to film making
Follow them on social media. Surround yourself with these people. One day you may get vital information from them. This information may help you sell your screenplay; or it may make you excel in Nollywood.


  • Surround yourself with script writing and film making websites, books, journals, magazines, bulletins and many others
Make script writing be in your life!



Written by: Winston "Winny Greazy" Oge 

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TITLE: SPIRIT AND FLESH 

GENRE: DRAMA

WRITEN BY: OKOI EYONG IBOR

PHONE: 08064773186  

Logline
In a Society where the penalty for kidnapping is outright death, a Kidnapper commits a mortal offense against a Man of God by kidnapping, defiling, and subsequently killing his only seven years old daughter. Having gotten all the evidence he needs and in a bid to seek justice, it is revealed to him that the Kidnapper is God’s future instrument to save thousands of souls. A battle line is now drawn between the spirit and the flesh, and a decision which will change the face of society.

Synopsis

The movie begins with the happy family of Reverend James, as they are seen having their breakfast while getting ready to launch out for the day, even as the kidnappers lament on their lack of funds and discuss the need to go for a hunt. Their discussion didn’t go well as some made known their intentions of kidnapping the Project Supervisor of their Leader, Peter Ken. Rev James is later engaged in Counseling Sessions in his office, while some of the kidnappers make a stroll in the school, only to be met by an act of unfair treatment of a student by a Lecturer. 

They offer to be of help to the student by offering the opportunity of joining their gang, which he accepts without any sense of judgment. Rev James and his Assistant plan on the possibility of fixing a date for their Crusade by August; the decision later breeds a serious disagreement in Rev James’ home as the wife seriously opposes. 

The news has already gone viral, even to the kidnappers den. While celebrating their recent Ransom collected on the head of Dr Stephen, they are again met with the news of the lucrative sums the Church has earmarked for her upcoming crusade; hence they decide to go for the fattest cow – Rev James’ daughter, Miriam. After a well-thought out plan, the gang proceed in executing their plan until the little girl is finally in their nest. The Security Forces are now on the loose as plans are set up by both the Church and the Police. The Church offers to pay the ransom, but the Police keep reiterating the fact that Government would never negotiate with kidnappers; that the penalty is outright death. On hearing the torment being meted on her daughter by the kidnappers, 

Mrs James slumps and becomes unconscious 4 With the wife in hospital and his daughter in kidnappers den, Rev James goes to God 'confrontationally'. In the midst of his prayers he is visited by a strange face, Peter Ken, who presents all the details about the kidnappers to him and offers to liaise with him in a bid to nail his former friends. Just when Rev James thinks he has gotten all the answers he prayed for, he is visited by the Angel of the Lord who tells him to desist from seeking justice; that the Kidnappers’ leader is God’s future instrument. 

Coming to the knowledge that his Assistant has the same Message from the Lord, he gives up his revenge seeking quest, despite the sight of his dead daughter. Meanwhile, the ‘instrument’ of God, Jack, escapes a bomb blast expertly set in their car by Peter Ken in a bid to destroy them and avenge himself after they made him miss a lifetime job in Germany: though the bomb kills all other gang members. Later touched by the Holy Spirit coupled with all the Bible Studies he’s been doing, Jack is broken in spirit and totally surrenders to God. 

He is now seen as the greatest Evangelist of his day, as Rev James and his Assistant see through a newspaper advert and gives God praise for the mysterious ways He works. Finally, Mrs James gives birth to twin babies: a boy and a girl. 


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