Mr. Edem Tamakloe, the CEO of Kairos production, producers of Living with Trisha in a chat with Yooyooafrica.com about the movie industry in Ghana described how wonderful it was to be in this industry. He said “back in the Secondary School, I used to write and direct for my Drama Group and so its a dream come true if I find myself doing this now”. When our reporter KCJ asked if the beginning was difficult, he opined, “in every business, beginning is difficult because you need to break the odds, you need the necessary resources and a good plan with hard work to keep it.”
Good films have a lot of dynamics; a good story, great locations, hard working crew and actors who will put life into the scripts to make it not just a mere narration, he said. He also did not leave the editors who at the end of the day will make everything work out.
When asked of what he will stand against in the industry,he said with passion “I want telenovela to be taken off prime time Tv in Ghana because it doesn’t help the local series. The Tv stations should be showing local content to get sponsors but they show Telenovela instead, and that take away all the sponsors. When we have enough sponsors, the quality of our movies will improve and that will also go along way to regulate the kind of shows we put on Tv because only the good stuffs will be aired”
Speaking to KCJ, the award winning producer said everything started for him in 2007, when he felt he has learnt a lot,watched a lot of productions and has acquired enough knowledge in script writing. Talking of originality in production, he made mention of the fact that one needs to be a creative and a critical thinker since there are no new stories anymore.
“My script is ready to be shot when I’m satisfied within myself, and also ready in three copies when you have done a lot of adding up and given to people you trust to go through for you,then you are okay. He adds that there are good script writers that are unknown and some producers will like to keep the glory alone which is killing our industry.
He revealed to yooyooafrica.com that the business is not fair with anyone but he can confirm he has gained some huge success in the business. “We as creative people have the responsibility to be guided by our culture and educate the society on them. We have had some failures in the business when we did projects like “30 Minutes” and “first Aid” which didn’t go the way we wanted and had to drop it”.
Failure itself, he remarked, teaches one to be focused and patient with time. When asked about what can make the industry better, he asked government and the corporate world to come on board, set a trust fund where filmmakers can have access to work with.
“We should be able to have access to good locations to film and help the industry’s growth. “ULTIMATE PARADISE”, “THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE” , “ADAMS APPLE”, and “24” are some of the movie and series that inspires him.
He believes in social media and uses it for business to push the production up there.
When he was asked the reason he chose to do series and not movies, he said ” we are not doing movies because we want to take our time to bring out something better for the people to watch,yet comparing the two, he thinks series pays more than movies”.
He gave Yooyooafrica.com’s Chris his final remarks and this is what he had to say.
“We should not be too worried about what our audience want from us because they will wish to see guns, violence, and sex in our movies and series but ask yourself if whatever they are asking for is right and will benefit the society.”
The producer who is also known for introducing new actors and actresses, advised people who want to take up film production to plan, get the necessary knowledge and work on it.He also urged fans of the two series to keep supporting and watch out for his production house because they have some new projects coming up.