Wow! They aren’t kidding that you can easily go into a cone of silence while working on a production…much less seven. Sorry we have been quiet on the update front, but hopefully we will make up for it with a series of new posts and a regular schedule for the future.
As we shared at the end of last year, the team in Freetown received the greenlight for a variety of production projects and they’re all busy working on their films. The first project that was approved for its production phase was Mustapha Brima’s My Motivation, a complicated story that explores corruption with Sierra Leone’s free health care program. They recently wrapped production and we asked Mustapha to share his experience.
As told by Mustapha: We have just finished with the production and I am very happy to say that it went on successfully though there were a lot of constraints in finding locations, casting andthe like, especially getting the government hospital to participate in the picture was not easy. But through the help of GOD, I was able to get one. Such a thing is not easy here especially when our story is about the government. However, we worked as a team to make progress and we succeeded. It is very good to work as a team in every project. Thank you to our colleagues in the U.S.
My Motivation was shot in four days and all of the filming happened in the west end of Freetown. Motor bikes (Okada) where the crew’s best means of transportation considering the heavy traffic caused by the ongoing road construction by the Chinese. Day one of shooting was a hospital scene and it happened at the Murray Town Government Hospital; Arthur Pratt was the camera-man and Barmmy Boy directed shots as the DP, while also filming behind the scenes.
Day 2 was in the same hospital and additional scenes were shot on this day within the Murray Town community.
Day 3 scenes were shot using a house in Cole Farm and the last day of shooting took place in a small restaurant located in the same community of Cole Farm.
The team is currently editing My Motivation at the WeOwnTV Media Center in Freetown—stay tuned for more!
For additional production photos check out the My Motivation Facebook album.