Ashimi Azeez is currently one of the leading cinematographers in Nigeria’s movie industry. He’s at the top of his game, and has been for the last 20 years. Respect for the story drives his style in every film. A style notable for use of natural light, a subtle camera, and innovative color palettes. He has worked with several A-list stars and directors, though he started as an actor, but his passion and talent made him concentrate on cinematography which he loves so much.
He recently spoke to Citypeople Head of Movie Desk, Abiodun Alao on his forthcoming project and how producers can make the best out of this trying economic times..
Can you tell us about your forth coming project.
Well for now, I’m working on a movie with Nkechi Blessing Sunday, titled AMIRAH. It will be a great movie when released. I also have a personal movie in the works
Many producers are complaining that they don’t make money from movie production, how true is that.
Well, that is a true situation. Most people don’t make money from movies because of planning. If you plan well, you’d make money. That’s what I believe. We still have many movies that break the boundaries across the continent and globe. So if you plan well, you’d see that it will work well.
What can you say about the state of the industry now.
The state of the industry is picking up. The rate of the industry is commendable and very exciting. See the quality of works and productions we have. You see it is moving well and we are thankful for everyone who buys our works and supports us.
Why did it take you long to produce your own movie.
Like I said, it takes planning and looking at the way marketers and executive producers are the one enjoying on our efforts. It’s not encouraging and we can’t really stay working without having results and successful.
Where do you see the Yoruba movie industry in the next 5 years.
I see myself as one of the topmost directors of photography in Nollywood. I want to shoot top notch movies with everyone that has reputation for excellence and I want to win
AMVCA, MAYA Awards and co. The future is bright