FEATURED FUTURE: YVONNE OGWULU
I remember seeing “Tech Girl Magic” on a laptop…
Calling on everyone who believes in their dreams. Today I had a conversation with one of the biggest music video directors in Nigeria. His journey is not just for aspiring video makers to read, it’s for everyone, it equally is for me too. So let’s throw the magic confetti and have ourselves an amazing show!
WNG: Let’s get to know you?
TG OMORI: My name is Omori ThankGod Jesam. I am a music video director, I stay in Lagos, Nigeria. I’m 24 years old born in June 8, 1995. I’ve shot for everyone that needs to be shot for.
WNG: Have you always wanted to be a filmmaker?
TG OMORI: I’ve always wanted to be a superstar, I wasn’t sure how but I knew destiny would fit me in. I used to dance when I was younger, started doing music at some point, I used to play football a lot, acting and directing too. It’s been a long journey but thank God I’m finally here.
WNG: Sounds like one long exciting journey. What motivates your creative sense?
TG OMORI: I feel like every time I think about my life, the streets, the journey, staying in Nigeria, staying in Lagos, the society, the culture, education, friends, the community, everything inspires me. I just try to think around my community and also try to think out of the box. Pictures too, paintings. I could see a very nice picture and it would inspire a full music video, my community, arts and everything inspires me.
WNG: It’s more like everything inspires you, wow. How did you bag your first gig?
TG OMORI: My first major gig, my friend told a friend about me, that I’m a promising director. The person checked me out, we had a meeting, we spoke about budget and everything. I sounded very confident and they liked it and they were convinced that I could deliver, they handed me the project and I delivered. Since then it’s been better with every video and it’s been unlocking new doors and meeting new people.
WNG: Thankful for such friends. What are your favorite shooting equipments?
TG OMORI: I started up with the Red Dragon and at some point I switched to Red Gemini and now I used more of Red Monstro. I like the Red products and I like mostly HMIs, Aperture, LEDs, Kino Flo, Dji Ronin and the likes. The list is endless, there is no permanent equipment. Every video concept determines the equipment I use.
WNG: Biggest challenge in filming?
TG OMORI: My biggest challenge is dealing with time. Artistes and models show up late. Sometimes traffic, it’s hard to shoot two locations in Lagos because of the traffic. Mobility and time are my biggest challenges in filming.
WNG: Do you think there’s a future for upcoming film directors in Nigeria?
TG OMORI: There’s a future. Two years ago you’d think there was no future in music video directing but I mean look at me and there are other young music video directors also making waves. I believe the future is bright. A lot of people are beginning to enjoy art more and understand quality. Every upcoming filmmaker/music video director knows that for him to break out and become one of the best he/she needs to go extra extra. I can see the new generation of film makers/ music video directors coming very hard.
WNG: Yeah, video directors are outchea doing their best. Creative tip?
TG OMORI: Always understand that art direction is very important. Choosing location nicely or choosing colors, you don’t bring things together blindly. Make sure everything is in syncs with the next one from location to the hairstyle to the nails. Every detail is important. You should be able to combine colors and set. That will make your video stand out and look very beautiful.
WNG: What collaborations do you look forward to?
TG OMORI: I want to shoot for Jhus and also try to bring in the international community down to Africa. Imagine bringing Beyoncé to do a video in Lagos or Billie Eilish to do an interview in Ajegunle. I’m trying to link the African culture to the international market.
WNG: If cool was a sentence, it would be what you just said about bringing the international community to Africa. Trick question, what’s never used until it’s broken?
TG OMORI: Egg.
WNG: IT’S THE FIRST TIME ANYONE IS EVER GETTING A TRICK QUESTION 🎉🎉🎉. Any big project we should look forward to?
TG OMORI: I have a lot of big projects. I don’t want to mention names but all the artistes. I have a project for almost all of them. Afrobeat is going to the next level. Can’t wait to show y’all the magic I be creating after this lockdown.
WNG: Thank you for your time TG.
TG OMORI: 🖤🖤
Hoping this encourages you not to give up on your journey! Keep creating!