Movie editing in Kannywood needs to improve – Abduljabbar Ahmed

Nigeria’s Hausa (Kannywood) movie industry has to improve on editing and packaging to make it more competitive, a director in the industry, Abduljabbar Ahmed, has said.

“Kannywood have really improved in the area of picture and directing, but the final product often diminishes all efforts done on the movie,” Mr. Ahmed told PREMIUM TIMES in an interview. “Some movies are poorly edited with poor transitional effects and animation.”

He said this makes the movie come across as tacky to professional observers.

“Many moviemakers undermine the role of editors in movie production; they come in, produce films, and look for any studio or an editor that will cost them less, not minding the end product,” Mr. Ahmed said.

“A good film must be properly edited because editing is what makes a good movie. Another thing that make most foreign films great is the use of special effects and motion transition effect and animation. Why don’t we have such in Kannywood?”

Mr. Ahmed, also a professional video editor, said he was designing a training programme for editors in Kannywood.

“At the moment, I have a platform that will include organizing special trainings for editor of Hausa film so that they can also get familiar with what is involved in the editing world at the moment and also make great films out of editing skills,” he said.

Mr. Ahmed said the industry had grown beyond the expectation of many players but still needed more improvement.

He called on other players in the industry to support the industry in rolling out good films especially now that the elections are over and businesses are returning to life.

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