A Critical Look At Lollywood’s Growth

first_imgThough the Ebola crisis had a devastating effect on the Liberian society, it nevertheless gave the rag-tag movies industry a major boost, with the result that the Lollywood has flourished in recent times. The first comic film in the midst of Ebola, “Samguan in Love”, was well received because it reflected themes to which most Liberians could easily relate, especially the use of the Liberian colloqua.Beyond the limited perception of Western movies, which presents Liberia as a country without a developed culture or a country in total misery, Lollywood films has been able to give a full insight into the diversity of the nation’s culture, as well as its current social and political disagreements.The recent growth that the industry enjoys has made it a hot spot for investment, in spite of low budgets and twister production schedules.Since its founding in early 2004, the industry has made strides after strides, from a relatively bereft ecosystem to one that now can benefit professionals, promotional deals worth thousands of dollars.Quite recently, comedian Karie Walker and Isaac Sunday Sieh signed a mouth-watering deal, worth more than US$10, 000, with one of Liberia’s telecommunication giants, Cellcom.But as the industry grows, we must take a look at its obstacles and possible future.Poor film production and fundingOnly a few of Lollywood’s movies makers have the acting experience and the training it takes to promote their burgeoning industry, though most lack the knowledge needed in filmmaking. They use their own creativity to make these films, and with just little academic knowledge about the art and business of moviemaking. Hence the industry has not seen a blockbuster film for more than a year now.As Lollywood develops, it is crucial that movie practitioners move away from shallow content and poor scripting to suitable stories that may catch the public eye. It may come from a book, play or real life event.But due to the often-poor quality of movies, entrepreneurs find it difficult to sell more copies beyond the first few weeks after the product is released. Most of Lollywood’s films are shot on inexpensive digital equipment, and are then turned into short films that are made in huge quantities. Low funding and poor investment have also plagued the industry for moviemakers to standardize their work. As a result, some production houses have to collect money from their cast in order to end a project, thus most productions are done on low budgets and the films themselves are lacking in enhancement.Regardless of the best efforts made by filmmakers to improve the art, Lollywood, however, also suffers from the same woes as the rest of Liberia, which is the high cost of electricity. Thus filmmakers complain that it give then tough time to make their movies. Most Liberian movies are shot in a few days or a week for just less than US$3,000. “We don’t have the money to extend shooting for more than a week or so, otherwise the production house runs out of money,” says Paul Brown, a film director. Currently, the industry is receiving more and more criticisms from the public due to the proliferation of comic movies and saturated low-quality films. For this reason, many have now started purchasing pirated foreign movies because of the quality in production. But there have been a whole lot of changes in the industry. Low quality movies are given less attention by the public. And so if the work is lacking in at least a small level of quality, it evaporates quickly because now the public seems to appreciate a good job.Poor or no distribution Network at allThe main barrier to future growth seems to be an informal distribution network that could generate more revenues for moviemakers. But the little profile they manage to get is through DVD sales, which is vulnerable to widespread piracy. The absence of a market that invests in film production to local theaters and online platforms like YouTube has become a major problem to explore the industry’s potential to outside investors and audiences.Creating its own platforms will improve the industry’s audience, especially since Internet penetration deepens and as becomes less expensive across Liberia.With the rising profit on Internet distributions, if this online platform is developed undoubtedly the future holds a lot of promise for filmmakers. Such a platform allows relatively inexpensive distribution of films and has the ability to reach a global audience.More cinemas neededAnother interesting prospect in the distribution phase is the need for cinemas. Researchers have shown that more global movie incomes are realized through cinemas and theatres. Cinemas, which remain the favorite method of high profit returns for movies, are grossly inadequate in Liberia.To develop the market growth, Liberia will need to build roughly 5 cinemas everywhere.PiracyPiracy presents a considerable risk in the distribution stage and threatens the entrepreneur’s vision of making a huge profit, especially for huge investment films. There is also a lack of regulation in the local markets that have not been put in place by the Liberia Movie Union (LiMU) primarily because enforcement of anti-piracy laws has been a huge challenge.One of these reasons for increase in piracy of local content is that government has not made available the hologram stamp to differentiate pirated work from legally copyrighted films. The officer in charge of Liberian Copyright office, Clifford Robertson admitted in a recent interview that the copyright office has not done enough to protect Liberian artists.Filmmakers hope that with government’s full support in tackling copyright infringement and their work in the future, films will develop in great quality just as they are in quantity.Plan, regulate, implementA small in quantity but standardized and affordable filming and editing technologies are making filmmakers realize an increase in global recognition of the industry and towards higher quality films.The industry is made up of small-scale films that go straight to DVD for sale and are then turned into homemade movies.But if an open and good film distribution system is put in to place, much profile will be realized and the industry will develop into a class of its own, garnering more global recognition. It will become an industry that could employ thousands of people directly or indirectly, thus increasing middle class status among Liberian artists. Demand for movies in the near future will also increase both domestically and internationally. Although no value is attached, the vast availability of movie talents makes the industry a place for investors. Lollywood’s robust growth will offer many opportunities for investors, especially the promising sub-sectors in the industry, as well as scores of entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and actors eager to advance Liberian films.Nevertheless the demand for Liberian movies is increasing, in spite of low quality production.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LYIT SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO 19 STUDENTS

first_imgA group of Sports Scholarship winners pictured at the presentation of awards with Paul Hannigan, President, Billy Bennett, Registrar and Paddy Gallagher, Student Officer LyIT. Included are (back) Jack Quinn, William Gillespie, Liam Dorrian, Shaun McGlynn, Simon Archer, Anthony Appiah, Paul McVeigh, (Middle) Sean McVeigh, John Kelly, Patrick McGrenaghan, Colin Clerkin, Daire McDaid, Caolan McDaid, Fearghal Harkin, Mark Quigley, Gearoid O Connor, (front) Conal Johnstone, Sarah Jane McDonald, Paul Hannigan, Paddy Gallagher, Shannon McDonald and Billy Bennett.The President of LYIT Paul Hannigan presented 19 Scholarships to full time students of the institute at this year’s Sports Scholarship Awards event yesterday.In his address to the well attended lunch time audience, the President of LYIT urged the winners to share in the moment of their award and also to further validate the award by remaining true to their exemplary standards.He also remarked on the progress of the teams , both in Soccer and GAA, who both narrowly missed out on success last week, in the case of the Soccer team , it was defeat at the hand of Dundalk IT in the League 1 Final, In GAA, the LYIT team bowed out at semi -final stage, in GAA Trench Cup. The parents of the winners, many of whom travelled long distances to be in attendance, were thanked by the President for having set aside time to be part of the achievement for the 19 winning recipients. He concluded on a cautionary note to all the sports scholars referring to the need to maintain the balance between sport and academic requirements, which has become a part of the LYIT Sports Scholarship standard.The Sports Scholarships went to:Simon Archer, (Athletics), Gorey, Co. Wexford, John Kelly, (Athletics), St Johnstone, Co. Donegal, Daire McDaid, (Soccer), Termon, Paul McVeigh (Soccer), Portsalon, Co Donegal, Fearghal Harkin, (Soccer), Clonmany, Anthony Appiah, (Soccer), Letterkenny, Jack Quinn, (GAA) Lifford, William Gillespie, (GAA), Newtowncunningham, Caolan McDaid, (GAA), Termon, Shaun McGlynn, (Soccer Coach) Ballybofey, Patrick McGrenaghan, (Soccer Coach) Culdaff, Conal Johnston, ( GAA Coach) , Colin Clerkin, (GAA Coach) Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, Shannon McDonald, (Ladies GAA) Greencastle, Sarah Jane McDonald (Ladies GAA), Greencastle, Liam Dorrian, (Basketball, Letterkenny, Mark Quigley, (Rugby), Monaghan, Sean McVeigh (Hurling), Letterkenny and Gearoid O’Connor, (Hurling), Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford.LYIT SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO 19 STUDENTS was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLYITsports scholarshipslast_img read more

Mega Beauty Supermodel Brand 22 inch Jet, Love it, hair is perfect colour

first_imgThis were really nice they came fast were well packed. The hair is shinny clips are well hidden and went in hair easly. I was really happy with them i would buy again. So worth the money and the colour is perfect. So worth the money and the colour is perfect. Wasn’t to sure if they would be real as they are so cheap but they are. Will definitely be buying again. They lasted about 7 months (not sure how long hair extensions are supposed to last) and i wore them, straightened or curled almost every day. Comments from buyers“amazing!!! Worth way more than £29!, Not 120g but incredible quality., Love it, hair is perfect colour” Beautiful, very long and delivery was super fast. Beautiful , very long and delivery was super fast. The quality is amazing and they are easy to apply. They lasted about 7 months (not sure how long hair extensions are supposed to last) and i wore them, straightened or curled almost every day. Had been using the same seller for 2 years gogodiva,but they have vanished from anazon so took a chance on this seller and im really happy i did. I have been using extensions for about 7 years, and im impressed by these. They are very thick,no split ends (the ends are thick too). No random coloured hairs or bits of thread mixed in with the hair. It is definitely human hair and the correct length. For thin to medium hair i’d advise 2 packs,for thick hair 3 packs. Had been using the same seller for 2 years gogodiva,but they have vanished from anazon so took a chance on this seller and im really happy i did. I have been using extensions for about 7 years, and im impressed by these. They are very thick,no split ends (the ends are thick too). No random coloured hairs or bits of thread mixed in with the hair. It is definitely human hair and the correct length. For thin to medium hair i’d advise 2 packs,for thick hair 3 packs. Love it, hair is perfect colour. Love it, hair is perfect colour, came next day. Length is great and blend perfectly, nice and thick too. But iv had these for about 2 months and theyre in amazing condition and in original packaging. Thought they would be rubbish for the cheapness, but iv had these for about 2 months and theyre in amazing condition and in original packaging. Excellent product, well pleased, and they are made to a very high standard. The clips are much better than my previous extensions. Much better grip and not so abrasive on the scalp. Quick delivery very good quality second time i’ve bought from same supplier and will again ?. This were really nice they came fast were well packed. The hair is shinny clips are well hidden and went in hair easly. I was really happy with them i would buy again. But iv had these for about 2 months and theyre in amazing condition and in original packaging. Thought they would be rubbish for the cheapness, but iv had these for about 2 months and theyre in amazing condition and in original packaging. Worth every pennylasts around 8 months. So worth the money and the colour is perfect. So worth the money and the colour is perfect. Wasn’t to sure if they would be real as they are so cheap but they are. Will definitely be buying again. Not 120g but incredible quality. . Not 120g but still amazing quality for the price, beautiful extensions. A bit disappointing to be honest ,i buy quite alot of hair extentions and these could have been thicker than what they were and the length wasnt quite right either but however good conditionlauren. A bit disappointing to be honest ,i buy quite alot of hair extentions and these could have been thicker than what they were and the length wasnt quite right either but however good conditionlauren. Beautiful, very long and delivery was super fast. Beautiful , very long and delivery was super fast. The quality is amazing and they are easy to apply. Not 120g but incredible quality. . Not 120g but still amazing quality for the price, beautiful extensions. Quick delivery very good quality second time i’ve bought from same supplier and will again ?. Excellent product, well pleased, and they are made to a very high standard. The clips are much better than my previous extensions. Much better grip and not so abrasive on the scalp. Worth every pennylasts around 8 months. Love it, hair is perfect colour. Love it, hair is perfect colour, came next day. Length is great and blend perfectly, nice and thick too. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-03-07 07:25:02Reviewed Item Supermodel Brand 22 inch Jet Black (Col 1). Full Head Clip in Human Hair Extensions. High quality Remy Hair!. 120g WeightRating 4.0 / 5  stars, based on  22  reviewsPrice£32.99last_img read more

Apple: iOS 7 Will Launch On September 18

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces adriana lee Today, Apple announced release details of the final version of iOS 7, the native operating system running its newest iPhone 5C and 5S handsets. The latest software will be available for download for iPhone 5C, 5S and 4S models on September 18th. The operating system will be coming later to iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad Mini, and iPod touch 5th-gen devices. Developers have had their hands on the mobile OS for months, but end users may be surprised by the spate of new features, including:   Flat design: New interface, icons and lockscreen with “flat” design that replaces the previous skeuomorphic (or realistic) aesthetic. Built-in apps—such a Safari, Calendar, Camera, Mail, and Messages—got the treatment immediately.New gestures: Swipe up from the bottom of the homescreen to bring up Control Center (below), pull down to get Spotlight, and force quit apps by going into multitasking mode and swiping up on the app.Control Center: Access settings for Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Do Not Disturb; change volume and brightness; control music playback; activate AirDrop and AirPlay; and launch timer, calculator, camera and LED light (to use as a flashlight).AirDrop: Apple’s wireless file-sharing protocol.Full background multitasking: Old multitasking icon tray has been replaced by a new card-like carousel. Double-clicking the Home button brings it up.Notification Center: A new Today view puts relevant info about your day into one place. The Notifications Center now also offers a Missed pane with notifications you haven’t looked at yet.Find My iPhone: iOS security now features Activation Lock, which ties an Apple user ID to the device. Once set, the device cannot be completely reset and activated without that authentication. And even after the handset or tablet has been erased, the user’s custom Find My iPhone lost alert still pops up on screen.Siri: The assistant comes as a male or female voice now, uses Bing instead of Google’s search engine, and adds Twitter search. It can also return calls, play voicemail, and control iTunes Radio, along with new features.Camera features: Live filters, square shooting mode, and faster shooting. New organization for photo gallery, with Years, Collections, Moments, as well as iCloud Shared Streams, which allow multiple users to contribute to one stream.Safari: The mobile browser offers a unified smart search field, a simplified interface, new swipe gestures to navigate back and forward, new tabs view, shared links, faster access to private browsing and the new iCloud Keychain, for saved passwords, credit card numbers and auto-generated passwords.iTunes Radio: Apple’s music streaming lets users listen and/or create their own stations.App Store: Apps now automatically update, and the store swaps the Genius button for “Apps Near Me,” which lets you see what’s popular nearby. A new Kids category is also on board.iOS 7 in the car: Integration with select cars, for now, that gives drivers calling support, music controls, navigation, and voice-enabled messaging. Apple also announced that its iWork productivity app suite, plus iPhoto and iMovie, will be available for free. For more details on iOS 7-specific features, check out our previous coverage here. Image courtesy REUTERS/Stephen Lam. Tags:#Apple#iOS 7#mobile operating system Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Drops to Lowest Price in History

first_imgThe best cinema camera under $1,000 just had it’s price cut in half.Indie-filmmakers take notice! Blackmagic Design has just recently cut the Pocket Cinema Camera price in half. The announcement came without warning on July 16 and it will only be available until August 31.If you have considered buying a Pocket Camera now is definitely the time. The Pocket Camera has been extremely popular among filmmakers since it’s introduction just a few years ago – the most notable feature being the 13 stops of dynamic range which is just shy of the 13.5 stops featured on an Arri Alexa! The Pocket Camera also allows for filmmakers to shoot in CinemaDNG RAW.However, the biggest negative going against the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is that it’s only available with a micro 4/3 lens mount. But if you have been following the news, Metabones just announced their EF to Micro 4/3 speed booster and adapter. Allowing users to use their Canon lenses on a BMPCC.The following video is a great example of what can be shot with the BMPCC:If you are interested in learning more about the BMPCC heck out the Pocket Camera section of the PremiumBeat blog.Pricing and AvailabilityYou can pick up your 50% off Blackmagic Pocket Camera for only $495 from major sellers including B&H, Adorama and Amazon. The sale is going on now and extends until August 31st.Does this convince you to go ahead and buy a BMPCC? Share in the comments below.last_img read more