Movie Cast and Crew Deserve Better Welfare -Bukky Thomas
In a chat with Wale Adegbuyi, Bukky Thomas a well-trained cinematographer and actor opens up on some of the ills and the way forward in solving the challenges in the filmmaking industry.
Thomas is well trained in what she knows how to do best, she has a degree in Philosophy and Master’s degree in Marketing.
The talented actress also trained as a cinematographer from Kinabuti Film Institute and Acting from Widescreen Academy.
Thomas also went to GEM and RTF for further training in her profession. She has featured in many soap operas and home video.
You have been in the film making industry for sometime now, can you lead us through some of your experiences?
I have been in the entertainment industry for seven years or more now, and it’s been from grace to grace. It is not a bed of roses though, it’s been work, training and rebranding of myself. Of course, I can see that some jobs have started with current movies that are being churned out and I have cause to be grateful to God.
Can you open our minds to some of the low moments you’ve experienced in the industry?
Many low moments, is it some jobs, which payment is delayed at the end of the day or on occasions that you would not be paid the agreed sum of money after the job has been done. Some people will even deprive you of your fee after the job has been done.
Have you produced any film?
“We should infuse more issues that concern children, from there, family values will be emphasised and you will see parents, most especially mothers, staying glued to the screen.”
How do you think we can make the film industry better in terms of welfare for both the crew and the actors?
A Production Guild should be established, and i believe that better welfare should be given to the cast and crew. It is a business which has its own modus operandi, it is not for every Tom, Dick and Harry, and whoever is not licensed should pay a fine, and the price itself should supersede the cost of production, once this is applied, you will see the difference.
As an artiste with close to a decade experience, you must have noticed that our films are no longer educative as they used to be and most parents are now discouraging their wards from watching films because of the foul languages and immoral lessons there. What do you think we can do to change these?
I won’t say our films are no longer educative, it’s just that there is more emphasis on glamour than African stories. We have soap operas that are educative, but they are more of entertainment.
You can get a good sponsor with the right synopsis series with education and moral storyline. But where it’s individually sponsored, then it will be a gradual process. In the days of the late Amaka Igwe, we had quality in all ramifications, new people are on bloc now, i just hope they will follow suit.
What can we do to make our home videos more valuable and be full of morals because many of them are full of scenes that promote prostitution, robberies etc?
We should infuse more issues that concern children, from there, family values will be emphasised and you will see parents, most especially mothers, staying glued to the screen. That’s why Zee World is taking over homes because they place more emphasis on sex and nudity, no kissing scene yet they build cultures and values.
“It is a business which has its own modus operandi, it is not for every Tom, Dick and Harry, and whoever is not licensed should pay a fine, and the price itself should supersede the cost of production”
What do you think we can do to make things better?
We need more trainings and innovations, both on the production house and artists so that there could be job creation and better opportunities in the industry.
So tell us who Bukola Thomas is?
I am Bukola Thomas, an actor, model, voice over artist, Christian. Single mum, amiable person and an extroverts. I am a graduate of Philosophy and Religion and I later obtained masters degree in marketing. Some of my latest works are “HQ Barbers”, “Glo Advert Showcase,” “Mumble Jumble,” “Boomerang ” “Take A Chance” and a host of others.
What is your opinion on www.movietainmentmagazine.com?
i am honoured to be here, especially with with your great insight and knowledge.