As part of giving back to society, Graig Phillips, a multimedia institute in Lagos recently showcased and premiered creative theatrical works of people who participated in a one month intensive free programme organised by the institute at Cuba Libre Center, Victoria Island, Lagos. With flash fiction becoming the trend in the creative industry, it was amazing to behold the stunning films which participants exhibited.
About 11 flash movies were showcased to the admiration of a fully-packed audience who applauded and could not hold back their emotions. The most striking of all the flashes that met the institute’s standard was ‘Listen’ produced by a group called Phoenix, made up of five people: two ladies and three men. The story hinged on wrong associations most young women get involved in as a result of peer pressure. The five-minute flash is a story of a young lady who would not listen to advice. She got raped along the line and eventually died. Hepatitis B as a disease is one message the movie is passing across to educate people about its danger and how to avoid it. It also educates on wrong friendship. Other short stories on the list were Blurred line, Triangle, Another dark night among others.
The institute’s President, Longe Bankole-Phillips, said “Graig Phillips College of Technology is a multimedia college poised to bring out the best in our youths. We are here to showcase our students who just finished their one month intensive training on movie making and as well premiering about 11 short films they produced. We have been able to train about 100 students for free as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the nation.
“This is the first time we are doing this, because we are pushing them out to the industry to create jobs and not to look for jobs. They are thoroughly equipped and can do better in the industry out there. In one month, we are able to put together 15 short films that are research-based; films that address core issues in the society. The quality is so excellent in terms of production. The movies were done within 5 to 7 minutes and the contents were well crafted to accommodate all the 5 elements you have in a quality film that comprises educative, reference purposes, entertaining, revenue generation, and historical. We teach the students 70% practical and 30% theory. In that case, they stand to benefit more on the technicality required in the field,” Longe Bankole-Phillips said.