The ace producer who is behind the sensational TV series on Telenovela, The Battleground, Mayowa Oluyeba, has disclosed that the most important part of character development in creative industry, especially in movies, is the formation of emotional connection between viewers and the character, saying that establishing this connection should be done as one introduces a character.
However, he further explains, one cannot produce great content without the right equipment, the right cast, and most importantly, the right crew.
Speaking to Vanguard Arts & Reviews during the TV series’ 100th episode celebration recently, Mayowa said, “Every production rests on the expertise of the people involved to bring it to life. Even if you have a great story and the right equipment, without the right cast and crew, it will fail. The people you hire are important to the eventual success of your work.”
“By nature, people want to connect with others on some level or the other. If you give the viewer a reason to empathize with your subjects, they’ll want to stick around to see what happens to them. The impressive production quality; good editing, great sound quality, great picture, great scripts, great acting and that remarkable theme song, have kept fans glued to their seats eagerly awaiting the next venture into the Battleground world. And after garnering a massive and dedicated following, unquestionably, Battleground is now part of the pop culture. Without a doubt Battleground is the lead TV Show on air at the moment.”
Since premiering in May 2017, the Telenovela has delighted viewers every weeknight and even celebrated its 100th episode with flair in September. Though Battleground portrays a contemporary story, it has been compared to ‘Checkmate’ the highly successful Nigerian TV Series of the early 90s’.
The enlivening characters in the multi-layered and controversial life of the wealthy Bhadmus Family and its associates played by seasoned and new actors such as Joke Silva, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Gbenga Titiloye, Yinka Davies, Ini Dima-Okojie, and Chike Osebuka amongst others, are certainly relatable to the general audience.