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>>>A few minutes chat with an upcoming video director Cikay Tope Lanre, it is his birthday today and we have decided to bring you guys his profile and make him our celeb of the day<<<<
Some of the facts many of us do not know about films and music videos is that there are some brains behind the scenes who are making the films and music videos we see on our screens, tv beautiful and a success. For examples Directors, Continuity managers, Set designers and so on.
Today TooRugged is presenting to you the profile of an upcoming Music Video Director who has over a short period of time caught a niche for himself. It is his birthday today and we have decided to celebrate it with him and make him our CELEBRITY OF THE DAY. We had a chat with him where he shared some things with us. Enjoy the chat below:
May we meet you?
My names are Olanrewaju Ayinla Zikirullah Popularly known as Cikay Tope Lanre. I am a muslim, from Kwara state, Ilorin to be precise but I was brought up in Lagos like most Lagos guys (laughs)
What do you do?
I’m a film and music video in fact I’m a filmmaker because I get involved in any aspect of the production because I enjoy doing it. So basically I’m a filmmaker.
Please tell us about your journey into directing, editing, cinematography and filmmaking like you said
Hmmm well… It is something I’ve fallen in love for a very long time now. At first I wanted to be an actor because I love acting so much then I decided to join a theatre group which I got to know through a friend and a brother in the industry whose name I’ll mention later in the interview, getting there I discovered that there are actually some people behind the scene who are doing a lot to make films and music videos a success like the cinematographers,directors, continuity managers, set designers and so on, then I fell in love with camera and lights and I started following this friend I mentioned earlier because he was fully into directing, cinematography and editing. I think that was the genesis.
In what year?
So when did you start professionally?
January 2015. Before then I’ve going from one location to another following different directors and filmmakers and that friend and senior colleague by the name Bolaji Hassan and I’ve done couple of stuffs but professionally started in 2015.
So what and what have you done? Like music videos, short skits and so on
I’ve shot couple of videos, short comedy clips, documentaries and so on and most of them are online for instance YouTube, websites and so on. If you type my name Cikay Tope Lanre on Google some of my works are gonna be suggested.
Tell us about your latest job?
I’m doing a lot of stuffs from music videos to short comedy clips and so on, some of which are not yet released and I’m working on a web series which I’ll be dropping it’s first episode today as my birthday gift to everyone and some other ones too, just watch out.
What are the challenges in the game?
Basically, funding is the challenge. Money is the issue mehn
Which directors do you look up to in the country?
A lot of them. I’m a big fan of a lot of directors in the industry like Clarence Peters, Unlimited LA, Aje film works, Adasa Cookey and lot of them
What message do you have for your fans out there?
Fans you said? (Laughs) I’m not sure I have any fan o but anyways I thank everyone supporting the movement from day one, people supporting the brand HSI Films I really appreciate you guys and I promise to keep getting better and never to disappoint you. You should keep checking out for my jobs on YouTube.
What advice do you have for upcoming like you?
I like the way you put that question that is upcoming like me. I’ll advise us to be much more committed because it is not easy. We should creative with any equipment we have at hand. We shouldn’t wait till we get a black magic or red to shoot. We should shoot a dope stuff with any camera and lights we find ourselves with and the money doesn’t come on time like that, it takes time because in showbiz your name sells first before the money starts coming in.
Check out some of his photos below;
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Mr Cikay Tope Lanre thanks so much for your time we really appreciate your confidence. From Tooruggedite we wish you Happy Birthday plus Long Life And Prosperity.
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