We caught up with one of those people that we barely hear about in Nollywood but are behind the story, a scriptwriter.
Joy Steve is one writer that doesn’t mess around when working and a good one at that.
We caught up with her to have a little chat, here is what she has to say.
Q : When did you get into the industry?
A: Though I’ve been around the block; like way back 2003, but everything for me clicked in 2010
Q : So tell me how the industry works, because there are so many good writers that are unheard of?
A : Well it is all by the Grace of God. True, a lot of good writers are unheard, but that’s either because they haven’t sought help from God, or they came and couldn’t stand the heat in Nollywood.
Q : So how does it work? After the script is ready, what next?
A : For me, I don’t just write and keep. I get employed by marketers/producers, we reach an agreement, and then I write, after which I submit to them and they go into camp. Although that’s not all right now, cos I am now an artistic/assistant director, so once I give u the script, u fix a date, and I go into camp with u guys as your Artistic Director.
Q : So the camp is the shooting schedule?
A : If I get you correctly then yes. The camping is the period of time when all cast and crew come together to turn the script into reality.
Q : What movies have you written so far?
A : A lot, some I was given credits for like White Chapel, The Seekers, The Lamb, Weeping Child, Sorrows In Me, Weeping Eyes, Broken Mirror. And these ones I was robbed of my right: Battle For The Princess, War For the Princess; only but to mention a few.
Q : let’s talk about this robbing of rights, why does that happen in Nollywood?
A : Well, its because you are simply good at what you do, and a lot of block headed people wish to be you. They steal credits because your work is great; and they wish they were the one with the gift. And most time they don’t just steal the rights and give you the money.
Q : Why don’t we have some good storylines? Or do we have but the director doesn’t have the creativity to turn it to reality?
A : The truth is; we do not have too many good stories why? Every marketer want to copy from the other marketer. When a marketer does a good movie and it sells well, His mates get jealous/or should I say they like it and also want to do almost the same story line so them too can make money forgetting they are repeating the stories again. And again, as a writer, we don’t get to write what the mind brings, but what the marketer wants
Q : What should we expect next?
A : Before the year runs up, I will be doing 3 jobs, two of the scripts are ready; and I’m on the third.
Thank you for your time and we wish you the best in all your endeavours.