GET 2014 READY WITH OUR THINK TOP TIPS!!

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As 2014 is drawing ever so close in Cameroon, we have 5 simple key tips for you the budding music artist, fashion designer, small business owner to use as you plan your strategy for the coming year. Remember the competition will be fierce so #Get2014Ready with our top #MMPRTips!

T. H. I. N. K. is the way forward this 2014.

T = Team. The made up definition of Together Everyone Achieves More in the acronym T.E.A.M. is no lie. There is so much 1 person can do and is capable to do so to go that extra mile further we recommend that you find a good support system with a common goal to back you up! Get yourself a TEAM!

H = Hardwork. There is no short cut to success than through the highway of hardwork. So, we recommend that you talk less and work more. Focus only on the matters that concern you and your brand and less on what another or the competition is doing or not doing.

I = Improve. Always strive to improve yourself and your product. We recommend that you put out 1 great product than several not so good ones. This is directed more at the Cameroon music artists. 1 or 2 great tracks a year is better than 5 or 10 not so good tracks. So, be better, do better, achieve better.

N = Never forget to appreciate. A humble and appreciative heart never goes unnoticed. The more you appreciate even the slightest of gestures, the more others will want to do for you. Simple but effective!

K = Knowledge is POWER, so get to know yourself as an individual, know your brand and how you want to be represented, know your audience and how to approach them, know your market and position yourself, know your product and target the right audience, know your craft by always learning…

Will you be 2014 ready?

If you would like us to join your team, kindly contact us on Twitter: @ModeMaisonPR. Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ModeMaisonPR or email us at: mmprcamer@gmail.com

A very joyful and fulfilled 2014 to you our readers/visitors. See you in the new year!!

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STARBOY STANLEY SWOOPS TWO AWARDS AT SONNAH!

It has been a thrilling 2013 so far for our wonderboy rapstar Stanley Enow and yesterday at the premier Sonnah/Cameroon Academy Awards show in Yaounde, his position as the new starboy of the Cameroon urban scene was sealed when he was awarded Best Urban Male and Best Male Artist of the year with most impact in Cameroon.

Stanley seduced the audience and later serenaded them with a live rendition of his now very famous debut track Hein Pere.

His notoriety has gone far beyond even catching the attention of the President and his wife giving him access to a private showcase at the Etoudi Palace in Yaounde a few weeks ago where Madame Chantal Biya was photographed endorsing his On Est High Pere clothing.

2014 definitely seems hopeful for Stanley Enow and the Cameroon music scene at large. We are very excited at the prospects *_*

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Thank you Mama Chantou for being a fan!!

Catch up on the show below courtesy of Tiptopstars.

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VIRI – MEET THE CAST & CREW

As we continue with our #VIRIDiaries series here on the MMPR blog today we go behind the camera to present you with one of the directors on the film who is a very well known name within the Cameroon Film industry.

We catch up with Enah Johnscott, a native of Wum in the Menchum Division of the North West region of Cameroon and the second to the last born in a family of 10.

Please read below to find out more about him…

MMPR: MOST TIMES WE HEAR ABOUT THE DIRECTORS BUT WE MAY NOT REALLY KNOW WHAT A DIRECTOR’S ROLE IN A PRODUCTION IS. PLEASE ENLIGHTEN OUR READERS.

EJ: The director is the creative driving force in a film’s production acting as the crucial link between the production, technical and creative teams. Directors are responsible for creatively translating the film’s written script into actual images and sounds on the screen – they must visualise and define the style and structure of the film, then act as both a storyteller and team leader to bring this vision to reality. The director’s main duties include casting, script editing, shot composition, shot selection and editing.

MMPR: WHO THEREFORE IS THE DIRECTOR MOST HANDICAPPED WITHOUT?

EJ: I believe the director needs every one in a production. It is like a chain, if one knot is off, the chain is bound to fail and if one is also weak, the chain is in threat. In other words, a director is ruined with a weak d.o.p, equipment and alot more.

MMPR: WHAT PROJECTS HAVE YOU PREVIOUSLY WORKED ON?

EJ: “Triangle of Tears” will forever have its place in my heart since it holds my directing debut. Other films I have also placed a stamp on are; “Whispers”, “Decoded”, “The African guest”, “My Gallery” among others.

MMPR: HOW WAS IT LIKE WORKING ON VIRI COMPARED TO YOUR PAST PROJECTS? DID THE LOCATION OF VIRI HINDER OR FACILITATE YOUR WORK SEEING AS IT WAS A CHALLENGING ONE?

EJ: The location of VIRI did not hinder the job in anyway, instead it pumped open new directorial feelings and creativity was at its peak. I am first of all a village lover, a very common man, so I got a chance to finally exploit my love for nature and the common things. So, I was smiling within me!

MMPR: WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED ON THIS PRODUCTION?

EJ: The movie VIRI came with a lot of challenges on like the others.Challenges because a great deal of the movie was done in the dialect, a dialect I myself had to learn so as to make the chain very feasible and know exactly what the movie needed. I must say, it was a film that brought another push in my career, It was such a good adventure in my profession. Learning the dialect of the Bembe (njare) people was quite tough, plus, I was severely ill, but thank God the Producer was always set with his medics. Aside that, it was a story telling project with lots of fun and laughter.

MMPR: MOST TIMES WE KNOW ACTORS CAN BE A GREAT INFLUENCE ON A DIRECTOR’S WORK. WHAT WAS THE CASE WITH VIRI AND HOW OFTEN DID YOU LOOSE IT ON SET? (LAUGHS)

EJ: It was quite difficult especially when some were unconscious of the call time.

MMPR: WE JUST LOVE ICONIC SCENES IN MOVIES,THE KIND THAT WILL BE TALKED ABOUT FOR YEARS TO COME. DOES VIRI HAVE THAT?

EJ: Hahaha, yes ofcourse, VIRI has got those kinds of scenes, but I believe the scene a lot of  the viewers will keep in mind is the very last scene of the movie, a scene where Desmond Wyte finally gets to …… his one year old fiancee Stephanie Fonachi in front of all the villagers and by a fire side.This scene has a lot of drama going on in it and I will not want to let the cat out of the bag beforehand!

MMPR: WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE VIRI’s CONTRIBUTION TO THE CAMEROON ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY? 

EJ: VIRI is that kind of a movie that will force a lot of movie makers and writers to think out of the box. I would like to seize this opportunity to say great job to the script writers, Itambi Delphine and Nkanya Nkwai as well as the conceiver of the story, Bechem Melvis.

MMPR: WHERE IN YOUR OPINION ARE CAMEROONIAN DIRECTORS FAILING AND/OR EXCELLING?

EJ: We fail as directors because we do not discipline our actors when they act off, we also fail when we put sentiments in casting as well as when we decide to stay quiet when approached with a weak script. Cameroonian directors have to learn how to stand up to some producers who always want to impose the wrong cast and poor scripts on them. We have to learn to be DIRECTORS!

MMPR: LAST WORD?

EJ: This is what a wisdom filled father told me…”nothing fails like success.”

And that brings us to the end of our catch up with Johnscott. Check out some images below…

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STARBOY STANLEY ENOW THRILLS AT THE MTN CAMEROON I-FEST CONCERT

The MTN Cameroon inaugural concert dubbed I-Fest was intended to be a premiere digital music concert reuniting some of Africa’s big guns such as Tuface, Chidinma, our client Stanley Enow, X Maleya, Museba, May D and a host of others at for an explosive interactive get together at the Place du Gouvernement in Bonanjo, Douala.

The event had Twitter in a blaze yesterday as the #iFest237 hashtag dominated the timelines and judging by the official images they posted, we can definitely see why!

Check out the images of our client Stanley below…A star is born!

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The show seems it was an explosive success!

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VIRI – MEET THE CAST & CREW

So we have introduced you to the producer of the film, you have also met one of the lead male characters and now…well our #VIRIDiaries series continues as we introduce you to a lead female character.

VIRI is one of the first films within our newly created Cameroon Film Industry that truly believes in its potential to go viral and touch a much wider audience than its predecessors. Enlisting us as their PR partner was quite a leap by the producer Nkanya as the promotion side of our Cameroon made films has never been considered important.

Today we meet a charming, elegant beauty…her name is…

MMPR: TELL US WHO YOU ARE AS WELL AS WHAT MOTIVATES AND INSPIRE YOU.

SF: My name is Stephanie Fonachi. I am an administrator by day and an actress, a model and a blogger by night! I have always loved acting and it is one of my biggest passion. I have always known I was born to be a star ever since I was a kid as I love the camera, so acting was just something natural for me to do. Stars like Genevieve Nnaji and Sanaa Lathan inspire me a lot and I just love these ladies.

MMPR: TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE.

SF: I play the lead female character Liza, a young beautiful lawyer who finds herself in a complicated relationship with another lawyer. She is scared to fully commit to the relationship and to take it to the next level because of the deceptions in her past relationships. They go through struggles in their relationship but the end seems to be promising with a spectacular event at the end. You will have to watch it to find out! She’s just an exceptional strong character with a soft side!

MMPR: HOW HARD WAS IT FOR YOU TO PLAY THIS ROLE?

SF: Oh wow, the forest scenes where so challenging. It was really hard shooting in the forest however the role itself was enough to handle.

MMPR: WHAT OTHER PROJECTS HAVE YOU WORKED ON?

SF: VIRI is actually my 3rd project. I did The Giant Broom where I had a small role some years back and I also did Pink Poison by Agbor Gilbert playing one of the lead female characters.

MMPR: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING ROLE YET?

SF: VIRI has been my most challenging role yet.

MMPR: WE HAVE TALKED TO THE OTHERS INVOLVED IN VIRI WHO MADE US KNOW THAT THIS WAS NO ORDINARY SET, IN YOUR OPINION WHAT WAS NOT ORDINARY ABOUT IT?

SF: The crew /casts were so amazing. I enjoyed every moment spent working with these people. It just made shooting so much easier.

MMPR: USUALLY MOST ACTOR’S PERFORMANCES STEM FROM THE SCRIPT, THE PRODUCER TO THE DIRECTOR. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH THESE RESPECTIVE STIMULATORS FOR VIRI?

SF: Johnscott was an amazing director. He just made me feel so comfortable and confident due to his ever large patience. The script was excellent, the writer Delphine did an absolutely great job and the producer Nkanya, he was so cool and easy to work with. The other actors were just amazing and easy to work with as well. I had a great time working with Desmond, Alenne and the others. It was really an amazing experience working with everyone involved in the project.

MMPR: AN ACTOR’S MOST FULFILLING MOMENT IS TO PORTRAY CHARACTERS PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO AND IDENTIFY WITH. WHAT IS IT ABOUT LIZA THAT WOMEN CAN IDENTIFY WITH?

SF: Liza is a beautiful smart career woman but she still has this soft warm side that makes her accessible and she also has struggles in her relationship which most women have. She is just easygoing with a fun kind of bad girl side.

MMPR: WHO IN TERMS OF PERFORMANCE MADE YOUR JOB MOST EASY?

SF: Working with Desmond was just amazing.  It was my first time meeting him and working with him but it just felt so easy as we instantly had a great connection on set. He is a cute guy too that helped (she laughs) and Alenne just made me laugh throughout. It was so hard keeping a straight face when shooting with him. He is an amazing actor. I can`t wait to work with him again.

MMPR: WHERE IN YOUR OPINION IS OUR FILM AND ENTERTAINMENT AT TODAY?

SF: We are still building it and we need Cameroonians to believe in it. We have it all in Cameroon and we will definitely make a difference in the nearest future I believe in the Cameroon Entertainment Industry. We are UNIQUE!!

MMPR: VIRI LAST WORD?

SF: VIRI is setting the standards high and I find it wonderful that young people are working so hard to bring the Cameroon Film Industry to the light and show the world that we have talented people in Cameroon too from great actors to DOPs to makeup artists to producers and musicians etc. We have it all in Cameroon but the sad part is we do not have investors because Cameroonians do not believe in their talents. So, we therefore urge you Cameroonians to believe in us, to encourage us and to help us change the face of our entertainment industry because we have that UNIQUE diversity in Africa.  Nevertheless, watch out for Liza and Seal in VIRI. You will just love this couple!!

Check out some images of Liza aka Stephanie onset and off!

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