VIRI; THE RECAP

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It’s about that time in their movie cycle where they themselves get to seat back and watch the show unfold. After all the hard work is done, the buzz is created and all the attention gotten, the cast and crew of the revolutionary movie VIRI are warming up for the première.

Sometime in October we were approached with the idea of a potential collaboration between MMPR and a new project we saw had the desire to create a difference and be different. It was jam packed with uniqueness and a promise to portray outstanding unconventionalities. Though conflicted on the acceptance of this unlikely project to our market, we went ahead and took a risk as the project was not yet at a phase where we could see to make a judgement for ourselves as is customary to our work procedure. Today we are being celebrated for celebrating this work of art.

Let’s go through some spectacular moments we shared on VIRI shall we?

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Our online promo kicked off with an intro of the project and we did our very first profiling with the producer and actor Nkanya Nkwai. Here is a link for recap.

As we went on we spoke to other cast and crew members, we had one spectacular chat with one of the cast members, find out who that is on this link.

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As we progressed we had the pages of VIRI, MMPR and personal accounts flooded with VIRI pictures and articles. Here are pages you can catch on Facebook to bring you up to speed for the première… go here and here.

We had some fabulous bloggers share in the VIRI spirit; they took out their time to blog on and promote VIRI so a big S/O goes to Muke Alison, Yefon Mainsah, Tina Monique & Partner, TipTop Stars. Check out a few links here and here

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When we celebrated the life and experiences of Tata Nelson Mandela and found out the similarities he shared with the characters in VIRI, it was such an honour for us. Rest in perfect peace our Tata.

Then we got what seemed like a feasible existence of VIRI for the first time, the teaser poster and the teaser to the trailer. Then it became so real even in the eyes of you all.

The day we felt most lucky came as we unveiled the first ever VIRI movie poster. What was going to be its CD jackets and we had online reach of over 400.000 views and support.

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Since then support has continuously been amazing. We even got mentioned on GMC Cameroon as the trending thing online, we couldn’t be more blessed.

In under a few days leading to the première, the producer with a German engine Nkanya Nkwai has been able to tour almost every relevant radio and TV stations around the Littoral; South West and Centre provinces for promo talks – from STV, Canal2 Internationale to CRTV. Radio includes likes of FM 105, Sweet FM just to name a few.

The runners are almost at the finished line, the race is almost won, and we must not despair or doubt our dreams. Nkanya said “My goal is to reach 500people at least for the première night, it could still be more but I won’t be happy with less.”  Well, well Nkanya seems you are going to beat that after all. It’s been amazing growing this baby of yours together and come March 22nd we will all celebrate a victory like no other.

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Let’s all keep the VIRI dream alive and be there at Hotel La Falaise on Saturday March 22nd  at 7.00pm prompt. For more information about ticket sale, please call: 71674948 or 70615687.

Kudos to DreamsAlive Productions, the cast and crew of VIRI for a spectacular job. Catch the teaser trailer which received a huge cheer from our MMPR One guests below…

Follow Nkanya on Twitter: @NkanyaNkwai

Follow us on Twitter: @ModeMaisonPR

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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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Follow the producer on Twitter: @NkanyaNkwai

Like the VIRI page: http://www.facebook.com/VIRI-movie

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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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Keep up the VIRI lifestyle by liking their page here: http://www.facebook.com/VIRI-movie

Follow the producer: @NkanyaNkwai

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VIRI – MEET THE CAST & CREW

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If you were not already aware, ModeMaison PR has partnered with a Cameroon film producer on a film that is currently being shot somewhere in the forests of Cameroon.

We are ecstatic to be part of such a project because there is a new breeze blowing through the Cameroon entertainment industry and we love to be at the helm of things – creating change, changing perspectives and setting new trends with our weapon – PR!!

VIRI is a very exciting film to be. A drama thriller, a fictional trilogy of lack of communication, love and impunity that takes the characters through the known and the unknown, through a life path of different sequences that will ultimately lead them to their destiny.

Today MMPR brings you another report continuing our #VIRIDiariesSeries where we talk only about VIRI the movie. Here below is our chat with the head of the VIRI team…

MMPR: Tell us about you, your journey – inspiration & motivation

NN: My name is Nkanya Nkwai, 100% Cameroonian, an actor, writer and producer. My acting comes from a place of passion and began in 2007 when Seaside movies gave me a chance in Limbe.  I did a couple of projects with them some of which were released and others not. Then I moved to South Africa later in 2009 to further my education and acting took a bank bench. It was revived in late 2009 in Lithuania where I became a permanent part and crew of  LCC International University plays and skits.

While in the USA in 2012, I signed up with a company as part of the crew for the movie JOSHUA TREE shot in Colorado. I later thought to myself, why not start my own productions? That’s how THE AFRICAN GUEST the movie was shot  – 70% in the USA and 30% in Cameroon.

MMPR: What projects have you worked on?

NN: I have taken part in the movie PINK POISON RELOADED AKA FAR produced by Agbor Gilbert. I also worked in the productions of MY GALLERY both as cast and crew [Production designer and production manager] after which I embarked on the production of VIRI.

MMPR: Tell us about the cast and director of VIRI.

NN: I am particularly thankful to the cast and crew of VIRI, they all gave in a 100% and went beyond boundaries to help in the realisation of this project. They were just AMAZING!!

A pertinent setback on set was at the level of props and little technical issues, but they pulled through it professionally.

MMPR: And the location choice?

NN: It was very important to pick a location that will bring life to the script seeing that VIRI is a movie of duo settings, the rural and the urban. It was very essential that the wild incorporated well with the glamour and made a perfect blend. So watch out for natural views, a touch of Gods creations and a jungle feeling. The glamour side was easy to create [he chuckled]

MMPR: And the characters in the VIRI movie?

NN: We have amazing characters in this movie, most of which are exactly opposites of the actors playing them. An actor isn’t an actor if he has no ability to interpret which in this case was not a problem. The characters are hilarious, lively, dramatic and everything in-between. Characters like Mr and Mrs Ebena and wife plus the students will keep you on your feet!

MMPR: What should the public expect from VIRI?

NN: VIRI is a narrative film, grim in nature but the writers seasoned the story and screen play into a drama thriller with incredible humour and really engaging characters. The tendency with Cameroonian films to recycle Nigerian stories has discredited our creative ability, but VIRI has explored outside the box and is not a predictable story which is why people should watch it.

MMPR: Your take on the Cameroon entertainment industry now and future?

NN: It is very positive and full of hope! For the one year that I have been involved, I will say without blinking an eyelid that Cameroonians have what it takes to compete effectively with any other film industry in Africa. It is just sad a thing that we are being ignored by three important stakeholders in the sector.  The Cameroonian audience is not yet in place to consume our products, media attention is low and WE LACK PROMOTERS.

The big companies who are capable in fostering growth prefer to import artists from abroad and pay them huge sums of money well guess what? WE HAVE THESE TALENTS IN CAMEROON!!!

MMPR: Pheewww…you said it! Your final word?

NN: Buy a Copy of VIRI when it comes out, It will surely entertain YOU.

So there you have our little catch up with Mr Nkanya Nkwai the producer behind VIRI. Below are some images of him…

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Like the VIRI Facebook page here: http://www.facebook,.com/VIRI-movie

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