Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Interview with Samuel Nkwume, Producer of "Game Of Fear"

Producer Samuel Nkwume specializes in thriller films. He is originally from Nigeria and began his career as an auditor before deciding to pursue his creative interests and study film. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has produced several award-winning short films that have impressed festival audiences.

In addition to becoming a writer and director, Nkwume is now making his first feature film, "Game Of Fear." Read on for an exclusive interview with him. 

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming project "Game of Fear?" Game Of Fear, is a psychological thriller about a haunted, Agoraphobic teen, scared of the outside world, who must confront his fear, to reveal the truth behind the mysterious death of his brother.

Agoraphobia is the extreme or irrational fear of entering crowded, confined spaces, and even leaving one’s home, or being in places where escape is difficult. His brother convinces him to move out of the house and away from his overcontrolling, clingy mom. Brother is later reported dead by suicide. Tom must now overcome his agoraphobia to figure out the truth, but his mom will stop at nothing to make sure he doesn’t leave her sight. Not only does this movie shed light on Agoraphobia, which is suffered by nearly 2% of the United States population, but it is also guaranteed to take the viewer on a roller-coaster swing of emotions.

How did you become interested in the filmmaking industry? In 2004, I was sitting on the couch in Nigeria, where I grew up, watching Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”. I was so fascinated by the sound design, story, editing, and the mise-e-scene. At this point, I knew I wanted to work in this industry. I started watching behind-the-scenes videos of movie production sets. Later, I wrote a bunch of movie reviews on websites/blogs before finally deciding to go after my film dream

When deciding whether to join a project as a producer, what do you look for in a script? When I look at a script, I try to envision the target audience/ demographic. We filmmakers are making movies/tv for people to enjoy. Regardless of how good the project is, if there is no market for that project then it doesn’t matter. The story, character, and character development are super important. A good character arch allows the audience to follow the story through the eyes of the characters. Also, I look for a story that does what it is supposed to do. If it is a thriller, it better be suspenseful, if it’s a comedy, it must be funny. It needs to give me that feeling that the genre evokes.

Can you tell us about the mediums you have delivered content for in the past? Past projects I’ve worked on have been distributed through different mediums. Some have been screened at small-sized theaters/art houses and festivals. “The handler”, directed by Michael Matteo Rossi, an action feature recently released on amazon video, YouTube tv, iTunes and is now available on DVD/Blu-ray at Walmart stores nationwide.

What is your favorite thing about being a producer? Being a producer can be very fulfilling especially when you’re passionate about your craft. I specifically love the pre-production process. The pre-production process involves building budget, locations, building schedule, etc. Ironing out details for production involves a lot of creativity which can be challenging but extremely fun.

How would you like to see your career continue to develop? Career-wise, my long-term goal is to make it to the academy award stage. It’s always something I’ve envisioned growing up and I plan to accomplish this. A short-term goal is to get “Game Of Fear” to a larger and broader audience.

Could you see yourself directing? Most people join the industry or go to film school with the idea of being a director, until reality hits. It isn’t that simple to get money to fund a first-time director. I happened to be in the same boat. It comes with a lot of challenges. I have directed two short films and now gearing up to direct my first feature, “Game of Fear”, expected to go into production summer of 2022.

How can we find out more about what you're doing and your upcoming projects? You can get news and updates on everything related to Game Of Fear by following on Instagram @gof_themovie

You can also check out www.samuelnkwume.com for other project updates.

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