Cinematographers are not celebrated, laments Fayo


Popular cinematographer, Olusegun Fayo Ogedegbe a.k.a Fayo has lamented that the Nigerian film industry rarely accords cinematographers their due respect like their counterparts who are in front of the camera.
Fayo, who revealed that his journey into cinematography was borne out of ‘love and passion’, posited that for Nollywood to grow, cinematographers have to be given their due recognition.fayo-09
He also talked the breakthrough he has recorded in the industry, saying “It’s been God all the ways. According to him, “When I look back from early 2001 when I started with handmade equipment at Movie Land Studios, today my works have been nominated in many award platforms across the globe even though I haven’t won any yet.”
To his credit, Fayo was sponsored to Mumbai, India on a two weeks short course on cinematography as a beneficiary in 2014 Project ACT Nollywood initiated by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
His training at Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, he recounted inspired his recent works including ‘Just Not Married’, directed by Patrick Uduak, ‘Resident Permit’, directed by Afe Olumowe, ‘What Men Want’ and ‘Homely’ both directed by Akin Harrison.
“Whistling Woods International gave me another thousand ways on how creative technically I should be and also following the rules of cinematography as a filmmaker and the secrets of cinematography as well. I just launched my company, Vigor101 Media which focuses on filmmaking, documentaries, TV content, photography among others. By God’s grace, I will be working on my first ever short film titled ‘The Venoms’ as well as ‘The Good Fight’,” he hinted.
He also revealed that Vigor101 Media has been responsible for some of the rave making events like Chief Lucky Igbinedion’s 60th birthday coverage, 2Face Idibia’s ‘A Million Voices for Peace’ campaign, the triple tour with 2Baba and American singer, Bridget Kelly. Vigor101 Media, he said, will soon be officially launching Vigor101 TV Channel and Vigor101 Media Academy.