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Damilola Orimogunje talks making 'For Maria', a film on postpartum depression [Pulse Interview]

Damilola Orimogunje‘s newest movie, ‘For Maria Ebun Pataki’ sits comfortably as a movie addressing an issue that would, fairly frankly, use extra on-screen illustration particularly in these shores

Meg Otanwa in 'For Maria Ebun Pataki' [Black History Month]

Meg Otanwa in ‘For Maria Ebun Pataki’ [Black History Month]

Postpartum melancholy is a situation that impacts moms typically after beginning. As a result of unusual nature of this situation and possibly our climes, there may be not lots of conversations surrounding it. However this silence under no circumstances denies its existence therefore Orimogunje’s movie.

‘For Maria’ follows the harrowing expertise of a first-time mom who struggles with postpartum melancholy. It stars Meg Otanwa, Gabriel Afolayan, Tina Mba and Judith Audu.

Damilola Orimogunje and the cast of 'For Maria Ebun Pataki'  [Instagram/@dami_orimz]

Damilola Orimogunje and the solid of ‘For Maria Ebun Pataki’ [Instagram/@dami_orimz]

Pulse just lately caught up with the filmmaker who opened up about making the movie, his inspiration and every little thing movie lovers must know earlier than the movie premieres.

Are you able to inform me about what impressed the story behind ‘For Maria’?

After seeing the French movie “Amour” for in all probability the seventh time, I made a decision to make a easy and intimate movie that focuses on a household. A chat on postpartum melancholy with a buddy and a thread on Nigerian Twitter about the identical matter impressed the story.

When and the place was it shot?

The movie was shot in November 2019 round Ojodu axis in Lagos.

How lengthy was principal images?

It was shot in 9 days.


‘For Maria Ebun Pataki’ was shot in Lagos, Nigeria [Instagram/@dami_orimz]

One placing level to notice was the grading. What influenced the selection of colors?

The movie itself is sort of melancholic. I needed the image to be lovely and vibrant. We used a variation of brown and orange really feel primarily as a result of each colors characterize consolation, endurance, therapeutic, and emotional stability which is an irony.

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What’s the future for ‘For Maria’, launch mediums and many others.

We’re presently doing competition runs. The movie will find yourself on a VOD platform or cinemas maybe. Additionally, we’re harnessing a social affect marketing campaign for the movie which is able to result in a number of different non-traditional screenings.

Inform me a bit about your filmmaking journey, inspiration and what number of films you will have labored on thus far?

I began working within the trade in 2014. My journey began from writing to TV manufacturing and at last movie directing. For Maria is my debut characteristic however I’ve a number of brief movies as a director. My inspiration is massively from overseas cinema and a few early Nigerian movies that lured me to tackle this profession.

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