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How Much Should Producers Pay Extras In Nollywood? by VcStunner(m): 7:04am On Jul 11, 2019
Guys, this is a money talk so I don't want to feed you with plenty of stories. I will give a brief
background then reel out some numbers so we can talk. First, I feel insulted when you call me an "Extra" like some mere shadow you brought to complete your numbers? When will they realize that those "Extra" are the reason your lead isn't looking stupid yet? ( anyway, I will talk about this on a later date).
In Nollywood where unprofessionalism is enthroned above anything else, you would expect the learned big figures to know and do better... but that rarely happens! You want to produce a low budget movie with over 50 extras? You want to eat your cake and have it? A piece of quick advice to all Nollywood producers out there; If your extras are happy on your set during production, they will be your first customers, biggest and widest hypemen and marketers. Always remember this.
Now let's look at some numbers:
It cost roughly N35,000 (Almost $100) to purchase an AGN form today. One would expect that same body to regulate activities of these notorious producers who pay Extras between N0 to N3,000 ($0 to $cool for an entire days job! Not to compare Hollywood with our dear industry, but hey, an extra earns minimum $8 every hour he's on set for the lowest budget movies, and as high as $30 for normal budget movies. I will give credit to some Nollywood filmmakers who have tried to increase that pay to N5,000 per day ($14) recently but I also want to let them know that I have received many reports about how their Production Managers and 3rd party talent agents rip off our struggling actors and eventually return them back to N3,000 or N2,500 per day and sometimes nothing at all!
Some of us are fully aware of the intrigues of the Nigerian entertainment industry. So we need your opinion on what should be an IDEAL WAGE FOR A BACKGROUND ACTOR in Nollywood. Drop your opinions in the comment box let's make it trend.
Source: https://vhfilm..com/2019/07/how-much-should-producers-pay-extras-in.html

Re: How Much Should Producers Pay Extras In Nollywood? by meobizy(f): 8:57am On Jul 11, 2019
Let me follow this paragraph-less write up, read it up later then comment properly.

My opinion comes here: does one really need acting talent to become an extra?
I can become an extra in a movie if it’ll guarantee me 3,000 or 5,000 NGN a day.
Then again I don’t think extras are used for only one scene in movies, are they?

You can’t compare a growing Nollywood with an already established Hollywood.
However I understand standards should stay in place.
The creation of unions will make this an issue people will discuss on.
Worst case e go turn protest which will make things better for extras at the end of the day.

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Re: How Much Should Producers Pay Extras In Nollywood? by dominique(f): 6:43am On Jul 12, 2019
Even some cast with speaking roles don't get paid how much more extras.

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Re: How Much Should Producers Pay Extras In Nollywood? by VcStunner(m): 11:08am On Jul 12, 2019
dominique:
Even some cast with speaking roles don't get paid how much more extras.
Is that a good thing sir? Because you sound like it is. Nonetheless, I feel if you want me to work for you in whatever capacity, you should be able to pay me. No body takes us seriously because we don't take ourselves seriously.
Re: How Much Should Producers Pay Extras In Nollywood? by Nostradamus: 3:59pm On Jul 24, 2019
Well,my own candid opinion,since piracy is still a big ish here and profit isn't even guaranteed(i might be wrong),if I were a producer, I'd pay the extras #2,000 per day(if it were a week shoot,then the extras will make 14k.easy money!!) but if the production was a small three days production,then maybe #3,000 sha.


The government still has a lot to do as regards that piracy.

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Re: How Much Should Producers Pay Extras In Nollywood? by JohnNgene: 7:56am On Jul 19
Nostradamus:
Well,my own candid opinion,since piracy is still a big ish here and profit isn't even guaranteed(i might be wrong),if I were a producer, I'd pay the extras #2,000 per day(if it were a week shoot,then the extras will make 14k.easy money!!) but if the production was a small three days production,then maybe #3,000 sha.


The government still has a lot to do as regards that piracy.


You are a realist and a sincere person maka chi. The bitter truth is that the producers won't be able to pay extras well if their movies don't do well in the market.

How many Nigerians still buy movies in our present day Nigeria? How many Nigerians pay to stream Nollywood movies online?
Re: How Much Should Producers Pay Extras In Nollywood? by JohnNgene: 8:04am On Jul 19
VcStunner:
Guys, this is a money talk so I don't want to feed you with plenty of stories. I will give a brief
background then reel out some numbers so we can talk. First, I feel insulted when you call me an "Extra" like some mere shadow you brought to complete your numbers? When will they realize that those "Extra" are the reason your lead isn't looking stupid yet? ( anyway, I will talk about this on a later date).
In Nollywood where unprofessionalism is enthroned above anything else, you would expect the learned big figures to know and do better... but that rarely happens! You want to produce a low budget movie with over 50 extras? You want to eat your cake and have it? A piece of quick advice to all Nollywood producers out there; If your extras are happy on your set during production, they will be your first customers, biggest and widest hypemen and marketers. Always remember this.
Now let's look at some numbers:
It cost roughly N35,000 (Almost $100) to purchase an AGN form today. One would expect that same body to regulate activities of these notorious producers who pay Extras between N0 to N3,000 ($0 to $cool for an entire days job! Not to compare Hollywood with our dear industry, but hey, an extra earns minimum $8 every hour he's on set for the lowest budget movies, and as high as $30 for normal budget movies. I will give credit to some Nollywood filmmakers who have tried to increase that pay to N5,000 per day ($14) recently but I also want to let them know that I have received many reports about how their Production Managers and 3rd party talent agents rip off our struggling actors and eventually return them back to N3,000 or N2,500 per day and sometimes nothing at all!
Some of us are fully aware of the intrigues of the Nigerian entertainment industry. So we need your opinion on what should be an IDEAL WAGE FOR A BACKGROUND ACTOR in Nollywood. Drop your opinions in the comment box let's make it trend.
Source: https://vhfilm..com/2019/07/how-much-should-producers-pay-extras-in.html


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