Women BreakÂ Friendship overÂ Little Things
Aarinola Odimayo is a lawyer and film producer. In this interview withÂ Tosin Clegg, she talks forthcoming movie premiere and challenges and a lot more
I just produced my first movie
IÂ just produced my first movie and Iâ€™m still pretty new in the industry. I havenâ€™t deviated into movie production, as I am still a Lawyer but I just donâ€™t do litigation. I do writing, drafting and proof reading, except going to court.
Being a lawyerÂ
There is a property side of it, family, and drafting. So, itâ€™s got different phases and you just pick whatever niche that works for you. Even when I was in the Law School, I just never liked Litigation. Litigation is a more radical part of law which some people enjoy but I focus more on other aspects that other lawyers come to seek me for.
My journey into movies
That was when I got interested in writing scripts, and you know already, I do agreements and all of that. From there, I learnt a lot in my spare time and just think out loud on various things. And I think four years ago, I sat down to write a script which I didnâ€™t write like a story, but like screen writing, and thatâ€™s how I started writing the first script. I sent the write-up to my cousin who lives in London and asked her opinion and she would ask what I was trying to do and go through it, add her thoughts and then send it back. We went back and forth, and over the years I wrote about seven scripts.
Memoirs of 4 is the title of my movie
Actually when I finished writing the scripts, it was titled 30s; that was its initially title, but while I was going into the production I had some financial hiccups so I had to pause for a while to put myself together and go back to it. Between the time that I paused and went back to it, â€˜Fiftiesâ€™ came and it had four women as well, but then I thought about it and didnâ€™t want to release it so that it wouldnâ€™t be thought that I want to ride on the vibe of that movie. So I changed it from 30s to Fluke and by the time I had finished the first set I was looking for people that would like to come on board to finish up with me. So, I was introduced to another lady who was interested in working and she said she would like the film to have a different name. During one of our meetings, we thought of names and that was how Memoirs of 4 came about.
How I started out the casting
My younger brotherâ€™s friend came around one time and asked about my writing, and he then advised that I should not play with the ideas I was having. He told me we could have it going.
He mentioned he had featured in Tinsel and convinced me that he had a couple of people we could bring together. Later, I met with Tana Adelana and she introduced me to someone who was like a brother to her and at this point I didnâ€™t know which of the scripts I wanted to shoot. She gave me Frederickâ€™s number and I went back to Afeez my brotherâ€™s friend and we went through some of the scripts. Then we made a choice of the one we shot after we looked into every other script. He cost it and then we started.
I hope my choice of cast will help push the movie
I know Adesuwa Etomi is big now, and I also have some veterans on board too, such as Aunty Tina Mba, Aunty Remi Surutu, Joseph Benjamin and a host of others. And by Godâ€™s Grace it would be a major success.
I had a hitch earlier when I started shooting
I had to pause because of funds, but I wonâ€™t really want to go into details. 80 per cent of the movie was shot in 2015 and the reason I went back to shoot some more scenes was because I was the writer and noticed some things were missing, which I needed to see there. For me, it made some sense if they saw some of these things rather than just hear it.
The people I worked with tried to convince me to go ahead, but I was bent on getting it perfectly done, and even when they told me it would cost so much money to have to reshoot, I didnâ€™t mind. So, I had to start gathering them again.
The baseline of the movie is friendship
We women usually like to break friendship on very little things, and in the movie, I tried to show our folks that we canâ€™t all be the same, and in that adversity, we should be able to tell ourselves we messed up but that itâ€™s okay. So, I tried to emphasise that with the efficacy of prayers. I tried to put together someone who believes in prayer and someone who doesnâ€™t but prays and it works.
It also buttress the power in togetherness and how as one we can solve a problem together. And we tend to find help when we open up to people and get assistance.
Every cast member did well on set
Everyone did fantastically well, and I also took a role in the movie. I didnâ€™t plan to but I had to come in for a friend of mine that was supposed to play a particular role, and we just had to improvise at that point.
I didnâ€™t take many roles; I got there and couldnâ€™t just remember the lines. It took me time and I took a lot of cuts.