A group of kids in Africa who call themselves the Critics are making amazing short films and getting Hollywood’s attention — GeekTyrant

A group of young independent filmmakers from Kaduna, northern Nigeria, who call themselves “The Critics”, have caught the eye of some Hollywood actors, and for good reason. The group, a crew of nine, ranges in age from 7 to 27 and is mostly made up of siblings and cousins. They are big movie buffs themselves and decided to give cinema a try by using phones as cameras and building their own green screens to achieve the kind of action they had seen in their favorite films.

They are self-taught, using Wikipedia and YouTube tutorials along the way. They’ve released several movies on their own YouTube channel over the past few years, which you can check out here, and I’ll include an awesome one below.

Once their films were released, they received responses from a few Hollywood names they were excited about. Raymond Yusuff, 18, artist and VFX editor for the group, told CNN:

“Franklin Leonard messaged us on Twitter, and he was like, ‘First of all, you’re doing a great job.’ He told us that he found our videos and that he was friends with JJ Abrams and a few people in Hollywood and told us to send a list on WhatsApp of the material we might need for our films.

Last August, the kids received a large shipment of gear, including high-end gaming PCs, monitors, cameras and stabilizers from Abrams and Leonard. “We were so excited, so happy,” Yusuff said.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in September, Abrams said he was happy to be introduced to The Critics Company by Leonard, adding that young filmmakers have talent and determination. “Getting them extra gear just added fuel to their formidable fire,” he said.

They really are incredibly talented and ambitious, and I can’t wait to see how far they will go. Check out the fan-favorite “Another Star Wars Story” video below and stay tuned for more on their upcoming short, “Tomorrow’s War,” due out on their YouTube channel later this month.

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