SiKK Magazine had the pleasure to accompany writer, producer and filmmaker, Hope Ayiyi, on set for his latest project "Black People Don't...Go After The Scary Sound."
While filming, Ayiyi had a lot of wisdom to give about making it in the film industry. We collected our favorite quotes from our time with him to give our readers the opportunity to learn from the authentic voice of an aspiring and dedicated filmmaker in Los Angeles, CA.
Read quotes from Hope Ayiyi below:
“The first screenplay I wrote was called Vices. What motivated me and inspired me to write that was going to different hip hop festivals—Coachella, Day N Night, Rolling Loud—and just seeing the youth and kids on drugs. It didn’t matter what race they were—white, Black, Asian. Hispanic—they were all on lean, Percocet, Xanax. Any drug you can think of, these kids were on. And, I understand it, they were all trying to have fun, but to me it felt like the new Woodstock. I wanted to create something to embody that, so, in a way, I can let people know what the youth are doing because this is our generation for the future—if we’re all drugged up, then what does that say about where our world in going.”
“My favorite part about writing, producing and just filmmaking in general, is the fact that you get to learn how to do it all over again. There is no one way to do anything, there is no right way to do anything. You have to adapt. You have to put out fires as a producer. There’s always going to be something going wrong on set, but you have to keep it contained, you can’t freak out, and you have to use your brain to the best of your ability because this is a business, there’s money being put into this, and people’s time and effort are being put into this…The hardest challenge is just keeping the film set organized and keeping everything running in a timely manner.”
“What people have to understand is that the more you tap in with people who are going to be on the rise the better. The people who are going to be the next Spike Lees and the next John Singletons, you have to work with those people. Work across and not up. You can’t be trying to work with all those people who have already made it, you have to work with those people that you see on the rise who are going to be those next people.”
“The main message I want to convey with my work is that I create characters that I don’t see on screen—especially characters that don’t represent me, or my community, or my culture. When you do see my work, it will be a representation of my community, my culture and where I’m from, which is Lagos, Nigeria.
You can learn more about Hope Ayiyi and stay up to date on his forthcoming projects by following him @hollywoodhopehundredz on Instagram
Photo shot by @zu.hura for @sikkmagazine.