MIKE WORD: THE RE-EMERGENCE OF A RISING STAR



After a 6 year hiatus, Michael Word (MIKE WORD) 

re- emerges with this soulful tune (Plastic Roses) about how in love as in life, things  don't always fit the "happily ever after” script and life happens differently than we dream or anticipate. Often times real relationships are beautiful because they are temporary and emotions are fleeting  and real roses won’t stay alive forever.



Mike Word is an RNB / NEO SOUL  artiste, singer , producer and writer, who first burst on to the scene in 2007 after starring in a reality tv show (Creative Academii), after which he teamed up with TV producer, Media Mogul and owner of the R70 media group  Ayo Shonaiya, signing up as the first artiste under the RMG label.

 With hits like DO IT FOR LOVE, IN MY ROOM and POP SUGAR featuring Rapper , Nigerian super model  and label-mate MUNA(Munachi Abii)  produced by SarZ with a  video directed by SUPERMAN featuring Kentro World, suffice it to say he’s been doing this RNB  thing for a minute. 


Now in his 2018 re-entry, after taking a few years to pursue other passions and explore other facets that constitute his art, Mike Word returns with his unique blend of soul and "abstract RNB" as he likes to call it.  Deep lyrics  expressed with subtle blue scale in pentatonic notes and a story line that engages the mind and soul. 


To compliment this, he engaged the creative prowess of his long-term buddy, Dr Seth to deliver a truly inspiring music video. This video was carefully thought out and eventually filmed in locations in the US and the UK. 


Welcome to the unraveling of what promises to be a beautiful ,mind blowing, soul stirring musical experience, …..presenting  MIKE WORD



https://youtu.be/L7IzekAaWPw









FILM SCHOOL: TO GO OR NOT TO GO

It all started in 2004. I was in my 4th year of medical school. It had been a challenging year, but also one that would shape the direction my life and dreams will take in ways I could not even begin to imagine at the time. 
My gospel R 'n B band, Rivaflo had attempted to record some demos in the only digital studio in town then and I was totally blown away by the technology involved. So much could be done on a PC and incidentally, my dad had one at home. Naturally, my curious nature took over and over the next few months, I set out to acquire the resources for my own home studio. That opened up a whole new world for me. I had no idea I could be good at this kind of stuff. 
I started honing the craft of digital sound mixing and even got as far as making mixtapes for the popular dance groups in town at the time, then I met a friend, Theo Keys who had a similar set up in his dad's garage, plus this guy was churning out some crazy animation and motion graphics. The rest is history.

Over the years, I doggedly pursued the dream to harness, master and fan into flame this creative spark. I always had a good idea the direction my dreams would take me but because of so many constraints along the way, I have had to make compromises and wait and learn, biding my time but learning all I could at every opportunity. Over time I evolved, improved on my craftmanship and got to the point where people started to laud my work. 
However, earlier this year I decided it was time to take another step closer to my goals. I enrolled to get some formal education in film making. A couple of friends thought it was not necessary because they had been themselves and believed there was not much I didn't know already. 
Well, I did go ahead with it and I believe it is the best decision I have made lately. I am absolutely enjoying every moment of this.

I am not used to bullet point approaches to success, but for brevity I would list now what I would say are highlights of why getting a formal education is such a good idea after all: 

* Structured learning: in contrast to learning at your leisure through YouTube and Lynda.com tutorials (which by the way are a huge part of my learning  with regards to film making), in school you have targets, homework and whatnots to keep you learning something everyday. There is also the added advantage of being able to ask questions and get answers to them immediately. Call it spoon-feeding if you like, but it sticks. 

*Mentors and Models: One of my instructors said "there is really nothing new in film making, rather we all follow in the footsteps of our predecessors". 
Every creative likes to think they have their own style and they are original, but the truth is even the most genius of us starts out by imitating the work of others we admire.

*Roots: Roots are important. It is where you go back to draw strength when you are overwhelmed. This comprises, the friends and teachers you met along the way. 

*Collaboration: Film making is collaborative. That is one great lesson I learnt recently. Up until now, I had done most of my work by myself with or without one or 2 assistants. However, I have come to understand lately that the product is only as good as the efficiency and smooth running of the entire filmmaking machinery. 

*Competition: One might be lucky enough to pick up some healthy competition in school. Healthy competition keeps one on one's toes. It is one good deterrent to stagnation. 

*Positive Creative energy: It is such a powerful thing when you are surrounded by people who buzz in the same frequency as you. For me this actually stimulates my creative juices. I was also lucky to choose a school where lots of productions were going on and I could actually learn from other people's projects things like set design, costume and lighting choices. 

*Routine: Routines are great. They foster discipline and discipline is important for consistent productivity. From punctuality to classes and shoots to taking logs of all the equipment, keeping a checklist and etcetra. I will just never work the same way again. 

*Legalities: Ha! Now to the elephant in the room. I remember combing the internet in search of UK filming regulations when I moved here years ago. No one actually posts about these things. On a number of occasions I had done some filming looking over my shoulder. Well I am just so glad this "myth" has been demystified. 

*Hands On experience: Finally, nothing beats being there to do that. One might spend all the time watching tutorials and yet not really improve, but when you are lectured on a particular technique and thereafter practically put your newly obtained knowledge to use, it sticks. 

I probably could go on and on but these are nuggets from my experience so far. I am glad I followed my heart and I will err to the side that supports getting some form of structured knowledge in that field that could potentially propel your dreams to the next level. 
Happy dreaming! 



Dedicated to my newfound friends, Tobias, Yasmine, Prarthna, Hugo and my Instructors at the London Film Academy, Lincoln, Davie, Geoffrey & Simon.











CROSSING FATE: DIRECTOR'S DIARY

Wide shot... Medium, OTS and CU, Wide shot... Medium, OTS and CU......on and on and on it went. Those were the thoughts I woke up with. Then I remembered, the dialogue in that last scene still needs some work. I picked up my phone and dialled the producer who also doubled as the screenwriter for the film. Ring.....Ring...... She will have to pardon me for this one. I'd met Dami just about a month earlier but it felt like I'd known her forever. One thing I know very well is that waking her up early in the morning is not the brightest idea. But today was different...."Hello Seth, ..... Gimme a minute please. Just stepping out of the shower". Okay..... Click. 
I probably should relax myself and hop into the shower. Why was I so nervous? I'd directed and shot music videos and wedding films for years, so why is this any different. Well, lately I've been working on getting into film. I'd even worked on a couple of sets as slater and cinematographer but had never directed before now. 
Today would be my directorial debut. Also, I'd not met the cast before now and  had no idea what they were going to be like. Is Mofe going to turn out as some cocky Celeb actor or is he going to be easy to work with? I do work well under pressure but this guy had better be in the right head space today. We also have so much to do in 12 hours cutting across 3 locations. Most of the storyboard was done, but you never know still.
Just then, my ringer goes off. It's Seyi, my Assistant DP and focus puller. He was going to be a little late getting to location. Well, thanks for the heads up. 
At this rate I was going to be late myself. I said a quick prayer and hopped in the shower. I was out in minutes and dressed and in another couple of minutes was loading the car with the equipment. 
Fast forward another couple of hours, we were all set to roll on Scene 1. 
I had no reason to be so worked up it turned out. Everyone was on set and we were already trading banter like we'd been together for ages. I looked around and said a silent "thank you Lord". I knew then we were going to have a lovely experience filming Crossing Fate. This was another step in the right direction and I've been blessed with the right crop of people to take the journey with. 
"Camera...Rolling, Sound....Speed, Call it.....Scene 1, Take 1 .........Action!

























Photo Credits: Seyato Aremola



MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


2015 has been a great year. One of the best in fact. 
There is so just so much to be thankful for.
We do hope you feel the same way about it.
We at IRIS media studios are equally as excited about 2016.
So many lovely events and projects to look forward to.
In the way we know how to express ourselves best, we are 
wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.
Enjoy!



TOLA & TINUKE: JUNE 2015
Here are some of the beautiful faces we captured at the wedding ceremony of our very own Tola Oloko and his beautiful bride, Tinuke........







































Photo Credits: Tomi Orunmuyi { www.cliqent.com }
                         Dr Seth.

MIKE ABDUL's MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT

Film making makes my world go round anytime, but every opportunity to shoot a music video is highly cherished. It feels just like concieving and birthing a child and the process from scripting to scouting to shooting and post just gives me a certain high no drug can match.
So I get a call a few weeks ago about shooting a music video for Nigeria's most prolific gospel artist. He was coming to the UK in a few days for a week and would love to shoot a simple yet lovely video. The machinery was immediately set in motion and with the help of an efficient team comprising Mc Rodstar as location manager/photographer, Bukky as MUA/driver and my ever reliable friend Ayo De Gee as gaffer, we pulled of another IRIS MEDIA epic.

Here is a link to the video shot on Location in Canterbury, Kent and Mill Hill studios, London.

NO OTHER NAME by MIKE ABDUL