The original Lion King movie was one of the best movies ever, for many young people during the late 90s and the early 2000s.
Many people who watched the original Lion King movie as kids were excited when Disney announced the live-action remake of the Lion King which was released in July 2019.
The original Lion King movie, however, had a great impact in the life of Gene Adu as a scene in the movie inspired him to take up a career in filmmaking.
Gene Adu is a filmmaker and the co-founder of The Creative Inc (a group of artists, collaborators, storytellers).
His love for filmmaking dates back to when he was a kid. At a young age, he knew he wanted to make films but didn’t have a clear understanding of what it took. With the help of his mom, he was able to have his first experience with movies when he starred in a kids TV show.
Through the TV show, Gene started to have a clearer understanding of what filmmaking was about. After his first experience with films, Gene started writing his own scripts but never took it seriously until he got to the university.
One major experience that caused Gene Adu to take filmmaking seriously was a scene in the original Lion King movie. According to him, it was his first time watching the movie and he was emotionally moved by the scene in which Mufasa died. He recounts that the scene had a huge influence in his career as a filmmaker and it also made him understand the power of film making and how it can impact the lives of people.
“I decided to give this film thing a chance”
After his university education, Gene started working as a banker. He was not enjoying his work as a banker, so he decided to try filmmaking which he loves and is comfortable with.
In attaining his dream as a filmmaker, Gene got his friends, Sika Osei and Joseph Akwasi together and they made their first short film, Guilty. And that’s how Gene Adu’s career as a filmmaker began. He later collaborated with Sika Osei to form The Creative Inc and went on to make another short film titled Three Nights Ago.
Gene is also into music videos. Some of the well-known music videos he has shot include Saara (Sarkodie ft Efya), Ojoorley (Cina Soul) and Big Mad (M.anifest).
“I want to make timeless films”
Gene Adu wants to make timeless films that will be relevant in 10-20 years. He also hopes to build a bigger studio for creatives in Ghana.
Watch Gene Adu, The Ghanaian Film Maker Talk About How He Was Inspired By The Original Lion King Movie Below: