Cinematographer and video director, Ukpong Kingsley Essien aka Prodigeefilmworks, has become the toast of the music video industry.
Speaking to The Sun, the artist provided an elaborate insight into his personality, track record and motivation for his works. Hear him: “I am a ‘real-time’ visual artist, not just a film director because I picture things and bring them to life. Cinematography as a profession did not happen to me intentionally. My foray into cinematography happened as a result of my shyness or what I would call ‘introversy’.”
Essien, who is the CEO of Prodigee Film Work, explained further: “I have always been this shy kid that’s relegated in fun activities that most of my peers were engaged in. That prompted me to want to be the guy behind the scene, and to create things that would be celebrated and not be known as a creator. At a point in my adventure, Prodigee Film Works was birthed. I became the guy who makes videos and pictures for fun. While it was fun, I realized that this fun could pay my bills, so I monetized my intuition and thus was born my cinematography enterprise. Ever since it has been from one milestone to another.”
Largely self-taught, Essien founded Prodigee Film Works in 2012, which specialises in creative visuals, music videos, commercials, movies and television. The company has worked with an impressive list of artistes including Iceprince, Kevin Lyttle, Sky D, Bred, Erigga, Challex D Boss, Ayrastarr, Peruzzi and Bellashmurda, as well as De9jaspirits talent hunt in 2021.