Jolade Olusanya

Jolade Olusanya

Writer, Director & PhotographerLondon, United Kingdom
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Jolade Olusanya

Jolade Olusanya

Writer, Director & PhotographerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I'm a writer, photographer and director. I'm passionate about people, their stories and finding ways to tell them in ways that connect us and make us feel something. Having travelled a lot for my work, I understand the meaning of community and what it takes to make content that unites whether it corporate, commercial or personal. I currently freelance with over 10 years experience in TV, film, documentary and photography in development and production roles. London based and currently available for international and local commissions. Also a freelance director at SXWKS and Rxnin Co, as well as a creative mentor and poet. Clients include: Red Bull Music, Columbia Records, Pantene, Google, Expedia, BET, Canon and many more.
Projects
  • My Hair Won't Be Silenced - Pantene Gold Series
    My Hair Won't Be Silenced - Pantene Gold SeriesRecently, we (SXWKS) produced this UK-wide campaign film for Pantene Gold Series, directed by myself, aimed at tackling the discrimination faced by Black women concerning their hair. It is said that 93% of Black people in the UK have faced microaggressions related to their Afro hair. Pantene have partnered up with Black Minds Matter UK and Project Embrace to combat and reduce these microaggressions by 50% within the UK by 2025 with the Power of Hair Fund. This short film features 6 Black Britis
  • Give This Heart A Pen - Canon Global x Sophia Thakur
    Give This Heart A Pen - Canon Global x Sophia ThakurA short film to mark the release of Canon's new cine-camera, the EOS C70 and it's amazing abilities. Give This Heart A Pen is a story of London-based writer and poet Sophia Thakur and her process. It also features UK Parkour athlete Georgia Munroe. This film was the first production in the world to be shot on the C70, directed and shot by me, assisted by Charles Rare, Chantal Azari and facilitated/edited/graded and produced by the incredible Verri Media.
  • An Inventory of Hands - Momtaza Mehri x BBC Arts
    An Inventory of Hands - Momtaza Mehri x BBC ArtsA short film on life during the lockdown. Commissioned by the BBC and written by Young People's Laureate for London, Momtaza Mehri. Director: Jolade Olusanya DoP: Rxnin Co. Grader: Charles Rare Production company: Rxnin Co.
  • Everything Feels Like Water
    Everything Feels Like WaterA film on depression commissioned by Little Dot Studios for Channel 4 Random Acts. Written by Theresa Lola. Directed by Jolade Olusanya Cinematography by Orlando Mahoney Gaffer - Christopher Long Produced by Anthony Williams (FRMWRKLDN)
  • Kandaka: Documentary for WePresent/WeTransfer
    Kandaka: Documentary for WePresent/WeTransferA documentary about the women leading change in the midst of the Sudanese revolution in Khartoum. Commissioned by WePresent/WeTransfer. Photography/Creative Direction: Philip Raheem Director/Cinematographer: Joalde Olusanya Producer: Abisola Oke Set Designer: Erin Ogarro MUA: Michelle Leandra Stylist: Yasmine Sabri Production company: Rxnin Co.
  • Red Bull Music Festival Johannesburg: DJ Portraits
    Red Bull Music Festival Johannesburg: DJ PortraitsI was sent to Johannesburg, South Africa by Red Bull Music to create some video content at their Johannesburg music festival but also get portraits of some of the local talent. Featuring DJ Okapi, DJ Zara Julius and DJ Bubbles
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Projects credited in
  • My Hair Won't Be Silenced Full Film- Pantene Gold Series with Black Minds Matter and Project Embrace
    My Hair Won't Be Silenced Full Film- Pantene Gold Series with Black Minds Matter and Project EmbraceHair Discrimination happens daily. Actions need to change. Help ensure Afro Hair will not be silenced.
  • My Hair Won't Be Silenced - Pantene Gold Series
    My Hair Won't Be Silenced - Pantene Gold SeriesA new report by Pantene reveals at least 93% of Black people with Afro hair in the UK have experienced microaggressions related to their hair. Uninvited hair touching was reported as one of the most common types of microaggressions, experienced by nearly half (46%). 52% of Black people with Afro hair state that discrimination against their hair has negatively affected their self-esteem or mental health. Only 7% of people without Afro Hair were able to identify common microaggressions. The Gold
  • Give This Heart A Pen - Sophia Thakur & Jolade Olusanya for Canon
    Give This Heart A Pen - Sophia Thakur & Jolade Olusanya for CanonProvided the score for the promotional film of the Canon EOS C70.
  • Together We Move
    Together We MoveAs part of a fresh collaboration with Kurt Geiger, the new AW21 campaign - ‘Together, We Move’ - spotlights signature Kurt Geiger London lines in a series of short films and stills. As a tribute to the city that continues to inspire us, ‘Together, We Move’ follows a group of young Londoners as they link up and explore the vibrant scenes of their hometown. Colourful and uplifting Kurt Geiger London styles for AW21 reflect the upbeat vibe shared between the eclectic group of friends, capturing a
  • Nubian Skin x TFL (2020)
    Nubian Skin x TFL (2020)Creating video assets for Nubian skin for use across TFL.
  • My Hair Won't Be Silenced - Pantene
    My Hair Won't Be Silenced - PanteneWe handled post production for the campaign against Hair discrimination.
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Work history
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    Director and PhotographerSelf Employed
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    I've been freelancing as a director and photographer for almost 3 years internationally for different brands, companies and people. My work is quite diverse but often involves acquiring and executing creative leads on a daily basis. I'm my freelance career, I've fortunuate enough to lead workshops in the areas I work in for both adults and young people. Clients include Vapiano, Sony Music/Colombia Music, Musicalize UK, VO5, TFL, BBC and many more.
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    Junior Promo Producer & Continuity Co-ordinatorLondon Live
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    I was responsible for cutting and delivering promo for all on-air content streamed from London Live. My role also involved liaising with external talent and production facilities to make sure deliverables met company and Ofcom guidelines on time and at the required quality.
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Skills
  • Fashion
  • Events
  • Commercial Photography
  • Music Videos
  • TV Film Commercial
  • Editing
  • Camera Operation
  • Documentary
  • Film Production
  • Post Production
  • Director of Photography
  • Excel
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Word
  • Lightroom
  • Directing
  • Writing
  • Adobe
  • Davinci Resolve
  • Performance Poetry
  • Poetry
  • Director
  • Poet
  • Writing Poetry
  • Candid Portraiture
  • Photography Portraiture
  • Portrait
  • Photography
  • Freelance
  • Art and Creative Direction
  • Creative Documentary
  • Corporate Content
  • Creative Consultancy
Education
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    Film & TV Production BA HonsBucks New University
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    3 years BA Honours course in Film & TV Production at Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe
Awards
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    Outspoken Performance Poetry Prize & Prize for Poetry 2017Outspoken Press
    I was awarded both awards by Outspoke Poetry, one of the UK's most prestigious poetry communities.