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Jolade Olusanya

Writer, Director & PhotographerLondon, United Kingdom
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Jolade Olusanya

Writer, Director & PhotographerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a director/dp, photographer and writer from East London. My purpose is to tell stories in ways that remind people of what it means to be human and felt. I tell stories that connect us and make us think of ways to retain authenticity whilst pushing the culture forward. Very interested in working with all levels of industry and those who aren't even in it. I'm primarily interested in making narrative films but I have vast experience working on a global scale from documentaries, promo/commercial content to music videos. I also work in education facilitating creative workshops for young people, encouraging them to explore and embrace their abilities as well as chase ambitions. As a writer and poet, I tell the stories of my life and others trying to create space for understanding and provoking needed change. Running workshops is a key part of my poetic journey. I've performed internationally (Nigeria, UK & Gambia) and worked with Viacom/BET, TFL, House of Commons, BBC and more. I was shortlisted in the Young Poet Laureate for London program in 2013 and presented to the Queen and in 2017 I was awarded both the Outspoken Prize for Poetry and Overall Poetry Prize. Clients include: Sony Music/Columbia Records, Canon, Kodak, Expedia, Vapiano, EL AL Airlines, Tamares Hotel Group, Reuters, VO5, Dream Nation and more. Features include: WeTransfer, VSCO, Sky Sports, BBC, London Live, Metro, The Guardian, BET, TFL, Saint Heron, BBC 1Xtra and more.
  • 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 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 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/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 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
  • Bali: A Local EyeSome photographs taken whilst on a photography job shooting local life and culture in Bali. Spent 4 days travelling up and down for a travel company.
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Work history
    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.
    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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  • 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
    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
    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.