10 years on - SAE London alumni Olu Yomi Ososanya

18 Jan 2018

Olu Yomi Ososanya, otherwise known as Oludascribe, studied Digital Filmmaking at SAE London in 2008. He has since gone on to complete a Masters at London Metropolitan University, moved back home to Nigeria, and is now a successful writer and director with an impressive range of accolades for his work. 

Currently writing for a TV show and with various other projects at different stages of development, we wanted to know how Olu found his success.

“It’s not been a straightforward route, but the passion keeps me going”, Olu tells us. 

Growing up, Olu loved writing fiction, namely short stories. While always enjoying film, little did he know that he would become interested in screenwriting and eventually directing. The process began when he started paying close attention to the dialogue in TV programmes and films in order to improve the dialogue in his own writing. “Though I was writing short novels, I was imagining them as films,” Olu explains.

Not knowing he could pursue a career in film, Olu completed a BSc degree in a profession he quickly realised wasn’t for him. It was then that he knew it was time to get into filmmaking.

Researching TV shows and finding contacts, Olu wanted to get a job writing first of all. He entered his work in the Pan African Screenwriting Competition, and also took a show/character bible to a production company with the hope of landing a job. Despite being unsuccessful, the production company made him aware of a programme that needed writers, which eventually became his first paid job. Working there ignited his interest in directing and encouraged him to look at various film schools, which lead him to SAE. 

Olu’s time at SAE proved very valuable, noting that it helped him think like an indie filmmaker:

“SAE taught me that I didn’t need all the money and all the gear in the world to make good work. With a good camera, lighting kit and right software (and processing power) great things could happen.

“In the era of short form content distributed on Youtube and Instagram, I can only imagine how valuable the education would be now.”

After completing his studies, Olu moved back to Nigeria and worked on a number of different projects: writing for TV shows, working on talent shows, being an Assistant Director for a friend - all of which taught him valuable lessons. 

One crucial point in Olu’s career, which he notes as creating a “paradigm shift”, was when he watched an interview with Hitchcock from 1963. Inspired by the suspense genre of Hitchcock’s work, the interview sparked Olu to change his methods, which resulted in him writing and directing his favourite film BLISS. After that, he found great success with the film he wrote (ERASED) being selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner and HONEY which was screened at the BFI as part of their Blackstar/Beyond Nollywood Programme.  

Now with a large number of short films to his name and having contributed on articles for Shadow&Act and The Guardian Nigeria, Olu has great knowledge of filmmaking that he can pass on to our students.  

“Truth is, it’s easier now more than any other time to be a content creator. But it’s also a tough time as everyone with a camera is a content creator who thinks they can do your job.

“So take advantage of your time at SAE, experiment as much as you can , use the gear to shoot as much as you can. Collaborate, find alliances with your coursemates and other courses.”

Taking inspiration from Ava DuVerney and Jordan Peele (amongst others), who became filmmakers later on in their lives, Olu asserts that it is never too late to get into film.

“Students of this school could go on to define the next direction film takes.”