How do you capture the essence of a poet's work in an original short film? It was a concept that filmmaker and photographer Jolade Olusanya had been pondering for some time. So when he was given the opportunity to be the first filmmaker to shoot with Canon's groundbreaking Cinema EOS camera, the EOS C70, he allowed his imagination to run wild.
The camera's compact size, image stabilisation, 4K Dual Gain Output (DGO) sensor and RF mount offered him a level of filmmaking freedom that he hadn't experienced before. As a member of London-based creative collective SXWKS and Barbican Young Poets, a parkour athlete and a youth mentor who has collaborated with Red Bull, YouTube and The Guardian, Jolade is no stranger to innovation.
Embracing experimentation, he set out to capture a visual portrait of performance poet Sophia Thakur using the title of her debut book, Somebody Give This Heart a Pen, as inspiration. The diverse two-day shoot ultimately took in parkour, drone work, a studio location and a night shoot on the streets of London, all serving as the backdrop for the poetry at the heart of the story.