Direct to the Point with Emmanuel Afolabi

Our CEO Justin Wedes sat down with Emmanuel Afolabi, Film Director at Flow Video, to discover what inspires and motivates him to capture indelible moments on camera. Read an excerpt from their conversation.

"Cinema was the perfect medium for me to express myself and amplify voices that often go unheard."

Justin: Emmanuel, tell me about how you discovered your passion for filmmaking?

Emmanuel: Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, I was immersed in vibrant stories and a rich culture. It was through this environment that I fell in love with storytelling and the power of film. I was amazed by how movies can transport us to different worlds and create meaningful connections. As I pursued my passion, studying film in New York City, I realized that cinema was the perfect medium for me to express myself and amplify voices that often go unheard. I saw the potential to make a positive impact and bring about change through storytelling.

Justin: What does it take to tell a great story with film?

Emmanuel: It's a combination of creative vision, technical skills, and a deep understanding of the human experience. You need a strong concept that engages the audience and well-developed characters that people can connect with. The plot should be engaging, with twists and turns that keep viewers hooked. Visual storytelling, like framing, lighting, and camera movements, adds another layer to the story. Creating an emotional impact is crucial, as well as having a meaningful theme or message that resonates with the audience. Attention to detail and collaboration with a talented team are also essential.

Justin: What pieces from your own portfolio are you most proud of?

Emmanuel: I'm really proud of a documentary film called "Our Land." It tells the inspiring story of Black environmentalists and residents fighting to protect their community in Eagle Harbor, Maryland. Through this film, I had the privilege of showcasing their efforts to clean up the water and land, ensuring that people have access to clean resources. It's a powerful example of how film can raise awareness and inspire action.

"It's the belief that storytelling can make a real difference in the world."

Justin: What motivates you to create and tell stories?

Emmanuel: What motivates me to create and tell stories? Well, it's the belief that storytelling can make a real difference in the world. I'm driven by the opportunity to amplify diverse voices, shed light on important issues, and foster empathy among audiences. I've seen firsthand how stories can challenge perspectives, inspire change, and bring people together.

Justin: What are you most excited about as you join the Flow team?

Emmanuel: Joining the Flow team has got me really excited! I'm looking forward to collaborating with a talented group of individuals who share a passion for storytelling. It's a chance to amplify voices and stories, work on diverse projects like live events, branding, documentary and create impactful content. I see this as a great opportunity for personal and professional growth, and I can't wait to dive in!

Justin: Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Emmanuel: Lastly, I'd like to thank you for giving me this chance to share my experiences. Keep creating, inspiring, and using the power of film to make a difference!

-About the author-

Justin Wedes

Justin Wedes is CEO of Flow Video and a social entrepreneur and digital storyteller with more than a decade of experience managing fast-paced teams that execute innovative marketing and branding campaigns. He has appeared on The Colbert Report and CNN with Wolf Blitzer.