2015 Scholar: Bogui Adjorlolo

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• Bogui’s YouTube channel: MindControlFilms

For me, the point of filmmaking is to tell stories that relate to people on a deeper level than pure entertainment. I live and breathe filmmaking. It is not simply a hobby, but a passion of mine that keeps me up at night, and ignites a fire within me that only grows with each passing day.

Bogui Adjorlolo has completed his third year at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and has embarked on his senior year!

“And what did I learn? I believe I’ve learned quite a lot about self-doubt and how I can move beyond it. The professors in my junior thesis class—where I made ‘William Tell’s Goin’ to Hell’—especially the directing professor, Phil Casnoff, made it apparent to me that the most important thing about making movies was to tell stories that resonated with audiences because they resonated with me, as writer and director. While I may be scared of the work, scared that I’m not good enough, scared that progress is impossible, I must feel confident in myself in order to continue into this career that I’ve chosen, a career that consists of doing something I’ve loved doing for my entire life. For me, there is no other life without filmmaking.”

Bogui’s junior thesis class film, William Tell’s Goin’ to Hell, screened at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in May 2018, and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in October 2018.

“Bogui was an exceptional student in the 310 Film Production class in which I participated as directing faculty. As a director/writer, his project 'William Tell's Goin To Hell’, was a terrific success on many levels. It was audacious and imaginative both visually and narratively — in other words, risky — but with attention to detail and thoughtful use of input from the class and professors, he achieved a wonderful result in the final version of the film. Also, Bogui was an excellent collaborator on the other two projects he worked on, willing to learn on the fly what was required of him.”

— Philip L. Casnoff
Adjunct Professor Cinema, Directing Faculty
University of California School of Cinematic Arts

Bogui graduated from Shorecrest High school in 2015. During his high school career, Bogui received seven Northwest High School Film Festival Awards. In 2015 his film, Goldfish, was an Official Selection of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.

What his high school teachers say:  

Bogui is, without a doubt, the most talented video student I've ever had the pleasure to teach at Shorecrest. Most students excel at one part of the video making process. However, Bogui excels at writing, directing, acting, and editing…Bogui is a team leader and helps to pull other students up to his level. Bogui’s storytelling ability, technical knowledge, and calm demeanor are just a few of the many assets that will help him become an excellent producer and director. His body of work speaks for itself, but he is also a caring individual who keeps improving his craft without the need of outside motivation.

— Trent Mitchell, Video Production Teacher
Shorecrest High School

Bogui’s work ranges from art film through dramatic narrative to documentary, and often grapples with subjects that challenge seasoned filmmakers. His 2013 short film, Tennis Ball, tells the story of a young man reflecting on the loss of a close friend and finishes with the young man visiting his friend's gravesite at the cemetery. The story is powerful, emotional, and very mature in subject matter. The cinematography is gorgeous and the editing choices are spot on. In Sable Mire, a 2015 film, Bogui hired and directed professional and student actors to tell the story of a family that struggles to stay together after losing a loved one.

Bogui enjoyed several years of school music, playing the tenor saxophone and performing in two High School drama productions in his senior year. He enjoys traveling, skateboarding, and sleeping (when he can find the time)