We completed shooting for a trailer for our upcoming feature film, An American Dream. We shot around New York City and Eastern Long Island. We’re finalizing the script and will commence photography in March 2014, for a fall 2014 release.
For the last few years, the Skoz Films team has been working to adapt a novel for the big screen. IISS is a proof-of-concept we created to please the investors. However, due to creative differences and typical corporate greed, we have decided to part ways from the publication corporation and make a feature film based on an original script. IISS, the feature film is soon to be released in North America this summer. Thanks for all your support.
On July 23, 2012, I shot a music video on Red Epic using Lomo Anamorphic lenses. It was quite an intense shoot, as 95% of it was handheld. After the 1st hour, the Epic setup began to feel like a 20-pound rock on my shoulder:) The shoot involved me running in the woods, jumping in a creek and dodging traffic as we shot guerilla on city streets. We started at 5am and wrapped 9pm. Another fun day! More details about the shoot will be posted soon.
On July 10, 2012, Communitech Hyperdrive was launched. ”HYPERDRIVE is a new $30+ million tech startup incubator program with a global focus to seed, fund, and grow new businesses. HYPERDRIVE builds early-stage tech startups into “Series A” VC funded companies.”
Originally posted on albertotihan:
This past weekend, June 8-9-10, myself and director Adnan shot the first scene of Umm Zakiyyah’s novel “If I Should Speak”. I am extremely honoured and proud to have worked with him. Initially I was brought on board as a Casting Director, but then I ended up more involved behind the scenes and earned myself the Producer credit. Considering we’re in the independent scene of filmmaking, that’s just a credit. Ultimately, we’re all a team collaborating on a project. Credits are just credits (at this level anyway).
Although it was a small production, the end result can EASILY be compared with Hollywood productions. Shot on the Red Epic in 5k resolution on 2x anamorphic lenses, the footage looks well lit by our DP Hamid, who was sincerely amazing to work with. Thanks for all your patience bro! As for the shots themselves, director Adnan made sure the shots are very cinematic, despite the time constrain. We also had a fantastic focus puller, Thanalee Pelle, who’s not just a talented camera assistant, but also great to work with. We worked with a dolly, jib and other equipment that I don’t know the names of and manage to get some AMAZING shots with only 14 hours a day. Not to mention our talented cast: Alysa King, Jaicyea Smith and Sydney Kondruss who were all pure talent. We also had a cameo appearance by our make-up artist Rose, who gave an Oscar performance delivering the one-liner: “I better going” lollll (funniest thing ever, I hope that makes it in the final cut lol)
However, considering we shot in someone’s apartment, there is the obvious time restriction. But, I did have some challenges on set. One actress in particular cancelled on me last minute because she had too much going on and it wasn’t worth her time to come on set for only one line. What the… ??!! What professional actor does that?? Thanks to Rose, who replaced her last minute. Then there was bumps schedule. Unfortunately for me, I was in the middle. I had to make sure that the girls can leave at the desired time without overworking them and that Adnan gets all his shots, which took a while to set up. We got most of the shots. Had we had no time restrictions, we could have gotten all the shots. Regardless, I am very proud and happy of the outcome. Everyone was very understanding and the footage is beyond “good demo reel”.