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“KNOCKOUT” WEB SERIES

Posted: December 16, 2014 in Videography

I shot this web series in Toronto Canada in the winter of 2012. According to producer/writer Jonelle Joseph, “KNOCKOUT takes 3 participants who have been Knocked down and builds them into Knock Out’s. They’re granted 4 mentors who take them on a 28 day all encompassing competitive life makeover.”

It was 12-day grueling shoot, but working with like-minded professional like DP Sarah Moffat, made the experience worthwhile. We shot using Canon DLSRs and L-series lenses.

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.”

I shot and edited the event, including the centrepiece Tron dance, choreographed by Gregory Hines and performed by his top four students.  

Over the weekend, my team and I shot the first scene of Umm Zakiyyah’s novel, “If I Should Speak”.  It was shot on Red Epic in 5k resolution on 2x anamorphic lenses.  Some screenshots:

Yesterday, I took my Dynamic Perception Dolly for timelapse tests before heading out to TO to do some urban timelapse.  Here are some pics of a T3i in the wilderness, courtesy of Mahir Basheer (http://www.youtube.com/user/mahirb?feature=watch) with my Tokina 11-16mm lens.

Last week, I did a test shoot on a Red One Digital Cinema Camera with the MX sensor, with the ability to shoot at 4.5k resolution!!!  In an upcoming video, I will discuss some differences between shooting on DSLR (5D/7D/Rebel) at 1080p and Red One at 4k.  Many people believe that with the advent of DSLR video, people can now shoot feature films on 5D/7D.  People forget though that lenses play a crucial role in the unique look that we’re so used to seeing in feature films.

While many TV commercials and some TV shows (House, Numb3rs) are shot on DSLRs, they still use expensive cine-lenses.  In order to use cine-lenses on DSLRs like Canon 5D2/7D, special modification or expensive adapters are required.

The video will highlight visual differences between cine-lenses and photo lenses.

IMS 2011Toronto

Posted: August 18, 2011 in Pre/PostProduction, Videography

At IMS 2011, Islamic scholars enlightened the students with deep insight into the Islamic history, fiqh and sunnah, while Tajweedh professors teach students the science of the Quranic language and the importance of proper tilawah, or recitation.

It’s an amazing environment where 300 students live, eat, and study together for 15 consecutive days.  In the field of Islamic learning in the West, this is an experience, unlike any other.  I encourage those who haven’t experienced it, to try and apply for next year, inshaAllah.

As usual, I shot testimonials from students.  This year, we tried green*screen shooting.

Equipment used.  Canon 5D II; Canon L-series lenses (85mm 1.2; 35mm 1.4; 70-200mm 2.8; 24-70mm 2.8); Kino Flo Diva Lite 400; Zoom H4N audio recorder.  Sennheiser G3 mics.

Last November, Muslim Response (www.muslimresponse.com) contacted me to shoot and edit a short documentary in Toronto, Canada.  The documentary will shed light on the controversial legislation aimed at banning the Muslim face veil (niqab) in France and Quebec, Canada, and how ordinary citizens view the ban.

The trailer can be seen on the Muslim Response website or by following the link: http://www.muslimresponse.com/

The documentary will be released soon inshaAllah.