A quick update:
My short film There Was to be Peace has been selected to be included in an Austrian film festival.
It's the first time we are going to see it on the big screen. Wow! However, these sudden good news brought a lot of work for us. We want the film to look and sound as good as possible, so we had it color graded from scratch. My mate and audio engineer Sebastian Graefe created a 5.1-Dolby-track that blew me away. Follow him on Instagram here.
I also have to thank my Director of Photography Thomas Bader. It's only due to him that we are now in possession of a .dcp-file for our color corrected film. DCP stands for "Digital Cinema Package" and it collects digital cinema audio, image and data streams. It's basically what a cinema needs in order to be able to project your film.
Over the years I have shared a lot of before/after images of my color grading on Instagram and on my blog. My followers have asked me about my process and I was very happy to help them. Some suggested I should create LUTs for you, so you could boost your videos with just one click. Well, here you go. I'm starting with one LUT first and if it's popular, I'll be adding more in the future.
Below are previews (photo and video) and the link to where you can download the LUT.
The LUTs work with software such as Adobe's Premiere Pro and Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve.
For best results apply LUTs to videos shot with a flat picture profile.
Included is a .zip-file that contains:
While filming for a travel vlog in Granada, Spain I visited the grave of possibly the most precious Islamic scholar of the 20th century - Muhammad Asad.
First I didn't know what to do with the footage I filmed there, but now it has become this short feature.
Born as Leopold Weiss, Muhammad Asad was a Jewish-born Austro-Hungarian journalist, traveler, writer, linguist, thinker, political theorist and diplomat. Asad was one of the most influential European Muslims of the 20th century. I recommend reading his moving autobiography, 'The Road to Mecca', which (apart from the Qur'an) is possibly the most accessible book to Islam for non-Muslims. To me as a Muslim myself it answered many questions, some of which I didn't even know I had before reading this book.