I recently shot this for our good friend Saerom Kim, Olympic fighter in the German National Team.
During the holidays I was finally able to edit some of that footage I shot earlier this year. We went on a road trip from Germany to Spain, where we mainly discovered the Andalusian region. This video is my love letter to the city of Seville. It is hands-down my favorite town in Europe. A combination of European and Arabic architecture, kind people, a big university, Flamenco dancers in the streets and an overall vibe of an appreciation of life. This video is just my humble attempt to showcase some of it. There is so much more to this place.
I wish all of you the best of health and success for 2018.
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.
My new short film is out. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/5Qboc6S9LAQ
In a post-apocalyptic future, a young boy grows up to find the gang that murdered his parents and kidnapped his younger sister.
If you enjoyed watching this film, I'd appreciate a thumb up and a comment on YouTube.
For behind-the-scene photos of this project check #therewastobepeace on Instagram.
This film was shot on Red Epic Dragon and Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K.
Photo: Markus Dapper
I'm currently in France and I took a few shots with my Ursa Mini 4.6K. Doesn't this place look like Minas Tirith from "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"? Below is a before-and-after image and a short video I did a quick grade on.
We'll be travelling again soon and I am planning to take along my URSA Mini. So before we actually go on our fun adventure I have to shoot many tests. Today I did a quick test video and noticed that having the camera on me and a backpack with two batteries and three prime lenses is actually quite heavy for a long walk. Initially I told myself I wouldn't bring more than three lenses, but today I kinda learned the hard way that it would absolutely make sense to buy a zoom lens ASAP.
In the mean time, enjoy the short video.
A demo scene I wrote and directed for three of my actor friends. Enjoy watching.
I've been spending the holiday season assembling my URSA Mini 4.6K, testing it and pre-producing my last filming session of 2016. On Friday, December 30th we have a showreel scene planned for three actor friends of mine. Below the photos is one of the test shots I did to which I applied a quick color grade.
UPDATE: I took the time to practice my colour grading skills and decided to update the grading of this video with a proper grade. I recommend the updated version here.
I figured I needed a filmmaker reel (being a filmmaker and all), so I edited this 2-minute video which includes a selection of scenes I directed.
Wow! My latest music video production received over 10,000 views in just 2 days. If you haven't seen the video yet, you can watch it here.
This was a project, I was truly proud to have produced/directed. As an artist I will always be unhappy with certain aspects of my work, but in the end it's not about perfection, but about making it work. And I felt that this video worked really well, which is why I decided to design promotional material and promote the hell out of it. One week before release I started a count-down. Every day I would post a countdown image accompanied with a link to a 20 seconds teaser video.
Another thing I did was to keep my friends on Facebook and my followers on Instagram in the loop regarding the filming and the post production process. I'd post set photos taken by my good friend, photographer Markus Dapper (his website) and I'd also post before/after images of my color correction work. This all kept reminding people that my new music video was coming out soon, but in an interesting way. I believe that this way of giving people a look behind the scenes does not give them the feeling that they are being spammed with self-promotional posts. I hope I was successful in making people feel like they saw something interesting while at the same time drawing their attention to the upcoming release of the new music video.
I did this on Facebook (profile and artist page), Instagram and of course this website. On the day of release I also uploaded it to the "Upcoming"-section of HipHop.de, which is the biggest German rap music magazine. We were so lucky to be placed 2nd in their "Currently Hot"-section and things went from there. Below is a gallery of promo material I have designed.