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Friday, January 25, 2008

Re-shoot: Done. Here's The Deal...

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

Assalam-u-alaikum everyone,

Alhamdulillah ta3ala the re-shoot on the 19th & 20th was awesome. It was a great learning experience since most of us didn't know how to make films except for Adnan who goes to Film School at USC (studying to be a director) and Rami had some experience with filmmaking. We added 2 new people to the crew to help us out; Ken and Alex, both of whom have more experience then most of us. Ken works as a director and editor, and Alex is studying to become a director of photography at USC. Both of them volunteered to help us with this project wal hamdulilah.

And ma sha'Allah they did an excellent job and we learned so much from them. As usual Adnan & Rami were in charge, Hesam co-ordinated and made sure everyone was on schedule. We had Hussein as a supporting role and kashif as the lead role. Alex was our Cinematographer, and Ken was an assistant director.

Baba Ali and myself played small roles in the basketball scene and worked as PAs (production assistants). All of us worked as a team and we were able to re-shoot two scenes; the basketball scene and the accident scene.

We didn't have time to re-do the college scene, or Voice Over. We were also unable to attain a few POVs that we would have liked to have. These are not necessary but would have been nice. But we thank Allah for giving us the blessing of being able to get together and achieve what we had came for and get the necessary shots.

We experienced slight complications with the equipment we used on Saturday--the HD JVC camcorder. The time spent on the accident scene as well as the final dialog on Saturday took from 6:00am to 5:00pm, very close to Maghrib time. Afterwards, we were able to go as a group to Mas' Chinese Islamic Restaurant, and alhumdulillah we had a very nice time and enjoyed the food--which was great.

Sunday morning, around 8:00am, we started the basketball scene which lasted until 1:00pm. After that, just a few of us headed back down to Kashif's house for 4-5 quick shots that we were unable to get the day before due to the time contraints.

We decided to use the other equipment (Non-HD) due to battery issues with the HD camcorder. Adnan was able download all of the Non-HD footage. All of the HD footage still needs to be downloaded because the camera we shot on, the JVC, seems to have an issue. This means we may simply need to find another JVC camcorder that has HD capabilities or wait for the one we used to be fixed.

Adnan went through all the footage, including Saturday and Sunday. The quality is very good except for some overexposure which can be corrected. There are a few other issues which can also be fixed in post production. Once the complete footage is downloaded, we should be able to see the rough draft within two weeks inshaAllah.

wa salam aliakum
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At January 27, 2008 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good to see the progress!
By the way, I got the long sleeved UMMAFILMS t shirt. Good quality!

At February 02, 2008 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masha-Allah Adi Bhai!!!

At February 02, 2008 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May Allah (swt) make this the awesomest and most successful movie ever - Ameen!

At February 03, 2008 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good idea to make it!
May Allah help you...

At February 04, 2008 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashallah brother it is really helpful may Allah ( swt) reword you Ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen.


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