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Zahi Farah

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    Director
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    Beirut, Lebanon
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    Writing/Directing

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  1. Hey Karen, I did end up taking the Global Cinematography courses. As a beginner/aspiring cinematographer I found the workshop to be, on average, solid and helpful. Teaching places emphasis on learning how to see, being specific and having a gameplan when walking onto a set; all of which sounds great to me. Not all classes are the same, I took every class in both the beginner and advanced programs, which I do not recommend in doing. Pick your classes carefully and make sure there's enough time left in the week for you to take a breather should you decide to enroll. Furthermore, it was
  2. David, Bruce, thanks for taking the time to answering my concerns. In a nutshell, I shouldn't obsess over the absolute accuracy of my meter as long as it's somewhat accurate -- up to 2/10ths of a stop -- and the best way to make sure of that is by comparing it to other light meters. Sounds about right?
  3. Hello everyone, As I consider buying my first light meter and delve deeper into the world of cinematography, there are a few questions I can't seem to find (satisfying) answers for, at least online. I'd really appreciate any help in these matters. Question 1 Why is it so important to define a camera's true native ISO. Not the marketed one but the actual real one. I've learned how to do it it but I still don't understand why I'd do it. As an example (hypothetical), let's say I'm using an Alexa and I come to the conclusion that its real ISO is 400 instead of the proclaimed 800. What
  4. Hey folks, Got a commercial coming up which I'm shooting and I'm wondering if there's a way to get this stop motion effect out of a digital film camera, either in camera or through post-production, instead of the more typical stills camera method. Assuming this is possible via digital film camera and that my concern is to get a sharp image every time, would the mean a narrow/low shutter angle and a normal frame rate (24 or more)? Or is my reasoning completely skewed here? When I think about it though it seems silly not to shoot this on a stills camera.
  5. What a wonderfully informative post this has been to read through! Would be great to see how the shots turned out following post work. Great planning and production shots!
  6. Hey Macks, thanks. I work in collaboration with the DP for sure, we engage in long conversations about a bunch of stuff before shooting anything. To answer your question though, I call and design my own shots. As to 'what I know' in terms of cinematography, technically I'm not that knowledgable. I've never worked in the camera department. As a director I understand the importance of light but I wouldn't know how to shape it myself. I've got a good grasp on composition and movement however I have little to no hands-on, practical experience with cameras or lights. I'd like to take a
  7. Hey everyone, I've been looking for a solid, hands-on introductory class for a while now and I'm looking for some advice, recommendations, tips, things to look (out) for. The program should give me a foundation on which I can build for the coming years. I want to learn the tools and craft, not how to use a particular camera. I've found three solid options so far, and they are: 1- Maine Media Workshops (Maine, USA): 10 week intensive cinematography workshop. PROS: Asked around and this program is definitely solid with some world class instructors. CONS: Extremely expensive. (16k)
  8. Seems like I posted this under the wrong section. Sorry about that.
  9. Hey everyone, I've been looking for a solid, hands-on introductory class for a while now and I'm looking for some advice, recommendations, tips, things to look (out) for. The program should give me a foundation on which I can build for the coming years. I want to learn the tools and craft, not how to use a particular camera. I've found three solid options so far, and they are: 1- Maine Media Workshops (Maine, USA): 10 week intensive cinematography workshop. PROS: Asked around and this program is definitely solid with some world class instructors. CONS: Extremely expensive. (16k)
  10. Hi, We're working on a film and part of it is going to be shot in 3D (we hope). We've never done this before and I was wondering if anyone could give us some advice/info/tips about where to start? Whether its that much more expensive than 2D? Should we shoot it in 3D or convert in post-production? Thanks, Zahi.
  11. Heya, I've got some material transferred from the SD-cards to my external hard drives and am now stuck at post-production. Can anyone point me out in the right direction? Shot on Panasonic AF-101 and using FCP, got some MTS and CPI folders but don't really know what to do with it. Thanks, Zahi.
  12. Btw, I forgot to mention, There's a new shooting block now available. Its purpose is solely for the cinematography modules. Its a two floor shooting studio, with like four different half sets that you can somewhat dress up. Its cool, its a different building. Its also new and we're trying it out. Exciting times. Peace.
  13. Hey Petros, Sorry it took so long for me to reply, but I've been rather busy. Met Film School is a practical filmmaking school - meaning it favors actual filmmaking than theoretical courses. You do get some theoretical courses though, which are extremely beneficial. I've only been there for what, 2 months? Its my first year of what was supposed to be a two year degree program but I've decided to switch to the one year practical filmmaking certificate and go shoot a movie the second year and get field experience. I've heard that the Cinematography course is very good though, the
  14. Cool! Sounds like a good investment. I wonder where I can get one from? I live in the UK. Thanks !
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