As a child, I remember watching films with my family together. I’d sit there, completely absorbed in the mythical world and feeling intense sentiment of every emotion that the fictional characters would feel. How was I able to feel this way? I’d recreate scenes, imagined what could have turned out differently and acted them out. I’d always choose to be a new character to tell my side of the story. Now I try to do anything that helped me connect with my old self and stay grounded and I think that’s what my work reflects. familiar faces and hearing familiar sounds from films brought me comfort in a way that was beyond my understanding, but I soon came to realize the power of films and filmmaking. I became obsessed. I was seeing things that the maker or makers of that film probably did not originally intend to put in, or did they? As I grew, so did my vocabulary on films, documentaries and television shows. I began making connections between unrelated stories, comparisons between portrayal of emotions by different characters and observing little sounds and light changes that would usually go unnoticed. It was brilliant and inspiring.
Filming is an art form that allows one to express one’s abstract and intangible points of view, which may be difficult to comprehend in mere words. For this reason I chose to pursue a career in Filmmaking and with a Liberal Arts degree in Theatre, Film and Television and a Major in Films, I graduated from Beaconhouse National University, Lahore with a distinction in 2016.
During my time as an undergraduate I was fortunate enough to get opportunities to share untold stories and overlooked truths via film as a medium. One such example would be a documentary I made to create awareness on child labor in Pakistan which was inspired by Ahmad. While acquiring a vast range of creative skills I also became a strong believer of the fact that a good film is a consequence of thorough research and pre-production work making the on-set experience struggle-free because most possible shortcomings have already been dealt with. I truly enjoy the filmmaking process right from script writing and character development to post production, and deem myself lucky to have had the opportunity to use my skills in developing advertisements, short films and music videos. It’s the thrill of turning my imagination into a real life story, and the impact my story-telling will have on the audience that drives me. Communicating and sharing creative thinking with the people of interest to inspire them in one way or another is an undeniable perk of the filmmaking platform, which I benefitted from too.
In 2014 and 2015, I was recruited as an intern at the prestigious Pacific Production Limited in Fiji. I worked at this company for four months. In this period, I was able to apply my previously learnt skills, and working with different groups of people, outside of my field, allowed me to learn newer ones.
In 2017-2018 I went to New York Film Academy to do Masters and ended up makes more than 8 short films and it was a great experience. Learning in the city of Hollywood was great and taught me so much as it was a hands-on Master’s degree program. I explored different characters layers and how I can make each character visually and internally different from each other is what excited me the most. I got a Talent grand as well while studying at NYFA of 5000 US dollar or the talent I was able to show on screen through my visual stories.
I have the ability to use my past life experiences as a source of inspiration to create content with real meaning behind it