I am finally getting around to posting some photos from our trip to Lisbon. It’s been a long time since I have been able to update this space. After over four busy months of preproduction of our films, I have now moved onto the crazily busy production stage, which to me, is the most exciting part of filmmaking. However, that means being on set nearly every day and not being able to do anything else but filming! So, life has been busy lately, needless to say. On a positive note, there is a lot I have to share here. I will try to be more frequent and catch up with all the updates, as soon as I get a chance to get my hands around it.
The very first production I am working on, as a Camera Operator, is a short solitude - I Have Written It Here For You, directed by Ardeshir Abdolrahimi and produced by Rika Kulsavat. As I have already previously mentioned, some scenes of the film are set on a sailing boat in Lisbon and so we headed off to Portugal a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, the production did not go as planned, to say the least. Filming in a different country is a very risky and difficult challenge, that our team was quite apprehensive about, from the beginning. The reason we have decided on such a bold step, is mainly because it would not be possible to achieve the desired look of the film if we were to film in England. Everything seemed to be going smoothly and to be fair we could have made it if it weren't for all the unfortunate events that have accumulated at once. It has been a bit of a disaster but it was an experience that has taught us a lot about ourselves and made us a lot stronger. I have come to appreciate values such as belief and trust in one another, as well as mutual support and understanding being the key to a successful collaboration. I feel like we have really grown as a crew and individuals and even though Portugal was greatly unsuccessful and stressful, we came back with a "great" story to tell our colleagues as well as an incredibly useful experience we have learnt from.
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