Young film maker in Dubai jumps on the HD bandwagon

One more young filmmaker in the UAE has decided to join the HD bandwagon with the help of Sony Business Middle East.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  October 21, 2004

One more young filmmaker in the UAE has decided to join the HD bandwagon with the help of Sony Business Middle East. 28-year-old Sudanese, Mohd Al Traifi, raised in Dubai, decided to shoot his most recent film, Cigarettes on high definition. Through the 20-minute film, Traifi hopes to address a social issue. "It’s about two Arab people, who meet in the US and decide to get married. But when they come back home, the guy decides he doesn’t want to marry the girl because she works as a TV presenter. Later, he offers to make her his second wife.” Traifi claims to know of at least four women, who have had similar problems because they work in the media. “I think it’s time for the younger generation to rethink some of our traditions and right some wrongs. What is wrong with women working in the media?” he asks. Traifi is not opting for any special effects in this film. According to him, the HD format will suffice to achieve the impact he has wanted to create. “What I couldn’t get with the digi cam, I can now get with the HDcam. Lighting used to be an issue always. With this camera, I have got the dark that I wanted and I’ve also got the face very clearly in the darkness. And it’s primarily because director of photography, Peter Davies, knows this camera well enough to get the look that I have wanted,” explains Traifi. Having had no sponsors to fund the film, Traifi got friends to take on the lead roles. A friend who works as audio specialist at Sharjah TV offered to do the sound for the film and another friend took over as make-up artiste.

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