An Exclusive Interview with Director Amjad Alsaboory
We are sharing recent interview with Director Amjad Alsaboory in which he has given tips to beginner filmmakers and talked about actor’s language. Amjad Alsaboory is an internationally-renowned movie visual effect/motion graphics designer, video editor, and director with over many years of innovation in the film and music video industry. Producer of awarding-winning content featuring cutting-edge animations, videos, and visual effects that have fulfilled the mission and core goals of various leading global media outlets and Arab celebrity singers on schedule and under budget.
One of the most daunting parts of film directing is directing actors. I know of a handful of people among my circle of friends who thought they really wanted be film directors, until they had their chance at directing… and they hated it. There are different reasons for this reaction, but a common one is having to “deal with actors” as they would put it. The problem sometimes is not the actors themselves, but the fact that some directors just love creating the image more than they like “dealing with actors.” And thatʼs totally fine. Thereʼs a position called Director of Photography that is often where those troubled souls
Making a movie is like leading a business with multiple divisions and multiple goals. The challenge is to galvanise all the stakeholders into a cohesive operation working towards a shared vision. You canʼt make movies without money and Alsaboory has extensive experience dealing with sources of funding.
How Long Have You Been Directing Music Video Clip For?
I have been directing for the past 6 years and worked in broadcast television for 12 years. In my spare time I have made scripted films for the past 5 years.
What Is Your Feature Project About?
I can’t say too much at this point but I have a project currently titled ‘SHOOTIME’ which is a supernatural with wedding industry. It’s a really good situation to be in when you have a sales agent and a production company working on it so we are really excited. The project is currently in the finance stage.
How Are You Funding The Film?
We financed the film or music video clip by production company or TV channels
How Are You Hoping To Distribute The Film?
We hope to enter the film into film festivals to generate a buzz around the film. From there, depending on how it was received at festivals, we will use it as a marketing tool to get sales agents and distributors on board.
What Tips Would You Give To Beginner Filmmakers?
I would like to tell those starting out to focus on storytelling, to not worry too much about fancy gear and the look and to get better at visual storytelling but I’m afraid that these days, festivals and other industry professionals are so obsessed with money and how much money went into a production, that I
would suggest if you want to get noticed, you tell an OK story AND make it look as stunning as possible.
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