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Prize hope in the can!

May 19, 2013


May 19--FILMING has wrapped up for a Bahraini post-apocalyptic short film shot locally that hopes to win a regional award.

Bahraini animator Mohammed Al Sager plans to use computer-generated imagery in the short film, which will be submitted to the UAE-based Arab Film Studio next month.

Starring Saudi actor Hassan Mohammed, the movie, which was shot in Arad and Busaiteen, will be 10 minutes long.

It will vie for the prize at Arab Film Studio, battling with 12 other finalists who underwent intensive three-month training in film production as part of the second annual competition.

"We were in quite a rush during filming," said Mr Al Sager.

"My director of photography is Jaan Al Balushi, an up-and-coming Pakistani filmmaker with a lot of imagination.

"Our main actor, Hassan, is highly sought after and is filming several episodes for different series that will be shown during Ramadan.

"Seven people were cast in the movie and they all pulled it together and preformed wonderfully."

Mr Al Sager said the crew put in an enormous amount of effort to shoot the film.

"The day of filming, everything went well and people were really excited," he said.

"We could not have any people or cars in the background due to the nature of the film, so we had to be very careful about that."

"We were filming a lot of it outdoors, so we had to equip ourselves with everything.

"We had to hire a truck to hold everything, from chairs and tables to food and equipment."

The film revisits the Mayan apocalypse and tells the story of a plane crash survivor, Ziad, who has amnesia after the crash.

As he tries to remember what has happened and who he is, he is faced with destruction as a result of exploding meteors that led to communication being disrupted.

Mr Al Sager is now in the process of editing the film, which has to be submitted by June 9.

All film submissions will be screened on July 1 and the winner of the Arab Film Studio will be announced on the same day.

The winner will receive BD5,000 to develop a feature screenplay for Image Nation, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, which aims to develop the Emirate for films and entertainment, grow the local film industry through training and internship programmes and co-produce international films.


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