Weekender Bahrain, Friday, October 19 2018

A Reel predicament

admin 12-Mar-2015

A Reel predicament

Saleh Sharif is a 25 year old International Studies student who believes cinema has the power to influence and change mindsets. He began watching international films as a teenager and realized Bahrain doesn’t have much stance in this less-popular art category. So he penned a script (in addition to all the others he’s written) and departed to Istanbul, Turkey in hopes of preparing and basing his film project there. The movie, “Bits of What I Have”, is about a writer, an old man who is working on his last novel but doesn’t want to publish it because he begins to hate the world after losing his wife and being left with no children. The other protagonist is a young 24 year old man who is all about living life.” Saleh explained that during his four weeks of preparations in Istanbul, he met with well-learned Turkish actors and crew members who are experienced in theatre and cinema, some of whom will be helping him for free. Challenges being faced. Saleh’s film’s budget is a mere BD 5,000, “it’s not much.” He began looking for finances in Bahrain from October 2014 through various organizations and still has nothing. “I’m hoping that the people in Bahrain will help out,” he added. “In Bahrain, people have not shown any interest in our project,” he continues, ““This is why we chose Turkey. People are more helpful and open-minded there; they are not new to films. It is difficult to do the same in Bahrain as Turkey provides more resources,” he added. “I can get a nine to five job, sit in front of a computer all day and then go crazy in my mid 30s. That’s not what I want to do and regret later,” Saleh says. The ambitious young man aims to take this movie to international festivals like Sundance, Dubai Film Festival and TIFF. “And you never know, maybe even Cannes,” he said. Compared to the ease of making digital movies, a movie created on film-stock is a more expensive art form. Saleh is fixated on creating his movie on roll-film because it visually gives a real look and more depth. “You can’t get that on digital format,” he says. Elaborating more on what the storyline of his film is, Saleh said,“ It’s a dialogue based movie. It’s about life, poetry and getting to learn from each other. We have no music or background score in the film, we only use live sounds like cars passing by and people chatting in the back.” The young Bahraini credits his Turkish friend Emrah, the cinematographer who will apply long shots and takes to create a gloomy look for the film. On-screen credits for your help. Anyone who financially contributes towards the movie will be credited, those paying more than BD 10 will be labelled as an associate producer. All contributors will be invited to a private screening once the movie is finalized. The film’s shooting is scheduled to begin in the third week of March and will take 12 days of filming. Post production will take another two weeks. UCB Professor Zeeshan Shah is producing the movie. He is well known for voluntarily editing film for newcomers and helping them with shoots and cameras for free. “Zeeshan has been a driving force and inspiration for young filmmakers in the region,” Saleh said. Zeeshan is taking care of finance queries and can be contacted regarding crowd-funding and donations for “Bits of What I Have”. To help out, get in touch with the producer Zeeshan Shah at zshah@ucb.edu.bh or call +973 3336 6680.

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