End of a Chapter

I’m not sure if I’m more glad or bitter the fact that I cannot call myself a student anymore. Five to ten years back, I always wanted to be done with school and be “free”, but little did I know it was the opposite.

A part of me liked being a student because your only objective is to learn and you’re much more likely to be forgiven even if you make mistakes (not to mention the student offers on gym, cinema and so on).

But change is inevitable and I understand in order to learn and grow, turning the page and moving on to a new chapter is necessary.

Looking back at my university years, I’ve definitely learnt a lot about the craft as well as (as cheesy as it sounds) about myself. I want to pat myself on my back not exactly for achieving a first class honours, but actually enhancing my self-esteem, which I lacked… a bit haha.

I recently re-shot the short film “The Other Side”, (from last year) and I think it is evident that I’ve grown in the past few years and as terrifying as it is to turn the page and enter a new chapter… I am looking forward to it.

On that note, here are two showreels – Narrative & Commercial, which I compiled together from my past works.




Finding Balance/ time waits for no one.

After observing other people’s lives and listening to lot of older people’s advices I knew that I wanted to do something I love as my career but lately I’ve been trying so hard to keep myself busy being productive that I’ve lost sense of time. It has become a routine to finish all the tasks set out the day before, leaving no time to wander off and relax. I remember during summer when I used to relax too much that I used to stress about not doing anything productive. But once the uni has started I have kept myself busy forcing myself to even schedule my sleeping and waking up time.

Never been able to find that balance.

But this week, especially today, I have broken the schedule. I have been watching YouTube videos since 11pm and as I am writing this, it is 5:47am and I have not felt this free in a long time, not worrying about the tasks but just doing whatever the hell I want.

Pursuing your dreams is certainly a marathon, everyone has to go at their own pace but I have learnt that I need to slow down every now and then otherwise what good is it if I achieve my dream but don’t enjoy the journey.

On another note, here’s a video I made for one of my uni project which falls in the same topic (Inspired by the fact that most elderly people regret the chances they did not take or the things they did not do), I wanted to re-edit the footage that I gave up on and did not release it on YouTube.

Venice Trip

I hate feeling guilty and whenever I take some time off to relax, do nothing or even take holiday, that feeling of guilt starts to erupt. The whole time in my mind I think about how I could’ve used that time to do something useful. Luckily, my girlfriend is the opposite, she believes in living in the present, which is how she convinced me to go on this trip to Venice.

Venice was great, a perfect place to get lost and explore.

Being an aspiring filmmaker, I also took few cameras to test, a BMPCC and a 35mm film camera.

With the video I tried to avoid slowing down the clips and use fancy transitions, realized my shots aren’t as strong as I would like it to be, as most of the shots were unusable and I feel the final video lacks depth and story.

I’ve always admired the tone and feeling produced from 35mm film cameras but never got the chance to try it. So taking advantage of university’s equipment, I borrowed Pentax K1000 and bought some exposures from Amazon, here is the result. (Used http://www.photo-express.co.uk to develop and print the photos)

Thinking back, I’m glad I decided to go to Venice. Even though working hard and being productive is something that gives me satisfaction, my life will not feel complete as these little moments spending time with my loved ones are something that will stay with me forever.

Message From People in Coventry

Inspired by the concept of “A Message in a Bottle” and Humans of New York, I decided do a project asking people of Coventry to leave a message in front of a camera.

The objective was to build a communication bridge between people who want to say something to the other person or even themselves but due to physical or mental restrictions they can’t do so.

How the idea came up
As a human being we love to communicate, more importantly express how we feel about certain things or about someone. However sometimes we feel restricted because of certain things for example we don’t have enough courage to say it in person, the timing is not right, the other person has already passed away, you feel like you need to let it out but not to people that you know, or you don’t know how to get in touch with the other person. The aim of this project was to overcome these restrictions.

After the video was shot and edited together, it was exhibited at the Glass Box Gallery on 13th March 2017 with other Media Production students who did a project on Humans Of Coventry. Overall the exhibition was successful and received positive feedback.

The project was also an experiment if people had something that they wanted to get off their chest because experts at Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Rochester showed that people who bottle up their emotions are in higher risk of premature death, 35% to be exact.

To overcome this issue, I’m planning to carry on the project but instead of “Message From People In Coventry”, it will be “Message From People On Earth”, and people will be asked to send message anonymously via www.peoplesmessages.tumblr.com. To implement the concept of “A Message in a Bottle”, the messages will be released on an Instagram account @peoplesmessages.

Curated Exhibition – 201MC

One of our module 201MC “Professional Experience” required us to organize an exhibition, showcasing our work made in the past.


For this project most people from my course worked in groups, some were about photography, some fan-fiction, dreams, instagram and so on. However I did not have a specific film that I wanted to show, may be that is the reason why I didn’t have a specific group that I wanted to work with as every group had a specific theme. This resulted in, my own work being the theme, in other words have the whole exhibition showcasing only my work which included short docs, travel videos and short-short films.

The Venue
There’s always an objective when organizing exhibitions, sometimes it can be to inspire the younger generations, sometimes to raise awareness, sometimes to express an opinion or thought, sometimes to gain more exposure and so on. I felt like I didn’t have enough work or good quality work to organize a proper exhibition open to the public. In the end I used this project hoping to network with people from other years in my course or people from other courses. I used this as an opportunity to network with like-minded students.

My main goal was to gain more filmmaking opportunities from this so to attract people involved in film projects I created a simple poster with my logo/symbol on it and have only neccesary information on it for example who, what, when and where, using few words as possible. I posted many of these posters around the Ellen Terry building, as that is where the film students have their classes. I also designed an A6 size flyer containing a brief description about the films that was to be shown and an email for people to contact just incase they were looking for an crew/assistant for their film projects. To make it a bit more professional I orded 130gsm silk paper A6 size flyers online using Visaprint’s services.


The Exhibition
Before the actual exhibition, I had to carry out multiple tests with the equipment such as projector, speakers, the venue. I also asked the reception in Ellen Terry for permission and they had no problem with it. On the day of the exhibition, I rearranged the seats of the venue to make them facing the screen/projected area, and utilized as much space as possible. A lot of my friends turned up aswell, after putting the poster on social media. People from my course popped in and most importantly people that I don’t know also popped in from time to time. It was a good experience as I got to hear feedback from some of the audience and share contact information with some.


At first I thought it was a good idea to do the exhibition on my own at Ellen Terry Building (Faculty of Arts & Humanities) however after going to watch some of my colleagues’ exhibition I realized how I was limiting myself, my ideas. I loved how other groups incorporated not only films but drama and artworks into the exhibition, creating an experience for the audiences. If I had to do it again, I would definitely do it outside university, even if I was targeting the 3rd year students; I would use social media to promote the exhibtion and be more confident about my work, making it available for the public rather than just targetting students from Ellen Terry Building.