Not quite knuckle dragger territory but not far either. The cinematography and sound is truly amazing. I hope you find something useful in that long rambling mess of answers! Fellow UAE filmmaker here. So long in fact I released two other feature films before it! Congratulations on your debut, you should be proud! Thank you so much for all your hard work. I've always had to be realistic about what's achievable. Grew up in Dubai, Toronto and Colombo, Sri Lanka. That's a great question! Thanks for asking! Umran and I went through a bunch of drafts. And we needed all the help we could get! That's so cool! [–]IndyO1975 6 points7 points8 points 1 month ago (3 children). We have provided you with the ZIP . Here are eight examples I pulled from my instagram [Part 2], How a Budding Filmmaker Pulled Off His Debut Feature Despite the Pandemic, No Country For Old Men Explained - How Sound Design Elevates Situation | Video Essay | Analysis, I made a comparison between the 3 Sirui Anamorphic 1.33X Lenses: 50mm/35mm/and the new 24mm (full review in comments). However, the theme and plot of this movie feels in some ways similar to both that movie and Uncut Gems, both by the Safdie Brothers. The film is scheduled to air from December 1st on Showtime. Umran Shaikh was the talented DOP responsible for the look of the film. Beneath a Sea of Lights - Official Trailer. One of the best decisions we made was partnering with Dejavu for production. Yes! That's very kind of you to say! And even as I was writing to Barkhad's team, I was honestly so doubtful that it would work. My DOP/Production partner Umran Shaikh and I started working on this movie in November 2016. Beautiful song and beautiful movie. Is that the case? I have seen Uncut Gems, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Click on a profile to see other films and shows by or with that actor/creator. And I really wanted that to come out in the movie. Good job :). From a young age, Todd is shunned and Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! Eventually, we ended up making one short film I wrote. And in them, I've aged twenty! And the only reason that Umran and I got through each and every one of them was that we were too stupid to give up. Actors:Barkhad Abdi, Jim Sarbh, Jameel Khan, Meghana Mundkur, Asheesh Kapur. [–]neelkumar86[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children). To me it is definitely the toughest to get right. I love the continuous cuts in the trailer to match the notes in the song. I'm sure that there are other films I've watched that worked their way in, but I would say Heat and Nightcrawler are the two of my biggest influences. Never take 'no' for an answer. [–]neelkumar86[S] 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (2 children). Your email is only visible to moderators Synopsis A billboard repairman’s life spirals out of control when he meets a con artist in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Unfortunately, it’s still not ready! And he and I were on a call together not long after that. Looks very compelling! Since then, we've had every conceivable problem thrown at us. [–]SnoooSquirrel 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children). Try to enlighten. But a few weeks later we were in Boston during a film festival, meeting him for lunch. Especially visually. Thank you so much! Have been following your and Akela’s journey since ‘Security’. We're not the most talented filmmakers. Honestly the biggest challenge for me to overcome was being forced to constantly come to terms with the limits of my own capacity - whether as a writer, director or producer - and then trying hard to push past them. Two other companies - Alkatraz and Action Filmz - came on board and gave us their location expertise and film equipment, respectively. The grit and determination shows in this answer and even though I've faced some and know, it feels refreshing to learn it again. Honestly, my production partner and I knew he was the perfect actor for the role, so I just looked him up on IMDb and then emailed his representation, who was listed there. Meanwhile, I started writing screenplays - and all of them were terrible. Just stick to an idea and never quit. It’s an experience that begins innocently enough, but quickly spins out of control, especially when a con man enters the picture. In a word: Confused. © 2021 reddit inc. All rights reserved. I always thought there wasn't a filmmaking community here. Really happy for you! So proud and I'm definitely watching this movie... How long did it take from conceptualization to release? Congratulations on this success and enjoy it no matter how big or small! Where did you find funding and what was your final budget? That was something we were definitely conscious of as we made the film. Honestly it doesn’t feel real yet. Overall, this might seem a bit vague. No, thank you!! Very glad to hear Beneath A Sea of Lights is finally coming out. Sorry for the delayed reply— I was off Reddit for a while. Good Luck! As a similarly "confused" person who grew up in Dubai and lived in a whole bunch of places since, I can't tell you how nostalgic it made me to see this trailer. Despite the fact that I would never be able to afford them, I felt some small sense of ownership of each brand that I worked on. Can't raise the budget you want? If submitting a film, trailer, or other creative content then you must add a, Piracy or advocacy of piracy is not tolerated, When you see verified pro flair, you can be sure the commenter works in the industry and has years of experience. Did you consider any other titles for the film? Dubai is so full of so many diverse nationalities. I loved working with you and Lucas on this. His family... Action Filmz, Alkatraz Media Services, Dejavu, AKELA Films. Stealing that :), [–]zzzzzacurry 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child), Steal with a vengeance fellow filmmaker , [–]indpers 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children). [–]Miklonario 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (2 children). Usually, I prefer shorter ones. We're slated for release on Showtime in the US in December, and international releases will follow soon after that. We approached private investors in the UAE - mostly because we didn’t know anyone in the film industry outside of Dubai. @alexhrisanthopoulos !!! How many people did you have provide feedback on your screenplay before you felt like it was ready? Rendered by PID 27943 on r2-app-0c47641296a9429f3 at 2021-01-11 23:44:36.478217+00:00 running fbc03cb country code: US. Here is the trailer. Mango Jam - an audio production house in Dubai run by my old boss in advertising - came on board for the sound and music. And thank you so much for the kind words! The screenplay was never ready. [–]_kenedwards 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (3 children), This looks great congratulations on your debut, I would like to know what the inspiration was for the story and for setting it in Dubai to begin with, [–]neelkumar86[S] 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (2 children). Canadian citizen. Thank you so much! Congrats Neel! From what I read online when I was writing an early draft of the script, it means 'night' - which made perfect sense for the character. Thank you so much! About the industry that I used to make a living in, set against the backdrop of the city I grew up in. We did consider a bunch of titles. And thanks for the great questions! Was Abdi attached before you sought funding or after you secured it? Extremely excited to check it out! [–]connerjameswilson 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children), That answers it perfectly, actually! I get that feeling where it almost feels like a simulation of sorts. Overall I'm really impressed and I felt this is the movie I wanna be making. I never felt 'ready' to write a feature. And Barkhad liked the name, so we stuck with it. I can only imagine! And I just cued up 'Good Time' on my list on Netflix - can't wait to see that. [–]jimmyshmittens 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (1 child). Beneath a Sea of Lights is the story of Caweys (Barkhad Abdi): A Somali billboard repairman in Dubai who tries to experience the products on his billboards as a con artist takes him under his wing. Whyd you finally land on that one? It looks very interesting and will definitely check it out! And yeah, I'll call for sure! Also the trailer gives off nightcrawler vibes as well, also a phenomenal film! FilmBeneath a Sea of Lights - Official Trailer. But I think that the only thing that got us through is that we're too dumb to quit. After months of planning and a draining of the life savings, we start our cross-country road trip at sunrise tomorrow to collect interviews for an upcoming documentary. [–]zzzzzacurry 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (3 children). [–]filmmakeranto 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children). Learn about more our flair and how to get your own. Thank you so much for the extensive response! So when it comes to making a movie, I try not to hold on to anything too tight - except for the heart of the story and the unassailable will to see it brought to life. Given that you've been on a similar journey, I'm sure you already know most of this stuff - and probably a hell of a lot more. I cannot tell you how true this feels for every film made. Keep an eye on their statements. Thank you so much! Professionals and amateurs alike unite to discuss the world of filmmaking. [–]Significant-Cake-312 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child). В ролях: Баркхад Абди, Джим Сарбх, Джамиль Кхан и др. That’s the part about filmmaking that terrifies me the most - writing. Hi! This product uses the TMDb API but is not endorsed or certified by TMDb. And thanks for your questions. It's cool that you're familiar with Jim and Jameel as well. You're right about the ADR. For me it's a privilege just to be able to make something like this, to be honest. [–]neelkumar86[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (2 children), Simulation! Honestly, the music is such a huge part of the trailer. You have no idea how much your words mean to me. [–]neelkumar86[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (2 children), [–]alexpoulos18 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child). [–]whataboutddash 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (1 child). But it seemed to work here when we were putting the trailer edit together. And that's alright. [–]neelkumar86[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (3 children). But someone else on here mentioned shades of Nightcrawler when they saw the trailer, so luckily some of it must have rubbed off. I saw in another comment that you hadn’t seen Good Time. I'll pass your compliments on to him! And as I drove around town in the middle of the night, I would see these guys hanging off billboards, changing the ads or replacing the bulbs. If we didn't have the option for ADR we could still very much have worked with production audio - we had a great sound team on set. Thank you so much for the kind words! The film looks like it has a good sense of scope and scale - no doubt due to the Dubai location... and congrats on getting Abdi for your project... but I was wondering: It seems like sound may have been an issue for you as it felt like all (or nearly all) of this trailer was redubbed in ADR. Makes a lot of sense. Binoy John. It’s so cool that you were not only able to get Barkhad Abdi, but also Jim Sarbh and Jameel Khan? Thank you so much! 1 2 3 It was such a shot in the dark, just reaching out like that. Jim Sarbh and Barkadh Abdi did wonderful, acting feels so true to life and walking with the characters always felt the empathy to them man. So I apologize if this reply is full of stuff you're already familiar with. Damn - I just saw your comment about Nightcrawler. Mind sharing your experience, if even vaguely? Thank you so much! But at some point after we made the short film 'Security', I started. A billboard repairman in Dubai tries to experience the products on his billboards as a con artist takes him under his wing. This is a place to learn from and share with professionals. There was rewrite after rewrite. Congratulations for making this. Totally feeling the story concept - I'm definitely going to watch this when I get a chance. It was an absolute pleasure working with you guys!! I can't wait until people hear the whole score. That's where the story started, and then it took on a life of its own. [–]Z0idberg_MD 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child), [–]MR-CFIRE 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (3 children). [–]alexpoulos18 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (5 children). ... second assistant director. Beneath a Sea of Lights اللغة • البلد الانجليزية • الإمارات العربية المتحدة التصنيف Unrated • غير مصنف. Have to say, the lighting and coloring look beautiful! We started writing the film in November 2016 and shot it in April/May 2018, so I hadn't heard of Uncut Gems back then. The former indirectly, and the latter in a more conscious way. Cast Report what going on? And I started doing video work for my ad agency. ... third assistant director. You’re an inspiration. I know you’re getting down voted but anyone whose dealt with sales agents knows it’s tough. I really wish I was on set with you making Chai or something so I could watch you guys work and learn. I started writing the first draft in November 2016. One of the main reasons the film got made was because of all the people that believed in us and did us favors or reduced their rates for us. If so, what were the sound issues and what might you have done differently? My directorial debut starring Academy Award Nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) & Jim Sarbh. Do you have an exact date of when it's going to air in December? Aptly named I guess. They are one of the biggest commercial production houses in Dubai, and having them on board made things possible that definitely weren't before. Congrats on the film, mate! This movie has no right to exist. Unfortunately I can’t disclose the budget, but it was tiny considering the cast we got to work with. You found this page while you were searching for Beneath a Sea of Lights Subtitle English, which is one of the trending Movies of 2020. It’s an experience that begins innocently The were always three ways to pronounce the word when you were not Emarati growing up, and that's definitely one of them! [–]LastBuffalo 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (1 child), Looks really interesting! And in the 4 years since since I wrote the first draft of the screenplay, my production partner/DOP and I have had every conceivable problem thrown at us. And when you come in from above the sea, it’s pitch black until you hit the coast, and then - a gorgeous sea of lights. Huge accomplishment, I'll definitely be watching it. You should be proud! [–]neelkumar86[S] 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (0 children). The trailer is convincing me already!! Barkhad came on board while we were in the middle of looking for funding. Extremely excited to check it out when it comes out! I’ll be checking it out for sure, [–]adamrab 7 points8 points9 points 1 month ago (1 child). Really. [–]IndyO1975 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child). [–]neelkumar86[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago* (2 children). And I wondered if any of them were curious about the products on the ads - if they felt that same sense of ownership. Really interesting question! Awesome!! I used to shoot on Canon, and when they released the 5D Mark II, I spent practically all my money on it, because I loved the video features. So in my mind, those shots were always going to be redubbed in ADR. It was surreal, to say the least! Honestly, that's how I learned to shoot and edit. I was born in Calcutta, India. [–]neelkumar86[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (4 children). [–]neelkumar86[S] 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (2 children). [–]neelkumar86[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (5 children). Thank you so much! Wow congratulations! This trailer looks amazing, great look to the shots too! Beneath a Sea of Lights is the story of Caweys (Barkhad Abdi): A Somali billboard repairman in Dubai who tries to experience the products on his billboards as a con artist takes him under his wing. Looking forward to it, [–]alexpoulos18 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (7 children). I dabbled in a bit of photography for fun. It’s “Back to Mogadishu” by Lucas McCone & Scott Attew. Thank you so much! use the following search parameters to narrow your results: Follow us on Twitter or join the Reddit Filmmakers Network on Facebook. In the last 9 years, I've produced almost all the commercials I've directed. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Yeah, it absolutely is possible! I sent over the screenplay and a short personal letter to him. And yet, now it does. 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