ROLES: WRITER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR
In the spring of 2009, rock/alternative artist Upol approached me to direct a music video condemning the corruption of youth. The Bengali title of the song, “Pola to Noi,” is a reference to a famous song by Mumtaj. In contrast to the cheekiness of the original, Upol’s lyrics spoke of the disenchantment of youth culture, and the words were meant to provoke social change. When conceiving the story, Upol asked me to feature a fashion show of some kind. I developed the idea of a bordello and focused on one of its young victims. I was fortunate on this video on two levels; we procured a warehouse location with all the visual settings required for our idea, and my agile DP -John Hudak- and his crew were able to set up shots instantly. We shot the video in two days, and the rain that fell the second day turned out to be an advantage for us as it reinforced our protagonist’s sense of hopelessness and entrapment. Quite remarkably, I edited all the RED footage (like the other music video featuring Upol and Tukushmoni, “Dance, Dance”) on my three-year-old Macbook Pro laptop.
ROLES: EDITOR OF “BEHIND THE SCENES,” DIRECTOR/EDITOR OF THE MUSIC VIDEOS FEATURED
In the winter of 2008, producer Zeenat Ikramullah approached me and colleague Zahed to direct and edit three music videos featuring Bangladeshi vocalist Mithun Jabbar. After almost two months of planning and testing, the videos were shot over the course of three weekends. I edited the videos in a month. The complete behind-the-scenes-look (see below) was made from impromptu video shot by my friend, and I did the edit in three days.
ROLES: CO-WRITER, DIRECTOR, VISUAL EFFECTS, EDITOR
“Dance, Dance,” (Bengali title: “Naacho, Naacho”) is the second music video I directed for artist Upol and producer Lenin. The song is about overcoming insurmountable obstacles to achieve self-empowerment and happiness. I honored Upol’s vision by suggesting an idea steeped in symbolism, with an ending that is open to interpretation. Shooting this two weeks after the wrap of Upol’s first video “He is Not a Kid,” this video was a challenge. We shot the video in two days. We shot all the bluescreen shots the first day. The second day we shot in three locations. This proved to be a logistical challenge as the significant crew and cast was divided in two units and distributed among several cars and a grip truck moving back and forth from a Long Island beach to two locations in Queens, NY. I composited the rotating 360-degree shots on 3D sets rendered in Cinema 4D. I am proud to have been able to edit all the RED footage, render all the 3D environments, and online the HD video on my three-year-old Macbook Pro.