[–]zzzzzacurry 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (3 children). 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. Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit. As everyone knows, it's possible these days to actually make a film while barely spending a cent, as long as I have a camera to shoot on (even if it's the one in my pocket) and a basic computer to edit on. Cast Report what going on? Soon after I started, my best friend/production partner/DOP Umran Shaikh left advertising too and joined me full-time. It looks very interesting and will definitely check it out! For me it's a privilege just to be able to make something like this, to be honest. [–]neelkumar86[S] 17 points18 points19 points 1 month ago (1 child). call me. [–]whataboutddash 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (3 children), Da hell man how'd you get to work with him? We approached private investors in the UAE - mostly because we didn’t know anyone in the film industry outside of Dubai. [–]_kenedwards 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (1 child), Wow that’s amazing, can’t wait to see the film, hoping it will be a huge success, [–][deleted] 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago* (1 child). It really means a lot to me. Looks awesome I’ll for sure check it out, [–]Gyukki 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child), Congrats! I seriously wish you guys the best and hope to see the movie! Looks very compelling! Filmmaking sure is, I've been on a similar journey.. it's so great to see you succeed as it provides guys like me with confidence and inspiration. Was Abdi attached before you sought funding or after you secured it? As an aside, Jim's pronunciation of "dirhams" cracks me up. Binoy John. You seem like a cool dude :), [–]dugong07 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (1 child). In this spirit we encourage detailed and insightful posts, comments, and discussions on the Cinema Arts. And while our story hasn't got much to do with Heat, it's impossible to think that the film hasn't imprinted itself on my subconscious in a major way. [–]realhameed 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child). The city looks like it lends itself very well to your DP’s style, and the story seems to showcase a very unique slice of life. Thank you! I have seen Uncut Gems, which I thoroughly enjoyed. [–]neelkumar86[S] 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children). النوع جريمة • دراما التقييم 5.5 من 10 • 110 110 صوت المدة 0:00 الجودة • الترجمة But regarding the name Caweys, it was the first one that jumped out at me. Looks great my man :), [–]neelkumar86[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child), [–]IammadIguess 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children), Awesome! Looks incredible, nice work! [–]Z0idberg_MD 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child), [–]MR-CFIRE 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (3 children). قصة الفيلم: يحاول مصلح لوحات إعلانية في دبي تجربة المنتجات على لوحاته الإعلانية بينما يأخذه فنان محتال تحت جناحه. My directorial debut starring Academy Award Nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) & Jim SarbhOC (youtube.com), [–]neelkumar86[S] 55 points56 points57 points 1 month ago (16 children). Thank you so much! It was surreal, to say the least! If not, no worries, super excited to check this out!! Hi! 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. Awesome!! REDDIT and the ALIEN Logo are registered trademarks of reddit inc. π Rendered by PID 27943 on r2-app-0c47641296a9429f3 at 2021-01-11 23:44:36.478217+00:00 running fbc03cb country code: US. Thank you so much! [–]BennyBingBong 9 points10 points11 points 1 month ago (1 child). 70 said, 'no.'. Thank you so much! Very dope! Thank you so much! Wow that's a great compliment! One of the best decisions we made was partnering with Dejavu for production. Beneath a Sea of Lights Rated TVMA • 92 minutes A Somali billboard repairman working in Dubai decides he wants to experience some of the products advertised on his billboards. Cast Report what going on? Is that the case? Beyond that, everything I add to my production - and my budget - is a bonus. 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. There aren't a lot of feature films made in Dubai, so the advantage is that people do get excited when you try to bring one to life. [–]IndyO1975 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child). INSPIRED that's the word I can use to describe it. Congrats Neel! The grit and determination shows in this answer and even though I've faced some and know, it feels refreshing to learn it again. 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). And in them, I've aged twenty! Getting safdie brothers vibes and I'm all for it. And yet, now it does. Thank you so much for the extensive response! So I apologize if this reply is full of stuff you're already familiar with. We tried to use our contacts and connections from our time in the Dubai commercial industry to help us out wherever they could. Hahaha! Honestly it doesn’t feel real yet. Oh nice! (Spoiler alert: It was still terrible. Beneath a Sea of Lights - Official Trailer. But it seemed to work here when we were putting the trailer edit together. Totally feeling the story concept - I'm definitely going to watch this when I get a chance. Honestly, the main reason this film exists at all is because of the amazing cast, crew, and production/post-production partners that helped us bring it to life. Congratulations on this success and enjoy it no matter how big or small! Simple as that. That was something we were definitely conscious of as we made the film. In the actual movie, a lot of shots take place by the side of a 12-lane superhighway. [–]alexpoulos18 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (3 children). Barkhad is amazing! Go make one. [–]_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). That is one of my favorite films ever, and it's one my DP/Production partner and I really drew on for visual inspiration for the film. [–]neelkumar86[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (2 children), [–]alexpoulos18 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child). Can't reduce costs enough? Director: Neel Kumar Stars: Barkhad Abdi, Jim Sarbh, Jameel Khan, Meghana Mundkur, Asheesh Kapur Plot: A billboard repairman's life spirals out of control when … ... second assistant director. I started out by shooting videos at parties I'd throw at my house, and then I used to edit them to music. Meanwhile, I started writing screenplays - and all of them were terrible. Yes, I'm incredibly lucky to have been given all the opportunities that I have had - without which this would have been a very different movie. That's very kind of you to say! His family... Action Filmz, Alkatraz Media Services, Dejavu, AKELA Films. A billboard repairman's life spirals out of control when he meets a con artist in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. But I’ve been flying and out of Dubai ever since I was a kid - often at night. It’s “Back to Mogadishu” by Lucas McCone & Scott Attew. Wow, thank you so much! 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. You’re an inspiration. It's something that rarely gets talked about. It's one compromise after another after another. The film is scheduled to air from December 1st on Showtime. Yeah, it absolutely is possible! It's the movie that made me want to make movies. Congratulations, way to go !! Can't raise the budget you want? I know you’re getting down voted but anyone whose dealt with sales agents knows it’s tough. [–]filmmakeranto 1 point2 points3 points 19 days ago (1 child). That's a great question. The former indirectly, and the latter in a more conscious way. ... first assistant director. And thank you so much for the kind words! That’s the part about filmmaking that terrifies me the most - writing. I dabbled in a bit of photography for fun. Thank you so much! And I wondered if any of them were curious about the products on the ads - if they felt that same sense of ownership. Would you be willing to go a bit more in-depth with your journey as a filmmaker and how you were able to get your first film and this one produced? Overall I'm really impressed and I felt this is the movie I wanna be making. [–]Significant-Cake-312 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child). Wow, congratulations and what a great looking trailer! If so, what were the sound issues and what might you have done differently? And finally, we landed on something that we felt we could share with an actor. Thank you so much! I've always had to be realistic about what's achievable. I had no idea about the script system - thank you for that! So I've never had the luxury of not having to worry about what something costs. I loved working with you and Lucas on this. [–]whataboutddash 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (1 child). use the following search parameters to narrow your results: Follow us on Twitter or join the Reddit Filmmakers Network on Facebook. I can't wait to watch this movie, and neither can my friends. Eventually, I started shooting more substantial things. In a word: Confused. 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. Good Luck! [–]Edvin_Lundgren 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child), Congrats man!! So I wrote the name from the point of view of someone flying there for work for the first time, gazing down at the lights below. If that makes sense? Also the trailer gives off nightcrawler vibes as well, also a phenomenal film! Productions:Action Filmz, Alkatraz Media Services, Dejavu, Akela Films. Canadian citizen. Aptly named I guess. This got me really hyped, great trailer and great story premise. And we needed all the help we could get! This answer is a goldmine and please don't apologise.. getting a film to screen itself is a success. [–]IndyO1975 6 points7 points8 points 1 month ago (3 children). And that's alright. So yeah, four years. Beyond the glitz and glamour is an entire world of hope and dreams, sheltered in packed communes further away in the desertscape - still holding on to the dreams that got them there, even if they will never be remotely realized. You have no idea how much your words mean to me. [–]LastBuffalo 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (1 child), Looks really interesting! We did consider a bunch of titles. Learn about more our flair and how to get your own. Does a microphone help reduce the background noise much? [–]connerjameswilson 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children), That answers it perfectly, actually! A Somali billboard repairman working in Dubai decides he wants to experience some of the products advertised on his boards–an experience that begins innocently enough, but quickly spins out of control, especially when a con man Thanks a lot for the kind words man! It's cool that you're familiar with Jim and Jameel as well. That was around 9 years ago. 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. Hi, may I know the title of the song in the credits? After a while, I quit and set up my own production company. Thank you for capturing this so beautifully thusfar. A billboard repairman in Dubai tries to experience the products on his billboards as a con artist takes him under his wing. Extremely excited to check it out! They are one of the biggest commercial production houses in Dubai, and having them on board made things possible that definitely weren't before. Rendered by PID 27943 on r2-app-0c47641296a9429f3 at 2021-01-11 23:44:36.478217+00:00 running fbc03cb country code: US. I really appreciate you mentioning that :), [–]Lord_Cattington_IV 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child). When I first left advertising to pursue my love of film nine years ago, I never thought I’d get the chance to tell a story like this. And I just cued up 'Good Time' on my list on Netflix - can't wait to see that. Usually, I prefer shorter ones. A Somali billboard repairman working in Dubai decides he wants to experience some of the products advertised on his billboards. I hope you find something useful in that long rambling mess of answers! I’m glad that you were able to find investors eventually, and great job with being persistent. [–]jimmyshmittens 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (1 child). And he and I were on a call together not long after that. I'd love to ask some questions if you don't mind. © 2021 reddit inc. All rights reserved. My favorite film of all time is Michael Mann's Heat. Two other companies - Alkatraz and Action Filmz - came on board and gave us their location expertise and film equipment, respectively. Thank you so much! The premise looks great! Honestly, that's how I learned to shoot and edit. And Barkhad liked the name, so we stuck with it. As a kid, I remember renting VHS tapes from a little store in Dubai in the ‘90s - watching everything Hollywood had to offer - and being absolutely smitten by cinema. It’s kinda nice to hear something so relatable from someone who’s putting a movie on showtime. I had a longer response but it went into production a bit and I'm sure that's territory you're well-versed in, so I dropped it. Especially visually. Didn't know they made movies here in dubai. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Damn - I just saw your comment about Nightcrawler. Unfortunately, it’s still not ready! Barkhad came on board while we were in the middle of looking for funding. Want to make a film? But over the last four years, if there's something that I've learned, it's that if Umran and I weren't able to make this movie, we would have definitely made a movie. Beneath a Sea of Lights اللغة • البلد الانجليزية • الإمارات العربية المتحدة التصنيف Unrated • غير مصنف. Adjust the story. No, thank you!! Hey man, just watched the movie on Hulu and it's fantastic!! And thanks for your questions. Extremely excited to check it out when it comes out! I can't wait until people hear the whole score. Yes! Keep an eye on their statements. It’s an experience that begins innocently enough, but quickly spins out of control, especially when a con man enters the picture. 'Security' seems like a lifetime ago now! We did a lot of commercial and corporate work over the years. Here is the trailer. [–]neelkumar86[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (5 children). Did you consider any other titles for the film? Do you have an exact date of when it's going to air in December? Thank you, but I don't know about that! Whyd you finally land on that one? Thanks for answering and congrats on getting the film made. FilmBeneath a Sea of Lights - Official Trailer. This movie has no right to exist. I sent over the screenplay and a short personal letter to him. What was the biggest challenge to overcome? Beneath a Sea of Lights Dec. 01, 2020 United Arab Emirates 97 Min. How has it been with those buffoons at Shoreline so far? About the industry that I used to make a living in, set against the backdrop of the city I grew up in. Unfortunately I can't get too much into the investor/budget stage, but overall I approached 72 investors. I’ll be checking it out. Have been following your and Akela’s journey since ‘Security’. I’ll be checking it out for sure, [–]adamrab 7 points8 points9 points 1 month ago (1 child). 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