This is the first in a series of videos I’m making for Pakistani clothing brand Chester Bernard, in which we talk to people who are at the top of their field about what makes them tick. In this one, Farhad Humayun plays drums and speaks about his life, art, work ethic and the loss of his father.
I shot and directed a music video for my friends at Ramlal, Agha and Sibti. But then I got really busy. So after the poor guys called me a million times, I put together this cut, which hasn’t been graded or anything. Shahbaz Sumar shot some of the stuff at the arms store. Nigel Xavier helped with the video a lot, especially with the lighting and editing. Merium Azmi is the female model, I don’t remember the name of the other guy. Enjoy!
oh i shot this ages ago but couldn’t decide what to do with it. and then i stopped thinking.
So today was day one of shooting for the highly politically incorrect music video for Ramlal’s song Arab blues. We were shooting at #$$%#$@#%^ today and because we were given only one hour, I was pretty stressed. The most difficult part will be to make sense of the shot sequences, which is why I’m doing everything but actually getting down to edit. I did edit one sequence, which is a kind of mock product shoot. That was the easy part and it looks fine. I know the performance shots we’ll be doing on Thursday will be fine as well. It’s everything that’s supposed to make some kind of sense that I’m worried about. According to the gaffer Nigel Xavier, in the amount of time many singular scenes are set up, we had finished the shoot and were already out of the venue. We got to the location at 9:00, did the shoot, and I noticed that when I was ordering kabab rolls at Milano it was just 10:28! I had thought that we would be given more time because it turned out the location belonged to a friend of ours, who just showed up. But no, we had to leave.
Here you will be able to stay up-to-date with my illustrious career as a film-maker in Karachi, Pakistan. What little I have done I have tried to put down on the bio page. And then the plan is that as I’m doing stuff, I will keep writing about it here. Why it would be of any interest to anyone is completely beyond me. So… currently I’m showing my showreel to different advertising agencies here in Karachi, trying to get low-budget commercials, branded music videos, tv/web-based shows and corporate documentaries. Unfortunately nothing has materialized recently, in fact I haven’t done any work since we finished filming Rafina. But the idea is that once I get a project or two, then I will have a more substantial showreel, and then I’ll definitely get more projects, and so on. In the meanwhile, I’m going to make a music video for a song called Arab Blues by Ram Lal, and another one for Shaheryar Mirza’s song Volcano.