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I was born in Lebanon in 1978, to a British father and Lebanese mother where I lived till I was 3 before moving to Dubai and then onto to London when I was 6.

I discovered my love for film when I was growing up in London. I remember the feeling of first visiting a film set when I was around 12 years old. The craft of re-creating a moment to inspire, change or make an impact in someone's life really took hold of me. I was inspired most by those that carried the talent of lighting. And from a young age I knew that there was something very special about being part of the camera department. From loading a film mag to exposing your picture.

I borrowed my old mans canon F-1 camera and started to take lots of pictures, slowly slowly discovering the complexity and simplicity of light. How different times of the day expose and effect people and situations.

When I turned 15 I saved up enough money to buy an 8mm camera, splicer and projector. I realized then, that if I wanted to have a talent it would be this. I loved everything about film.

In 1998 I left boarding school and went to study Multi Media at the American University. Video though didn't excite me. There was something missing. After almost a year i decided to drop out and decided that I would either go to film school and become a runner on film sets. I applied to the London International Film School where I got accepted and graduated as a Cinematographer in 2001.

In 2003, I decided to move to Dubai to be closer to a girl. 8 years on, I am married with two daughters and working in the film industry in Dubai. Considering myself to be from a film background, it was very difficult to join the digital revolution.

I dropped my guard in 2008 when I took delivery of my Red One camera 1286 and now I am almost all digital.

My passion lies in shooting short films, Documentaries and capturing moments that stand a chance at making a difference in someones life.

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  2. Assembly Studios
  3. Martin Tengler
  4. Musicbed
  5. Camp 4 Collective
  6. Rob Whitworth
  7. Joshua Morin
  8. Melting Bloke (Richard Gale)
  9. Mark Toia
  10. Mile Studios
  11. Vimeo Staff
  12. CYRIL EBERLE
  13. Gab Ferneiné
  14. paydirt
  15. The Mill
  16. Kevin B. Lee
  17. kogonada
  18. Shane Daly - Cinematographer

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  1. You are welcome man. It will be good to meet again.
  2. Great piece Ziad. Looking forward to invite you to shoot the actual project once we are up and running, hopefully soon. When UAVs policy is in place.