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Zeeshan Jawed Shah

Zeeshan Jawed Shah
Zeeshan Shah during his photography/film making workshop at Saudi Aramco
Born (1979-05-31) 31 May 1979
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Residence Manama, Bahrain
Education Masters in Computer Science (Majors in Multimedia)
from Iqra University
Occupation Actor, director, artist
Years active 1999–present
Home town Karachi, Pakistan
Website
http://iris.nyit.edu/~zshah01

Zeeshan Jawed Shah (also known as Zeeshan J. Shah) (born 31 May 1979) is a Pakistani filmmaker based in Bahrain. Zeeshan teaches filmmaking, animation and visual effects courses in University College of Bahrain,[1] previously Zeeshan had taught Fine Arts in New York Institute of Technology Bahrain Campus[2] for more than seven years. Zeeshan is also considered as the pioneer of students film project in Bahrain and first one to do commercial feature length films as student projects in Bahrain.

Zeeshan was born in Saudi Arabia and came to Bahrain in 2006 to New York Institute of Technology Bahrain Campus, he mainly taught computer graphics and animation courses in the beginning and then he included Art History, Drawing, and Photography in his teaching list. Gradually he started to work on film projects with NYIT students in Bahrain and released three commercial films so far in Bahrain, and currently working on first International full fledged Bahraini horror comedy. Apart from feature length films, on 5 May 2013 Zeeshan showcased his UCB Students video projects in Bahrain in 2013, Saar Cinema.[3] and in 2014 along with the first ever Multimedia Exhibition in Bahrain.[4]

Biography

Zeeshan initially went to Dahran High School and then he was transferred to Pakistan International School, Al-Khobar in 1988. After finishing his high school in 1998, Zeeshan joined Iqra University in Karachi. He completed his Baccalaureate in Computer Science in 2002 and Masters in Computer Science with majors in Multimedia and Computer Graphics in 2003, he received scholarship for his Masters program. He also worked as a part-time as an in house graphic designer for Iqra University and taught continuing education and extended education programs.

Career

Soon after finishing his masters degree program, Zeeshan came to his birthplace Saudi Arabia in year 2003, where his father was still working in Siemens. Zeeshan joined a local Saudi company, where he started his career as an in house graphic designer. after two years Zeeshan moved to New York Institute of Technology Bahrain Campus. In his first year in the university he taught basic three-dimensional design courses, 3D animation courses, web design courses, and motion graphics courses. And in year 2009 Zeeshan introduced a Film Making courses with the approval of NY head office. During his teaching history, Zeeshan participated in many local and international Arts Exhibitions, he participated in Al Aali Mall Art Exhibition 2012 and 2013[5][6] and #UniteBH[7] and Phoenix Museum in US[8][9] He also conducted Photography and Film Making workshop at Saudi Aramco in year 2011.[10]
In the beginning of year 2012, NYIT Bahrain announced their campus relocation, after a year of this announcement Zeeshan switched his job from NYIT to University College of Bahrain.

Health

Zeeshan was diagnosed with kidney cancer in year 2014, determined to fight the deadly disease, he moved to the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation , a premier medical college in Pakistan for a specialised treatment on 22 July. There, he underwent a surgery in which his right kidney was removed. Now, cured of cancer, Zeeshan was also undergone a kidney transplant same year.[11]


Awards

Zeeshan Also worked with international artists and exhibited photography exhibition for peace during the uprising in Bahrain, one of his photography series from the same exhibition won Creativity International Gold Award for best photography series.[12]

Filmography

Dead Sand's Official Trailer Bahrain's first Zombie Apocalypse movie.
Zeeshan's second film Gilgamesh Pearl got international coverage, it was broadcast on Long Island News Channel.
Zeeshan's third film was Bahrain's first action sci-fi feature film.
Zeeshan's first film project was Paranorma, the film was horror anthology.
Year Title director Producer screenWriter Actor
2009 Paranorma Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Gilgamesh Pearl Yes Yes
2012 Silveraven Yes Yes Yes
2013 Dead Sands Yes Yes

Zeeshan is the first Film Maker in the history of Bahrain to offer a professional and commercial Film Making course at NYIT Bahrain Campus. Zeeshan's Idea was to launch a Bahrain Film City where students join the program and produce movies, work on digital media, learn performance art, direction and many other areas related to movies. Zeeshan suggested NYIT head office in New York in year 2008 and proposed them to offer a course called special projects B related to film making,[13][14][15][16] the main idea behind special projects B was to launch a course where students combines all those skills and techniques of computer graphics courses that they had learn in past semesters, they fuse all those in one project and the best project to implement all this was the Film Making course. Zeeshan released his students first movie in Bahrian in year 2009, which was called Paranorma, it was a horror anthology movie that contains three separate horror stories. His second movie with the students was Gilgamesh Pearl,[17] the movie was released in saar cinema in Bahrain in year 2011, the movie revolves around three friends who were wrongly accused of series of murders, the movie raised $2,567 and was donated to charity: water.[18] Zeeshan's third movie with students was released on 12 May 2012 in Seef Megaplex, the movie was called Silveraven[19][20] which became a huge success and according to IMDB it is one of best titles of Bahrain so far, the story of the movie "Silveraven" revolves around an alien orphan who came to earth from the planet called Ravena which was abducted by an evil villain Maverick, "Silveraven" movie raised $2,637 and was donated to Bahrain Red Crescent Society.[21] Zeeshan was also involved in short film projects with the students and recently he worked for HRH Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa International Scholarship program, this was for the first time the crown prince international scholarship program was ever filmed. Zeeshan's latest project is Bahrain's first full fledged Horror Comedy "Dead Sands"[22][23][24][25][26][27] Dead Sands was premiered on 20 November in Bahrain, and was a big hit in Bahrain, the movie created a history for being the best students film project and the director of the movie Ameera Qaed was pronounced Bahrain's first female film director, Dead Sands was released under Fantasy Feature banner and was sponsored by Ahmed Zayani and Sons, Bahrain Cinema Company, and NYIT Bahrain. On 5 May 2013, Zeeshan showcased 10 short films produced by his students from University College of Bahrain in Bahrain Saar Cinema.[28]

Health

Zeeshan was diagnosed with kidney cancer in year 2014, determined to fight the deadly disease, he moved to the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation , a premier medical college in Pakistan for a specialised treatment on 22 July. There, he underwent a surgery in which his right kidney was removed. Now, cured of cancer, Zeeshan was also undergone a kidney transplant same year.[29]

References

  1. ^ "UCB's Faculty Page". UCB. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "NYIT's Faculty Page". NYIT. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "UCB Multimedia Showcase 2013". University College of Bahrain. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Venting Creativity 2014". Bahrain Daily Tribune. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bringing art alive...". Gulf Daily News. 3 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bringing art alive...". Gulf Daily News. 3 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Artists join unity drive". Gulf Daily News. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Phoenix Design Museum". menagerie creative. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Phoenix Design Museum". Phoenix Design Museum. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "ختام ورشة العمل لمعالجة الصور .. في معرض أرامكو الثاني". 3dasaa.com. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  11. ^ 2014 "Zeeshan's Health Story 2014". Bahrain Daily Tribune. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Creativity International 41st Awards, Golden Award for best creative photography series". Creativity International Awards. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "NYIT Cheers Achievements of NYIT-Bahrain Class of 2012". Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "NYIT-Bahrain Students Premiere Gilgamesh Pearl Film". NYIT. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "NYIT-Bahrain Students Screen Class Project, Support Charity 2". NYIT. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Faculty and Staff Achievements". NYIT. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "Film showcases Bahrain heritage". Gulf Daily News. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "NYIT brought clean water to Tsurgolo School". Charity Water. 
  19. ^ "Stars in their eyes". Gulf Daily News. 13 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Stars in their eyes (PDF)". Gulf Daily News. 13 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "NYIT-Bahrain Student Filmmakers Donate Profits to Charity". Nikita Japra NYIT. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "FINAL TOUCH". Bahrain Daily Tribune. 31 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "First English Horror Movie in the Making". Bahrain Daily Tribune. 7 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "Zombies Alert! Bahrain students making horror film". Gulf Daily News. 7 October 2012. 
  25. ^ Zombie' film ready to roll"'". Gulf Daily News. 8 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Zombie' Film Ready to Roll (PDF)". Gulf Daily News. 8 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "Episode V: Dead Sands Production & IMDB". CoEds Magazine. 15 March 2013. 
  28. ^ "Multimedia Video Showcase 2013". University College of Bahrain. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  29. ^ 2014 "Zeeshan's Health Story 2014". Bahrain Daily Tribune. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 

External links

  • Zeeshan Jawed Shah Personal Website
  • Zeeshan Jawed Shah Filmography
  • Zeeshan Jawed Shah Production House
  • Zeeshan Jawed Shah on International Movie Data Base
  • Zeeshan's Movie Paranorma on International Movie Data Base
  • Zeeshan's Movie Silveraven on International Movie Data Base
  • Zeeshan's Movie Gilgamesh Pearl on International Movie Date Base
  • Gilgamesh Pearl on Bahrain Cinema club
  • Zeeshan's Photography Workshop at Saudi Aramco
  • Zeeshan's Photography Workshop at Bahrain Art Society with American Artist Todd Drake
  • Zeeshan's Gold Award Winning Photography Series at International Creativity Annual Awards
  • Zeeshan's Film Making Workshop at Al Aali Art Festival
  • Zeeshan's Photography Art Exhibition at Bahrain Art Society
  • Zeeshan's Painting Art Exhibition at Al Aali Art Festival
  • Zeeshan's Photography Art Exhibition at Al Aali Art Festival
  • Silveraven Review on NYIT Website
  • Gilgamesh Review on NYIT Website
  • Gilgamesh Pearl Review on LI News
  • Dead Sands official website
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