This is "Keep It Down" poster, a short film in development that I'm working on with Hecat and 25films in Paris.
We were nominated for the Robert Bosch film prize 2014 but... Unfortunately we didn't get it.
Takbeer is a word that Arabs in general and Muslims in particular say as a call for the Allah Akbar cheering. Usually it comes as an expression of an overwhelming surprise, determination, joy or despair. Mockingly I supposed that today in Damascus there are more than one type of Takbeer that follows the new convictions of each.
Damascus is falling, yet we're still fighting over our new labels and craving empty dreams.
An old thyme wrap inside the box of a school table.
Illustration based On a text for Zaher Omareen.
في ٦ كانون الأول ٢٠١٢ كتب زاهر عمرين:
إلى حلب التي أطعمتنا لحم أكتافها كله و نامت جائعة
يا رب الجوع
في هذا الليل الوحيد كنخلة البدوي الدليل في الصحراء
أعد لنا عرائس الزعتر المغموسة بالزيت
أعطي أطفالنا حصتهم التي تركوها لأيام سوداء كهذي في درج المعقد الخشبي أو على سور المدرسة
أعد لنا بقيا غزل البنات الذي علق صدارينا ذات اللون الكئيب
وفي اسفل الحقيبة المدرسية الرخيصة الرثة
رد لنا ديننا من مواسم التفاح
من بقايا حبات الخيار التي رميناها على عجل كي تبدأ لعبة الدحل دون يدين مقيدتين
لا تنكر علينا خبزنا الحاف كله
يابسا أو طريا أو بين رصاصتين
ندعوك كما فعلنا صغارا و ظننا انك استجبت : خذ كل الحسنات وهات "خبزنا كفاف يومنا"
أما "الشرير" الذي لم تنجنا منه ....
فدعه لنا ... فنحن من سيكتب الفصل الأخير ...
An illustration that I made for the book "Diary Not About Cancer" The book is about texts written by a group of kids suffering from cancer inside their hospital in Damascus.
"1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24-2 5-26-27-28-29-30-31-32-33-34-35-36-37-38-39-40-41-42-43-44-45-46-47-48 -49-50-51-52-53-54-55-56-57-58-59-60-61-62-63-64-65-66-67-68-68-69-70- 71-72-73-74-75-76-77-78-79-80-81-81-82-83-84-85-86-87-88-89-90-91-92-9 3-94-95-96-97-98-99-100... I can write till 10,000 but my vein hurts"
Gaith Sharashi, 7 years
National Hospital for Kids with Cancer Diseases, Damascus, Syria
Here’s Rok Predin’s latest project, we worked with Sam at Treatment Studios to create a back projection sequence to go behind the country singer Keith Urban’s performance of his track “put you in a song” at this year’s Country Music Awards in Nashville. This had a very quick turnaround, we produced three and a half minutes of animaton in twelve days straight, there were lots of late evenings but the end of the project the studio resembled a warzone. Compositing was by Rok Predin, Luca Paulli, Rob Ward and Layla Atkinson. Artworking was by Anita Leung, Yasmeen Fanari and Ginevra Boni.
ABCDoublespeak is a reminder of the evil and grotesque nature of the words used to describe violence in our world. This new dictionary does not have a filter and unveils the reality behind these words, which are masked by a positive image within the public media. Synchronized to the popular song ‘the ABCs’, which children use to learn their alphabet, ABCDoublespeak reads between the lines and shows how innocents and facts can be distorted by warfare and armed conflict. Using traditional animation, pixilation and motion graphics, this video creates a new song, ‘Our Modern Times ABC,’ that children from war-ravaged communities sing too many times and know all too well.
Toolkit: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffect, Dragon Stop Motion and Flash
When I decided to become an animator and quit graphic design for good, I applied for a grant from Damascus Capital of Culture 2008. Back then, I had a simple idea for a script in mind and only knew how to use after effects to animate puppets. It was quite optimistic to ask for money, to make my first short film, without having any real experience in writing or in animation... But it worked!