Complacency is overrated! You need to stretch yourself & get out of your comfort zone to unleash your creative potential.
Here’s a peek at my first ever videography project submitted as part of a competition arranged by IBIS hotels and Nikon MEA. Appreciate if you can like and share the video at this Facebook link and/or this instagram link. Constructive criticism is more than welcome. Cheers!
This year’s Middle East Film and Comic Convention (MEFCC, in short) had a star-studded line-up of celebrities and experts from the comic industry. People actually queued up and paid to get autographs or selfies with their favourites. On the other hand, media representatives, including yours truly, had an exclusive interactive session with all these people. Here are a few shots from the event!
The list featured heavyweights including:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (I didn’t know who he was till I met him; I don’t watch the show – Game of Thrones / Jamie Lannister ring any bells?)
Christopher Lloyd (Back to the future)
Randy Orton (WWE)
Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: Sarah Connor)
Nick Frost (Shaun of the dead)
Veronica Taylor (voice artist extraordinaire – April from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Max Landis (Victor Frankenstein)
Darryl McDaniels (a.k.a. Run DMC)
Stan Lee (last, but certainly not the least, who made an appearance over a live video stream – creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men)
This week’s theme, i.e. Jubilant, made me think of my meeting with the author of House Of Cards, Mr. Michael Dobbs. He was ecstatic when I handed him his Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature t-shirt as a souvenir.
I came across a booth at the Middle East Film and Comic Convention selling these Transformer-esque toys. Little did I know that I’d be falling head-over-heels in love with these Gundam robots, or Gunpla (Gundam Plastic Models), as they’re officially called. The generous folks at www.otakume.com were giving away free Gunpla kits to people willing to register and attempt to assemble these robots. I naturally registered and, after a while, was building my first ever Gundam.
These kits come with complete instruction sets; you have to cut, join and assemble the entire Gundam from scratch. These components come as molded plastic sheets that you have to cut parts of using a cutter. If you happen to love puzzles, you’ll absolutely adore these robots. The precision with which each piece fits into the other is mesmerizing, to say the least. It’s a good hobby for kids and adults alike and serves to be a good distraction from technology. What’s more, it helps hone your hand-eye coordination, a skill necessary for several professions.
With two kids hovering over me, it took me around one-and-a-half hour to assemble this bad boy. These kits start from around $25 and go all the way up to a few thousand. I’m still trying to navigate the intricacies of grades and classes; having said that, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!