(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Members of the Oman Film Society (OFS), who were trained in script-writing, cinematography and editing during a recent workshop, began shooting a short film titled The Taxi on Saturday. A team of 26 participants were trained by Algerian film-maker Mohammad Ahad bin Suda during the workshop, which was conducted from January 26 to 30 at the OFS centre.
Jameel al Yaqoobi, media head of OFS and casting manager of The Taxi, said that the film is the first Omani big budget short film. ''We had a great workshop under the able guidance of Mohammad Ahad bin Suda, who has also worked in Hollywood studios. The workshop was a very enriching experience for us.''
The Taxi is being produced by Al Quds Production and will use equipment used to shoot feature films.
Yaqoobi said, ''We had several lectures and practical presentations through which we learnt the basic as well as the professional methods of film-making. Another important thing we learnt was working as a team, which is perhaps one of the most important ingredients for a successful film. We might have creative differences, but they must be resolved before coming to the sets. We are investing the best of our technical and intellectual resources in the film.''
The film will portray a day in the life of an Omani taxi driver. Planned to be a 20-minute film, it will be shot in five locations, including Rusayl roundabout, Al Khuwayr and Seeb. The film will contest at the seventh Oman Film Meet to be held in Sohar in March.<