shady jamhoury

director of photography

BIOGRAPHY

LIGHT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY IS NOT ALWAYS REAL..

SAME LIKE MUSIC COMING FROM SPACE THAT DOESN’T EXIST IN REAL LIFE.

AND THIS IS HOW MOVIES TURN IMAGINATION INTO A MAGICAL REALITY.

An enthusiastic journey of 23 years full of cams and lights, has shaped Shady as a DOP with an omni-directional experience in the industry, recognized for his passionate onset behavior and dedication. Shady has worked on almost all kinds of production, from TVCs and big screen movies to series, TV shows, and digital content. He began his career at the bottom rung as a camera assistant showcasing a professional and educational-based way of work.  During this phase he worked also as video assist operator as well as production coordinator which was part of the on-set training process. Those positions allowed him to operate within the producers and clients circle, which equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of that higher-level execution, backing his knowledge with the basic mechanisms for later career phases.

That considerable love for cinematography came out of several factors. First, the native obsession since childhood with storytelling and conveying emotions through beautiful frames that take viewers to the imaginary fictional universe of the story. Second, the enthusiastic attraction to technology and science, which is essentially required in order to be a real cinematographer. This involves things like optical sciences (focal length and perspective, focus and depth, circle of confusion, hyper focal distance…), light rays emission, reflection, refraction and diffraction, light fall-off, electricity and flickering, daylight color variations vs artificial light color rendition, analog + digital camera systems comprehension, various tolerances of film stocks and digital sensors, some mechanical interest in terms of film cam motor functionality, settings and mountings, tools and grip, and much more crucial aspects.

All those technical skills one can learn and master, but the artistic beauty of all this structure is something else. Painting with light is what always directors of photography talk about, it’s the imagery’s aesthetic element visualized according to the cinematographer’s artistic vision to be achieved through all the technical skills mentioned above.

“My Vision Goes Beyond Lighting A Scene. It’s About Finding That Balance Between Logical Light And Artistic Light”

Shady  is known for his work on many series like “The 3rd Vision-Al Rou2ya Al Thalitha” (2012) directed by Nabil Lebbos and produced by Arrows Productions, “Jungle Law-Shariaat Al Ghab” (2016), Directed by Mansour Rahbani and produced by Arrows Productions, Thawani (2018) directed by Samir Habchi and produced by Eagle Films, and the full action panarab series “Black List-Al Ka2ima SSawda2” directed by Hussein Dashti and produced by Nabras Al Khalij.

He has also worked as a Director of Photography for corporates, documentaries and Tv shows. He was the Director Of Photography on the amazing TV Show “Bahlam Beek-Impossible Duets” for MBC directed by Salim El Turk and Bassem Christo, where a big challenging work was done requiring a lot of high technicalities in order to join old deceased stars with young alive artists in more than 24 music videos, with full human interactions. 

“Mix Music” is another show shot in Egypt with Periba Productions in 2016-2017, that joined several class-A stars in each episode to chat and sing together, on stage as well as in backstage.
 He worked also as a Segment Director, D.O.P, and Editor on the Panarab show Mouzi3 Al Arab (Arab’s Host) for Abu-Dhabi TV and Al Hayat Egypt TV in 2015, where he enjoyed creating concepts, directing, shooting, and editing his own shorts and promotions.

Shady has many skills that he has acquired throughout his career, which equipped him with a wide knowledge in technicalities and imagery technology.

He was the first to shoot an Arabic series with the revolutionary Canon 5D MarkII that turned the whole industry upside down, and after few projects since then he was recognized as one of those who know how to push DSLRs beyond their limits for the best cinematic look.

“My Vision Goes Beyond Lighting A Scene. It’s About Finding That Balance Between Logical Light And Artistic Light”

Shady is always eager to new outstanding challenges where he can put all his passion and artistic vision to deliver the ultimate visual and emotional aspects of storytelling, serving the screenplay through imagery engineering.
By being able to deliver any image style, from action and trashy mode to elegant painting look&feel, Shady incorporates his unique perspective in every shot he captures. 

THE UNCOMMON BLEND

In addition to this long journey, Shady managed to master a parallel reputable presence in the digital marketing and online technology industry, that requires a tech savvy mindset as well as the business market planning knowledge and content creation skills. Building websites and e-commerce stores backed with smart marketing strategies over Google and social networks, manifests his obsession with that fusion of creation and then enjoying watching  successful results.
This uncommon blend consists of some additional ingredients, a little of everything, like playing piano and guitar + some percussions, writing and composing songs, content and concepts creation, and, the 180º opposite pole, 10 years  of Marshal Arts.

That parallel digital marketing timeframe has been taking a considerable time which resulted in not having a reel in the Tv commercials space of the career. And this is Shady’s next goal for the upcoming phase. Since his early beginnings, he started off and evolved in the commercials space, and now this is what he misses the most.

Today, Shady is looking forward to build his Commercials reel by partnering with directors and producers in order to share visions and collaborate on magical sets for fabulous and stellar films. 

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