About Me


Name: Ali Hassan
Location: Dubai (UAE)




15 second horror film challenge!!

Alright then, I have decided to take part in the 15 second horror film challenge which is an online event that happens every year. The idea is to make a short not more than 15 seconds and make it scary.

Now personally I don't think 15 seconds are enough to really scare anyone, however the idea is to intrigue because 15 seconds is sufficient to develop curiosity if done well and which is what i am hoping to achieve. So lets see how it goes, as I have to get this done by the 21st of this month.

The good thing is that I am almost done with it, just the last 3 seconds remain and after that I will submit my short and I really hope it gets accepted!!

Here is a sneak peak!


Should I?

OK then, I am in kind of a tech gadget dilemma at the moment. I am thinking of switching to andriod for my next Smartphone!!! I know I know .. I have hated the way android looks and feels and I have been pretty vocal about it, however I think I should try it at least once to have an informed opinion...

I just feel iOS and iphone in general is getting pretty boring at the moment and I really like the new Nexus 6p which Google has released in coordination with Huawei, it’s a really good piece of hardware but my only concern is the 5.7 inch form factor.

So let's see I am still waiting for the iphone 7 which comes out this fall and also the next Nexus which might release this fall as well... maybe Nexus 7p??, only time can tell. If the iphone7 isn’t what I expect in all likely hood I will move over to Android but I am pretty sure I will go for a Nexus phone because its directly from Google and that way I would be set for updates regularly...




Ok, so late last night I managed to get the final shot done and finished my last edit. Its now up on youtube for the world to see and enjoy (hopefully).

I am so glad at the moment!



Finally done!!

This took a long time coming, never thought I'd take this long to shoot a 4 minute short but in all fairness we only had time on weekends and sometimes we missed certain days as well. So putting all that in perspective I think its alright. Not that the entire world was waiting for me to complete it (I really wish it did though!).

So anyways, like I said I have finished all the shots and now I have to sit down and put it all together in editing, which is really critical and hopefully it should'nt take too much time. Last night I designed my posted for the short in after effects and it came out pretty good, it really made me happy!

Let's see if I can get it out next weekend on the internet, until then the wait continues....



Making a new short....

Its been almost close to 3 years since I made my last short and that is why I am super excited about the current one that I am shooting. I haven't shot or even attempted to do anything during this period and I need to get into the movie mode! I haven't forgotten the process of making a short but somehow this time it seems like a daunting  task maybe coz its been quite a while.

Currently I am only able to shoot on weekends because of time contraints and the fact I am generally never happy with my shots and I redo them so very often adds to be delay! So its like 30% complete and I still have quite a bit to shoot and I am hoping I get it done soon.

It's again a horror genre, somehow I cant think about making anything else so lets see how it pans out. Also for the first time I am using a full frame camera to shoot and I am only using the 50mm cannon lens for the entire movie.

I am guessing in a couple of weeks I should be done with all the shooting and then the editing and the sound design will come in which honestly is a litter easier than the actual shoot (at-least in my opinion). 



Pebble Time Round - Impressions and Review

Just got my Pebble time round in the mail and the wait has finally ended! So this is my initial impressions on the watch and what I feel about it and what I like and don't. Since its been a couple of days now I have been using the watch so I would say this is like an initial impressions review.

Alright the moment you un-box the watch and hold it you realize how thin and light it is which is kind of OK if you ask me because I am not a great believer in things being thin just for the sake of you know just being thin. If you ask me I wouldn't mind this watch being a little heavier but that's just me I guess. Another design factor you cannot miss are those huge bezels! Now though they look good I just cannot understand the decision behind having them that big, I mean have the bezel I don't mind but don't go over-board with it. (To me this is a design flaw) 

The leather strap feels good, I have the 20mm Nutback model with a brown strap and it feels alright hopefully it wont die on me in the next few months but that's to be seen. Another aspect I had quite a hard time getting use to besides the "bezels" was the e-paper display technology  that the watch has, coming from devices which are bright and vibrant this does seem a little under whelming but the whole idea behind that was to save battery life and make it last for 2 days I guess? but still I am not completely sold on the display but with time I will get use to it since its not bad to start off, its just different.

The watch charges in a giffy! I mean you can get a full charge in about 15-20 minutes, which is awesome. Since these are my initial days with the watch and the kid inside me wants to explore it and try and figure out all the settings, I had to charge it multiple times in a day but I guess that's because I was using it so much to check notifications and also I have all the settings to the maximum (Backlight "ON", Ambient sensor "ON" , Motion Enabled "On" and Intensity "Blinding") which does drain the battery pretty quick but as I get more use to the watch in the coming weeks I can tweak it and since I wont be reaching out to it all the time I may get a 2 day battery life (hopefully).

The good part is  that I get all my notifications from my iphone which I have configured and that is why I got this device in the first place. I specifically wanted a smart watch which does the basic stuff right which is to notify me. It doesn't bother me at all that I cannot respond to notifications but that is how I want it to be.(I find people texting away from their watches a bit silly and its just too much technology going on!!) and also I am glad that its NOT a touch screen which makes the experience a bit retro in my opinion and gives it that old school feel!

So all in all I am fairly satisfied with the Pebble time round, it does what it says and yes its the thinnest smart watch out there but it has its flaws with the engineering part of it namely the e-paper display and the bezels. The e-paper display is not a flaw as such like I said it does take getting use to since its not as vibrant and crisp but the watch has nice animations!!

Pebble Time Round


Does not look like a smart watch

Sleek and a simplistic design

Good build quality

Catchy animations


Bezels are a bit too much

E-paper display might not be for everyone

Limited functionality on iOS (at the moment)



I am now a Pebbler....almost

Alright now, I have taken a leap of faith and finally got into the world of smart watches! I have ordered the Pebble time round last week and I cant wait to have that delivered to me so that I can try it out. The reason for choosing Pebble over all the other smart watches was that its really a minimalistic smart watch which looks really good but having said that I will have to try it out with iOS and see how it works and what does not.

Right now, I am just waiting for Pebble to actually ship my watch which seems to be taking longer than expected I guess, the website says its in stock and usually the items they have in stock ship quite fast but mine seem to be taking time and when I contacted the support they informed me that my watch is due to be shipped in the next cycle but did not tell me when is that dam cycle gona come! (annoyed..) I have selected UPS as the shipment method which they say takes 2-5 days from the time the watch has been shipped but since its not even shipped that does not even count!

It would be nice if the customers are kept more informed about the status rather than sitting and guessing when the watch will be shipped, so that's one feedback I have for Pebble and hope they work on improving that in the future. So until then I need to keep a close eye on my email and wait for the message from Pebble stating that the watch has  been shipped!



To Pebble or not to Pebble...

I had promised myself that I will not think about getting a smart watch ever, because I felt that its just too much  technology happening in one's life. I mean you have your phone without which you cant live in today's time and then add to it a smart watch?! Never!

So when the Apple watch came out and I was like what a piece of garbage! the way it is designed and looks is absolutely ridiculous, so I was like you know I don't need one of those "smart watches"... but as time passed and when I saw the Huawei smart watch which actually looked like a real watch I got mildly interested but again wasn't convinced that I needed one.

The other day when I saw the pebble time round, I was like "woah i need that one!", it looks great and stylish plus its not really a full fledged smart watch because I am on iOS and the compatibility is just minimum to the extend of only getting notifications on the watch and that is exactly what I need. I don't want a health/fitness tracker or for  that matter an internet machine or something, the entire idea of a smart watch to me is to be used as a notification machine and it doesn't make a difference even if I cant respond to them via the watch since when using the pebble you cant do that with iOS.

So that's how I feel about smart watches and I may end up getting the Pebble since its so minimilistic and does not have all the functionality which an Apple watch has but its looks and probably feels a whole lot better than the garbage which is the Apple watch in its present state! I have always maintained that in 2 years Apple will change the design and make  round face watch but that's then but at the moment I want to get a Pebble and see if that makes a difference to my life!