A Timelapse of Egypt
Abdelrahman Gabr does it again! His Egypt HD timelapse showcases Egypt’s beaches, night skies, and archaeological sites. Few will have the privilege of seeing the night sky in the Egyptian desert. However, the lucky few will be impressed. The lack of any light population makes the experience thoroughly worthwhile. The filmmaker extraordinaire behind these stunning works is Queens, NY native Abdelrahman Gabr of Koree Films. We had showcased Abdelrahman earlier for his incredible Alexandria Timelapse.
The timelapse of Egypt is in no way exhaustive, missing many important Egyptian cities, including Cairo and Alexandria. It does however convey the beauty of the land, and the archaeological wealth that bakes in the African sun on a daily basis. While Abdelrahman upgrades his equipment regularly, he currently uses a Canon EOS 7d, lenses: Ef 70-200 mm 2.8, Ef 50 mm 1.4, and Sigma 10-20 mm. Visit his website for more on his work and upcoming projects.
Abdelrahman started this project in September of 2012, and worked on it on-and-off. There are of course hundreds of locations that he could have shot. Due to the country’s situation after the January 25, 2011 Revolution, and the fact that the project was funded from his own pocket, everything was limited. For the timelapse of Egypt, Abdelrahman and his team managed to film and visit: Siwa, Aswan, Luxor, Fayoum, Taba, Dahab and the St. Catherine Mountain in the Sinai.
Some of the young filmmakers first acclaim came after the release of Egypt HD. This short, 3-minute spot on Egypt’s beautiful settlements, deserts, and ancient sites is perfectly timed with a powerful musical score. His upcoming project, Faces of Egypt means to showcase the incredible people of the country. Local Egyptians are without a doubt the heart, the soul, and the custodians of one of the world’s oldest civilization. There is absolutely no doubt that Abdelrahman’s short films come at a critical time for Egypt, and its people.
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Filming in a climate such as that of Egypt requires a lot of sweat and tears. Abdelrahman and his team had to scout out locations and people in the early mornings, manage their equipment and data, and only long afterwards, process the raw footage into what we see today. The Koree Films equipment for the shoot consisted of medium-format camera and lenses known as the Leica S system, specifically, the Leica Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5 ASPH CS Lens, and the Leica Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 ASPH Lens.
Some of the light gear used on the shoots included the Profoto Pro-B3 1200 AirS Power Pack, the Profoto Pro-B Plus Flash Head, the Elinchrom 39 Rotalux Deep OctaBox, the Elinchrom Octa Light Bank 74, and the Avenger Turtle Base C-Stand. Any professional filmmaker and photographer knows that lighting is the one factor that can make or break a field expedition. We can all consider ourselves fortunate that Abdelrahman’s experience in Egypt led to such expert execution of the sights, culture, and daily life in Egypt.
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