mohdfikree's News

27.11.2015

2015-05-10 14:10:07 by mohdfikree
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Hi!

The full trailer for my upcoming animated film, HUJAN DAN HIJAU, will go live on 27th of November of this year!

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You can visit its IMDb page here (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4622576/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1).

Regards, Mohammad Ahmed Fikree www.mohdfikree.com


Thank you all

2015-04-16 06:41:36 by mohdfikree
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Hi!

I want to thank you all for watching my recent submission ATLARTOR: GIRL & IT! It also instantly got featured at Newgrounds' front page and I was actually surprised! I also want to thank you all for giving me your honest feedback, they really helped me a lot to know what you loved and hated. The most important thing is to improve based on your feedback, especially from harsh ones. Many filmmakers and animators (from big to indie ones) these days usually ignore criticisms because they felt that they’re always right and not their viewers, they’ll always go for the ones who loved their movies and not the ones who didn’t enjoy.

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Art concept for my upcoming animated film, HUJAN DAN HIJAU

When I joined the film/animation industry, and when I submitted by first animated film into film festivals, many filmmakers, all young and old ones, bragged to each that they make better films and each other and to be honest, I hated being dragged into these kind of topics or even moments. I usually tell them that I’m not exactly in the competitions to compete, but to learn almost everything from each other, in terms of storytelling, errors, technical and many other things. And the other reason (and this is important) on why I joined film festivals is because I need to know and understand audiences around the world, that that is the most difficult part because many of them have different tastes on what they enjoyed. I have yet to understand audiences who go to cinemas to watch big-budget films like Michael Bay (and no, I do NOT enjoy most of his work, especially his recent works). Christopher Nolan and his brother, Jonathan, are two of my favorite writers and Chris as a director. It was his movies who inspired me and got me into being serious when writing stories for either animated or live-action films (I haven’t done any live-action film yet). The Nolan brothers are my role model, but before you say anything, no, I’m not talking about making everything gritty-versions and all that, but coming up with originalities. I hope one day, just for once in my life, I want to meet both of them and give them a big hug to thank them for inspired me to get into the film industry. Just in case you’re wonder what Christopher Nolan film that got me into becoming what I am today. Well, that film would be The Prestige, 2006.

I also want to announce that in few months, I’m going to ditch Adobe Flash and moving to Toon Boom Harmony. The reason is because of the limitations in Adobe Flash. Now I know that there are many hardcore animators who still use Adobe Flash and does better job than many animators (I’m one of them, haha). Because of the limitations, I didn’t get how I needed for my recent works, especially ATLARTOR: GIRL & IT, and yes, the animation wasn’t great because, again, all was made in Adobe Flash. With Toon Boom Harmony 12, with their recent updates in it, all of my problems are about to be solved. I’m still learning and experimenting with the software and hopefully to master most of its tools within few months (I’m a fast learner, so there’s that).

Anyway, that’s all I can share with you and, again, thank you so much! Glad to know that most of you enjoyed ATLARTOR: GIRL & IT’s storyline. Some of you asked me if this is a prequel, well, I did announced a year ago that GIRL & IT is the first installment of the ATLARTOR Trilogy (winks), so yeah, expect two more sequels.

Take care and have an awesome weekend (it’s weekend here in Dubai, UAE).

Regards, Mohammad Ahmed Fikree www.mohdfikree.com

 


GIRL & IT now available

2015-04-09 16:10:03 by mohdfikree
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Hi!

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It's here! It's finally here! ATLARTOR: GIRL & IT, which won awards at both the 10th Dubai International Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival, is now available here at Newgrounds! The animation style may not be the best, but at least I tried to have the visuals look great. I hope you all will enjoy this 40 minute animated film!

Watch: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/655939

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GIRL & IT’s Synopsis:

The hunter sets out to hunt a horned beast to prove himself worthy of taking the throne after his father. After he encounters the beast, he chases it into the deep forest. While searching for it, he stumbled upon a mysterious girl who lives with the beast.

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Regards, Mohammad Ahmed Fikree www.mohdfikree.com


GIRL & IT coming to Newgrounds this Friday

2015-04-05 15:33:19 by mohdfikree
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Hi!

I'm happy to announce that instead of publishing my award-winning mid-length animated film, GIRL & IT, on May 1st, I decided to publish it this Friday. The reason is because I'm gonna be out of the country sometime before May 1st and the internet connection where I'm gonna be in isn't pretty at all.

Some Newgrounds users have already seen the animated film a year ago and mostly received positive feedback from them. If you haven’t seen the trailer for it yet, you can check it out here (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/632661).

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GIRL & IT’s Synopsis:

The hunter sets out to hunt a horned beast to prove himself worthy of taking the throne after his father. After he encounters the beast, he chases it into the deep forest. While searching for it, he stumbled upon a mysterious girl who lives with the beast.

IMDB Page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3304900/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt)

I’m currently working on my 4th animated film called HUJAN DAN HIJAU and is expected to finish by December of this year. I also managed to get DC Douglas (Albert Wesker from RESIDENT EVIL 5 and Legion from MASS EFFECT series) to do the voice work.

Stay tuned for more news!

Regards, Mohammad Ahmed Fikree www.mohdfikree.com



Hi!

Awesome news to share today! I am proud to announce that DC Douglas has joined in for my upcoming animated film, HUJAN DAN HIJAU. He has already finished his part and I want to thank him for the awesome performance. He voiced a very important character, the main reason on why the setting of the film takes place in a post-apocalyptic fictional world.

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If you're not fimiliar who DC Douglas is, he is known for the voice work he did for RESIDENT EVIL 5's Albert Wesker and MASS EFFECT's Legion. He also recently acted in SHARKNADO 2 (which I am still not sure if I need to watch that, haha).

That's all I can share for now. And if you haven't seen the trailer for HUJAN DAN HIJAU yet, you can watch it here (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/652688).

Stay tuned for more news!

Regards, Mohammad Ahmed Fikree www.mohdfikree.com


GIRL & IT will be available on May 1st

2015-02-25 14:39:20 by mohdfikree
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Hi!

I'm finally happy to announce that my 3rd and award-winning animated film, GIRL & IT, will go live here on May 1st of this year!

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Now keep in mind that this is a film festival built, not the enhanced one. However, the enhanced version will replace the film festival version whenever it's ready. So what are the differences between the film festival and the enhanced versions? The enhanced one features redesigned characters with better facial expressions, extended scenes, unique art style and many more. The duration length for the film festival version is 40 minutes while the enhanced version is 45 minutes.

I can't say anything more, but I will say stay tuned for more updates soon!

Regards, Mohammad Ahmed Fikree www.mohdfikree.com


teaser trailer now available

2015-01-30 10:03:08 by mohdfikree

Hi!

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The first teaser trailer for my upcoming animated film, HUJAN DAN HIJAU, is now available to view. You can watch at either http://youtu.be/QapPJV4yZ-s or at https://vimeo.com/118219799.

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SYNOPSIS:
Two sisters, the last remaining humans, are on a long and arduous journey to reach the last standing sanctuary, shielded from the tyranny of titans known as the ‘Stalkers’, in order to reverse the destruction of the world caused by their ancestors.

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This is just the first teaser. The second one will be ready around mid-April. Stay tuned!

Take care and enjoy!

Regards, Mohammad Ahmed Fikree www.mohdfikree.com


New details/trailer on my upcoming film

2015-01-12 15:36:01 by mohdfikree
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Hi!

First off all, happy new year! Hope all of you are well. Just wanna share with you the latest updates on my upcoming short animated film, HUJAN DAN HIJAU. I'm now in an animation production of it and it is going well! Though the trailer was suppose to be ready for this week, I'm currently sick and stressed due to work from my full-time job and a lot of things. The trailer is now being postponed until 30th of this month and that gives me more time to polish the scenes I wanna show in the trailer.

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Keep in mind that the trailer will NOT be shown here at Newgrounds, but will be at both Youtube and Vimeo. Reason is because I already have three trailers for GIRL & IT here at my Newgrounds page and I don't wanna cramp my video submissions here with trailers. I'm still brainstorming on short animated films exclusively for Newgrounds, but will let you all know on what'll happen in the future.

So guys, expect the trailer for HUJAN DAN HIJAU to go live at my Youtube channel (youtube.com/mohdfikree) or Vimeo (vimeo.com/mohdfikree) on January 30th of this year!

Take care!

Regards, Mohammad Ahmed Fikree www.mohdfikree.com


New EP album coming soon

2014-12-03 05:37:27 by mohdfikree
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Hi,

I am currently working on my new EP album called HOME and will be available in mid-March of next year. The last album I've released was my first one called BEYOND and it was out since May 2011 at iTunes, Amazon, and other places.

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If you are fans of awesome artists like Audiomachine, Gargantuan Music and Two Steps From Hell, and loved their albums, then this album is something you'll be looking forward to. HOME, with 4 tracks included, will be available at my Bandcamp page (https://mohdfikree.bandcamp.com/music) in March 2015. Stay tuned!

Take care!

Regards, Mohammad Ahmed Fikree www.mohdfikree.com



Hi!

Great news! My recent mid-length animated film, GIRL & IT, won Special Jury Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. The feedback was positive and what the audiences loved about the film the most was how engaging the story was.

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This will be the film’s last appearance in the film festival for the enhanced version is on its way for late next year at Vimeo On Demand.

Speaking of next year, I will have two animated films ready, each for different film festival as World Premiere. One is HUJAN DAN HIJAU, which I announced few months ago, and the other is LONE, a sci-fi animated film about…y’know what, I’m not even gonna share it on what’s the animation about. Don’t want people stealing my ideas, haha.

Also, be sure to follow me at my SoundCloud page (http://soundcloud.com/mohdfikree) for next week I’m going to share with you the latest song (with English lyrics) for HUJAN DAN HIJAU: Original Soundtrack.

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Anyway, that’s all I can share right now. Take care!

Regards, Mohammad Ahmed Fikree www.mohdfikree.com