I am a recent graduate in Film Directing from the University of West London and before that I had the chance to study and work in the UAE for 8\9 years. Those years have been the most formative of my life and that is why I consider Abu Dhabi to be my second home. After getting a scholarship from the Crown Prince Court to study at Sorbonne I worked on Abu Dhabi’s Major events till I finally switched industries and became a media analyst for a government think tank.
That allowed me to understand the important role the press plays in shaping public opinion but it also gave me the motivation to leave all this life behind and take on a career in film and that is why i moved to Berlin to do my Masters in film directing. Now it’s been a year since I graduated and I hope to be able to mix my knowledge in law, politics and dramaturgie to write and direct films that are relevant to the region but in the meantime it is essential for me to collaborate on projects to improve my skills and work alongside a group of like minded people.
Below is a modest list of projects i have worked on:
–Cast for “Incendies” (2010) directed by Denis Villeneuve
-Extra for ”Rosewater” (2014) directed by Jon Stewart
-PA for Stand-up comedy shows with “Jamel Debbouze” and “Gad Elmaleh” (2014)
-Writer/Producer/Director of short documentary “Dhahiyet al-Hussein” (2019)
-Writer/Director/Editor of commercial “2020: Toilet Paper Space Odyssey” (2020)
-PA, DIT & Assistant Editor for Feature film “Spectre” (2021) directed by Saeed Rashed
Director - Cameraman - Steadicam Op. - DOP
PoBox 77804 Abu Dhabi
I’m a freelancer and I have skills like Director / Cameraman / DOP / Steadicam Operator, with my own steadicam equipment.
I have 20 years experience as Director, 25 as Steadicam Operator and over 30 as Cameraman/dop.
I have experience in : feature films, drama , commercials (tvc), documentaries, corporate, video music, tv series, tv events, reality show’s, entertainment, live broadcast, eng, efp, sports, news, aerial shooting, underwater shooting (with padi), inline skating shooting, octocopter shooting (drone)…
I also have aerial filming and aerial branding/advertising services.
Videographic Services, Aerial filming (Drone) and aerial branding/advertising services (blimp/zeppelin), Steadicam shooting, DOP, Director.
Holder of an MFA from the New York Film Academy in Hollywood California, a BA in Communication Arts and a minor in Psychology from the Lebanese American University in Beirut. Apart from his own film projects, Zaid worked internationally for well-established TV shows as an Assistant Director, Director, writer and Producer. His experience covered a wide range of entertainment such as high-powered Entertainment TV’s (E!) Golden Globes coverage (2013, 2014), a Soccer reality-competition show featuring Diego Maradona, children’s educational Sesame Street NY produced Amman, to name a few. And on camera, Zaid worked as a TV correspondent for MBC group in Hollywood. In 2009, Zaid established his company Zaha Productions, producing 6 award winning short films to date creating strong work relationships with prestigious production houses in Los Angeles, and the Gulf. His Directorial debut film Baram & Hamza won International awards and distribution, and his next films continued on the same track. His other films include Love…Older (of 2 parts) and & the 2012 Oscar-qualified film Bahiya & Mahmoud, after winning “Best of Fest” at the Palm Springs Int. Shortfest. Zaid is currently freelancing between Hollywood, Abu Dhabi and Dubai while developing his first feature film Daughters of Abdul-Rahman in partnership with The Doha Film Institute, Torino Film Lab, Royal Film Commission of Jordan and other international film organizations like the RAWI-Sundance screenwriter’s lab.
Writing, producing, directing and developing content for TV and Film