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Music Video Directing

Start date:
Sep 19, 2010
2 weeks
Ability Level:
Participants must be eighteen years old and under

Learn how to make music videos
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Time: After school
Location: Museum of Islamic Art

We have two very special guests instructing this two week workshop, Jackie Salloum and Justin Kramer… both are great mentors and both have directed a variety of music videos. They will teach you everything you need to know about making music videos, from how it all started to the future of where music videos are heading, and they will guide you step by step to creating your own music videos.

What makes this workshop so special is that we have been given a music track by the acclaimed musician Nitin Sawhney ( and you will have the chance to create a video to this great piece of music.

All you have to do is submit your application and send us an idea for a music video. Pick any song you can imagine a video to, name the song, and then write a treatment including all your ideas, from the story to the colors, everything you can express about how you would visually create your video. The more detail the better!

Nitin Sawhney
Nitin is arguably the busiest, most versatile and most sought after composer and producer alive today. Having recently signed a lucrative deal with Universal Publishing, he has made 8 studio albums, for which he has been nominated for a Mercury Music prize, won a MOBO, 2 BBC Radio 3 awards and a Southbank show award, amongst 15 others. His career spans production and composition work with Sting, Cirque Du Soleil, Shakira, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Taio Cruz, Imogen Heap, Anoushka Shankar and many others. Recently he has also scored for videogames, including Sony Playstation’s number one game, “Heavenly Sword” and the forthcoming “Enslaved”. As the recipient of four Honorary doctorates from separate universities, fellowships from LIPA and Southbank University and considerable critical acclaim he also acts as a patron to many educational establishments, is now a judge for The Ivor Novello Awards, BAFTA, BIFA and sits on the board of trustees for London’s Whitechapel Gallery and Somerset House.

Jackie Salloum
Jackie Reem Salloum is a New York based artist and filmmaker. Drawing on her Palestinian and Syrian roots, her pop-infused work focuses on challenging the stereotypes of Arabs in the media. She has directed several shorts exploring this issue, including Planet of the Arabs, which received the International Editing Award at the 2005 CinemaTexas Film Festival and was an official selection the 05’ Sundance Film Festival. After receiving her MFA from New York University, Salloum began directing her first feature length documentary Slingshot Hip Hop. Five years in the making it made it’s premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival-Documentary Competition. Salloum’s work is also the basis of a youth education program on Palestine, and she frequently speaks at universities and conferences internationally.

Justin Kramer
Justin Kramer was born in New Jersey, he started his love for filmmaking in Philadelphia and eventually ended up in Brooklyn NY before moving to Doha. With a love of music and connections to bands and venues in Philadelphia, PA, he quickly became the unofficial videographer of the punk and hardcore rock n roll scene of the early 2000’s. With a stack of tapes that reached the ceiling, he moved on to bigger bands and wider platforms.

In New York, he worked on shows such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vh1 Hip Hop Honors, Fashion Rocks, as well as traveling the country and working on music festivals such as Bonnaroo. While working as a freelance videographer, he shot videos that appeared on MTV, VH1, and BET.

Justin continues to direct music videos as well as produce live music films for bands, most recently working with Portugal the Man and The Avett Brothers.

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