We had the good fortune of connecting with Jude Abadi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jude, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I always aim to work on film and TV projects that are equally inclusive above and below the line and on stories that reflect current issues, including their effects on various communities. While living in the Middle East, I dedicated a significant amount of time to working with refugees in Turkey and Lebanon. I filmed and photographed their lives, while holding various workshops for children with an NGO. Those photographs were exhibited and sold around the world, with 100% of profits going back directly to those children and their families. Some of the funds from the sale of those photos also contributed to the opening of a school on the Turkey-Syria border. I am drawn to narratives that portray human resilience and our innate power to overcome challenges. By doing so, I hope to bring awareness, compassion and understanding of our shared experiences to wider audiences.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a freelance cinematographer and camera assistant, although I do occasionally work as a grip or electrician. It hasn’t been easy but nothing that’s worth it ever is. After graduating with a MFA in Cinematography, I worked on anything and everything for little or no pay just to get my foot in the door. I needed to build my resume and contact base so I could progress in the industry. Every set has its issues and what matters is what you take from it. Understand what went wrong, learn from it and move on. I believe you only grow personally and professionally through hardship and I appreciate and am thankful for all of those experiences. I wouldn’t have truly realized my love and passion for film if not for them. To quote The Disaster Artist, “even the worst day on a movie set is better than the best day doing anything else.” What sets me apart is my work ethic and overall love for being on set. I relish and thrive in stressful, fast-paced work environments. I enjoy spontaneous problem solving and rising to the pressure that comes with working in unpredictable settings. As a cinematographer, I meticulously plan for every scenario in pre-production and as a camera assistant I take pride in ensuring the cinematographer doesn’t have to worry about his or her camera department. I look forward to continuously learning and growing as a professional. I’m excited about what the future holds. I live for the moment and enjoy the process. I get more satisfaction from the work itself than any praise that may come along with it.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family, first and foremost, who have always encouraged me to find my passion and creativity. My parents taught me the importance of hard work and to take pride in myself and my accomplishments, no matter how small. I’ve been fortunate enough in my life thus far to have had some incredible mentors, both within and outside the film industry. They’ve given me the confidence to aim higher and to keep going when times get tough. Also a big shout-out to my peers who encouraged me to start working in the film industry, which has led me to a find a career that I enjoy.
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