We had the good fortune of connecting with Hassan Said and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hassan, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
the motion picture industry is a giant global industry. Being an independent filmmaker you are competing in a market where studios and algorithms that have billions of dollars invested dictate the public taste. Furthermore, making a film or a show on an independent budget takes on alot of compromise from everyone involved and a much longer timeline from start to finish due to limited budgets. It is endless amounts of work and sleepless days. It’s patience, and requires immense resilience to have your project be finished, let alone be seen to a global audience amidst the recycled content week in and week out. From conception, writing, shooting, production planning, post production, festivals, distribution, fundraising. Storytelling is a large feat and has so many branches that have to conduct and play in the same rhythm to reach the finish line.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Given that I lived in various countries and cities, my perspective and lens eye for the world is very unique. I process alot of ideas with different languages I learned along my journey. I am very proud of how far I came in such a challenging industry and be able to tell stories and meet amazing people to create beautiful films that effectively changed all our lives. Working in the industry for over 15 years, wearing multiple hats, on various size productions helps gain vast amount of experience to help facilitate creating ones content. I am very grateful for all these experiences. It is still an ongoing journey with challenges and lessons. I learned that its always important to live new chapters, meet new people, dig and learn more about yourself to tell the most authentic story or art creation. I would like people to remember my work for its craftsmanship as well as one’s relatable life and themes we all live.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is a rich city with places to explore and have fun in. Where does one start? Griffith observatory, visiting the LACMA museum on friday night jazz, eating a pastrami sandwich at canter’s deli or fried chicken at Roscoe’s chicken and waffles. Stop by Harvard and Stone for some live music and a drink. Hike in topanga canyon and walk the boardwalk in venice. Do yourself a favor and drive mulholland drive from hollywood out to the coast off Mulholland Hwy.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this to all the artists out there pushing through to tell their stories, to create and connect with the world around them. If you believe, it will manifest. Just keep at it. Art is what outlives wars, politicians, and trends. Specially female artists, immigrants, and minority groups who are very underrepresented in the motion picture industry in the United States and deserve for their stories to be heard.