Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wrote a highly successful autobiographical book on his life story in which he also tells the story of United Arab Emirates and Dubai's growth into a global city. Sheikh Mohammed has overseen the development of numerous projects in Dubai including the creation of a technology park and a free economic zone, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, the Dubai International Finance Centre, the Palm Islands and the Burj Al Arab hotel. He also drove the construction of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. He founded a number of major enterprises including Emirates Airline, DP World, and the Jumeirah Group.
Roaya films was commissioned to make a documentary / film based on the book, with Ahmed Kamel directing. The film was to be made in 8k and post produced as it was being shot.
Ahmed asked us to come over to Dubai and help him set up what soon became the prototype of the 8k Mobile Digital Lab, and what also became a World first for it with production and post production in 8k on going from the first day of shooting.
Mike was director of cinematography in 8k - seen here with the Red Monstro in the Sheikh's office in Dubai.
The Lab was set up in a Hotel room in the City, and every evening Mike was able to see colour graded rushes, thanks to the fact that David had already graded them on Resolve, while director Ahmed Kamel was able to see progress both in editing and colour correction with editor Wael Al-Masri.
The production companies and producers were also able to see progress in shooting and post production on a daily basis, and everyone was extremely well impressed by this, and, of course the quality of the pristine imagery. While the main shooting was done in 8k with the Red Monstro, night time desert shots were done with the Red Gemini in 5k taking advantage of its 3200 ISO capabilities.
The project was edited, graded and finalised in 4k. Mike and David left Dubai having completed their work on the film and set up the 8k Mobile Digital Lab.