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I am Oz - A Director, Producer, DOP and Editor working my magic as I travel the world living a nomadic lifestyle. I have created over 600+ videos including travel, corporate, business, event promos, music, animated, documentary and non-profit organization videos.

I manage my video production company, The Paradox … Read More
I am Oz - A Director, Producer, DOP and Editor working my magic as I travel the world living a nomadic lifestyle. I have created over 600+ videos including travel, corporate, business, event promos, music, animated, documentary and non-profit organization videos.

I manage my video production company, The Paradox Studio, in Malaysia, Singapore and Pakistan http://www.theparadoxstudio.com , and also provides freelance complete video production service where ever I am http://www.ozairrao.com

Additionally I shoot video and photo stocks footage and am in the midst of releasing a series of online courses as well.

Currently, I am working on several personal projects including travel videos, short documentaries and two Feature Length Documentaries "Arts Uprising" - story of people behind the George Town Art Festival and a Sufism based documentary “Safar Dar Watan” – The Journey Within, to mention a few.

I was born in Pakistan and have been traveling around the world for the past 4+ years to 8 countries with my partner Naz and we have a travel blog and shop – The Hopscotchers - https://hopscotchers.org

I am addicted to observing life up-close - every character, every situation, every sound and every details around me. I approach every project with creativity, passion and enthusiasm. Check out a few examples of my work on:

• DOP - Director Reel – https://vimeo.com/127684347
• Non Profit Reel – https://vimeo.com/127390975
• Event Promo Reel – https://vimeo.com/149892821
• Time-lapse Reel – https://vimeo.com/150061982
• Motion Graphics Reel – https://vimeo.com/149903454
• Interview Reel - https://vimeo.com/149892825
• Animation Reel - https://vimeo.com/149903456

EQUIPMENT:

• Camera: Panasonic Lumix GH3 & GH2, Dji Osmo Plus, GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition and Mavic Pro
• Lenses: Panasonic 14-140mm, Panasonic 20mm 1.7 Pancake and Panasonic 35-100 2.8
• Audio: H1 Zoom – Stereo Field Recorder, Rode Video Pro Mic, Rode Colar mic
• Filters & Lights: UV, CPL, FD-1, ND Filter, 126 LED Light with different shades (Others Lights can be arranged as per need)
• Accessories: Mefoto Travel Tripod, Sirui Video Monopod, 100GB+ Memory & 3 X 2 Batteries
• Work Flow: Adobe After Effects CS6, Premiere Pro CS6, Magic Bullet Looks, Adobe Audition CS6, Adobe Ligthroom 5 on Apple Macbook Pro 15 Inches Retina

AWARDS:

• Most Popular Award - Short Documentary - Kaki Lima Film Festival - Malaysia
• Shortlisted - Non Competition Entry - Freedom Film Festival Malaysia
• Shortlisted - Film Dokumentor Festival - Indonesia
• Runners Up - Short Films - Ghandara Film Festival
• Award Of Merit - Short Documentary - Short Films California
• Awarded - This is my Story - Dialogue with Pakistan – Videographer

ASSOCIATED WITH:

• Travel Blog: The Hopscotchers - https://hopscotchers.org
• Video Production Company: The Paradox Studio - https://theparadoxstudio.com
• Travel Vlogger: Trip Films - https://www.tripfilms.com/users/ozairrao
• Contributor: Adobe Stocks - https://stock.adobe.com/contributor/206950652/Ozair#
• Affiliate: World Nomads – https://www.worldnomads.com/
• Union Member –Matador U - https://matadoru.com/union/members/hopscotchers
• Contributor: Video Blocks - https://www.videoblocks.com/portfolio/ozairrao
• Contributor: Pond5 – https://www.pond5.com/artist/ozairrao#1/2063
• Contributor: Video Hive – https://videohive.net/user/ozairrao
• Contributor: Shutter Stock - https://www.shutterstock.com/video/gallery/Oz-Rao-168021698/?irgwc=1&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=VigLink&utm_source=27795&utm_term
• Photo Market Place: 500 PX - https://500px.com/ozairrao/marketplace
• Contributor: iStock Photo – Getty Images - www.istockphoto.com/br/en/portfolio/ozairrao
• Contributor: 123RF - https://www.123rf.com/profile_ozairrao
• Associate Member - The International Documentary Association (IDA)
• Contributor: Deposit Photos - https://depositphotos.com/portfolio-14235188.html

I Shoot; I Travel; I Become! Read Less
Well I work with pictures as well.. but my love for moving images is not just images but the sound and the music.. that completes it. Pictures may speak a thousand words.. but in a world with so many confusions.. moving image is the best form of getting your point out there... although to be honest.. its somethin… Read More
Well I work with pictures as well.. but my love for moving images is not just images but the sound and the music.. that completes it. Pictures may speak a thousand words.. but in a world with so many confusions.. moving image is the best form of getting your point out there... although to be honest.. its something I connected with and am grateful and inspired by the creator that I know why I exist.
3. What radicalized you as a filmmaker? Addicted to observing every character and situation, studying life became a habit and capturing moments, a passion. My camera has allowed me to snap, record, and share that which is meaningful and well get to live different lives and feel different emotions while I did that ... I always wondered why people would choose one occupation and would often think of choosing a one where i could feel that way and experience similar things other people would do but move on as you live only once you now... I am not too keen on the commercial side of the world.. but well.. lets see how long will it take me to crack the system :) Read Less
Oh well it was a process for sure.. I never thought about being a filmmaker ... I liked movies a lot but we didn't have a cinema culture and even when we did... I was never a regular. I still don't remember names of movies and directors but I love them though.
when i was young i wanted to be in the Civil Services,… Read More
Oh well it was a process for sure.. I never thought about being a filmmaker ... I liked movies a lot but we didn't have a cinema culture and even when we did... I was never a regular. I still don't remember names of movies and directors but I love them though.
when i was young i wanted to be in the Civil Services, particularly wanted to be in the Army.. But eventually ended up being an IT graduate and well I have to admit I did go a long way in that directions with loads of certifications, specializing in Network Engineering so yes in a way I was an Engineer.
While studying I kept working and eventually ended up being a RF Engineering and used to align satelites and work with wires when during my last years of college i started having dreams with machines in them and i knew at that point that i need to go for a long walk :)
hmm although when 9/11 happened and as i had plans of transferring and going to America with a lot of my family there.. that was not going to happen and I did decide and eventually ended up applying to an Art school in the middle of my IT degree and even got in but due to family pressure I never ended up going to it...
Now I was in the real rat race upon my graduation and eventually ended up working in Siemens as a Management Trainee and started towards working to become an SAP Consultant as i thought i would travel, meet people etc etc... and this was a good option and well Corporate world and family happy it was.
Thank God I had an elder sister.. who was and is one of my inspirations and Guru and alongside Siemens I used to work for a Magazine and balance out life by doing a bit of photography and working on events along side my work... and My Weekend MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION :P
I Used to wear a tie to work.. in fact i introduced the tie culture in Siemens.. and after working their over an year and making SAP workshops without any certifications I was told after over 6 tests and interviews that they appreciated my skills but I would need to have an MIS as per company policy.. so yes i walked out went to on a long train journey straight from work .... and that's when i decided not to be part of the system and run the rat race...
Ok so we are almost there... so i took up photography, inherited my sisters Canon 350D and started doing more photography and events and while i was researching for a cultural themed event i was offered to work at a television as an Associate Producer and a Host for channel V Pakistan -
I literally didnt event know that you can say CUT and used to place camera and take the whole scene in one go...
But that how it all started...and to wrap it up.. I was on shoot for my first documentary series.. Addicted and well I just started crying the moment i realized that this is what i want to do for the rest of my life...
Ps: My mom wanted me to be a Doctor by the way and I did have Chemistry, Biology and Physics in My O Levels :) Read Less
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