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Good news! Imperial ISoc won the FOSIS video competition. Alhamdulillah! JazakumAllah khair to everyone on production team, the actors, those who voted & those who shared the vids. Also big thanks to FOSIS, Campusalam, the judges, and even Cambridge ISoc for bothering to enter! :)


The following videos were produced by the Sisters’ Film Club on behalf of Imperial ISoc for the FOSIS Video Competition – an annual contest open to all UK Islamic Societies. This year’s theme was “A Day in the Life of a Muslim Student“.

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Due to competition time constraints (max. 2 min per video), the film has been split into two parts.

Part I: Time for Salat

[youtube width=”400″ height=”250″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXq0ASfIg4M&rel=0[/youtube]

Part II: Be A Hero

[youtube width=”400″ height=”250″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUn2vkrQ0aY&rel=0[/youtube]

This was the first production by the Sisters’ Film Club, and the feedback we have received has been most revealing. Those who understood the story really loved the videos, masha’Allah, but several audience members have come away very confused. So if you’re one of the latter, you’re not alone… This next paragraph is for you!

The main question that has been asked is: “What’s with the squirrel?”. Basically, the storyline is a spoof of various superhero stories, the main one being Spiderman, who received his powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Watch the first video again: the third shot shows a girl sat on a park bench with a newspaper. READ THE FRONT PAGE HEADLINE.

I now hope the videos make more sense to you, insha’Allah. ;)

The response to our first production suggest that we need to work on our story-telling, especially when working with very fast-paced videos. We can’t wait to apply these lessons to our next video, insha’Allah, and hope we’ll only get better with time and practice.

Visit the SFC blog to see the full list of credits, as well as other articles to do with club activities and film-making in general.

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Dr Mehzabeen b. Ibrahim joined MuslimMatters as a blogger in late 2007 under the handle 'iMuslim', whilst still a struggling grad student. Since then, she has attained a PhD in Molecular Biology and a subsequent Masters in Bioinformatics, and now works as a specialist in this field for a well-known British, medical charity, masha'Allah. Somewhere in between she found the time to get married, alhamdulillah. She likes to dabble in photo and videography, a sample of which can be found on her personal blog: iMuslim.tv.

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. amad

    June 26, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    salam
    it seems people are voting for both videos, so the vote for imperial is being diluted…

    • iMuslim

      June 26, 2010 at 10:09 AM

      Salam

      Well, we don’t have much control over that. We can only recommend that people vote for the second video (Be A Hero) – plus that’s the video people seem to enjoy the most, masha’Allah. :)

      Plus FOSIS have pulled the rug a bit in terms of voting. Initially, it was just about getting to last round, but now they’re implying that it may have influence on the actual judging. So we want as many people as possible to vote for us so that we have the weight of public backing. :)

  2. AnonyMouse

    June 26, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    LOL… loved the end of Part 2!

  3. abez

    June 26, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Lol, loved the ending of the second video w/the ‘capes’.

  4. Mirza Shahebaz Baig

    June 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Salams.

    Really liked the second video about salat time.. And I would like to commend this attempt of videos. mash Allah.

    Did they have link for third video? (If Khansberg did religion?)

    • iMuslim

      June 27, 2010 at 6:09 AM

      Yes, the Cambridge video is part of the playlist on the voting page.

  5. Mansy

    June 26, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Masha’Allah, brilliant stuff! Superheroes in the prayer room is jokes!

    For those who want to come and watch the competition final screenings, and the announcement of the winner, please click here to find out more

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=348760679689&ref=mf

    http://fosis.org.uk/events/calendar/details/120-fosis-annual-conference-2010-radicalism-and-excellence

    FOSIS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010: RADICALISM AND EXCELLENCE

    It’s begins Monday 28th, – London Muslim Centre – 11am-7pm – only £10 – amazing line up. Be there!

  6. Arif

    June 27, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    MashaAllah, Excellent !!!

  7. akhi

    June 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    i have to admit, the cambridge video was more enjoyable :0

  8. Aarif

    June 27, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    when the sister was there I lowered my gaze, and I think that might be why I didnt see the headlines on the newspaper the first time.

  9. Nahyan

    June 28, 2010 at 5:30 AM

    I liked both, mashaAllah.

  10. Amatullah

    June 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Congrats on winning! :)

  11. Cookie

    June 29, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Assalamoalaikum.

    Loved the video. It was short, but cute and so meaningful. The different style is bound to attract many viewers (inshAllah).

  12. shumaila siddiqui

    July 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    i loved both the videos ..they were awesome mashaAllah! but i think there was music in the background. :/

    • iMuslim

      July 2, 2010 at 2:57 PM

      Salam… Jazakillah khair. We didn’t use any musical instrumentation in the soundtrack of our videos. Just sound effects and B-box. Unless you were referring to the Cambridge video, which did seem to have a little.

  13. shumaila siddiqui

    July 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    : /

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