‘Bilal’ – Dubai’s first animated feature at Park Road

‘Bilal’ – Dubai’s first animated feature at Park Road

Debut directors Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal’s first animated feature ‘Bilal’, is ready to excite audiences with its story of a real hero who earned his remembrance in time and history. Post-production was completed at Park Road late 2015 prior to the film’s premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival.

The debut animated feature from Dubai animation studio Barajoun Entertainment, premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival on December 10, 2015, tells the story of Bilal, a young boy captured and forced into slavery, who dreams of throwing off his shackles and becoming a great warrior. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal finds the courage to raise his voice and make a change.

Supervising Colourist, Matthew Wear, crafted the film’s extensive and rich colour palette seen through expansive deserts, exotic palaces, vibrant markets, and dark foreboding environments.

Matthew paid special attention to characters’ skin tones, particularly those of hero Bilal as we follow the protagonist’s progress and the events that shape his life. Textured and colourful fabrics, clear blue skies, and richly detailed characters offer a fresh take on ancient middle eastern history.

Inspired by the detail and epic size of the soundtrack created at Park Road for ‘The Hobbit’ films, Barajoun initially approached the company to complete sound design and mix for the project. This then expanded to include picture services as a result of positive initial discussions and the opportunity of obtaining the Government 20% PDV rebate.

Park Road utilised a hugely experienced sound team supervised by Hayden Collow. Foley and Crowd Loop Group was recorded in house and the final mix was completed in one of the Dolby Premiere accredited cinema mix theatres. Academy Award winning mixer Michael Hedges worked along side Peter Smith and Alexis Feodoroff to create a soundtrack that matched the scale of the story being told.

‘Bilal’ made use of Park Road’s vast experience, leveraging EXR sources for VFX and animation, mastering DCPs for festival screenings and HD deliverables for a global audience.

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