Who i am
Ishmael Azeli is an independent Kenyan filmmaker and international 1st AC/CAM OPP/DOP, with years of experience in the region and around the globe. He has worked with different clients to conceptualize, manage and execute projects across multiple locations and needs, bringing his creativity and vision to immortalize scripts and images that bring ideas to life. His projects include TV commercials and brand films to short films. His work has been seen alongside big brands around the Globe, and through production houses like: Ahoy Films-South Africa, Quite Bright Films-Kenya, Mermaid Production-New York, Ginger Ink-Kenya, Blue-sky Films -Kenya, Stage Light Production-South Africa, Mojo Productions-Kenya, Bore ales-France, HOME- Los Angels, and others.
He has also been privileged to work with renowned filmmakers, such as DP Denson Baker-Hollywood, Director Jim Loach, Carl Rinsch-Hollywood, Rowry O Grady-South Africa,
Director Dan Prior-Kenya (a mentor),Director Juan Reina-Finland. His passion lies in storytelling and derives his excitement from engaging and moving the audience through dynamic cinematic design. This has been as a result of years of perfecting his craft in film making as he continues to aim and continually go against the grain with his work pushing the value in uniqueness and creativity.
What i do
Ground Glass Production
" So here it is at last… some directing genius from the brilliant Dan Mace. It’s been an all-consuming few months on this, but so proud to share it. Huge thanks, to the incredible team who have gone above and beyond to deliver Dan’s vision for this film.Well done everyone and massive thank you to you all...what a brilliant team! "Via Website
" iVAD Productions and Ishmael Azeli did two days of photography for us, as we conducted work in Kenya and rural villages. The videography was exceptional with and we are grateful for the videographer's hard efforts, great behavior and hard work. The end results of the videography were perfect and exactly as we wanted, so the videos came to great use for us. "Via Website
Africa Communications Group
" Mimi Kalinda, the author of Talking to Africa and Managing Director of Africommunications Group (ACG), a pan-African public relations company, leverages her experience over almost two decades in communications in Africa and abroad to write this research-based book, which includes photography by Ishmael Azeli. "Via Website
" Because of the tireless efforts of Ishmael, I've been able to connect with audiences around the world and sustain a career in documentary. If you are lucky enough to work with them, they will be your champion and help you navigate the ever changing landscape of independent film. They get the job done and allow the filmmaker to focus on the creative aspects of their work. "Via LinkedIn
" Ishmael Azeli is many things: a savvy filmmaker, a knowledgeable consultant, a reliable sounding board; an all-round film industry guru who understands the ins and outs and can thoughtfully breakdown his insight and opinions to the filmmaker (and clearly discern the two). Most importantly, he just simply looks out for you. "Via Facebook
" Ishmael Azeli is the most professional and comprehensive filmmaker I have ever worked with. On my films, Ishmael helped me navigate the shrouded festival landscape, steering me away from first-timer mistakes and showing me how to secure screening fees. "Via Twitter
Below is the list of Gear I Own:
- Remote Focus
- VT(Wireless video transmitter upto 400ft)
- Monitors (Directors 7Inch,5inch and Clients 24inch)
- DSLR KITS ( Sony A7sII,5D Mark 4, Mark 3).
- Sony F3 (PL, Canon, Nikon Mounts).
- Canon C300 .
- Canon C100
- Nikkon prime lens.
- Rockinon lense kit
- Zoom lenses.
- Matt box with 360degress rotating filter trays (4 by 4).
- 4 BY 4 filters (ND 3,6,9,1.2,1.5,1.9 POLA, ND H.E 3,6,9).
- Manfrotto Tripods.
Camera support includes:
Dollies & tracks, Jib Arms, Jimmy Jib, Steadicam, Cranes, Rigging accessories.
Soft lights LED
Crew Referrals to best of the best in :
Director, DOP, camera assistants, photographers, grips, gaffers, assistant director, stylist, makeup artist, art directors, editors, electricians, runners and production personnel.
News / Updates
3. Honored to be selected as a cinematography instructor for the first-ever Stories Found documentary-filmmaking workshop sponsored by the U.S. Embassy