Category Archives: Film

Just a few hours ago, I finished shooting the rest of the video for ATOP Precision’s new watch. I have to say, I’m starting to like these weekend shots. It was another great day of work, even if it was Sunday!

The fun started even before I got to the job. With the address of the shooting location in hand, I walked around to some bus stops, showing the written address (in Chinese) to locals, and trying to figure out which bus to take to the city I was headed to. Despite the language barrier I was able to get on the right bus, as well as get off close to the shooting location. From there it was but a fifteen minute walk to my destination. I was able to get there on time, pay but a fraction of the transportation cost of a taxi, and have twice the fun. All this was possible mainly because of the very friendly people of Taiwan!

Video Monitor Shot at ATOP’s Video ShootWhen I got there, I saw a lot of familiar faces from the first shoot before the Chinese New Year. It was nice to see them again. We began shortly after I got changed and started off by simple shots of me adjusting the watch as well as being on the cell phone. When that was done, two other people joined me in front of the camera. Ksenija, who is also represent by PT and who I worked with on another job before, as well as Guillaume, originally from France and now living in Taiwan. We had the opportunity to chat together until the crew was ready to shoot. Once we got going, we had to act as if we were in a meeting discussing a computer product. When that was done, Guillaume and I shot a hand shaking scene outdoors, nearby the location. That concluded the shoot for the video.

Picture of ATOP’s WatchEverything went very well, even better than the first time we shot.. maybe because we were already getting used to working together. Grace from ATOP was very happy with the shoot and was so nice as to actually give me the watch! I was surprised but also very appreciative and pleased! I had joked around with her about that, but didn’t think she would actually let me have it. A big thanks to her and ATOP for the great watch, which is perfect for travellers, as well as the production company for a great day. I might have worked this weekend but in the end, it hardly seemed like work.

To finish, big thanks to Marko, my friend and roommate in Taipei, for allwoing me to use his suit for the shoot!

Posted on: 17 Feb 2008
Posted by: Samy Osman

Taipei County Yingko Ceramics Museum

Yesterday morning I was driven to a ceramics museum where we would shoot for ATOP Precision’s in house/in store promotional video. This was the first of two filming dates, to create a video showcasing their new watch. The section of the museum we shot in was used was to simulate the inside of an airport. Basically, we got footage of me walking down a ramp with my luggage and stopping to adjust the ATOP watch to a different time zone. Different shots were taken, with different angles and close ups. Finally we shot another sequence where I would talk on a cell phone after checking the time on the watch.

All in all it went good. Didn’t take us too long as it was relatively simple to do. I had a good time, as usual, and am looking forward to the next shoot. The production team as well as the people representing the product were great to work with. The second part of the shoot will take place after the weeklong holidays of the Chinese New Year are up. Speaking, for those celebrating: Happy Chinese New Year!

Posted on: 05 Feb 2008
Posted by: Samy Osman

Bollywood North Premiere Night

Plasma Films held their public premiere of Bollywood North last night. In this short film, I play the role of the Thug. This event, with red carpet and all, was held at the The New Jaz’oo Cafe Villa on Sparks Street in Ottawa. The owners of this place are also Executive Producers of the film.

It started off with Graham Murray (the Director) giving a speech, preparing the audience for the film and a revealing statement about his work in the pornographic industry (may have been a joke). All kidding aside, he talked about the nature of Bollywood movies and how Bollywood North was a satire of the genre, Canadian style. 

The movie was played with a great reaction from the crowd. Lots of laughs were heard, including mine (the part where I get headbutted to the chest, Zidane style, always gets me). After the end of the film, the Producers Tiffany Murray and Philippe Paquette went up to talk and answer questions. Later they invited me up there and I responded a couple of questions as well. Graham also joined us to help out.

All in all, it was a great night due to the company of good friends and catching up with the people I worked with during the production of the film.

Posted on: 25 Nov 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman

2@2 Movie PosterFirst off, the film “2@2″ by Parktown Productions took the Grand Prize in Calvin Klein’s IN2U short film contest! Also in July, we shot the short “Autopilot Off” in three straight shooting days. It was a blast to shoot. Shooting of “The Portal” also begun in that month, and we actually just finished shooting today. It was a great experience! The character I played was very different what I’ve done in the past.

As for smaller roles go, I had a couple of “special extra” ones in locally shot MOWs (Movie of the Week). One of them I played the “hot half naked guy”. Let me assure you it was the top half that was naked. It was a scene with two well established actress and lots of fun to shoot. Finally I participated in Pascal Aka’s short film rendition of his poem “Without You”.

Posted on: 12 Nov 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman

I was offered the lead male in a short film shot by Parktown Productions (at the end of May) called “2@2”. It was actually put together for a contest promoting Calvin Klein’s new man/woman fragrances IN2U.  The shoot went great!

Before voting was actually open to Canada, it was the top rated film! As it stands, it looks like it’s tied for first. Only a few days of voting left on so check it out! A direct link to the film is available under the work section. In addition, I’ve auditioned and was offered roles for a couple of other films (“Autopilot Off” written by Alex Massad and “The Portal” by Raied Ghanam). We also finally finished shooting my scenes for the feature length film “6 for 7”. I’m looking foward to the finished product!

Posted on: 27 Jun 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman

Last night Pascal Aka premiered “Jamie and Eddie: Souls of Strife”. It was a great time and a very successful event with well over 300 people in attendance (400 or so capacity).

 We all finally got to see the finished product. A lot was cut out and the film was still a feature length movie spanning over an hour. Pascal Aka’s work was very impressive especially for this being his first film! Many were left impressed and a good time was had by all.  People seemed to enjoy my character “Spookie”!

Posted on: 28 May 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman

I’ve been working a lot on films in the past few months.. lots of busy and sleep deprived weekends! We shot and finished “Nothing Left To Say”. It was great working with Paul, his wife Shalan, friend Dre and my cast mate Nancy. I’ve already seen rough edits of the film and it’s going to look great. Paul’s not only a pleasure to work with but a really talented guy!

Another film that we completed is Pascal’s “Jamie and Eddie: Souls of Strife”. The premiere is on May 27th! Check out the website for details. Pascal’s another hard working man who’s artistically gifted.

We also finally shot the last scene for “Drinks”.

Finally, I continued extensive work for the feature length film “6 for 7”. At this point I only have a few scenes left to shoot, and eventually some voiceovers!

Additionally, I was offered the lead in a short thriller called “Goodbye”. I accepted and we’ve already shot a good chunk of the film.

As for commercial work, I booked another Much Music TV ad for their “Much Mobile Missions” contest. Then I did a video for the new “LG Fusic” phone which is featured on their French webpage for it. I was also featured in an internal Transport Canada video.

Moving on to print, I landed a job for Shopper’s Drug Mart. The pictures should be appearing in stores soon enough. I also did a photoshoot for the “Centropolis” in Laval. Pictures should be up at the center as well as on their website. Lastly, I got a new headshot that was shot by Robert Du Broy; a great guy. Check out the resume and pictures section for updates with all the aforementioned.

Posted on: 16 May 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman

At the beginning of December I attended my agency’s party. Met some new people, talked to some familiar faces and had a great time.

Shooting for “6 for 7” continued and is going well.

I booked and shot a commercial for Vonage Canada mid December and had a great time on set! Watch for the guy with the binoculars on TV and on the Internet.

I also landed the lead in a local project called “Nothing Left To Say”. In January, the student film “Inescapable ” and shot in Cardinal, Ontario. That went well too.

I also did a music video for a local band called No Other way. The song is called “Hollywood Horror Show” and I played a show host. Had a great time with the character!

Also, shot another fight scene for “Souls Of Strife” which was a lot of run to rehearse!

Shooting for “Peace for Middle East” also continued.

Finally I joined an Improv group in Ottawa for practice and fun! Resume and pictures sections have been updated once again.

Posted on: 04 Feb 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman

Just at the end of September, I signed up for the Ottawa University 24hour Theater Project (being a non-student, an exception was made for me to participate – thanks Ross and Jeremy). As a team, we had 24 hours to write and perform an original play. I was one of the actors and had a great time. The crowd loved it!

In October, we did voiceovers for Bollywood North.

I also had a photoshoot with Laurel Breidon in Montreal. I plan to have those pictures up soon enough.

Shooting of Pascal’s movie “Souls Of Strife” continued and Michel from RAMM Entertainment offered a lead role for a feature length film called “6 for 7” based on my performance in his latest short “Silent Touch”. I accepted and we’ve already started shooting. Pictures of the production are already up!

I was also offered a role in Jamal’s “Peace for Middle East” and I’ve done a scene so far.

In November, I auditioned and received a role for a student film called “Inescapable”.

Finally I booked a new commercial! This one’s for Sirius Satellite Radio. I got both the English and French roles and it’s already been shot and completed. This is an Internet only video so you can just follow the link in the work section to see it! Both resume and pictures sections have been updated with the changes.

Posted on: 30 Nov 2006
Posted by: Samy Osman

Lots have been going on since June. Did a fashion show for Joelle Proulx. This was a first for me and was surprisingly a lot of fun! The show itself was very casual and relaxed – smiling was encouraged.

Got a print campaign with International Clothiers.

Also got representation with an agency in Montreal called Folio which will work with Angie’s to get me work there.

Finished shooting Bollywood North which was a great overall experience and a lot of fun. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

I also went to Vancouver for about a week and met a lot of people and had a good time.

The first issue of BOOBi magazine is out. You can find me on page 58 or just check out a scanned image of it in the work section of my website. Their release party was awesome.

I also booked another print. This one was for Magazines Canada. When the ads come out, look for the back of me, reading a magazine while facing a recently washed car.

I also booked a job for “Beyond the Sea”. It’s for a condo ad/video in Toronto.

Finally I have a charity fashion show going on at the Casino Lac Leamy in Hull on Saturday.

Posted on: 18 Sep 2006
Posted by: Samy Osman