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Majd Mazin helps create visual spectacle for new Fall Out Boy music video
Majd Mazin has always been a visual person. From the time he was just a child, he loved to draw and paint. His mother is an architect and a very good sketch artist, becoming a great influence for Mazin's artistic nature. He was never a big reader, always preferring to watch a movie or a television show.

Film always infatuated him, and he remembers seeing his first film in theatres, The Pursuit of Happiness, at just 10 years of age. He was overwhelmed with the emotion the film created within him, and at that moment he was struck with the power the medium can have over its audience. He knew he would spend his life trying to evoke a similar reaction through his work.

Now, Majd is a sought-after cinematographer and camera specialist. He has worked on numerous award-winning films, includingProdigal Son, and The Fat One, and web series like The Millionaires. He is known for his work with music videos, such as "Peek-A-Boo" for the K-pop band Red Velvet, which has over 106 million views on YouTube alone.

Most recently, Mazin worked with one of his favorite bands from his childhood, the American rock and pop group Fall Out Boy, on their latest much video "Church". The entire experience was surreal for Mazin, who has always been a fan of the band.

"Watching and meeting the band members of Fall Out Boy was very rewarding and I am thankful to have the privilege to work on their music video. I also enjoyed that everything ran like clockwork and I got to meet a very talented Steadicam Operator in the process. The music video turned out very good and had some striking visual aspects," said Mazin.

Knowing the talent he possesses as a Camera Specialist, Mazin was asked to take part on the project by fellow cinematographer Pavel Brenner. The two have worked together several times in the past on challenging music videos, and Brenner is always impressed with Mazin's work and his ability to adapt to whatever the situation requires. 

As the Camera Specialist, Mazin assisted the cinematographer in the camera department, and maintained all technical aspects of his department. He hired his assistant, and helped the cinematographer with the complicated equipment and vintage lenses that were used. He managed all the technical aspects of the camera and all of its numerous accessories, and delegated work to his team. 

In pre-production, Mazin made sure that all the bits and pieces worked together, ensuring filming would run smoothly. This was absolutely essential, as they would be using vintage lenses that could complicate matters.

While shooting, Mazin made sure everything ran smoothly. It was a one-day shoot, and with his help everything was well organized and prepped. They shot in an old Mausoleum, shooting live performances and narrative sequences all within a twelve-hour time period. During this time, Mazin's biggest and most important role was pulling focus. He is known for his outstanding ability to pull focus with difficult lenses and wide-open apertures. If all the wardrobe, blocking dance and performances are executed perfectly, but the image is out of focus, then the footage is useless. After all departments do their jobs, it is then up to Mazin to ensure that the shot will be useful. He always maintains a flawless execution.

"The set up and the location were spectacular and the bands performance was phenomenal. It was amazing to see the band right in front of me performing," said Mazin.

The story of the video showcases a forbidden love, which Mazin found appealing. Audiences agreed, as the video has had almost 6 million views on YouTube since its release in January.

Mazin has seen great success in his career, but in his mind, he is still getting started. He wants to continue creating art that enchants his audiences, which is why he wanted to be a cinematographer in the first place. For those looking to do the same, he offers some thoughtful words.

"Never stop trying to work. As I worked on different sets, whether music videos, films, commercials of all sizes and varieties, I watched and payed attention to styles and techniques. I watched the good things that people did and their mistakes respectively. Work and experience are the most important thing. Even watching a lot of films and reading. Expand your library of literature and film. I also believe that photography is very important for cinematographers. I used to love landscape and cityscape photography, and that helped me with composition and light. I understood the basics of imaging, which is fundamental when working behind the camera," he advised.

Check out Mazin's work in Fall Out Boy's music video.

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