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Meet Jude Abadi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jude Abadi.

Jude, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
A close friend encouraged me to get into the film industry. He recommended me to a UK based production company and it sparked my passion for filmmaking. I started as a line producer and then a production designer on tv-shows, documentaries, and indie films in the United Arab Emirates. I also photographed several sporting events.

I decided I wanted to get into the more technical and creative side of the film so I got my Masters in Cinematography from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. I was the cinematographer of a multi-award winning short film called The End of the World.

It is still going through the festival circuit, and I’m very proud of it. I have learned a lot over the years, and I am eager to continue learning from everyone I work with.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting a new life somewhere is always hard, especially when you are freelancing. You have to put yourself out there, network and build your name. Your life lacks stability and security as you live it from one project to another.

That being said, I believe that through hard work and determination you can accomplish anything. Through hard times, you learn what you are capable of as a person and how much you can endure. It’s all part of the journey.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a cinematographer, and I love to work in all departments under cinematography. I love having the opportunity to work with different people in different stages of their lives. I’m proud of my accomplishments and awards but also know I have so much to learn.

Every day is a learning experience whether I’m the head of a department or I’m at the bottom. I’m proud of my work ethic and know if I set my mind to something, I can and will succeed.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family have always believed in me. My father, an architect, and my mother, a civil engineer, are both incredible artists with an eye for aesthetics, and they have always encouraged my creativity.

They taught me the importance of being strong and independent and to take pride in everything I do, no matter how small. It took me a while to find my calling, and once they saw how happy I was working in the film industry, they fully supported my decision to move to LA to pursue my dreams.

My brothers who fly across the world to attend a screening and are always there for me no matter what. I am also grateful for the support and encouragement I received from my peers and professors at film school and beyond.

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