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Meet Noorain Maredia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noorain Maredia.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Noorain. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Mumbai, India, very much in my own bubble, unaware of the American culture, although my friends were very much a part of it. I used to enjoy movies but never had a particular interest in it. But once me and my family moved to the United States, I was faced by this cultural shock. I had no idea that movies were such a big part of American pop culture. The new friends I made in the states were very valuable in helping my interest in movies grow. Especially my friend, Ziyan, he really helped me see the beauty behind the art that is cinema. My friends such as Ziyan are a huge part of why I ended up falling in love with movies.

When it came for me to pick a career path in high school, I couldn’t picture myself in the future at an office job. I preferred the idea of expressing myself through more creative ways. The idea of having a career where I thoroughly enjoyed going to work everyday was the dream. I was introduced to the production side of theater when taking a class in high school and that really intrigued me. Seeing how everything came together behind the scenes of a production such as: the set, make up, actors, sound, lights, etc. really piqued my interest. Around the same time, I found out one of my friends was going to film school after graduation. I spoke to her more about the school and the great opportunities it provided and decided I would take the leap and follow my dreams by doing the same. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and felt a bit overwhelmed when I first got here. But now It’s been a little over a year and I have no regrets due to the fact that I’ve loved the experience, learned so much, and am really starting to feel like I’m finding my path in filmmaking.

Has it been a smooth road?
As fun as it is to learn about filmmaking at LA Film School, truth be told, it was definitely overwhelming at first. I had a lot of catching up to do with film history. As a matter of fact, I’m still working on it. I enjoy being a sponge and trying to learn as much as possible whether it’s about the different aspects of filmmaking or the history behind cinema.

Another challenge I faced was trying to figure out what exactly my strong suit is. I came to film school with a different perspective of filmmaking in comparison to others. A lot of my friends have a creative mind for storytelling, whether it’s through creating or acting, whereas I enjoy the process of bringing it to reality. At first this made me feel out of place, but once I learnt more about the on set/production aspect of film, I felt more comfortable quickly. I discovered the best job for me would be as an assistant director.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My focus when it comes to the filmmaking process is unique from many others in film school. There is a lot that goes into making a movie and the Assistant director (AD) is in charge of keeping all those moving parts in place. It’s a very crucial and stressful job that not everyone enjoys doing. I feel like this is what got me into filmmaking and differentiates me from others. I’m also very cautious and think logically which makes me fit for this job. I’ve learnt to empathize with people and create a healthy work environment on set, after all we love what we do, so we should definitely enjoy it. Being an AD is a lot about planning ahead and I DO NOT like doing something without knowing its outcome.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Of course, LA is the perfect place to be! As cliche as it sounds, LA is a place for those passionate about what they love. I’m constantly surrounded by people who want to create and collaborate with each other’s passions and dreams. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to collaborate and assist a few of my friends with their films and I’m looking forward to hopefully being able to continue to work together.

This past semester one of my professors said “An assistant director is the one that makes a director’s vision into reality”. That quote really stuck out to me as this is what I see my job as. LA is the best place to be for that because everyone here seems to have a vision.

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Nabeez Maknojia, Matthew Alexander

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