Since you finished filming on A Dozen Summers, what have you been up to?
Sohail : Since finishing A Dozen Summers we have been working on UKVibe.TV, a project created by young people to help inspire others through social media. We’ve been exploring different avenues and possibilities to grow the organisation. So far it’s going great and we have many projects in the pipeline.
Do you think film and media can be used to change people’s lives?
Sohail : I think social media has changed people’s lives, as it’s a very powerful tool that’s used in very influential ways, from organisations to people. We now resort to social media for our news, staying in touch with friends, finding jobs, entertainment and much more. I also think films can change people’s lives because some films talk about the world’s most pressing issues and can alter people’s views. I have been told by people that films have changed their understanding and perspective of life. Films do have an impact!
Shahid : I think media has a massive impact on lives, especially through social media because of a lot of the kids of today have social media such as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, where celebrities post about their everyday lives. Kids look up to these figures and take them as role models. I think films change people’s lives because there are a lot of true stories out there – many people will watch movies and be influenced to change the world.
Do you have any advice for other young people looking to get involved in film or digital media?
Shahid : The advice I’d give to people who want to get involved in film or digital media is: it’s not just what you see on TV. There’s a lot of work that goes into actually making it all happen – there’s the location, setup, etc., but it’s definitely worth going into it. Every day’s different, so it isn’t your typical 9-to-5 office job.
Sohail : I think if film is your passion and it’s what you want to do for a living, then just do it. You can make films on smartphones these days. It’s very inexpensive. Don’t be afraid to experiment! There are a lot of organisations that support individuals who want to get into film, especially in Leicester, so I think it’s very easy to get involved with different projects. I personally don’t think film school matters at all. What matters is tenacity, talent and originality of ideas.