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I Ended Up Shooting A Music Video

A music video from the Assasi project.

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As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, throughout this year I’ve been in the process of filming a feature documentary about Zac Allaf, the Syrian rapper known as Assasi. It’s an interesting story — after escaping Syria he floated around Asia for over two years living basically as a refugee until he received the go-ahead to join his American wife in Maine, where he is now trying trying to advance his music career in a challenging environment.

I went out one day to film him while he was making a music video in Bangor and ended up shooting the video myself … Then I ended up coloring the video … then I ended up working on the edit as well.

This was the first music video that I ever worked on, and it gave me some good experience for the next time I find myself hanging out with a camera around musicians …

The video was finished a couple of months ago, but I never really announced it on here. So check it out below.

Assasi – Damage Music Video (Rough Cut) from Wade Shepard.

More about the Assasi project:

Talking About My New Film Project On Downtown With Rich Kimball Radio Show

Traveling To Portland With Assasi For Cameo Appearance With Joe Benjamin

Filming A Hip Hop Cypher




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Filed under: Documentaries, Maine, Music

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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3722 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Georgiy Romanov November 16, 2019, 12:08 pm

    I didn’t understand the word, but I liked the energy and rhythm of the video. I got the impression that you shot on several cameras. Isn’t it? This is a good experience!

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    • Wade Shepard November 26, 2019, 4:52 pm

      Thank you! It was shot on a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and an Ursa Mini Pro. There is one shot with a GoPro.

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