Hamza Lari Shares His Experience Shooting Film “Imtehan” on vivo X80

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‘At the launch of vivo X80, I was surprised to see how flawless and powerful hardware has been inculcated in the smartphone, designed to create magic! Its tremendous features got me excited to shoot ‘Imtehan’ entirely on the X80. It has been a wonderful experience for me, the smartphone has definitely redefined the world of photography and videography to capture stories in a unique way’

As a leading technology brand, vivo has strived to offer ground-breaking technology in smartphones that allow consumers to unleash their creative potential. The brand has been collaborating with the finest videographers, photographers, technology influencers, and other creative professionals to truly recognize the local spirit and channel it to promote a positive message throughout the region through local projects. Hamza Lari, one of the most renowned Directors in Pakistan, recently teamed up with vivo under “Stories.Redefined.” to creatively display the futuristic concept the all-new X80 has to offer. 

Hamza Lari shares his experience with the vivo X80!

Together with vivo, he created an astonishing short film named ‘Imtehan,’ shot entirely on the X80. A beautifully shot film with unique creative angles making the best use of various shooting techniques like pan, dolly, tilt, and zoom, it depicts life in an ordinary setting and beautifully highlights the journey of students during the exam time. 


Various facets of the most critical moment for pupils to assess their talents are highlighted in the story. In order to inspire viewers to do good and discover a path to a bright future, Hamza Lari has gently but wonderfully infused the picture with the idea of hard effort to attain personal happiness and success.

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The unconventional and sensational plot created on X80 resonates with every young mind of the country, hence, receiving widespread acclaim from critics and audiences post with its recent release. Penned by Ahsan Rahim and directed by Hamza Lari, the film is shot entirely on X80, thus building considerable hype on social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram amongst film enthusiasts and visual art connoisseurs.

Director Hamza Lari says, “We used a smartphone camera to capture certain challenging shots that would have otherwise proven pretty tough or almost impossible to shoot with the usual cameras especially at home and in the classroom setting.” 

Lari chose the recently launched vivo X80 with outstanding photography and videography capabilities to shoot his artistic masterpiece, ‘Imtehan’. Furthering the film-making tactics, Lari encouraged young filmmakers to experiment with filmmaking techniques using capable smartphone cameras like the ones on the X80 that offer more flexibility and help users discover innovative ideas and novel ways of shooting. He was also overly impressed by X80’s 50MP ultra-sensing main camera with a new ultra-sensing IMX866 RGBW sensor that delivered images in greater detail and improves the camera performance in dark and low-light scenarios. 

It also features ZEISS Cinematic Video Bokeh, which creates oval flares in 2.39:1 aspect ratio, creating a widescreen cinematic lens effect capable of capturing highly artistic and emotive videos. Many tough sequences were possible because of these excellent qualities, such as a processor walking through the campus hallway, students departing for the exam center, and many more. To record tiny spaces and dark settings in an efficient manner, Hamza Lari used vivo X80.

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During the film’s shooting period, director Lari remarked, “I have captured the film using vivo X80 and my experience has been incredibly amazing.” In general, we don’t have enough scope to make fiction or short films using smartphones, but the vivo X80 has me captivated.” The filmmaker believes that the X80, in conjunction with the ZEISS Superb Night Camera, has produced exceptional night scene effects.

The smartphone captured night scenes using Pure Night View, while retaining the original look and feel of the scene with the powerful AI Deglare RAW and RAWHDR algorithms developed in-house. Lari adds, “Working with vivo, I discovered that anyone with a desire to express themselves or tell a story already has the equipment needed in their hand. I would like to urge emerging filmmakers to put their smartphones to use and experiment with distinctive styles when shooting films. It will help them gain new perspectives, which will eventually foster future filmmaking progress and bring novel ideas of storytelling to light.” 

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Furthermore, Sport Mode boosted the X80’s dynamic capabilities with Camera Panning during the shoot. Portrait tracking technology is employed in this function to eliminate motion blur produced by unsteady hands. Furthermore, the device’s Active Centering OIS System and 360° Horizon Leveling Stabilization function maximizes each frame’s stabilization range to provide outstanding video quality whether shooting indoors or outdoors. On rear cameras, ZEISS T* Coating improves light transmission and helps to eliminate night reflections such as flare and ghosting.

Overall, the director stated that it is extremely exciting.


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