After graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Trade in 2007, he devoted his attention in his field of work until he joined one of the major real estate companies, and continued until 2012, and thought of the need to “have the space to do what he truly likes,” and decided to return to pursue his hobbies again.
Al Taweel bought an Oud, and self-taught himself how to play it through videos on YouTube, since there wasn’t an option for him to receive lessons from a real life instructor.
He eventually mastered playing the Oud well enough to achieve the admiration of the artist Nasir Shamah, and advised him to grow his talents to learn more and play. However, he could not do that due to his commitments with work.
A year and a half ago, he entered the field of photography through his trips to South Sinai, Luxor and Aswan, which got him great reactions from his followers on his Facebook.
Back at his main job with human resources, the company he works with partnered up with an English company called Red Rock International, which has a branch in Egypt. Red Rock International provides experiential team building and development training for the development of employees and the establishment of the principles of cooperation and other crucial soft skills between them.
At the team building event for the company Al Taweel works for, Red Rock International asked the staff to produce a film that addresses the values of the work environment - respect, innovation, employee care, safety and integrity as part of the creative team building challenge.
Al-Taweel tells that he knew what was required when he went to a hotel in Alexandria after accepting the Red Rock invitation. This three day training event was held from March 18th to the 20th.
The group of human resources staff were divided into four groups, each were made up of 10 employees who were required to create a short 3 minute film in two hours to vividly portray the company values.
The elements of the film consisted of an introduction, a conflict, a solution and a finale. The 4 team had to collaborate, not just between each small team, but as one department as a whole to portray the big picture.
In his group, Al Taweel decided to be responsible for the filming within his team, despite the fact that it was beyond his skills as a photographer, and here he explained: “I loved taking the script of any film being made from a friend I have whose father works in film production. I would recognize how the filming of the script is done and this gave me the brief background I have in filming.”
Al-Taweel gathered all his experience in photography and how to handle the script to complete his duties as lead filter until his team completed the required part of the film and combined it with the 4 other groups’ films which was ultimately called “Completing Each Other”.
To motivate all the employees for their efforts in this activity, Red Rock International set up a glamorous Oscars-themed ceremony, with award resembling the real Academy Awards for the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, Best Director, Funniest Actor/Actress, and of course, Best Filming.
During the committee's evaluation of the quality of the work of all the participants, Al Taweel was chosen to be awarded the Oscar for Best Filming in recognition for his work which was different and innovative.
The realistic awards and outcome by the Red Rock International training ended up causing confusion for the security services at the airport when Al Taweel was heading back to Cairo.
He said, “When I was heading back to Cairo, the X-Ray machines at the airport showed that I had a heavy gold item in my suitcase, so they suspected I was smuggling ancient artifacts.”
And about Red Rock International he said, ”They did a fantastic job at making the award look like a real gold statue to give the impression of the true Oscar.“
From this point Mahmoud Tawil aspires to two things, the first of which is to work with a friend who is a project entrepreneur in Italy interested in the field of product photography.
The second is to penetrate the domain of the multimedia marketing world to promote the program “Happiness”, which is implemented by the fact that his company contracted with another international company which is a main reference to the Ministry of happiness in the UAE.
Originally Written by Mahmoud Abdel Wareth for Al Masry Al Youm Light.
Original Article: http://lite.almasryalyoum.com/extra/139664/
Translate by Red Rock International.