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Artist Corner: Abdullah Al Yahya (Aiden Corte)

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Jou Pabalate

Regional Editorial Manager at Destination Riyadh

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By Reema Al Humaid

Meet this month’s emerging artist!


Name: Abdullah Al Yahya (Aiden Corte)
Age: 18
Occupation: Filmmaker

At 18 years old, this filmmaker is changing Riyadh’s visual landscape by challenging the norm and recreating how we view art in the city.screen-shot-2017-04-18-at-2-38-51-pm

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Abdullah Al Yahya. I created a brand called Aiden Corte on April 9. This brand focuses on the art of filmmaking. I am a senior in high school, and I am also a filmmaker.

Why filmmaking?

Ever since I was young, films and videos were very intriguing to me. I saw beauty in them. As an emotional person myself, I was looking for a platform to showcase that side of me, and film was the one I felt the most passionate about. The emotions that can be translated through a film are indescribable (in my case), hence why I decided to explore the eye-opening and diverse world of filmmaking.screen-shot-2017-04-18-at-4-47-26-pm

Where do you see yourself heading with filmmaking?

A dream of mine is to hopefully direct and produce my own film that focuses on the beauty of unity and culture, hence a film that tackles social issues we encounter on a daily basis. Basically, I see myself excelling in the film industry, as I would like to approach ideas that have never been talked about, and I believe by doing so I would help many people going through rough times regain that spark and hope in their lives.screen-shot-2017-04-18-at-2-43-31-pm

Describe your style.

My style in film is very symbolic, I like to symbolize certain aspects of my films in terms on arts and production, I also love to add music into my films because I feel like it adds to the film in terms of emotions.

How do you decide whether a film you’ve completed is a success or not?

I believe that it is impossible to know whether a film I have created is successful, in terms of the audience watching it. But, in terms of how I personally critique my films, I never rate them, and I never publish a film that I am not proud of.screen-shot-2017-04-18-at-4-48-53-pm

There is one quote I live by: “No Pain, No Gain.” Many see this quote as a set of words, but what I see is the beauty of determination. For one to succeed, he/she must fail. So the films I do not publish, are the films that fail to make the cut, and the films that are published are the films I am the most proud of.

Twitter: aiden_corte
Instagram: aidencorte

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