Shaheer Lanier

Photographer Male Gaithersburg, Maryland, US
My Website: Visuals by SLan
Mayhem # 2670127

About Me

My name is Shaheer Lanier, I'm 21 and from as far back as I can remember I have always had a passion to create. Whether it be drawing Pokemon for classmates back in the third grade, or learning how to draw lightsabers in Microsoft Paint, art has been in my life in some way, shape or form. I gained an interest for filmmaking after participating, along with other classmates, in the Montgomery County Media Festival, where I was given the task to write the script for the short film that we were going to create. Unfortunately, we didn't have access to a camera, so the project was left in pre-production, but it left me with a new found love of fiction writing. Going into high school, I had a chance to take a Digital Art class that taught me how to use Photoshop, Corel Painter, and Adobe Flash, which made me want to get into animation, but after transferring schools the course was not offered anymore. This lead me to Video Production with Mrs. Harper, where I can say that I truly developed an absolute passion for filmmaking. I got my first camera (literally the first one I ever touched in all my life), and started shooting short films, and stop motion animations starring my shoes, and little sister's rag doll. This progressed into getting better, and gaining knowledge in newer softwares; first Sony Vegas, then Adobe Premiere Pro, and wanting better equipment. During my senior year, I created my company SLan Enterprises, and started out helping students shoot and edit their senior film projects, but this later expanded to shooting music videos for local artists, commercials and PSAs for local companies, etc. I have also worked on several short films with local filmmakers ("Bite The Hand" directed by Dylan Hintz, "Dinner Guests" directed by Kevin Michaluk, "The Frequency of Paradox" directed by Serhat Arslan) and I just completed my first short film "Car Trouble" written by Jake Levine, and starring Brent Bauer, Jake Levine, Chelsea Banglesdorf, Melan Perez, and Saalika Khan which has won an Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Competition and about to release online. Outisde of that, I co-founded Fools On Parade! Comedy, a sketch comedy group with a few friends, and we will be spewing out a lot more content later on it the year. I recently co-founded Tangent Filmworks, specializing in high concept music videos, films, and commercials, as well as another division relating entirely to music (LVL UPP Media).


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