For more than twenty years, DOP/Director Ahmad Al Morsy has been working in
filmmaking industry making more than 50 films and over 2000 TV ads as a DOP, and
recently as a director. Throughout his career, Al Morsy won 15 national and
international awards for his work. Currently, Al Morsy is a member of the Australian
Cinematographers Society (ACS) and the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC).
Best known for his adaptability, Al Morsy has always kept pace with the latest
developments in filming techniques and excelled in experimenting with new tools in
filming TV ads and movies.
In 2001, Al Morsy became the youngest DOP in Egypt with his debut film Violence And
Sarcasm (Al Unf Wal Sokhrya), followed by Heads And Tails (Malek Wa Ketaba) in 2006. In
2010, he received three awards for his film Messages From The Sea (Rasa'el Al Bahr),
Egypt's official submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Later,
he was the DOP of Wahed Saheh (2011), Al Hafla (The Party) (2013), and then The Blue
Elephant, which shattered previous records at the Egyptian box office in 2014.
His film Aswar Al Amar (Walls of the Moon) is the second film in the world to be shot
using ARRI D21 camera in 2009, where Al Morsy mixed between using digital cameras and 35
mm films. In 2017, Al Morsy repeated his collaboration with director Marwan Hamed and
writer Ahmed Mourad in The Originals, which continued with the film Diamond Dust that
was released in 2018, followed by The Blue Elephant 2, which is currently in production.
For his work in The Originals, Al Morsy won five awards, including three awards from the
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS).
In 1998, Al Morsy graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema, and then he traveled to
the USA to complete further filming studies in different cinematography schools
attending classes of Feature Film Lighting, DP Master Class and Advanced Cinematography.
Al Morsy worked as a Steadicam Operator on 40 films. In 1999, he participated as a 1st
Assistant Camera (1st AC) in El Medina (The City) by Yousry Nasrallah, which holds the
record for Egypt's first film shot by a digital camera. As a Cameraman, his repertoire
includes other gems from the Egyptian cinema archives, such as Youssef Chahine's
Alexandria ... New York (2004), Mohamed Yassine’s The Gazelle's Blood (2005), and the
highest production budget film in Egyptian cinema history, The Yacoubian Building
Al Morsy took part in the Discovery Channel’s two-hour special episode Expedition
Unknown: Egypt Live, which featured the opening of an Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus live
from an archeological site in Minya governorate.
Al Morsy was a jury member of the Arab Cinema Horizons Competition held within the 2017
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) and the Made In Egypt competition at the Shnit
Worldwide Shortfilmfestival in the same year. Moreover, he conducts a number of lectures
and writes several articles about the art of cinematography.
As for TV commercials, Al Morsy became one of the most important cameramen in the Arab
world due to his passion in experimenting with new tools in more than 2000 ads in Egypt,
UAE, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, U.K., France and Spain. Al Morsy's outstanding talent in
cinematography made ARRI select his projects for the Union National Bank as the main ad
for its showreel presentation at IBC Expo 2015 that featured videos that have been
filmed using ALEXA cameras in 2015 and in 2016 within The Looks of ALEXA video that
features Al Morsy’s Ministry of Electricity TV commercial; Enta El Hall, in addition to
his ad for L’azurde. ARRI also featured his work in Al Aslyeen film, Vodafone’s ‘4G Geel
Beykamel Geel’ (A Generation Leads Another) commercial campaign, Pharco’s commercial,
and superstar Angham’s music video ‘Ann Farh Ghayeb’ in its camera showreel in 2017. His
Indigo Plus TV commercial for WE, the Egyptian mobile service provider, was included in
ARRI’s camera showreel in 2019.
Al Morsy also filmed many music videos for major artists in the Arab world, such as
Tamer Hosni, Samira Said, Mohamed Mounir, Angham and Sami Yusuf.