Ali Cherkaoui

1st AD

ABOUT ME :

After completing film direction studies in Paris, I had the chance to start in the industry, as a "video assistant" on Martin Scorsese's Kundun : a unique and privileged opportunity to watch, listen, learn, a few feet behind a legendary director. 

Since then I had the opportunity to build my career as an “assistant director“ on a large scale of  projects :  From hollywood high budget features to european features with Academy Awards winning directors as well as Emmy Awards winning tv series... All these experiences have been complementary and allowed me to achieve a high level of efficiency, a thorough organization, a precise crew, cast & extras' management but also the necessary flexibility, adaptability and “know-how“ in order to find creative solutions with less means... 

Working in over 25 countries around the world, I have gathered an extensive location experience in places such as : france, united kingdom (england & scotland), belgium, germany, czech republic, austria, hungary, north macedonia, malta, bosnia & herzegovina, slovenia, morocco, tunisia, turkey, qatar, united arab emirates, oman, india, thailand, china, the philippines...

Born in Casablanca, Morocco, I am trilingual and fluently speak : French, English & Arabic and have basic knowledge of Spanish & Serbo-croatian languages...

Credits

CURRENTLY ON NETFLIX  :  THE SPY directed by Gideon RAFF

6 Episodes Limited Serie with Sacha BARON COHEN, Noah EMMERICH, Hadar RATZON ROTEM...  

LATEST PROJECTS :

- THE LAST DUEL (Feature) directed by Ridley SCOTT : 1st AD France  / Shot in France between February & March 2020 // Cast : Matt DAMON, Adam DRIVER, Jodi COMER, Ben AFFLECK... // Prod : Disney / Peninsula Film Royal Ice 

- GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE (Feature) directed by Navot PAPUSHADO - Shot in Berlin, Germany over 12 Weeks / 54 Days - March / April 2019 - Cast : Karen GILLIAN, Lena HEADEY, Paul GIAMATTI, Angela BASSET, Michelle YEOH, Carla GUGINO - Produced by : THE PICTURE COMPANY & STUDIOCANAL  //  Executive Producer : Luc ETIENNE - DOP : Michael SERESIN // Prod. Designer : David SCHEUNEMANN //  Cost Designer : Louise FROGLEY...


1st AD (Features & TV Series) :

THE LAST DUEL (Feature / 1st AD France) -- GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE (Feature) -- THE SPY (Netflix TV Serie)— MRS MILLS (Feature) — MARS - SEASON 1 (Nat Geo TV Serie) — PATTAYA (Feature) — THE BUREAU - S1 (Canal + TV Serie) — THE HUNGER GAMES : MOCKINGJAY : Pt 1 & MOCKINGJAY Pt 2 (Feature / 1st AD France) —  PERCEPTION - Ep. 301 "PARIS" (TV Serie) — HOMELAND - Ep 311 / 312 (Fox 21 TV Serie) — THE NARROW OF MIDNIGHT (Feature) — THE FAR CRY EXPERIENCE - S1 (Ubisoft Web Serie) — ROCK THE CASBAH (Feature) — TOMORROW COMES TODAY (Feature) — THE WOMAN WHO BRUSHED OFF HER TEARS (Feature) — HUGO (Feature / 1st AD France) —  MONTE CARLO (Feature / 1st AD France) — CIRKUS COLUMBIA (Feature) — GI  JOE : Rise of the Cobra (Feature / 1st AD France) — JULIE & JULIA (Feature / 1st AD France) —  NINE MILES DOWN (Feature) —  THE HAPPENING  (Feature / 1st AD France) —  NATIONAL TREASURE 2 : BOOK OF SECRETS (Feature / 1st AD France) —  ENTOURAGE - Ep 412 : THE CANNES KIDS (TV Serie / 1st AD France) —  I AM FROM TITOV VELES (Feature) —   THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (Feature / 1st AD France) —   PARIS, JE T'AIME : 15th  (Feature) —   TENERIFE : CRASH OF THE CENTURY (Feature) —    MAROCK (Feature) —    LE DIVORCE  (Feature / 1st AD : Retakes) —   NAPOLEON (France 2, Channel 4,  ZDF, Rai Uno TV Serie) 


2nd AD  (Features & TV Series) :

MUNICH (Feature / 2nd AD France) — SEX AND THE CITY - S6 (HBO TV Serie / 2nd AD France ) — ALEXANDER (Feature / 2nd AD Morocco) — DANNY THE DOG  (Feature) — NAPOLEON (TV Serie) — BLACK HAWK DOWN (Feature / 2nd AD Morocco) — SPY GAME (Feature / 2nd AD Morocco) — THE FOUR FEATHERS (Feature / 2nd AD Morocco) — ARABIAN NIGHTS (TV Series / 2nd AD Morocco) — RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (Feature / 2nd AD Morocco) — GLADIATOR (Feature / 2nd AD Morocco) — THE MUMMY (Feature / 2nd 2nd AD Morocco)


1st AD on TV COMMERCIALS for the following  :

Brands : dropbox - hermes - carte noire - victoria's secret - renault - hsbc premier - bmce bank - tipiak - bnp paribas : fortis - be magazine – paco rabanne - citroen – h & m - l'oreal - frank provost - elseve - klm - microsoft - panasonic - pure : healthy options - nike - dubai waterfront - le monde - quick burger - stella artois - 50 cents - renault - ibm - intercontinental - planta fin - cofidis - givenchy

Directed by : jonathan zames - arnaud uyttenhove - ivan grbovic - michael bay - fabrice coton & raphaël aupy - jeff labbé - juan solanas - jean becker - thierry rajic - keith bearden – the legs - philippe andré – amir chamdin - katie bell - chris wilcha - lars knorrn - martin arnaldo - eran creevy - tony kaye - zac - james huth - matthijs van heijningen - benny boom - jordan scott - joe pytka - ric hawkes - tchad nelson brown - pelle seth - douglas law - vincent jérôme

Produced by :  wtbr / where the buffalo roam - caviar - the institute - prodigious - academy uk  - stoked - partizan uk - dounia productions - bbd productions - stink  - big - wanda – tokib - bikini films - warm & fuzzy - gang films - chelsea pictures  -  peninsula film/jake prod -  neue sentimental film  - orange films  - premiere heure  - between the eyes  - vip films  - label tele  - quad - mjz  - louka films - fm rocks -  rsa films  - franco american - ricandjo tv   - 1/33  - ldm


LOCATION EXPERIENCE :

  • EUROPE : france, united kingdom, scotland, belgium, germany, czech republic, austria, hungary, north macedonia, malta, turkey, bosnia & herzegovina, slovenia
  • AFRICA : morocco (all over the country), tunisia
  • MIDDLE EAST : turkey, qatar, united arab emirates (dubai), oman
  • ASIA : india, thailand, china, philippines

COMPUTER SKILLS :

  • MOVIE MAGIC SCHEDULING, MOVIE MAGIC BUDGETING, FINAL DRAFT, WORD, EXCEL
  • FILE MAKER PRO : Computer Development of an « Extras Database System » using Bar Code Badges designed & used in Morocco on The Mummy, Gladiator, Rules of Engagements, The Four Feathers, Spy Game, Black Hawk Down, Alexander…etc…

MISCELLANEAOUS :


Availability
List Category Weekly Feature Start Expire
SoCal Low Budget List 1st AD,UPM 05/20/2020 08/18/2020
SoCal Film 1st AD 05/20/2020 08/16/2020
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