A BUSINESSMAN with a passion for films has been given new focus by the success of his college studies.
Hartlepool-based restaurateur Adam Bouabda is zooming in on a new career thanks to the skills he has learned while studying at the town-based Cleveland College of Art & Design.
He is completing his two-year foundation degree in creative film and moving image production, but that’s not the end of the college road for Adam.
He is already looking forward to another year of study at Cleveland College of Art & Design’s university campus in Hartlepool. That year of study will be to complete an honours degree.
Adam launched the Flix movie cafe in Hartlepool in Church Square in 2009. It was the town’s first ever movie cafe and was inspired by the popularity of movie cafes in the USA.
The cafe is next door to the college in Church Square, and Adam is already planning a summer of making movies.
The 32-year-old son of Hartlepool restaurant owner Krimo Bouabda has worked in the food trade for as long as he can remember but is now determined to pursue his passion of television and film.
His final major project saw him co-write, direct and produce a half hour television pilot called Robin Hoodie, which is a contemporary twist of the medieval classic.
He also ended up acting in the film as a ‘bad guy’, along with wife Hayley, son Isaac, two, and his dad Krimo.
Adam edited it into the early hours and even designed and constructed a three-axis motorised gimble, which is a device that steadies his DSLR camera.
“I absolutely love it,” he said. “The café pays the mortgage but this is where my heart lies, in movies.
“I’m obsessed and have been since I was a child and watched Raiders of the Lost Ark with my family.
“I’m looking for a steady stream of corporate work which will allow me to film a big budget short film followed by a low budget feature film. Then I will see what opportunities arise.”
Adam also had time to pass on praise to everyone at Cleveland College of Art & Design.
He said: “CCAD is a fantastic resource in terms of equipment and the tutors’ knowledge and I can’t wait to start the degree work.”