Participating in this film was very unexpected to me. During the preparation period to the film "I will be around" we with the director Paul Ruminov were given a task to re-edit a version of a film "PiraMMMida". it is a story of a famous figure in ex-soviet Russia - Sergey Mavrodi, who created a MLM company that was called MMM and which destroyed cash deposits of millions of russians in the beginning.
This video means really much for me. It is connected with one of the most interesting periods of my life when I worked as a Project Manager in a creative agency Defoli.
The video was created as a promotional trailer for a kickstarter campaign of the tour around biggest cities of USA that was supposed to finish in Burning Man festival.
Unfortunately our American PR manager did not provide us with the publicity and the client decided to close the campaign 3 days after starting it with the intention to change the US PR agency and start the campaign again.
My first feature film for which I wrote a script, made pre-production, production and postproduction completely by myself.
I was interested to make a full length feature film for a zero budget. And finally it was close to the truth. We just had to pay around 10 dollars in the cafe where we were shooting a scene. 15 from 18 actors in the film are non-professionals that were happy to support my initiative.
The production of this film was really challenging. There was no definite location for filming this story in the script. The story was supposed to happen in the Middle Asia.
It is a story of middle aged woman, Baira, living in a village who's husband decided to take another wife - much younger and pregnant. Baira leaves the village tourmented by her jealousy and tries to find the solution for her problem in a big city.
This video was created for a dancing team T1. We wanted to show a character of each team member through different music, different story, different style of dancing. And the one thing that was connecting them - frienship and inspiration to invest their time, emotions, energy to amazing choreography.
All the actors in this video are professional dancers that never studied acting. But the essence of their activity helps them to follow the story, to be natural in the circumstances that are suggested to them.
I always liked to work with choreographers making videos for them. Their high level of spontaneity was always helping me to push my creative horizons and not be afraid to create new stories, new story lines right in the moment, during the shooting.
We did not plan to add any story to this dancing video. It was created suddenly when we saw a kite seller near the metro station where we were gathering.
The openness of my colleagues, my friends, my co-authors helped me to add a romantic background to this dancing video.
This film was one of the provocative experiments of film director Pavel Ruminov. He decided to try a genre which was that time quite new and not customary to Russia - a slapstick comedy.
It is a story of a family - actress and sales manager. A husband in a fit of jealousy hits his wife in the head with a prize trophy. She falls down unconscious and a manager rushes to the apartament of his friend with whom they planned for this night a dinner for two couples. Finally an actress comes to this dinner but behave so unusually that others start to think that she could become a zombie.
Music is a magical media that can tune our mood, change our emotions. But not always we are on the same wave with people that are around us. We can like each other from the first sight. But during approaching more and more somethimes we find differences in our attitudes that we cannot deal with.
I knew that Anita Berkhane, with whom I made friends during our work on a project "Circumstances" (2008) is a talented actress always ready to experiment. She never studied acting before but was very organic to any situation. We made this short video clip with Anita, actor Roman Sorokin and my assistant Irina Todyryak during one ride in a trolleybus. We did not have any permissions from the transport department. We just were very comfortable for other passengers and acted naturally.
This is one of the short documentary films in the cycle "This Is Just a Decease". Films telling the stories of the people that had cancer, got a treatment and returned to their happy and healthy life.
This story tells about Elena that came with her sick daughter to get a treatment in Saint-Petersburg. She was left by her husband in this grief and pain and it made her stronger and more determined.
I have fallen in love with the culture of Tana Toraja (Sulawesi, Indonesia) the first time I arrived there. In 2012.
I was charmed with the picturesque traditional houses - "tongkonans" scattered around the valleys and mountains, waterbuffaloes that are sacred animals for Toraja. This culture was unlike any other culture I've seen in the world. Magnificent funeral festivals that can last a month, strange rituals of keeping mummies for several year inside the house with living ones. This looked so strange and unique that I started my research of the culture.
This film was my first experience as an executive producer in a big project.
My friend and my mentor director Pavel Ruminov made this story about a woman that has cancer and in fear of dying she is looking for step parents for her son. The film was made in Moscow. Our main challenge was to create a maximum friendly atmosphere for our actors - to help them to open towards improvising. Paul wanted the actors to add into their characters something personal.
We did not allow the group to chat about the topics not connected to work. All our thoughts were turning around the film and it's story.
We were handling the topic of cancer very seriously. We had our consultant on the set. A former patient that had cancer and recovered. Finally she played a doctor coming to the heroine for medical chack at home.
I made this video as a part of our cycle "This Is Just a Decease" - documentaries telling the stories of the people (mostly kids) that had cancer but after treatment recovered.
It is a story of boy, Pavel Mazhara that was getting the treatment around 2 years in Saint-Petersburg. His mother tells that during this time he had some dietary restrictions. There were certain types of food that could not be desinfected properly, so Pavel could not eat it. And missing his favourite hamburgers, hotdogs, icecream Pavel started to paint them every day. After recovering he still felt that his passion is in painting.
This is one of the videos made in a cycle "This is Just a Decease". My friend, colleague and my mentor - film director Pavel Ruminov was always thinking about the theme of cancer. It was a presonal story of his family. And finally he has found a determination to start working with this very serious topic.
Paul wrote a script for a full-length feature film about a woman suffering from cancer and looking for step parents for her son. During the preparational period we were visiting clinics where we were making interviews with patients having treatment and finally Paul came to the idea of making an inspiring cycle about people that got a course of chemoterapy and returned to their life. That became happy, healthy and full of life again.