We're a fan of club promos. Short, sweet, to the point and always energetic. But this time we wanted to go for a more "high-concept, cinematic" approach, create a mini-short film. No better club to do this for than NYC's biggest club, WEBSTER HALL, for their biggest night of the year, HALLOWEEN.
Client: Webster Hall
Production Company: SAS Productions & Rockaway Media Group
Director: Savva Svet
Producer: Mark Khaimov
Co-Writer: Michael Buksov
Director of Photography: Alberto Mojica
Steadicam Operator: Rob G. Christman
Grip: Bona Weiss
Make up Artist: Faina Rudshteyn
Sound Designer/Mixer: Alexandru Grecu
Colorist: Derek Morrison
A big thank to all who participated!
Collaborating with agencies and clients has never been a problem for me, but as a filmmaker it's important to find some time for personal work.
I went for a drive upstate to the Catskills Mountains for a weekend retreat. The end result is this 3 minute "nonverbal, guided mediation" inspired by Ron Fricke's Baraka and Samsara, entitled "Bodhi".
People have asked me, why the name "Bodhi"? Bodhi is the name of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. I felt this piece reflects that tone.
Michael Stearns - Life In The Gravity Well
I always enjoyed watching make up artists transform a model right in front of your eyes. For this project, the make up artist (Antonina Spring) transformed the model (Stefanyia Yurchenko) into a water fairy.
Although I believe time-lapse photography has been over used in the past few years, I felt this project was the perfect "excuse" to use such a technique.
Madonna : Girls Gone Wild
I was called upon to shoot a swimwear fashion show at EVR in NYC. At first, I was a bit hesistant in accepting the gig as I felt the fashion show style of shooting doesn't really give me flexible in expressing myself creatively.
After talking to the designer (Matthias) and his team they allowed me full creative control. So instead of doing the locked-off shots on a tripod following the models walking up and down the runway, I decided to spice things up.
Take a look.
Music: Calvin Harris : I Need Your Love
A trailer to my award winning short film, Confession. Set during the second world war, Confession follows a German soldier who, after the lose of his son, tries to help a Jew escape into safety.
Shot in just 4-days, the film went on the win the prestigious National Board of Review award as well as audience choice award at NY Newfilmmakers and was selected to screen at various short film festivals in Europe.
Feel free to visit the official webpage for the film, here.
Yet another personal work of mine.
A trip to Los Cabos was both relaxing and inspirational. While staying at Lover's Beach for just a few hours I put this piece together. The next day there was a low-tide and people were able to walk to the famous "Arch" in Los Cabos.
If only I had know!
Music : Trentemoller - The Very Last Resort
Here's a spec commercial done for Doritos for their "Crash the Superbowl" contest back in 2012.
Shot during the weekend of hurricane Sandy, I was determined to make this project happen, even after all the turmoil caused by the hurricane. So we left our flooded basement for the weekend and drove upstate in the Catskills mountains where we shot this spot.
*Jumping into a freezing cold pond is, take after take, is not recommended.*
Inspired by the great Bruno Aveillan, this piece is more of a test really.
Experimenting with various in camera effects, filters, diopters, broken glass, was a real treat.
It's projects like these where you are being pushed creatively. It's hard to sell such a style and look to a client; playing with a broken Coke bottle in front of the lens on set as the client looks over your shoulder doesn't look all that "professional". But doing these little side projects, at the very least, allows me to push this type of "look" to a perspective client.
As for the name, Cankama translates to "walking meditation".
Music - Sysyphe : Sinking
Here's a look back at one of my earlier works.
This was a short film submitted to the Quentin Tarantino Emerging Artists competition. The film went on the win the "Audience Choice Award" as it came in 3rd place.
The rules were to use 30 seconds of footage from the trailer, and music (that they supplied) and make a film around Django.
Having read the script before the film's release, I decided to make a so called "sequel" to Django. If you've seen the film, you might appreciate it more.