I live the ideals of the universal artist of the Renaissance, infinitely curious and inventive. I combine film, photography, design and writing. I am fortunate to use equally well my left and my right brain. I am good at both factual, data-driven thinking, as well as at emotional, intuitive idea generation. I feel comfortable with change, ambiguity and the unknown. I draw on my perseverance to achieve expert results in any activity and prefer high risk / high reward opportunities. That said, I prefer calculated risk to gambling. I favor independent work but also enjoy collaboration in small teams of brilliant professionals. I value professionalism, non-conformism and commitment to quality. I learn every day and work on constant self-betterment. I prefer frankness, honesty, trust and the win-win approach. I result from a mix of Russian, French, Swiss and American cultures. I speak and write informal, business, technical, legal and lyrical English, French and Russian. I have amassed a lot of thoughts and experiences and I relish the opportunities to share what I know.
I wrote, found financing, co-produced, invented unique cinema gear, developed unorthodox filming techniques, directed, shot, recorded on-location and ADR sound, edited and post-produced 2 features and several shorts in a span of 3 years without any prior training or experience in filmmaking.
I specialize in realistic, thought-provoking, emotional and artistic vision that breaks free from mass-entertainment trends and canons, with emphasis on color, minimalism, aesthetics, experimental editing and music.
Technically, I operate the A-camera, whether on steadicam, hand-held rig, dolly, Technocrane or Russian Arm. And while I prefer a minimalist approach, I know when to add an HMI or hide several RGB+W LED fresnels on-set for a 360° setup.
I have published articles in various print and web magazines on the themes of photography and outdoor sports: Photographer.Ru / Russia (premier photography web-portal), Trail Attitude / France (first printed magazine dedicated to trail running in France), BackpackingLight.com / USA (world leading web-magazine about lightweight backpacking).
I self-publish essays, technical articles and interviews on the subjects of art theory, film, photography, 2D and 3D art, literature, music, design, ego and society, sport, technology, business and logistics.
I designed and sewed various unique carrying solutions (pouches, bags, backpacks) for cinema, bike and computer gear using ultra-light, ultra-strong, high-tech materials.
I designed and built new cinema rig elements such as handles, padding, monitor hoods, using both hand-tools and CNC machinery.
SENIOR WEB DESIGNER / RAZORFISH WEB AGENCY / PARIS, FRANCE / 2001
I designed new websites for Biogaran (French pharmaceutical company specialized in generic drugs), Dane-Elec (second largest computer memory manufacturer in the world).
I maintained and created additional web pages for L’Oréal (leading world cosmetics company), Danone (leading world foods company), Marie Claire Maison Magazine (leading home decoration magazine in France).
I developed a banner-based web marketing campaign for Leclerc (largest supermarkets chain in France).
I was responsible for French visa delivery to tourist groups (over 60 tourists per day).
I managed extremely tight deadlines, difficult negotiations with the French Embassy in Moscow officials, and permanent financial danger in case the visas were not delivered (agencies bought transportation tickets before visa delivery, without possibility of exchange or reimbursement).
Perfectly trilingual Russian - English - French. Professional speaking and writing in all three. Basics of German.
Recording in challenging situations (jet engines, strong wind, night clubs, low level voice far away from mic…), music and on-location-sound editing, ADR and sound design, EQ, compression, noise reduction and spectral repair, mixing and mastering.
I have developed and use custom DAM solutions for aggregated audio over 200 hours.
Sewing high-tech fabrics (polyester, nylon, silnylon, Dyneema…), advanced elements (YKK waterproof zippers…), foams, into objects with stress loads over 15 kg (33 lbs).
DESIGN / CONSTRUCTION
32 years of construction / renovation experience and invention of tools, methods and finished builds, both to live / work in and to film on soundstage: reinforced concrete, timber, drywall, electrical / lighting, HVAC (including compressor / ventilator units tuning), water / sewer, plastering, tiling, painting.
24 years of logistics experience, especially with high-value, low volume goods such as photography film, custom cinema gear prototypes (from incoming required materials and components to outgoing finished devices), dangerous goods transport (lithium batteries), permanent and temporary (ATA carnet) import / export from / to the EU, Switzerland, USA, Russia, China… Any size, custom packaging design (from envelopes to palletized goods shipping in containers), partnerships with UPS, FedEx / TNT, DPD, DHL, GLS, Kuehne+Nagel, DB Schenker, Geodis, national postal and customs services.
I used to play piano, I now mostly play acoustic rhythm guitar, with emphasis on improvisation and pre-existing music re-arrangement for film.
BTS (BREVET DE TECHNICIEN SUPÉRIEUR) ACTION COMMERCIALE APPLIQUÉE À LA PHOTOGRAPHIE / ESCP Europe / PARIS, FRANCE / 1997 - 1999
2-year undergraduate program in marketing applied to photography at a leading business school of the Paris Chamber of Commerce (originally established in 1819).
Subjects included, among others: marketing, macroeconomics, international trade, negotiation, business law and accounting.
TOEFL (TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE) / PARIS, FRANCE / 1998
Score 277 (computer test; max. score: 300).
DALF (DIPLÔME APPROFONDI DE LA LANGUE FRANÇAISE) / MOSCOW, RUSSIA / 1997
One of the best Moscow schools specialized in English language; it has initiated active cultural exchanges with English-speaking countries in 1989. A UNESCO associated school visited by Queen Elizabeth II and featured in Russian media.
I represented the school in painting and drawing competitions.
I ran sprints in Moscow as a member of youth sprint running team at the Bratiev Znamenskih athletics stadium.
I now run long distance (over 15 km / 10 mi).
Instead of organized competitions, I prefer solo, self-sufficient, timed long runs over unknown terrain (day and night).
SPORT / CYCLING
Fast and long road cycling for fun and transportation, urban and intercity, with a preference for folding bikes.
Instead of organized competitions, I prefer solo, timed rides and ultra-light self-sufficient touring.
Bike assembly, redesign and repair.
SPORT / CLIMBING
I prefer outdoor bouldering and waterfall ice climbing, but also climb one-pitch outdoor sport routes and multi-pitch sport and trad routes in the Alps, as well as some alpinism routes (light and fast alpine style).
I have knowledge and experience of rope access and big-wall techniques for photography shoots.
SPORT / BACKPACKING
Lightweight and fast backpacking in any season and any terrain.