Trained as a director in London, Dmitry has worked across a variety of media, from television commercials to live performance, screenwriting and editing.
Professional development and workshops
- Chris Jones’s Film Makers Masterclass, Living Spirit Pictures, Ealing Studios
- Pre-production with Movie Magic (one day intro with producer Rebecca Knapp)
- Theatre Policy and Management, Theatre Entrepreneurship (with Lou Stein, founder of the Gate Theatre)
Click to watch the directing work showreel
A supernatural thriller teaser trailer for a stock company competition. Video for Amendment
Anywhere - ‘Favourite Opera’
Another spot for the Anywhere Festival in Brisbane, based on the idea of flash mobs and Lascia ch’io pianga from Georg Friedrich Händel’s opera Rinaldo. With the multi-talented Manuela Bosco and Bach Co Tran. Responsibilities: direction, scheduling, storyboarding, camera (with Co Tran), music, editing and After Effects compositing. Click here for the storyboards, a bit on the process and the commercial itself.
Anywhere - ‘Sushi’
The Girl from Ipanema goes Sushi? Well, perhaps. The first in a pair of commercials for the Anywhere
Theatre Festival in Brisbane, Australia. Celebrating theatre, and free, child-like imagination, anywhere.
direction, stop motion animation, music. Video for Anywhere - Sushi
Chaya - ‘Petals’
Dreams, ambitions; thirst. This emotional narrative piece was a submission for the Gettyimages
Mishmash. It was created entirely from archival footage, on the theme of various kinds of thirst; dreams,
ambitions (for us and our children), thirst for knowledge, fame and finding our place in the world.
Music: Caccini - Deh, deh, dove son fuggiti Madrigale modello (by the Accademia Claudio Monteverdi, Hans Ludwig Hirsch) and Rain by Mind & Soul. Video for Thirst
MTV Animotion - ‘Orchid Box’
This submission - titled 'Orchid Box' - was sent to MTV Animotion, for an ad competition
MTV Networks Europe, to promote Nordic talent via one of their trademark spots. Responsibilities: direction
and all post (Photoshop, Sketchup, After Effects and Final Cut Pro).
The track is 'Orchid Queen' by the Similou. Video for MTV
Geistertrio - taking Samuel Beckett's television play Ghost Trio as inspiration, this gallery/experimental
short film develops the
theme of existentialist isolation, the past lives and spirit of a room. It is not an adaptation, but
explores through asymmetric narration a possible murder mystery and selected themes of Beckett. Sometimes
presented as three simultaneous rewindable screens.
Responsibilities: writing, direction, camera (with Lindsay Gear), music and editing. With Alex Gear; voice-over by Lindsay Gear, and sound design by Oskari Moilanen. Geistertrio toured the festival circuit and was shown at the Platforma Festival Athens, AFIA, the Seoul International Film Festival (winner - best interactive/web short, international competition) and the Cannes Film Festival.
Poster and stills here and videos here: Act I, Act II and Act III
Persona was the British Premiere of Ingmar Bergman's classic film, reworking the piece into a modern
context of cultural hybridity and rejection of past personal choices - a mixed-race child.
This play further explores the theme of identity, which began with adapting ‘sex, lies and videotape’. Here, instead of working on the creation of identity, exactly the opposite - the erosion of it - is explored.
Responsibilities: direction, adaptation. With Katherine Kerrow, Andrew Rasheed and Kate Dineen. Lighting by Rachel Nicholson, set by Nigel Hook and sound design by Oskari Moilanen. Click here for notes/sketches and here for the images and proposal text.
Grainy videos for Persona:
Persona - darker scenes
Persona - sunnier scenes
Four Characters Four Characters - the theatrical premiere of Steven Soderbergh's ‘sex, lies and videotape’ together with Luigi Pirandello's ‘Six Characters in search of an Author’ in a new piece exploring suburban ennui and role-play.
“A relationship begins with its pathology. Identity begins with its histories.”
Responsibilities: direction, adaptation, sound design. With Lois Roberts, Chad Townsend, Dominic Crozet and Nilofar Emami. Lighting by Pete Baker. Click here for the programme, images and notes and here for the adaptation text.
Grainy video for Four Characters
The Mating Dance
for the Performance Night Platform in London, The Mating Dance is a one-act
absurdist melodrama written for a Japanese messiah, Freud, death-row convict and three holiday photographs.
Responsibilities: direction, writing/devising.
Very compact and dense in form, it is an exploration of audience interaction and collaboration - and the opposite, dividing and deliberately misleading the audience - and using local information the writer/performer knows the audience has, to play with insider jokes and references.
It also explores hybrid characters, absurdist narrative techniques and 'narrative curve balls' - making references that wander off, or switch the content, to subvert the audience's assumed or conventional expectations. This continues an interest in split scenes/staging e.g. in Maria Irene Fornes's work, the simultaneous scenes and overlapping character identities in the Four Characters and Persona productions and the Tracing Paper/Fragments experiment (above), which employ almost film-like narrative and editing techniques.
Click here for text and grainy video stills.
The Have-little Written by Migdalia Cruz
The Have-little (abridged) Lillian is 14. She is from the South Bronx. A creative mind, but without the
tools to escape an environment that will seal her fate. Michi, Lillian's friend, is getting out. She sees
the lives of Hispanic families as ruined by the lack of education. Carmen, Lillian's mother, hates Michi:
she's a troublemaker.
Responsibilities: direction. With Victoria Morton, Willemijn Lamp and Rebecca Verling. Lighting by Jytte Basler.
¿This is America? by The Action Group D (co-director Adel Abas)
¿This is America? explores the background for US immigration from various corners of the world. Can
immigrants fit the mould American assimilation has created or is the true America – that of their dreams
only waking up from its slumber?
Responsibilities: ¿This is America? was devised and written by the group and co-directed with Adel Abas for The Action Group D, as part of shows on contemporary identities of Northern Americans. With Polly Henson, Dionne Atwill, Anna Gallagher and Richard Morris.
The Tempest by W.Shakespeare
The Tempest (abridged) An ingénue Miranda is confronted by the men in her life. Responsibilities: direction. With Laura Rugg, Jess Collett and Eirin Jansen.