Stage & Screen

Please scroll down for experience in the creative industries. For screenwriting and related work, see Writing & Research.

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



Commercial submission for the Finnish dog agility training company. Video for OneMindDogs


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. Responsibilities: direction, stop motion animation, music. Video for Anywhere - Sushi

Chaya - ‘Petals’

Animated spot for Chaya, the newest and freshest tea shop in Finland. Responsibilities: direction, After Effects animation. Video for Chaya


Dreams, ambitions; thirst. This emotional narrative piece was a submission for the Gettyimages competition 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

Porvoo, Finland

Atmospheric personal short about an afternoon in Porvoo. Responsibilities: direction, camera, editing. Video for Porvoo

MTV Animotion - ‘Orchid Box’

This submission - titled 'Orchid Box' - was sent to MTV Animotion, for an ad competition by 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 Animotion


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

Created 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.

Professional development and workshops

Various animation screenwriting and storyboarding workshops:
  • Animation screenwriting by Jymn Magon (Disney, Gigglebug)
  • Animation storyboarding by Paulo Alvarado (Disney, Rovio)
  • Animation layout by Janne Korsumäki (Gigglebug, Rovio)
  • Life drawing by Samantha Youssef (Disney, Studio Techique) and the artist Petteri Vihavainen
  • 3D, VR and game storytelling by Mark Cordell Holmes (Pixar, 3rd Eye Studios)
  • Animation sound design (Salla Hämäläinen, Rovio)

Animation and Pencil Tests

(for details, see Directing)

Zombies Or Not? Llamas - thinking, drawing on your feet

Kendo Test

Old School Pencil Tests


These are quick and rough sketches for story purposes - for prettier work, please see illustration, life drawing, graphic design section below

His Favourite Opera for Anywhere Festival, Brisbane

Click here for the storyboards, a bit on the process and the commercial itself.

Amendment (quick and rough boards)

A supernatural thriller teaser trailer for a stock company competition. Video for Amendment

Paz's My life with the wave - experimental / animation - rough short story beat board

Boards breaking down Octavio Paz's story and very initial visual concept work for a mixed live action and animated short film project

Kafka's The Metamorphosis - literacy campaign ad - rough boards

Post Production (Editing, VFX)

(for details, see Directing)

Wilder Films

Creative Assistant

  • preparing festival delivery items
  • booking international couriers
  • ordering office consumables
  • sending off approved press releases
  • sourcing and hiring edit decks
  • digitising and sorting footage for corporate project (DV)
  • working on HDV rushes with Director Clare Lewins on an external presentation for BBC Storyville documentary about Muhammad Ali.
  • creating numerous showreel DVDs (including covers, inserts) and mood boards for pitches around the world.
  • updating tape library database in Filemaker Pro
  • various technical support (Mac/ PC)
  • image and video research

Feel Films

In-house Editor DVD Showreel work, Photoshop work on images for Director John Selby’s introductory press release.

God’s Letter

Editor on pop promo for singer-songwriter Dave Loughran for his track God’s letter (two versions). D.U. Productions / Motivation Records

Circus Media / Theatre Venture 25th Anniversary DVD

Editor for Arts Organisation on their 25th anniversary videos, compiling past productions. Also some personal tutoring, teaching Final Cut Pro editing.

Fiilin Good Films for YLE - Divine Consultants animation series

Assisted producer and series creator Juha Fiilin with various funding applications and pitch/market tasks for a 54x1" animation series produced for the Finnish national broadcaster YLE.

Also wrote series outlines and screenplays for this 'prequel' series (see texts on the Writing page).

The Love Commercials Production Company

1st AD, Camera Operator, Production Assistant

1. Motorola ROKR E8 “Music DNA” viral dir. Jon Riche - 1st AD - discussed with HODs and Producer, created shooting schedule and 1st AD’ed on shoot.

2. “Football” commercial for NEXT dir. Lindy Heymann - Shooting screen test + mock up footage with Agency present, for NEXT clothing shop commercial.

3. “Meccano” pop promo by Red Light Company dir. Casper Balslev - various prop/wardrobe purchases for promo


  • Consulting on Power Mac purchases, Final Cut Pro and After Effects
  • Advertising agency research

Zodiak Television / Jarowskij Finland

2nd Assistant Director on the Television Drama ‘Sydänjää’ (Frozen Hearts) - 12 x 45min Drama in Finnish. (dir. Masa Kinnunen, Jyri Kähönen, 1st AD Annika Grof)

Taking over the sourcing and directing of roughly a hundred extras on set and location, in intimate and large scenes; related expenditures / paperwork; assistant and stand-by for the First AD.

The Poem

1st AD on short film about two mothers and motherhood. Director: Elin Danielsen (ePareli Productions) , DoP Danny Gagatt. With Kelly Hardwick, Helen Prescott. Images here

Wilder Films

Creative Assistant

  • preparing festival delivery items
  • booking international couriers
  • ordering office consumables
  • sending off approved press releases
  • sourcing and hiring edit decks
  • digitising and sorting footage for corporate project (DV)
  • working on HDV rushes with Director Clare Lewins on an external presentation for BBC Storyville documentary about Muhammad Ali.
  • creating numerous showreel DVDs (including covers, inserts) and mood boards for pitches around the world.
  • updating tape library database in Filemaker Pro
  • various technical support (Mac/ PC)
  • image and video research

Passion Pictures

Production Assistant and runner for the animation studio. PA on pop promo for US band Thursday (dir. Yu Sato/SSSR for Passion) - General duties, opening/closing the office, props etc.

Strange Beast

Record label/artist research for Strange Beast, Passion’s sister company

Feel Films

Production runner on Annoying a film for the Institute Of Practitioners In Advertising (IPA) ‘Night of the Adeaters’ campaign. (dir. Catherine Farrow/)

The Bush-McCain Challenge

Runner on pro-democrat Public Service Announcement film shot on RED ( with John Cusack (dir. Evan Bernard for Bikini Films)


Rigger/ Prod. runner - short gig on Sally Potter’s feature for Adventure Pictures

The Aftermath

'Aftermath' (Director: Ben Morris) Production runner for short film for 5films / NFTS

Slithis Too (aka The Incredibly Strange People Show)

Production assistant on this zombie-fest of a film directed by Jason de l’Orme for Powercage films.

The Performance Nights Platform

Stage manager (with Kate Barker) for The Performance Nights platform, curated by Lois Weaver of The Split Britches theatre company. Scheduling a season of live performance pieces, short shows and platform talks.

The East Goes West Festival,The Gate Theatre London

Technical work and some Russian translation for summer festival in Slavic theatre at the renowned Gate Theatre. Producer: Philippe Lemoine.

A night of Nelson Rodriguez

Impromptu lighting operator for night of Brazilian scenes by playwright Nelson Rodriguez at The Peoples Palace, Mile End London

Performance Work (on others' productions)

With no desire ever to pursue acting, the following experiences have value in affording Dmitry another point of view to writing and directing. Also, in many cases, directors just needed another person on stage or in front of the camera.

Voiceover samples (submitted as samples for an agency job in Los Angeles)

  • Finnish: from 'The Life of Raymond Chandler' by Frank MacShane, translated into Finnish by Leena Tamminen
  • English: from 'Smoke' by Ivan Turgenev, translated into English by Constance Garnett

Sydänjää (Frozen Hearts)

(dir. Masa Kinnunen, Jyri Kähönen, 1st AD Annika Grof) countless moments when sudden additional and anonymous background action was needed, alongside work as a 2nd AD on 12 x 45min drama series (see 'production work' above)

The Last Supper

Short film on surrealism by Myriam Reis.

The SMArt Exhibition,Diorama Arts Centre

Community Theatre at the Diorama Arts Centre, London. Director: Ali Campbell


Ensemble-directed physical theatre piece on prostitutes, lawyers and war-torn homes from the point of view of a child. With Anna Östergren and Dominic Bailey

The Bedbug (Klop)

Russian-language production of Mayakovsky’s The Bedbug - Arts Theatre, Queen Mary College, London. Roles: David/young man with book

Sweeney Agonistes

‘Fragments of an Aristophanic melodrama’

TS Eliot’s fragmented play from the jazz-age for rhythmic language directed by Nesta Jones. Role: Sam Wauchope

Life of Billy

Short film by Mazdak Nassir about a routined man and a surprise landing of a suitcase. DoP Eve Högman

Theatre Memory Symposium Backstage Tour

1940s a peek-behind-the-scenes repertoire theatre show (for a production of King Lear) for the Theatre Memory Symposium at Rose Bruford College. Director: Nesta Jones. Role: Alphonse Bennett, the stage manager.

Art & Design

Recent experiments in new territories

A variety of graphic design pieces from layout to vector art, raster illustration, Photoshop work and Figma prototyping. You'll find a section on technical, ux and copywriting here.

App Design: Figma Prototyping for Beginners course by Filippos Protogeridis

Conceived, researched and designed a mobile application prototype using Figma. Below, you can find images of the brainstorming and design phase and a video walkthrough of using the app prototype itself.

  • For the interactive Figma prototype, click here (use control-scroll to zoom in)

Experiments in 3D from television commercials to parametric design and architectural visualisation

Scenography related experience

Design concept sketches for Persona (set design by Nigel A. Hook, lighting design by Rachel Nicholson and sound design by Oskari Moilanen) and Four Characters

Lighting design exercise for Heiner Muller’s Hamlet Machine (designed for the Ustinov Studio space at Theatre Royal Bath). Click here for initial lighting sketches

Lighting and set design plans for three scenes for "El Publico" by Frederico Garcia Lorca

A box set miniature for Samuel Barber's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Allegro) - used as a workshop minimalist set example at UCLA. Click here for images of the set.

Chamber Music by Arthur Kopit (with Tamar Orr) lighting, set and poster

Although not a programmer, Dmitry is fairly technical and has persisted in educating himself in various tech and startup related skills, from technical writing, UX design and app prototyping to various kinds of programming.

In particular, he has been impressed with the open mindedness and diversity of backgrounds, cultural and vocational, within the various internationally minded startup communities he has joined. The creativity and problem solving skills of these people greatly match the imagination of his background in the creative industries.

Basic Programming and Data

42 / Hive Helsinki 'Piscine' - one month intensive bootcamp in Bash and C funded by Supercell

Dmitry was accepted from around 8000 people to be among the first batch of students to attend Hive Helsinki's inaugural 'Piscine,' or a four week long, 15 hour a day, monday-to-friday bootcamp into programming. At the time, the program was way too technically intense, but the spirit of determination and collaboration determination between everyone there left a mark on him. It is the genesis of all the other startup and tech related activities below.
  • Github page for the Piscine code (#workinprogress)

The Shortcut Helsinki - Python for Data Analysis

This program took place at The Shortcut, a talent accelerator at the heart of Maria 01, the largest startup hub in the Nordic countries. Funded by the Startup Foundation and linked to Slush and Junction, the program covered the basics of Python, Numpy, Pandas, Matplotlib and SQL.

Course projects included small scale data analysis of The Google Play Store and Johns Hopkins University's early Covid-19 data using Python. The final team project analysed Nordic startup investment from publicly available sources. Dmitry took on a project writer / managerial role as the other team members were more advanced in their programming skills.

Domestika HTML & CSS courses by Javier Usobiaga Ferrer

Two courses on HTML and CSS basics, with a one page website project for each.

  • Introduction to Responsive Web Development with HTML and CSS by Javier Usobiaga Ferrer: Github code here and the results here: Cafe Oslo one page website
  • Web Layout with CSS Grid, Flexbox and other Modern Techniques by Javier Usobiaga Ferrer: Github code here and the results here: The race to the South Pole one page website

Creative and Interactive Programming (Python and Javascript)

Rhode Island School of Design: Computing Form and Shape - Python Programming with the Rhinoscript Library course

This course from the RISD Architecture department was an introduction to combining the 3D application Rhinoceros with the Python library Rhinoscript to develop parametric designs and analysis e.g. for architecture, furniture and industrial design.

The course began by using code to create shapes using points (dots), then lines and finally joining these into three-dimensional surfaces e.g. for roofs, walls. The final project involved the computational construction of perspective and projection techniques of points onto secondary surfaces. For more architecture related items, see the Creative page.

  • Above, you can click on the arrows to see the results of the course. The fullscreen button will enlarge the images.
  • Github page for the Python code (#workinprogress)

Getting Started with Processing for Py book - exercises

(Book by Allison Parrish, Casey Reas and Ben Fry)

Processing is the result of several MIT projects to enable people with non-engineer backgrounds - e.g. writers, design and creative people - to learn to build and modify their own tools instead of being bound by corporations or the limitations of existing technologies. If programming books were traditionally very long and theoretical, Processing aims to teach through creating smaller, audiovisual projects. These exercises were done as prep for the UCLA course below.

Here's an official description of the MIT history of the Processing project:

"When we started Processing in spring 2001 we were both graduate students at the MIT Media Lab within John Maeda's Aesthetics and Computation research group. Development continued in our free time while Casey pursued his art and teaching career and Ben pursued a Ph.D. and founded Fathom Information Design. Many of the ideas in Processing go back to Muriel Cooper's Visual Language Workshop, and it grew directly out of Maeda's Design By Numbers project, developed at the Media Lab and released in 1999. We welcome you to read our longer history of Processing on Medium.

Ben Fry and Casey Reas, updated 14 September 2022"

UCLA, Dept of Arts - Introduction to Programming for the Visual Arts with p5.js

A visual introduction to the field and to programming using not Python as above, but the p5.js Javascript library. The course's exercises covered: variables and loops, flow, functions, objects, arrays, randomness, input, creating and moving shapes, loading media and typography, data visualisation, timers, nonlinear narrative and simple games. Although still pretty basic, the results include a rudimentary painting tool, interactive and generative work, games and storytelling work.

On this page, you can preview a few of the 11 'code sketches.' Please accept the cookies and click on the </> icon to see the code and the circular refresh icon to run the code again.

You can find all 11 of the (#workinprogress) exercises on:

Interactive piece exploring conditionals and input.

Simple game using p5.js. Use mouse and up/down arrow keys to capture the white balls and avoid the red ones.

Rudimentary painting tool exploring variables and functions. Move mouse around for dark paint, click for light paint.

Nonlinear narrative using events and transitions. Read on-screen instructions and press buttons to make choices and proceed in the 'story.'