The most exciting news of course is that we miraculously grabbed the BMPCC from Adorama. Many people are still on the wait list and the camera (along with batteries and even SD cards) is nowhere to be found. We just walked in and were lucky to sneak out with it.
There are definitely many ways this camera may be improved, and the battery’s life is indeed very short, but the overall impression so far is absolutely positive. Below I’m attaching a few screenshots from the 1st shoot. One very inspiring addition is that the RAW update to BMCC is said to be released by Blackmagic very soon. Another interesting acquisition for us is the new Sony FS700 super35mm video camera. We’ve been shooting with it for the last two weeks, and I can’t describe how happy I am with the results. Actually at this point I think we reached the perfect production condition gear wise: GH3/GH2/BMPCC (which share the same line of M4/3 lenses) and Nikon D800/FS700 (which also share the same Nikon lenses via the Metabones adaptor). On the final note I need to mention that we are in the 2nd month of work on the new documentary project for TV RUSSIA. It’s topic is too sensitive to be exposed until we’re in the editing stage.
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So we weren’t lucky enough to grab the Emmy, but honestly there weren’t really much hope either. I used the moment to reunite&chat with my Chinese-Dutch-Canadian-US friends. It was also lots of fun to witness the inner mechanics of the prestigious ceremony. Particularly when it came to the nominations for field reporting, which in current obstacles inevitably meant 5-6 poorly executed, extremely biased pieces of tv-propaganda competing for the favor of the ideologically motivated jury. The ultimate vanity fair of media imperialism. This is how I will remember it.
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This is a little shocking but also inspiring news that just arrived last week. Our documentary Sound Of Vision was picked for one of the 2013 EMMY nominations via POV. You can check it out here, on the award’s official web-site

Isn’t it really impressive? For those who hadn’t seen the documentary I’m embedding it again.

FRANK2 original from GOOD EMPIRE on Vimeo.


Here’s my last film. Shot entirely with Nikon D800 and Lumix GH2.

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I’m proud to announce that the international filmmaking effort called “PLANET OF BABEL” which I was lucky to initiate has come to a successful ending. The documentary will be aired by RUSSIA-1 on Wednesday, January 31. It exposes the ethical roots of the Global Economic Depression and provides an inside look at the current crisis through the eyes of the ordinary people from all over the globe.

I just realized I completely forgot to mention that in September when I was so busy working on PLANET OF BABEL. Meanwhile my previous documentary “DON’T CRY FOR YOUR HAIR” deserved a special honorary mention at Ionian International Digital Film Festival. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be at the awards ceremony in person, but I greatly appreciate the attention and recognition it enjoyed. I was so impressed by the gratitude of the Greek people when we had been shooting there. One more time — here’s the link where you can watch Don’t Cry For Your Hair


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It might be a little premature to announce that but my new film called “PLANET OF BABEL” is in the final stage of production. I’ve just showed the final cut to our channel’s executives and hopefully after some minor revisions it will be aired by RUSSIA-1. We keep our fingers crossed. The film (as it was mentioned in earlier posts) is telling the story of the Great Recession through the eyes of ordinary people all across the globe. It is raising questions of moral and ethical degradation caused by our today’s obsession with material wealth and institutionalized individualism.

We’ve been shooting this doc in collaboration with talented people from Europe, US and Asia. Everywhere we were met with open arms and people’s willingness to contribute. It would’ve been impossible to accomplish such a task traveling as a fully equipped tv-crew (given all the associated expenses), so this was the time when our DSLR techniques paid off well. I switched to Nikon D800 completely while my assistant Oleg Segeev was mostly operating the beautiful tiny (hacked) GH2. In my further posts I hope to share some experience as of how to produce a film comprising over 10 countries (from Greece and US to China and Syria) with only a lightweight bagpack and a tripod.