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We are a small Dubai-based team of award-winning creatives. We produce brand films, shorts and commercials, from the first concept to the final cut. What makes us distinct? Two things: Brand storytelling and low overheads.

Meet the team

  • Award Winning

    We are a team of award-winning filmmakers, designers and creators

  • Work Worldwide

    Based in Dubai, we have an international team and work worldwide

  • Brand Storytelling

    We produce brand films, shorts and commercials.

Maksim Varfolomeev, founder, director, award-winning filmmaker, producer, DP, editor, designer, researcher

Maksim Varfolomeev

founder, director, award-winning filmmaker

Maksim Varfolomeev (1974, Russia) has been in the filmmaking/advertisement field since 1993, starting on TV as an editor. In 1998 he switched to commercials. After 6 years in advertisement in 2003 he shifted to Almaty, Kazakhstan, founded a production company and filmed a Self-realization (Samoosoznaniye) TV series running on Kazakhstan TV for three seasons. In 2005 he joined an international advocacy campaign for human rights in Kazakhstan as a director of communications and PR. In 2009 he returned to filmmaking and moved to India where he founded Vrindavan Experience production company and a web community with the same name, while simultaneously studying Vedic philosophy and culture. He filmed and produced Glimpses of Vraja (2011, Vrindavan, India), Never Stop Chanting (2014, Dubai), Reconnection (2015, Vrindavan, India), and in 2016 ran a successful crowdfunding and SM campaign for a free release of the film. In 2017 he moved to Dubai, where he founded FIVE Pictures, a brand storytelling, advertisement and film production studio.

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Olga Avramenko, editor, screenwriter, SMM

Olga Avramenko

editor, screenwriter, social media director

Olga Avramenko (1974, Russia) has been working in publishing and major national newspapers as an editor and journalist since 1996. In 2003 she shifted to Almaty, Kazakhstan and joined an eco-project, studying Ayurveda and well-being. In 2003-2004 she co-ran Self-realization (Samoosoznaniye) TV series, aired on Kazakhstan TV for three seasons. In 2005 she joined an international advocacy campaign for human rights in Kazakhstan as a communications assistant director. In 2009 she moved to India and was a part of Vrindavan Experience production as a producer and editor. In 2011 she started a Facebook page with the same name, and as a social media director and SMM manager, she has grown it to a 85K audience. She edited and produced Glimpses of Vraja (2011, Vrindavan, India), co-wrote and co-produced Never Stop Chanting (2014, Dubai) and Reconnection (2015, Vrindavan, India), and in 2016 ran a successful crowdfunding and SM campaign for a free release of the film. In 2017 she moved to Dubai and joined FIVE Pictures, a brand storytelling, advertisement and film production studio.

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Janvi Krishnan, graphic designer

Janvi Krishnan

designer

‘Think outside the box’ – a common metaphor used to inspire all creative work. Janvi believes the box is non-existent. design has no boundaries, and no limits. the opportunities are endless. 
She is an innovative individual who loves the process of design, and is willing to explore the endless possibilities. She believes design thinking/ conceptualization is essential for a designer to grow and think without a box. it is vital aspect of design. Janvi’s work ranges from digital design, branding, illustration and traditional graphic design. Through her internships, freelance work, and 3 years of studying graphic design, she has gained valuable experience and a varied skill set that allows her to adapt to new challenges.

 
 

Filip Cargonja, photographer, director, travel writer

Filip Cargonja

photographer, director, travel writer

Filip (1981, Rijeka, Croatia) has been working in the field of visual communication for more than 20 years in various areas of commercial and art scene. He studied at the Institute for Photography and Visual Arts (ISFAV) in Padua, Italy, and upon completion directed his attention to commercial and fashion photography. Since 2009 he has shot music videos for prominent Croatian musicians (Gibboni, Urban, Vatra), and in parallel discovered his own fascination with India. Since 2012 he has completely dedicated his efforts to travels, documentary movies and video production for international organisations and production companies dealing with environmental issues, humanitarianism and consciousness development. Indian landscape, culture and philosophy became the main focus of his travel diaries, videos and lectures.

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Armand Gachet, designer, artist, musician

Armand Gachet

designer, artist, musician

Armand Gachet (1975, Mauritius) was raised in South Africa, and after his studies started his career in advertising, graphic design and illustration. He spent several years in Vrindavan, India, assisting Food for Life (food relief campaign for the needy) as a designer for the fund raising of the project while studying vedic culture and practicing bhakti yoga. In 2001 he moved to Kazakhstan to help on an ambitious vedic farm project as a designer and a fund raiser. In 2003 he moved back to Mauritius and founded Unique Ltd, where he continued his professional career as a designer and artist commissioned for murals, live art and sculptures.

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Fyodor Samsonov, director, dp, photographer, motion graphics

Fyodor Samsonov

director, dp, photographer, motion graphics

Fyodor Samsonov (1973, Russia), graduated Omsk State Technical University as Bachelor of Engineering and has been working on TV since 1994. From 1999 he directs ‘Studio Five’ production studio, he has produced thousands of commercials and films throughout his 18 year career. He specializes in 3D, 2D motion design, animation, photography, feature shorts and ads and corporate films.

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Maksim Ryabikov, musician, composer, producer

Maksim Ryabikov

musician, composer, producer

Maksim Ryabikov (1974, Russia), a musician, composer and lyricist, has been in the music scene since the 90s. In 2011 he founded ‘Groggy’ music band, has been an active member of the group and performed in different music projects, touring Russia and Europe and recording albums. He works at ‘Studio Five’ since 2002. He specializes in composing the original score for commercials and corporate films, writes, arranges and produces songs. He also edits corporate films, music clips and wedding videos and has experience in producing infographics and motion design ads, having many projects of different complexity under his belt.

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Who we are

Craig

Creative Director


Mandy

Designer


Tim

Developer


Aiden

Social Media

Video

Need a creative ad to help your business stand out? Or a story to engage your brand audience? Or an "Explainer" video for your product/service? We conceptualize and produce commercials, corporate videos and branded short films.

Our Films

Motion GFX

Need "Explainer" animation or want to convey and idea or a plan through graphics? We make anything from logo animation to a fully conceptualized animated video based on advanced motion graphics or stop motion.

Our Work

Post

Need to edit your footage into a great story? Or give it a stylish look? Need a compelling sound track? We know how a postproduction can change your film. We edit, color grade, create cinematic sound design, ADR, foley, and mixing, do compositing and VFX.

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Design

Need to give your brand a distinct look? Need a recognizable packaging for your product? We do digital design, logo design, branding and illustration. Need a site? We do web design and mastering too.

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How we work.

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