Testimony

Our New York-based company has worked with Max on several documentary film productions in Asia and Europe. Even under challenging circumstances, we could always rely on his professionalism, attention to details and his ability to come up with creative solutions. He is a wonderful team worker, who never hesitates to "walk the extra mile". With his multitude of talents, Max is a great resource for any creative project.
Krisztina Danka, Ph.D., Executive Director at Karuna Productions

Education

Omsk State Technical University
Master's Degree
Programming and System Analysis
Bachelor of Engineering (BE)
System Engineering
Sep 1991 - Jun 1996, Russia

Achievements

Feature short Reconnection (2015) has got 14 international awards, including Best director, Best Cinematography, Screenwriter of the Month and 25 Official festival selections.
A successful crowdfunding campaign for Reconnection film raised $88K, organically grown 130K followers on YouTube, 89K on Facebook and 29K on Instagram.

Language Skills

  • English: fluent
  • Russian: native
  • Skills

  • Film Directing
  • Editing
  • Research and development
  • Postproduction workflow
  • Cinematography
  • Sound design & Mixing
  • Motion graphics
  • Screenwriting
  • Color grading
  • Programming (Coding)
  • Web Mastering
  • System Administration
  • Strong Survival skill set (13 years of mountain trekking)
  • Tools

  • Blackmagic (DaVinci) Resolve
  • Abode Premier Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Audition
  • Blackmagic Fusion
  • Interests

  • Mountain trekking
  • Cross-discipline topics of AI, consciousness, science, psychology, philosophy, technology
  • Self education, personal growth
  • His Works

    Work Experience

    FIVE Pictures FZ LLE, video content, ads & film production company.
    April 2009 till now. (FIVE Pictures, India, 2009 - 2017 | FIVE Pictures FZ LLE, Dubai, UAE 2017 - now)

    Founder, Director, Producer
    Story ideation and conceptualization, research, directing, editing, production, postproduction, screenwriting.
    Maksim conducted several successful marketing campaigns, produced few documentaries, shorts, numerous commercials and corporate films.
    FIVE Pictures, a Swiss army knife of video, produces brand films, commercials and story-driven content, from the first concept to the final cut.
    Human Rights Advocacy Campaign, Almaty, Kazakhstan
    Mar 2005 - Jan 2009

    Director of Communications and PR
    Networked and lobbied for human rights with embassies of major states, did PR work with international news agencies and human rights organizations such as OSCE, Helsinki Committee, Freedom House. The campaign included international advocacy tour with meetings at Euro Parliament in Brussels, US Congress and CSCE in Washington, House of Commons in London, OSCE meetings in Warsaw, Almaty and Astana.
    Self-realization (Samoosoznanye) TV show, Almaty, Kazakhstan
    Jun 2003 - Feb 2005

    Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
    Ran a production of the TV show aired in prime-time on Kazakh national TV for 3 seasons, totaling 35 episodes. The show has seen wide distribution in a former CIS area on DVDs and online.
    Studio Five advertisement boutique, Omsk, Russia
    Jan 1999 - May 2003

    3D/Motion graphics, Graphic design, Sound design, Editor
    Created commercials, ad campaigns, short films, printing ads. Sutio Five is a turn-key advertisement boutique with clientele from major Russian and international brands.
    Maxima Communications Group, Omsk, Russia
    May 1998 - Nov 1999

    Graphic Designer, Motion Graphics, Editor, Production
    Created ad campaigns, commercials, billboard and print ad design. Omsk branch of the Moscow based advertisement agency Maxima.
    Agava TV Channel, Omsk, Russia
    Jun 1993 - Dec 1998

    3D/Motion graphics, Graphic design, Editor
    Worked at Agava TV Design Studio as a Motion Graphics Designer and video editor, creating a TV shows and commercials.