I am best at ideation, cross-discipline research, film production, design, and doing all that in a team of like-mined people. I can piece together a concept, a campaign, a story, a film, a production studio, a workflow. I can plant ideas and convey a project to a potential sponsors in a way that it gets traction and support. I like to collaborate yet I can work solo. I can share ideas or skills and train a new team to master it and advance it farther. I can take risks. I can code. I am good with anything digital. I also like to work with my hands. I can fix stuff. I like a good laugh. I am never bored. I like to experiment. I try to be in sync with the latest research and technology and am constantly learning and mastering new tools.
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Now with that out of the way, here is a more formal CV of mine:
Maksim Varfolomeev (IMDb) , Date of Birth: March 26, 1974
Bachelor of Engineering – BE at Omsk State Technical University (OSTU)
1991-1996 Diploma in Programming and System Analysis.
- FIVE Pictures, brand storytelling, advertisement and film production company, Dubai, UAE. October 2017 till now.
Position: Founder, director, writer, producer, editor, director of photography, sound design, motion graphics, post-production.
Duties: Brand story ideation and conceptualization, video and film production and postproduction.
- ‘Show Reconnection around the World’ successful crowdfunding campaign.
May 2016 – August 2017.
Position: campaign strategist, web master, coder, SM content editor and copyrighter, system administrator.
‘Show Reconnection around the World’ is a tailor-made direct-to-the-audience distribution and promotion campaign aimed at covering the “Reconnection” production expenses while simultaneously bringing attention to the film and eventually releasing it online for free. The process included building a proprietary crowdfunding website for the film, generating and posting the content related to the film on social media and reaching out to the film potential audience and supporters.
- ‘Reconnection’ short film, India.
May 2011 – April 2015.
Position: Director, Screenwriter, Director of Photography, Editor, Sound Design, Post-production.
“Reconnection”, a coming of age story set against the backdrop of Vrindavan, is a film about sacred Indian town of 5000 temples, that has won 15 awards and has been screened at 25 International film festivals. The project involved building a low-budget pro-grade durable post production and audio mixing facility in a rural area.
- ‘Never Stop Chanting‘, a short documentary, Dubai.
May – July 2014.
Position: Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Sound Design, Post-production.
“Never Stop Chanting” is a 5 min documentary, that tells about “Awakening the Soul”, a chanting and meditation event, lead by BB Govinda Swami, that later has been used to promote a series of kirtan events around the world.
- ‘Glimpses of Vraja‘, a DVD series, India.
August 2010 – January 2011.
Position: Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, Sound Design.
‘Glimpses of Vraja’, a DVD series of a non-narrative mood videos featuring different places and seasons of Vrindavan, a Hindu holy place in India.
- Vrindavan Experience, a Facebook page and an international community of 85K followers.
2009 – till now.
Position: Founder, Strategist, Designer, SM content copyrighter, Photographer.
Originally started as a website, Vrindavan Experience has been created to bring attention to Vrindavan as a unique place, Indian spiritual hub, a phenomena and an experience of one’s transformation. Building the audience organically through original content, the community now has expanded it’s presence to Instagram with 24K followers.
- Human Rights Advocacy Campaign, Almaty, Kazakhstan
March 2005 – January 2009.
Position: Director of Communications and PR.
Networking and lobbying for human rights with the embassies of major states, PR work with international news agencies and human rights organizations such as OSCE, Helsinki Committee, Freedom House, the international campaign included supporting protests at Kazakh embassies around the world and 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’ (‘Samoosoznaniye’) TV series, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
June 2003 – February 2005.
Position: Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor.
Ran the production of Self-realization, a TV series aired in prime-time on Almaty TV for 3 seasons, including total of 35 half an hour long episodes. The series has been widely distributed in the former CIS area on DVDs and are available online on a number of Russian media streaming outlets.
- ‘Studio Five’, Omsk, Russia.
January 1999 – May 2003.
Studio Five, a turn-key boutique advertisement studio with a scope in Commercials, Short Films, Printing, Ad Campaigns and clientele from major Russian banks, cellular networks, internet providers and international brands.
Position: 3D / Motion & Graphics Designer, Sound Design, Editor.
- Maxima Communication Group
May 1998 – November 1999.
Omsk branch of the Moscow based advertisement agency Maxima, later rebranded as Maxima Communication Group, creating ad campaigns, commercials, billboard and print ad design.
Position: Graphic Designer/Motion Graphics/Editor/Production
- Agava TV Channel, Omsk, Russia.
June 1993 – December 1998.
Channel 11 later rebranded as Agava TV was a first commercial broadcasting company in Omsk. I worked at Agava TV Design Studio as a Motion Graphics Designer and for 3 years as a video editor, creating a TV series and commercials.
Position: Video Editor, Motion Graphics Designer.
- Film Directing
- Research and development
- Post production and digital workflow solutions
- Sound Design and Mixing
- Color grading
- Motion Graphics
- Print Design
- Programming (Coding)
- Web Mastering
- System Administration
- Strong Survival skill set (13 years of mountain trekking)
- Blackmagic Resolve
- Final Cut Pro & Final Cut Pro X
- Abode Premier
- Adobe After Effects
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Audition
- Logic Pro
- Russian: native
- English: fluent
- Cross-discipline topics of consciousness, AI, machine-learning, psychology, robotics, philosophy, technology, UX
- Mountain trekking
- Self education, personal and spiritual growth