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November 17, 2011, 5:00pm

Some old photos from Birthday shooting

These photos were taken about 4 years ago during the shooting of the fight scene for Birthday.

We were shooting with Panasonic DVX100 at that time. It was a pretty long night.

Alexander Vasyanin

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October 5, 2011, 1:27pm

“Wife” apartment preparation

Renovation is eternal

Because of the eternal renovation of the apartment we had to adjust our shooting schedule. Here are some photos of how the apartment looks today.

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September 26, 2011, 10:37am

“Wife” rehearsal photos

Alina, Alena and Artem

As you may know that our studio is currently producing a new short with a working title “Wife”. It’s based on a short story by Roald Dahl. We’ve found all the actors, sound mixers and still have no budget.

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September 8, 2011, 10:51pm

Plot Device short

Making of: http://vimeo.com/24747132

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April 18, 2011, 12:00pm

Final Cut Pro X Presentation (video)

Part 1:

Part 2:

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October 5, 2010, 7:51pm

The Making of Monsters

Did you know that Monsters was shot by Sony EX3 camcorder? The picture quality is amazing!

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April 12, 2010, 12:14pm

Sony EX1R Slow Motion Test

For those who have troubles watching this HD-clip: try Vimeo.


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July 29, 2009, 12:27pm

Music Video Shooting. Day X

We are in the middle of shooting of our new music video. We chose a song titled Die, Die My Darling written by The Misfits. This Sunday we shot a scene where our main character is chasing the guy she wants to kill.

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February 4, 2009, 3:35pm

Sunday Shooting

Attaching the pyrocartridge to the body

Last Sunday we tried to emulate multiple bullet hits as if someone was shooting a tommy gun. The result was pretty lame and we’re going to reshoot this short. Photos of the process are available. Read More →

The rest of the photos are avaliable on Yandex.

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December 9, 2008, 12:42pm

Practical Special Effects: Pyrotechnics and Blood

Last time we tried to make a blood burst effect with a fishing line and a washer. This time we decided to try other ways like using pyrotechnics. Ingredients are still very cheap: a piece of wood (for protection), a petard, a needle (to make a hole in the petard), a nichrome filament (to use as a detonator), a wire and some batteries. Read More →

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November 24, 2008, 3:08am

Practical Special Effects: Blood Burst and Chroma Key

Ingredients: a condom, a little bit of fake blood (there’s too much of it in our video), a fishing line and a washer.

For the second video I used a photograph of this guy’s body to cover the condom.

And you may also wanna watch this great tutorial:


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September 8, 2008, 4:48pm

Action Movie. Filming. Day 1

As far as we don´t have a title for our upcoming action short, we´re just gonna call it Action Movie. So the first day of shooting went very well. The best thing was that we shot the most complicated scene in the whole movie. The car was chasing the motorcycle and they shot each other with an assault rifle and a pistol.

Cayenne & Honda

Our cinematographers Ivan and Kostya were belt up in the back of the van and shot the bike and the car from there.


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July 17, 2008, 2:12pm

Morning — a new short

We are currently shooting the new short Morning. It’s about a guy who wakes up after some party and tries to remember what had happened there.

We’ve already shot about a half of the needed material. This Sunday we plan to complete the shooting process and start post-production. The short is going to be released in early August.

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March 24, 2008, 10:44am

The easiest way to draw a muzzle flash

It took me 20 minutes to make it using Adobe Photoshop + After Effects. It’ll look better with smoke and shell flying from the pistol. And, yeah, the last two flashes are too far from the barrel :-)

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March 11, 2008, 12:28pm

Making of the new short “Case”

Making of “Case”

This photo is some sort of a distillation of the whole filming process: bunch of people gather around a small object and do some strange looking things to make it appear nicely in the frame.

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March 7, 2008, 12:33pm

The Circumstances (production journal)

The CircumstancesMany people remember the first Russian j-horror “Dead Daughters”. After its release in 2007 there were two common opinions: some thought that director Pavel Ruminov was a genious and that he was the only hope of Russian cinema. Others considered him to be a self-enamoured, mentally unbalanced and mediocre. I wish more people watched “Dead Daughters” irrelative of the director.

This fall the new movie directed by Ruminov is going to be released. It’s a romantic comedy and that’s the only fact known about this movie. Even more so it’s being filmed right now.

“The Circumstances” has its blog on LiveJournal, in which one can find photos, storyboards and other interesting materials. Most of that information is presented in English.

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December 12, 2007, 5:33am

Birthday Sound Recording

Today I gave the beta version of Birthday to Misha (who is a sound editor). He watched it and said that it was too hard to him to do. We don’t pay anybody so that sounds reasonable :-)

Now me and Dan are going to do all the sound editing.

That’s gonna be tough, but we’ll do our best to finish everything before the 2008.

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November 1, 2007, 9:13pm

8 months of life

The Fridge

The upper still was made on the second day of shooting. The lower image is the second to last day of shooting.

Birthday will be avaliable very soon.

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October 29, 2007, 9:13pm

Birthday — The Micro Making of

The first short video illustrating the shooting process of Birthday. We just hope that it’s not more interesting than the movie itself :-)

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August 26, 2007, 9:46pm

The World’s Cheapest MiniDV Camcorder

Sony DCR-HC19

We use this camera only to transfer video to the PC. We don’t shoot with it.

When I say “it”, mean Sony DCR-HC19 :-)

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May 7, 2007, 10:03pm



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