The amazing portfolio of Egor Povolotskiy

Watch out Hollywood, Egor Povolotskiy is here

Watch out Hollywood, Egor Povolotskiy is here

Egor Povolotskiy boasts a laundry list of achievements and successes, following his tenure in the industry. He received his Master’s degree at MEPHI (Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute) as Artificial Intelligence specialist in early 2008 and then returned to school in 2014 for yet another masters at New York Film Academy. This time for a Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography.

He was a Photojournalist for ITAR -TASS in Moscow, The Biggest News Agency In Russia, highlighting The Most Important Moments In Russia. He then worked as a celebrity photographer at the Marriot in Russia. As no surprise to anyone, he would later move up the ranks to The Director of Photography in Assembly Line Entertainment, right here  in Los Angeles. Both of those positions streamlined him right into his current position at Black Drone Media, also here in LA as another Director Of Photography.

Egor’s personal achievements are just as inspiring, including, 3 wins at the Rochester International and Voya Film Festivals plus another 4 nominations for his short film We Are Enemies”. 7 years of photography including photojournalism, wedding photography, and celebrity portraits.

Photography helped to round out Povolotskiy’s career. He says his favorite production so far was the feature film “Goetia”, which he shot with the very talented director Alex Babaev, and producers Mariietta Volynska and Devin Goodsell. The story line is a mystic-horror film, and Egor proudly boasts “Everyday on set was amazing. Every crew member was so tuned in with one another. We worked as a single mechanism. The result was, very solid”!

Ironically, Povolotskiy says he doesn’t have an ideal genre. “Every single film is different. It’s all about the story. Dramatic art is happening in each film and it doesn’t matter if it’s comedy, horror or a super-hero movie. I like stories and that is most important for me”.

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Actress Esther Eden

Actress Esther Eden

We recently sat down with another amazing young actress, Esther Eden about some of her exciting new projects coming up. Plus, she shares some of her most valuable tips for surviving in the entertainment industry.

Please introduce yourself to the readers, how and when did you first get into performing?

My first taste of theatre was at about the age of three, I went to watch my first theatrical production which was the Sound of Music, I remember watching the Von Trapp children and thinking ”I want to do that”! My mother noticed my interest in acting and started enrolling me in to local drama classes not too long after that and then it all started to snowball from there. I was performing in local theatre productions and was cast in my first feature film Torn Together at the age of fifteen which was co-directed by Ryan Osmond, who has since worked on multiple productions such as, the new Mad Max: Fury Road  and TV series Atomic Kingdom.

Who were some of your biggest inspirations?

I have been inspired by so many people. Actors that have influenced my career have been Johnny Depp, Hilary Swank, Christina Ricci, Natalie Portman, I really admire their versatility and the fact that they have taken risks in their work and played a lot of roles that are against typecast and their looks.  I love European cinema as well and really admire Kristen Scott Thomas, who is bilingual and does not only Hollywood films, but a lot of French cinema, as well as performing in a lot of theatrical productions.

What kind of training have you had, if any?

I went to McDonald College, a performing arts high school in Sydney, Australia, we studied two hours of drama every day alongside our regular studies. I would take workshops at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts on the weekend.  After I graduated from there, I auditioned for drama schools and was accepted in to Screenwise, a school that specializes in screen acting. After graduation, I moved to London and continued taking classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, LAMDA and the Actors Centre.  Last year, I auditioned and was accepted into the Professional Actor’s Masterclass, run by the Australian Institute of Performing Arts, a course designed for international actors looking to learn more about the US industry, which was held in Los Angeles. After I returned to London,  I became interested in the Meisner technique and have been studying with the London Group Theatre, run by Tom Radcliffe who studied with Sanford Meisner in Los Angeles.

What has been your favorite role to play so far?

I spent a year performing with theatre company Le Nouveau Guignol, a company whose patron is RSC actor Jonathan Slinger, and was dedicated to resurrecting Grand Guignol theatre, horror and risque comedy plays which was started in Paris in the late 19th century. Some of my favorite roles have been performing with them, including my role of Jean in The Final Kiss, a woman recently released from prison, who comes to the visit her lover whose face she horribly disfigured with acid – the play is full of subtlety and subtext and at the end of it the tables are turned and he gets his revenge on her by pouring acid on her face. I really enjoyed exploring the relationship between Jean and Henri and also the challenge of working with prosthetics, which was needed at the end of the play to show my face burnt by acid.

What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?

I have been blessed so far with many achievements that I am proud of. One of my biggest achievements so far is working on audio sitcom Quiz Masters, about a group of friends who meet every week at a pub quiz. It was very popular and reached 15th place on the overall itunes podcast chart and 5th place on the itunes comedy chart.  I also worked on a production of Macbeth, which was set in contemporary England in the banking world, with the witches being changed to journalists. It ran to full houses for three weeks at The Cockpit Theatre, where it gained rave reviews and was publicised in publications such as Theatre Reviews London, What’s On Stage, London Culture Blog, The Stage and The Evening Standard.

What projects do you have coming up?

I have recently joined new production company Demand Horror as one of their Scream Queens, I will be working in most of their upcoming productions including web series Until Dead and feature film Selfie, about a serial killer who takes selfies of his victims as they are being murdered. I also have feature film Dead Love, currently in post production that is due to be released this year and submitted to film festivals, it features cult horror icons Emily Booth (presenter of the horror channel) and Lloyd Kaufmann who has a long history of working in horror films as an actor, director and producer.  Aside from all the horror, I am still working regularly with The 313 Show, a comedy podcast that I have been working with since 2012. We have in the past couple of years, started doing live sketch shows, including performing last year as part of the Kingston Comedy Festival and working on a web series of our most popular comedy sketches.

Who would be your ideal co-star and why?

So many great actors I would love to work with! Meryl Streep, as she always delivers solid performances and seems to bring out the best from the actors she works with and would love to pick her brain on her acting process. If I was doing a comedy, I would love to work with Jim Carrey or Jack Black, as I can imagine them being extremely fun and enjoyable to work with on set.

What are your plans for the future?

Besides working on the productions I am cast in, I plan on continuing to work on my craft. As an actor you never stop learning and growing as an artist and I believe in continuing training alongside working.  I am also developing my own projects as I believe in being proactive in work and not just relying on other people casting you in their productions. I am developing my own web series, it is in early stages at the moment so I don’t want to give too much away yet.

What is your advice to aspiring performers?

Going after your dreams takes a leap of faith and sacrifice, it doesn’t come easy but the rewards can be great and fulfilling. Don’t be afraid of trying new things, of taking control and creating your own work, rather than just sitting back and waiting for it to come to you. Pursuing your goals can be a long process. It is about the journey rather than the end result, so remember to stay in the moment, be present and enjoy all aspects of your life, the ups and the downs. Life isn’t a dress rehearsal, so just go for it!

Germany’s Sarah Marissa Wullinger features in new Sprint commercial

The gorgeous Sarah Marissa Wullinger

The gorgeous Sarah Marissa Wullinger

Born in Stuttgart Germany, and beginning her acting career by performing small plays for her mother, Sarah Marissa Wullinger studied the techniques of acting from a very young age. She relocated to Los Angeles, where she enrolled at the famous Stella Adler Academy of Acting and performed in numerous productions after departing Germany in 2010.

Her big break came in the form of a role she played in the production of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America”, that ran at the Irene Gilbert Theater in Los Angeles where she effortlessly gained the attention of industry heavyweights. Sarah also earned an honorable mention for a Clinique Happy commercial, which was directed by Amy Walmann who raved about Sarah Marissa’s talent-“Her performance in the Clinique Happy Commercial was brilliant during every moment of each take. I have auditioned and followed many actresses in the industry. I can state that few can rival the skills and ability that Sarah possesses. I would rank her in the top 1%”.

Sarah has also featured in a national commercial for Sprint which has elevated her even higher with her image being splashed across billboards. She also featured in the short film Rain Day, that went to the Cannes Short Film corner and played in German theaters. However, if this wasn’t enough to add to her long list of talents, this gorgeous actress also helps the FBI with terrorist negotiation training by re-enacting hostage situations. They will fly all of the top agents across the US to become super skilled in freeing hostages. Sarah is well sort after as one of their favorite actresses they use to play a terrorist or hostage for the training.

Sarah says some of the most important things to remember as an actress are, to stay true to yourself and your own goals and don’t let anyone do “construction” on them. She says it’s important to understand that with most things like this, it’s a bit of a numbers game. The more auditions, the higher the chance of callbacks and bookings. The more you put in, the more you get out. There’s always some aspect of the industry that you can take control of, If you can’t get an audition, make your own movie. Shoot a web series, it’s not illegal to do your own thing. I don’t know why people don’t just do their own thing when they can’t get an audition.

She says her favorite roles to play so far are Rabbi in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” and her voice over videos of Aaron Paul’s Breaking Bad character Jesse Pinkman saying “bitch” that she sends her friends.

You can also watch out for Sarah in another amazing movie “Perception of Art” which will be shown at several festivals and will also be available on Netflix. We can’t wait to see what this beauty does next, we are all anxiously waiting.

Putting her passion into her craft, Actress Mai Arwas

Actress Mai Arwas

Actress Mai Arwas

Standing 5’5, Mai Arwas small stature doesn’t stop her from being one of the hit actresses on the scene. Using her talent at a young age, Mai was ready for the challenges placed before her with her career in acting. Taking her career seriously, Mai began taking courses when she was only 16 years of age, first going to Redroofs and Arts Ed in the UK then headed to LA in order to study at the famous ‘Lee StrasbergTheatre and Film Institute’.

Being raised in the UK, the move to LA to take these classes was difficult for Mai – but her career became her number one priority. Mai takes classes when she can in order to keep working on her craft and this shows how her dedication to this field is 100%. Her dedication to her career has landed her lead roles in films such as Cocaine directed by Sasha Krane and Departure, Blood Bath & Bloody Hell, by GearMark Pictures. While these roles were a step in the right direction, it was Mai’s role in Departure is the one that stands out the most, as that really took her career to new heights.

Using the training and experience before, Mai pushed her performance passed
exceptional and this film has won a special recognition at the ‘First Glance Film Festival’ winning the title of ‘Best Director’. Her success in acting has surpassed just film though. Mai Arwas has also been the lead woman in music videos, Cruel World by M.I.A. Productions and Oh, Be A Defector by Illustration Productions where she was able to embrace a different side to her acting. Theatre plays, commercials and modeling have also been heavily explored by the actress, where her performances have never been less than sentimental. Embodying every part of her career, Mai Arwas is one of the most successful actresses because of her dedication to her career and mastering her craft.

World class filmmaker Velvet Datsopoulou

Talented filmmaker Velvet Datsopoulou

Talented filmmaker Velvet Datsopoulou

In 2008, artist and self-actualized creative spirit, Veloudenia Ntatsopoulous, graduated from the prestigious center of learning the London Metropolitan University, with a BA in Politics and International Relations firmly under her belt. This kind of immediate background would lend itself to primary importance when she became an Event director to a campaign management company responsible for high-profiling political candidates on the rise, or in the fore of public attention.  Not just a glorified ‘pretty face’, Velvet became responsible for finalizing intrinsic speeches, executing data requests from both clients and management and overseeing the more practical offices of ensuring insurance inception and overall coordination of current event scenarios.

Her next lateral, yet different, commute was to Anisma Films, in the position of a First Assistant Director and Operations Manager. It was here where her considerable talents were effectuated in the development, production and marketing of the critically-extolled documentary “Great Directors.” While she distinguished herself in this office, she nurses a passion project of her own – bringing to film the life of Edgar Allan Poe. She is currently in the process of publishing a first volume of her own surreal poetry, so this Poe project falls naturally in Velvet’s purview of expertise.

In addition to working closely with the company president at Anisma Films, Velvet was also of indispensable value to yet another production company, that of Black Coral Productions. Her inspiration spiritual mentors include Francois Truffaut, Bernardo Bertolucci and the inexorable and iconic, David Lynch. And while he left this plane of existence around 50 years ago, James Dean would have been a favorite legend of Velvet’s to collaborate with on some project worthy of her – and his – considerable talents!

Edris Davarian- world class photography sensation

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It’s quite fascinating to shoot the stars at night although difficult, but demands skills and fulfills discipline in the profession of photography.  We are all the spectators of the absolutely great shots of stars striking the sky. The real tricky job is to shoot the living stars and Edris Davarian has been doing this marvelous and dream job for the past ten years.

He started his career as a professional photographer, and he has had the honor of shooting some famous models, singers and actors, over the years. Photography is an art and he has full command of it. Where as others may be reluctant and don’t care to get perfection in this type of work. They just take a picture and show it to their friends. But sometimes pictures catch your attention; it has the worth to clean up and frame for hanging on your wall. This picture can be your own, a loved one or some type of beauty or nature. That is when the challenge of photography gets in the frame.

Edris Davarian is a real artist who loves his work and is extremely enthusiastic about it. He has served his passion for over a decade and during this time, photography becomes fervor to him. Photography has become relaxing and an exiting thrill to Edris, that is unexplainable in words. Beauty has always attracted him in any form shape, color or age. It can be a human being, nature, some special moment or event. He just loves to capture and make his viewers see it through his eyes.

The tips and tricks involved in the world of photography, we must say is quite a process because you have to put yourself out there 100% to produce the desired results. You have to feel the feelings of the object . You have to put life in idle. All of these skills are not just a practice but an art that has to be involved in the whole process.

Edris Davarian started his career off as professional photographer after completing his Art degree in 2002. Later, he decided to follow his passion and dream to become a professional photographer. People have always been his favorite subject matter to focus on, as he loves to capture their expressions in the moment. For Edris, diferent cultures, events and emotions have always attracted him.

In a recent interview, he said “I truly love photographing people. I love capturing the expression and emotion of a person. Discovering new faces and first time models, the innocence they walk in with, and the beauty that exudes once they are in front of my lens.” Edris has captured hundreds of models, actors and singers and countless freelance subjects over the years.

His work can be seen in some of the world’s most upscale magazines and publications. For more info, go to:

http://edrisphotography.com/