My teenage ambition was to change this world. I am not a Wonder Woman, but I am a produced screenwriter, emerging producer, filmmaker and teacher, so I suppose I am heading in the right direction.
I was born in Saint-Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. After graduating with Distinction from University in Russia as a stage director and scriptwriter, for more than 15 years I was writing scripts for independent theatrical performances and TV; held different positions in filmmaking (screenwriter, assistant director, script supervisor, production designer); and was a tutor of Scriptwriting at my Alma Mater University.
Three years ago I decided to change my career and to enter British film industry. My first step was to do a Masters course in the UK, which I have successfully done and graduated with distinction from MA Screenwriting course at Screen Academy Scotland (Edinburgh Napier University) in 2016.
Last two years became a good start for a newcomer: I have produced 2 short films, have written screenplays for 3 short films and have directed 1 short film. One more short screenplay of mine is now in development in the Czech Republic. Another short I wrote is in development in Scotland and a short and a feature screenplays are in development in the UK.
Apart from writing, producing and directing I am pursuing an academic career at a PhD course in the UK and developing online Screenwriting school for Russian filmmakers.
While being a teacher myself, I am sure that a screenwriter needs to study constantly in order not to become out of date. That is why I currently study online at the University of East Anglia (Screenwriting course), the Open University (The Business of Film) and National Film and Television School (Filmmaking course). I also annually visit master classes of world famous professionals at the London Screenwriters Festival, Cannes Film Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival.
I am currently in search of a producer for my feature film screenplay “The Punishment” (loosely based on “Crime and Punishment” by F. Dostoyevsky) and co-producers for two short screenplays set in Scotland. I am opened to collaboration with emerging filmmakers on short films.
Please feel free to contact me for more details or for a writing sample.