Rio is no doubt one of the world’s most colourful cities. While conducting research for an upcoming film project in Vidigal favela I managed to captured some fantastic graffiti.
My 2013 documentary showreel: Most of the material was shot by myself for my own projects. If you’re interested in any of the specific clips and would like to know more, please message me.
Music in order of appearance:
Cover of Little Wing, by Brett McLaughlan
Magnet by Bombay Bicycle Club
Yarat! Documentary Theme by Martin Skarendahl
This film for GQ and Wilkinson Sword was one of those with a now-common small, PR/Marketing budget. With these budgets we always try and push for the biggest production value we can achieve. The further we can push a film towards a commercial look, the better. The client wanted a loose, handheld feel so for this shoot I chose the new Sony FS700 camera. With the large, super-35 sensor, a decent flat, cine-style profile, ability to shoot to external recorder in 422 and ability to use Canon lenses, I knew, with the right lighting, I could achieve some nice results. I was also keen to try the super-slow motion capability which we only ended up using in the razor-into-bucket shot. We lit the set (the small barber shop in Soho which was the client’s choice) with an Arri 2.5K HMI and a couple Kino Diva 400 lights which proved to be a good combination for our limited space and resources. I was helped with the lighting and camera by my ace assistant Gregory Luscombe. Overall I was impressed with this camera system and would use it again for sure on the small/medium budget shoots where slow motion is a benefit.
Produced by Spring & Mercer for British GQ and Wilkinson Sword
Director/Producer: Jay Flaxman
DoP: Alex Kryszkiewicz
Editor/Colour Grading: Alex Kryszkiewicz
AC: Gregory Luscombe
Music: New Tricks by Max Brodie
Shot on Sony FS 700 to 422 on Ki Pro Mini with Canon L series primes and 70-200 2.8L ISII
Client: Bentley Motors (presented by British GQ)
Produced by British GQ and Spring & Mercer springandmercer.co.uk/
Alex Kryszkiewicz & Tom Geraedts
DoP: Paul Ozgur
Edited by: Owen Oppenheimer @ The Quarry the-quarry.co.uk/
Colour Grading: My Therapy - mytherapy.tv/
Steadicam: Matteo Cosorich
Focus Puller: Thomas Shawcroft
This is a short film I made with my wife while on holiday in Russia. The film is the realisation of a spontaneous idea I had while exploring the forest on our first day at Maria’s Dacha (Russian country home). We had only 4 hours of light (after waking up a bit late the following day) to film the entire thing.
This was an interesting project for me. I showed up on the morning of the shoot prepared to operate camera and capture this amazing Russian beast of a car during it’s debut on the streets of London. I had no idea that the client would ask me to direct the piece as well. I had to shoot a couple of double espressos down my neck to get my brain into action. This is what we came up with using 4 great extras, a fantastic stylist and day-saving makeup artist…
I can finally share this film which I shot back in April in Baku, Azerbaijan (see archive post regarding the trip) for YARAT! Contemporary Art Space. By watching this documentary about the exploding contemporary art scene in Baku I hope you’ll enjoy a quick glimpse into the people, architecture and art of Baku. Baku is located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe and this is tangible through her many ethnic minorities, languages and various harmoniously-practiced religions. Baku is an intoxicating blend of sights and stories. I found the vibe of the city positive and hard to pin down. A city poised to become a new and exciting tourist destination for the curious travellers of our ever-shrinking globe.
Please note: This film was meant for the local audience in Baku as well as international audiences and is meant to highlight the art organisation YARAT! We kept away from a travel-show format, but there was so much interesting footage that I’d like to make a directors cut one day so that curious foreigners can better appreciate what makes Baku such a vibrant and interesting cultural hub.