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BIO - RESUME

I was born in a TV studio and grew up in film sets. My favorite childhood smell is that of dust burning off the back of overworked tape decks on studio racks. Our home movies were shot with a Bolex, recorded with a Nagra and cut on a Moviola; so we were taught visual composition and editing theory , like it or not, while still in diapers.

At a young age i was put on a heavy schedule of foreign languages instruction; the only way to be able to secretly read the books that were not allowed to be translated in communist Albania (e.g, Asimov, Clarke, Tolkien, etc). Around 5th grade i was a childhood actor,... which explains the teenage years. Sought then to fight the legacy and studied letters instead; started a poetry group and a socio-political newspaper. Was a guide through the war in Kosovo for Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer.

After dropping out of college, i joined the family again in the entertainment industry by launching a new studio. Had varied clients and numerous creative outlets for many years up until 2001, at which point I decided to look into this Hollywood thing.

I have been in Los Angeles since, engaging in all manner of creative avenues in motion picture, broadcast, music videos, stage design, interactive mobile and web.

In 14 words: "If there are good stories to be told via breathtaking visuals, i am interested.".

Some of this work ...here to the right (scroll right and down).

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2001 - Present - Los Angeles, CA


Film, Short, Episodic:

Cosmos
Beowulf
Superman Returns
Narnia-The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Dark City
Beautiful Creatures
Polar Express
Zathura
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Doug Chiang's “Robota”
Fast and Furious, Tokyo Drift
F'ing Fast
Radop Free Albemuth
Gosia’s Witch
Wizards of Weaverly Place
Halloween Town
GhostWalk
Caesar
Them
First Flight
Gus
Spade
Happy Download Day
Last Comic Standing


Music Videos:

Britney Spears - Criminal
Kanye West - "Monster"
Justin Bieber - "Backpack"
Ayumi Hamasaki - "Last Angel", "Love Song", "Dream On"
Taio Cruz - "Falling In Love"
Ingrid Michaelson - "Parachute"
Corinne Bailey Rae - "Closer"
Juliana Pasha - "Its All About You"
Beyonce -"Sweet Dreams"
Regina Spektor - "Laughing with God", "Eet", "Dance Anthem of the 80s", "Man of a Thousand Faces"
Anjulie - "Boom"
Danni Harrison/theNewNo2 - "Yomp"
Zach Wylde w Black Label Society
Ziggy Marley


Concert/Stage Visuals:

Justin Bieber
Emma Hewitt
Dirty South
Lana Del Rey
American Idol
20th Century Fox CinemaCon
Disney "Tron"
Sony "Roadshow"
Catanzaro Christams Celebration Projections
Disney - World of Color
Star Trek DVD release party projections
Haze Club Las Vegas
Black Eyed Peas
50 Cent
Paul Oakenfold
McAfee
JC Penney Jam
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Bon Jovi
Korn


Commercials/Spots/Promo/Branding:

Jaguar
Infiniti
Sparkle
Corvette
Chevrolet Impala
McDonalds Monopoly
Honda Civic
Coca Cola Arctic Refresh
GuildWars
L'Oreal
Medina
Lamborghini
Ray Ban
Sports Package
Coca Cola Polar Bears
Cricket
Glastonbury
Maharishi
Shwarzkopf Shampoo
Honda CRV
Toyota
Microsoft
Cisco
ESPN
Pepsi
Office Max - Back To School
Clear Shampoo w/ Maria Sharapova
Sony Bravia
Aflac
Coca Cola
Chrysler Jeep
Absolut Vodka
Ford
Logitech
McDonalds
Heineken
Sprint
Kansas City Promo
American Airlines
Sundance Promos
ESPN
Abissnet
Supima Cotton - Sea of Cotton
ABC promos
TAB energy drink
Target
Disney Channel Rebrand
NBC 4 Promo
Cannon
Supima Cotton NY Fashion Week Promo
Coca-Cola/Full Throttle campaign
Vistarama HD - Institute of Creative Technologies
etc...



Instructor/Teaching:

Instructor Gnomon Workshop After Effects
Instructor Gnomon School of Visual Effects Master Class
Instructor Compositing Lockheed Martin
Instructor Texturing Shading Gnomon School of Visual Effects
Instructor Intro to Maya Gnomon School of Visual Effects
Instructor 'Maya Fasttrack' Gnomon School of Visual Effects
Instructor 'Introduction to Compositing' Gnomon School of Visual Effects
Instructor 'Lighting and Rendering' Gnomon School of Visual Effects




1996 - 2001 Kuke Pictures Tirana, Albania

Co-owned and art dir. pre and and post production studio.
Directed, managed, effects, audio and editing for TV. Commercials,
music video clips, documentaries, long and short form,
broadcast graphics, web. Clients include Coca Cola,
Siemens, European Broadcast Union, United Nations, World Bank etc.


Languages

Albanian
English
French
German
Italian
Bulgarian
familiar with slavic languages.



Education Training Workshops

Gnomon School of Visual Effects
Workshop on Set Lighting at California Institute Of Arts with Kris Malkiewicz
ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe - Bauhaus
Wilshire English Language Center
American University in Bulgaria 2 year studies in Literature, Sociology
Journalism and Intl Relations.
Linguistics High School Tirana, Albania
FILM



Narnia


Polar


Superman


Zathura


Beowulf


Gossia


Robota




BROADCAST









































































Microsoft























AFLAC


RiniRing
STAGE DESIGN



AmericanIdol-Reel-1 from Ergin Kuke on Vimeo.



Sony Pictures

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Footage of a live concert in Tirana, Albania (Dec 8, 2011). Here we are taking the live audio feed and using the soloist's pitch (and a few harmonics) and volume to affect the projected images. MIDI control messages were used to adjust the opacity of 18 independent layers in Watchout in real-time.
This was definitely one of the highlights of this concert. Note that the flute is basically a metal pipe with holes...no keys...just ridiculous talent on behalf of the soloist to draw such a musical performance out of such a modest instrument.


Footage of a live concert in Tirana, Albania (Dec 8, 2011). Here we are taking the live audio feed and using the flutes' pitch (and a few harmonics) and volume to affect the projected imagery in real-time. MIDI control messages were used to adjust the brightness of 18 independent layers in Watchout in real-time

Short snippet of our dress rehearsal for a concert in Tirana, Albania (Dec 8, 2011). Two things going on here. First, we are doing a bit of real-time processing of the dancers' images using an infrared camera (blur, adding a bit of trail and some texture, in addition to our usual tricks for processing live IR video for tracking). Second, we are using the main dancer's movement to affect the visuals. A wireless sensor placed on his shoulder is giving us continuous data with regards to his orientation and movement. Every time he spins above a threshold he rotates the projected panoramic image, spinning the image clockwise or counterclockwise based on the direction of his spin. Images were processed & composited in Jitter and captured as a live video feed in Watchout which handled the projection.

Short snippet of the last piece for a concert in Tirana, Albania (Dec 8, 2011). Here the goal was to affect the image projected behind them every time they "stomped" on the floor. A wireless mic was attached to the stage and with a bit of filtering we were able to isolate just those "stomp" moments. A MIDI control message was then sent to Watchout (which handled the projections) to affect the zoom of the image.

Why not a manual trigger? We were too inconsistent, even those familiar with the dance. Nice example of where creative use of a microphone and some real-time show control can create a cool effect.


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Red Hot Chilli Peppers



Fox Cinemacon



Black Eyed Peas



50 Cent



Justin Bieber



Disneyland Tron



Glow Fest at Disney California Adventure from Jeff Keller on Vimeo.





elecTRONica Interactive Dance Party from David Beaudry on Vimeo.





David having fun at the Tron experience DisneyWorld.





JCP Jam


Paul Oakenfold -- Perefcto