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. Translated Herman Hesse's Siddhartha" into albanian. 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
2001 - Present - Los Angeles, CA
Film, Short, Episodic:
Narnia-The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Doug Chiang's “Robota”
Fast and Furious, Tokyo Drift
Radop Free Albemuth
Wizards of Weaverly Place
Happy Download Day
Last Comic Standing
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
Lana Del Rey
20th Century Fox CinemaCon
Catanzaro Christams Celebration Projections
Disney - World of Color
Star Trek DVD release party projections
Haze Club Las Vegas
Black Eyed Peas
JC Penney Jam
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Coca Cola Arctic Refresh
Coca Cola Polar Bears
Office Max - Back To School
Clear Shampoo w/ Maria Sharapova
Kansas City Promo
Supima Cotton - Sea of Cotton
TAB energy drink
Disney Channel Rebrand
NBC 4 Promo
Supima Cotton NY Fashion Week Promo
Coca-Cola/Full Throttle campaign
Vistarama HD - Institute of Creative Technologies
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.
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