VM Productions' Staff
After receiving an M.S. degree in Oceanography, VITALY SUMIN produced
ocean-related documentaries (Jacques Cousteau style) which eventually led him to abandon his scientific career to get a B.A. degree in film directing. He subsequently worked as a
co-writer and producer on numerous productions.
Sumin’s award winning short film "From Womb To Tomb", which he wrote, directed edited, and produced, made a world tour of important festivals. In 1988 Sumin received a US patent #4,784,394 for his invention "The World Belongs To You!" - an interactive tourist game (including video, reality TV and other versions).
Sumin further studied at The
Sorbonne in Paris under a study grant. His script "Idiot", a
contemporary international thriller based on Dostoevsky’s novel,
received a development grant from The Warner Bros Fund. A number of other Sumin's scripts are circulating in the United States and Europe.
2006: "Shades of Day" - the first part of
VM Productions' Dostoevsky-LA Project. This film was selected by the Rutgers University’s
professor Gerald Pirog for his course in cinema along with the classic works by
Bertolucci, Kurosawa, Bresson, Scorsese, Shrader, Von Sternberg... (click
2010-2011- "Notes From The New
World" - the second part of VM Productions' Dostoevsky-LA Project.
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2011 - The Missing
Vitaly Sumin currently resides
in Los Angeles. "Love Game" will represent his fourth feature directorial work.
with Vitaly Sumin
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Vitaly (please click here!)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, PRODUCTION AND
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
In a recent email to a co-worker, Vitaly Sumin stated the following: “We couldn’t be where we are now--as far as the production values and all the related complicated technicalities (editing, transfers, sound, etc., as well as even the initial PR stuff)--without constant 24/7 assistance and great help of an ANGEL. The angel came to us in the earlier beginning of
pre-production of Notes From The New World—and he generously remains with us up to these very days.” That angel is TAESUNG YIM--writer, director, producer, and editor.
After graduating from film school, Taesung wrote and directed several short films, including the award-winning “Two of Many.” He also worked on features in various capacities, including editor, sound effects editor, and associate producer. Taesung went on to write and edit two women-in-prison films, Caged Hearts and Under Lock and Key, and to direct and edit three episodes of the TV series Life, Love, and Hollywood. And ultimately, as attested to by director Sumin above, Taesung’s
hard-won skill, range, and versatility were
indispensable to the successful production of Notes from
the New World.
GUS BLAUDZIUNAS received his Master Of Fine Arts from New York University Graduate School of Film. He has shot scores of projects for companies including Universal Pictures, HBO, BBC, Hearst Entertainment, Studio 2 (NYC) and many others. He has received awards for Cinematography at the New York University Film Festival and Oberhausen International Film Festival in Germany.
RICHARD CRATER was graduated from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied Theatre Arts Performance and Management. He has twenty-seven years of working experience in show business including Creative, Administrative, Technical and Financial areas. He’s proficient in negotiating with Agents and possesses knowledge of and access to performing talent at all levels.
COPYRIGHTER AND CONSULTANT
DAN MARCUS is a creative/marketing consultant and copywriter specializing in film and music. He’s been with VM
Productions since WHITE NIGHTS (2003), the initial
chapter of its Dostoevsky LA Project. For the company’s
recent film, NOTES FROM THE NEW WORLD (2011), he advised on editing and sound issues during post-production. Prior to release, he wrote the press kit, the tag line, and advised on the film’s poster graphics and DVD packaging.
Most recently, Dan worked on the new album, Bill Tapia--Live from the Warner Grand: the 100th Birthday Concert (Paniola Productions, 2011). He scripted two promotional films for the project, created the text for marketing materials and the CD packaging, advised on the graphic presentation, edited the album’s booklet, and wrote one of the featured articles, “Bill Tapia: An Appreciation.”
Dan is also active as an editor and consultant in the publishing industry. Books he’s edited, include The Body in Motion: It’s Evolution and Design (North Atlantic Books), The Adventures of Grammar Girl and Genius Boy (Grammar Nation), The Lesson Plan (Treble Heart books), and Elements of Skill (North Atlantic Books).
JON DEER is the son of nationally recognized film scholars Irving and Harriet Deer and is a producer and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He holds a degree in Philosophy (Cum Laude) and Law (with Honors). His studies emphasized post-modernism in various areas including film. He has worked in development, business affairs, and as a screenplay analyst for companies including Turner Pictures, New Line Cinema, and for producers affiliated with Twentieth Century Fox and Disney, as Director Of Film Operations for The Trump Organization/Trump Wilshire Associates, and as an associate producer with VM Productions.
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