Updated: Dec 11, 2020
It’s not everyday that you come across a blog written by some unknown from a Russian town no one heard of based in the middle of West Sybirian oil fields where temperatures can reach -40C and who now lives in Manchester UK, crazy right? My name is Dimitri (typical Russian name, LOL) a university student and i'm studying Film and Cinematography in Liverpool.
I was born in a town called Noyabrsk that has a cool flag design that is something out of a dystopian science fiction movie. Yes it is freezing cold there during winter times and yes i've seen a bear once. I grew up in a working-class family five years before the collapse of the Soviet Union which then brought a lot of American culture during the 90’s including the movies. Once I was introduced to the American cinema for the first time, I became fascinated and fell in love with it as a kid.
For as long as I remember I always loved being in front of the camera and behind it too. In school I always had the top marks for having the most creativity and imagination even though I'm a little bit of an introvert.
Fast forward many years later, I migrated to Britain with my family but being a teenager at the time is a challenge on its own. I didn’t speak a word of English, culture was alien to me, I found it hard to fit in and on top of all that I was stereotyped and judged not for who I was but for where I came from. I didn’t let negative pull me down and had to work twice as hard to prove myself and break the stereotypes along the way. I realised that there was an opportunity to grow and become successful in Britain which some people grew up with that privilege but took for granted. I had to overcome a lot of challenges, doubts and fears over the years as I went on this journey of self-discovery.
Later on I became professionally trained in method-acting daydreaming that one day I shall walk the red carpet in Hollywood and that's what I wanted but not what I needed. I needed to be fulfilled, find my calling, a resting place so to speak. For years I've taught myself everything there is to know about filmmaking through literature or online sources and learning from the best directors in the world. As an actor I was a storyteller but as a filmmaker I’m a storymaker. I knew that I could not contain all of my creativity and imagination inside of me any longer and not sharing it with the world would be a crime.
I don’t want to be remembered for just being famous but for making an impact on the history of cinema as a great film director.