The people working as team members and trusted collaborators with Prodigium.
A selection of the talented individuals that Prodigium Pictures often works with, on various projects:
Leo Vural in 2010.
|Name: Leo Vural||Born: 1989 in Istanbul, Turkey|
|Expertise: Film Score Composing, Music Production|
In my youth, I was raised in Dublin and lived in many other countries all around the world, due to my father being a diplomat.
I began my music journey at the age of five by receiving a percussion "Dumbek" as a gift from my uncle - and continued to expand my knowledge in music by taking guitar and piano lessons.
In 2008, I was accepted to prestigious Berklee College of Music to study Film Scoring; in 2010 I decided to change my path and study film making, so I went to Santa Monica College. There, I met Tobias Deml while taking a screen writing course together.
My interest in both music and film made me to persue a career as a film music composer.
Since 2011, I have been a composer for the well known Turkish prime time TV series "Mothers and Daughters'.
You can watch a trailer of the series here.
I was the composer of the feature film teaser of "Rocco Bukatzoo", an action comedy produced by Prodigium Pictures and PacificStormFX.
Austin Isler in 2009
|Name: Austin Isler||Born: in Washington DC, USA|
|Expertise: Sales, Business Development|
I have represented firms in the multimedia market for several decades and negotiated significant contracts thoughout the USA.
My representation skills where finetuned in fortune 500 companies, Magazine Publishing firms and Lithograph Companies. I stand behind firms that devote the time, effort, thoroughness and have the zeal for perfection that I do. I was born in Washington DC but am now based in Los Angeles, CA. I’m a true world traveler and have a passion for World Class German Shepherds. Also a Sports Car enthusiast and possess a great appreciation for the Arts.
Fabian Suske in 2011
|Name: Fabian Suske||Born: 1990 in Vienna, Austria|
|Expertise: Composing, Producing Music|
I started making music when I was very little - because my mother wanted me to. I remember turning on classical records and improvising on them. Later on I got to play the cello, doing well for a few years until I realized that my brother was having much more fun jamming with friends and having a band, while I had to make music with adults and hang out with boring nerds.
There was always a guitar lying around somewhere at our home, so one day - I must have been 14 years old - I decided to learn how to play it. I was a fast learner and soon had a band as well as the first gigs.
After finishing high school I went to San Francisco for a year, as an alternative to our compulsory Austrian military service. Being surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, I became acquainted with the taste of freedom. I realized that music is what I need to do and bought some gear and got to record my own ideas. Back in europe I learned a lot about producing, did a course in engineering for a year and spent a week with Tchad Blake, studying his amazing techniques.
Now I'm settled in london. I have my own little studio and am touch with good musicians - from drummers to violinists. I'm familiar with todays' technologies and can work well within all popular DAWs. I have some great electronic instruments, including synthesizers and drum machines. That said, whatever your direction is - i will be able to produce the matching music.
Mikel Caprice in 2011.
|Name: Mikel Caprice||Born: in Munich, Germany|
|Expertise: Directing, Writing, Stunts, Special Effects|
ALOHA! My name is Mike U. Mersan a.k.a. Mikel Caprice in Hollywood. Since I grew up in Munich, Germany, I was always fascinated with the magic of motion pictures. From Western movies with John Wayne, action movies like Blues Brothers and Steven Spielberg's ET.
Movies are like magic, they transfer you into another world of love drama or horror, you laugh you cry and you close your eyes of fear - that is what i loved about it and still do to this day. I moved to Hollywood more than 15 years ago, and moved from working odd jobs at pizzarias and other restaurants to finally ending up working as crew inside the studios.
By meeting big Hollywood stars and learning behind the scenes about making movies, my dream became my goal. I became more interrested in the technical aspect of the industry - special effects, make up and preparing for big stunts, or simply being the water boy. There is nothing like hands on learning experience; since I am more into action and adrenaline, I've been doing stunts on the side for indie films over the years. As time went on i became more interrested in directing and having more responsibility - I always say: "When the movie looks great, then we did it as a team - if it doesn't, it's the director's fault."
Currently, I am directing my first feature film titled "Rocco Bukatzoo"; it's a mafia comedy with lots of funny characters and some cool stunts. By being a part time tourguide, I got to spend months on location scouting for the film. Through connections we attracted some known actors to our movie - we are a small international crew on a really low budget, but committed to giving 50% of the film's profit to world wide charity.
Teruaki Onodera in 2011.
|Name: Teruaki Onodera||Born: 1990 in Tokyo, Japan|
|Expertise: Digital Design, Cinematography, Photography, Editing|
I was born and grew up in Tokyo. I went to a private high school in Yokohama, heading to the top-level university in Japan - I studied science because I was interested in becomimg a doctor. When I was in twelfth grade though, I realized what I actually wanted to do was filmmaking and digital art. I realized the United States would be a good place to learn film and design, so I planned my studies there. Before leaving Japan, I did some internships at a Japanese TV station, where I helped editing and designing on a documentary and some TV commercials. This experiences encouraged me further to pursue film and design.
I am now going to Santa Monica College and live in Los Angeles, California since two years. I took part in a lot of filmmaking, mostly student films. In the beginning, I went to set as an extra or PA, but soon I was asked to operate camera, and later directed a few of my own films. I wanted to expand my skillset further, so now I am learning 3D animation, motion graphics, and visual effects.
It is still just start point for me. I am trying to create my art as much as I can and to make myself progressing without any stops. My motto is "Success and Failure are not opposite words. 'Escape' is what opposes the two." I will keep learning and building my skillset, especially in VFX and digital communication, to reach my dream - working in digital art.
Vlad Ionescu in 2011.
|Name: Vlad Ionescu||Born: 1991 in Constanta, Romania|
|Expertise: \Camera Operation, Boom Operation, Gaffing|
Vlad Ionescu a.k.a. Axle Grease is a camera operator and gaffer originally from Romania.
Starting from grade school, I would always be daydreaming in class about all sorts of things, preferring to create and innovate instead of just sit down and follow directions. My first experience with a camera was in making a ten second "Lego Matrix" video with my parent's DV camera. A year later I created my first short video titled "Physical Education Etiquette".
In high school I began to play around with more camera techniques and a little directing. I also learned how to use Sony Vegas and Final Cut Pro editing packages. The day after I graduated high school I immediately started working on sets, ranging from low budget student films, thesis films and personal projects to professional music videos, commercial and action films, mainly as a boom operator and gaffer. Recently, I joined the crew of "Rocco Bukatzoo" and am shooting and editing the Behind-the-Scenes film of the production. I am currently studying at Santa Monica College and plan to head to USC as a film production major. In my spare time, I take my trusty video camera and create visual compositions to further perfect my cinematography skills - I aspire to be a Director of Photography and keep myself updated on the constantly evolving camera market.
You can visit my portfolio-channel here.