Alexey is a filmmaker and creative director, interested in life in contemporary cities. Many of his projects explore internet culture, and identity in the digital age.
Born in Leningrad, Alexey emigrated to the UK in the 1990s with his family. He studied at the Architectural Association in London, where he became interested in designing worlds for fiction and film. Alexey began his filmmaking career as a visual effects artist, working extensively for the Sundance-award-winning directors’ collective Factory Fifteen, before directing his own films. He has lived and worked in London, Hong Kong, and Paris, and is currently based in Los Angeles.
With a professional background in visual effects and an academic background in architecture, Alexey brings a unique and visually rich approach to filmmaking. He combines storytelling with world-design to paint vivid portraits of characters and their environments.
Alexey’s work has been shown worldwide – at festivals such as the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Fest, Brooklyn Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Sapporo Shortsfest, and Berlin Interfilm – and at venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Film Institute in London. He has been featured in VICE
, The Creators Project
, and other press.
Alexey’s work is linked to his academic research at SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) in Los Angeles, where he co-founded the MA Fiction & Entertainment program in 2015. The work of the program explores speculative fiction and critical design, through filmmaking and new media. The studio works with collaborators from Framestore, the Sundance Institute, Disney Imagineering, Netflix, Digital Domain, and more. Alexey has taught and lectured worldwide, including the Royal College of Art, Hong Kong City University, Princeton University, and UCLA.
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