An insight into the world of film with producer Svetlana Samarina

Producer Svetlana Samarina
Producer Svetlana Samarina

Please introduce yourself to the readers:

Svetlana Samarina, producer

Why did you choose to work in film the production area?

I started my film career in 2007 as assistant to the producer and I really enjoyed the organizational process itself and afterwards, with each project, I convinced myself to become a producer.

Did you have any training in film producing?

Yes, I studied at the New York Film Academy in LA in 2012.

Did it affect your career in the future and what did you do after graduation?

It definitely helped me a lot. First of all, I improved my knowledge in film production and I established different professional contacts in the US. After my graduation, I produced some short films in LA and then I had to come back to Russia, where I’ve worked for 2 years in the biggest film production company Bazelevs, owned by world famous director and producer Timur Bekmambetov.

What has been your biggest achievement in your career so far?

For sure the biggest achievement has been the offer to work for NBC Olympics for Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014. It was an incredible experience for the most significant world sports event.

What would be your ideal film genre to work on and why?

I would like to produce horrors and sociological dramas. These genres allow you to have quite a fascinating story along with small budget and at the same time, huge box office and success among the viewers.

What are your plans for 2015?

My colleagues and myself are developing two Indie Westerns, which we’re going to shoot in Michigan or Arizona. Also I’m going to buy the rights for a novel. It’s a very tense fantasy story, which I’d love to produce.