My first ever screenplay was a book or I thought it was, although everyone else said it was not. Prior to writing my book-cum-screenplay I had not written anything except some press releases, advertising copies, and business contracts and letters, the tasks I excelled at, I must say.

The idea of becoming an author came by chance, even by fate. In 2010,...

Nowadays, one can find online all sorts of advice on movie making but especially are aplenty the advice-quotes from the globally acclaimed filmmakers, film directors and screenwriters. Despite their fame and popularity, mostly attributed to 1990s and early 2000s, their advice can be misleading, for the gurus themselves are not quite perfect, which abso...

April 16, 2019

I have recently watched a Russian TV period detective series – ‘Mysteries of Mrs. Kirsanova’ – ‘Тайны госпожи Кирсановой’ (2018). The series, set in 1878, during the reign of the tsar, Alexander II, consist of two-part stories, each focusing on a different crime taking place in Bogorodsk, a Russian provincial town some 40 kilometres away from the city...