Kostas is an award winning director, cinematographer and vfx artist based in London, UK and Montreal. He is the head of Melancholy Star, a boutique studio specializing in feature film production alongside animation and visual effects services.
Currently Kostas working as a VFX key-artist for X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Artemis Fowl. His second feature as a director, "THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP" is in post-production and is a collaboration with Fantaspoa Film Festival
Kostas’ award winning first feature "The Winter" screened in over a dozen festivals internationally and has been released in the US to rave reviews. Buzzfeed named it one of the 5 films not to miss for the month of April 2016. Melancholy Star's "THE BOOK OF BIRDIE" directed by Elizabeth Schuch earned Kostas The 'Best Cinematograhy Award" in the Int. Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and currently is doing the festival rounds and available on demand in the US and Canada.
THE WINTER (2016)
105', Live Action, Fantasy Drama, 2.39, Greek Language, English Subtitles
Niko is a romantic, young Greek writer living in London. When his finances go astray, he hides out in the neglected family house in the Greek mountain town of Siatista. Surrounded by the ghosts of the past, Niko must uncover the mystery of his father's death and retain his grasp on reality.
"The Winter" has been screened in over a dozen international festivals around the world. It got nominated amongst others for a Greek Academy Award and the Melies d' Argent and won the Nostimon Imar award in Cyprus international Festival and Best Supporting Actress at the Bridges International Festival. In 2016 has been released in the US to rave reviews. Buzzfeed just named it one of the 5 films not to miss for the month of April.
Selected pieces of my work as a nuke / shake compositor, vfx supervisor, 3d generalist and concept artist.
Client list includes: Warner Bros, The Weinstein Company, The Moving Picture Company, Wunderman, The Mill, Rushes, Saatchi and Saatchi, Versace, Burberry, Sony, Ford, Karni and Saul and others.
Music score (The Green Lantern Haiku) kindly provided by Jak Melvin.
Visit soundcloud.com/jakmelvin for more of his lovely work.
THE BOOK OF BIRDIE - award-winning feature film, now out in the US, CANADA, SWEDEN and TAIWAN. Won BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at BROOKLYN HORROR FESTIVAL. Premiered at GOTEBURG FILM FESTIVAL, screened at SITGES, FANTASPOA, and STRANGER WITH MY FACE (Winner - Best Film).
MONSTERS BIG & SMALL: Creatures and Character design
CONCEPTS & MATTE PAINTINGS
CLAY, INK, PENCIL & CHARCOAL
CLIENTS | PROJECTS FOR:
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - THE BOOK OF BIRDIE (CINEMATOGRAPHER) - BROOKLYN HORROR FESTIVAL
BEST FX - THE BOOK OF BIRDIE (VFX) - FKM FESTIVAL DE CINEMA FANTASTICO DA CORUNA
NOSTIMON IMAR DIRECTOR’S AWARD - THE WINTER - CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
NOMINEE: BEST SET DESIGN - THE WINTER (DIRECTOR) - GREEK ACADEMY AWARDS
NOMINEE: MELIES D’ARGENT - THE WINTER (DIRECTOR) - IMAGINE FILM FESTIVAL
NOMINEE: GOLDEN APHRODITE - THE WINTER (DIRECTOR) - CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BEST MUSIC VIDEO - ‘FLOAT’ BY FLOGGING MOLLY (VFX/TECH DIRECTOR) - BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS
BEST MUSIC VIDEO - ‘FLOAT’ BY FLOGGING MOLLY (VFX/TECH DIRECTOR) - ANNECY AWARDS
NOMINEE(2x): MELIES D’ARGENT - GAMERZ (LEAD VFX)
NOMINEE: BAFTA, SCOTLAND - ‘CELEPHAIS’ (ANIMATION STUDENT FILM PROJECT)
Kostas is the co-director/producer of production company MELANCHOLY STAR, creating VFX and ART for all media, as well as producing features.
FEATURES: THE WINTER, THE BOOK OF BIRDIE, THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP
M.PHIL. | 2D/3D ANIMATION - THE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART
M.A. | APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCES - UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
EU CITIZEN - GREECE, UK AND CANADA RESIDENCY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (Fully Fluent, Masters Degree level, Cute Accent) | GREEK (Native)