Posts in Short Films
Kokosmos

Growing up in post soviet Russia, I’d be constantly dreaming about space, the unknown and what was out there, almost like an unknown entity we were trying to reach out to. With Kokosmos I wanted to express exactly that: my vision of what space and this god-like presence would look and feel like…

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
Mind Mirror

This film follows a paper man as he navigates a disorienting world that is both beautiful and threatening. Despite his efforts to escape, the man is eventually engulfed by the world…

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
Medicos Del Mundo - EVA Virus

Sometimes you stumble upon projects that are really really rewarding and where you can express yourself as an artist. Médicos Del Mundo is one of them. Chema Sayago, a producer friend of mine, gave me a call last November and asked me if I was available to shoot…

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
DURANITE

Thanks to Instagram, I became aware of the work of the South African photographer Duran Levinson. I was thrilled by his street and portrait photography and really appreciate his intuitive sense for the individuality and otherness of certain people in their social environment. He has a special eye for the beauty in the ugliness, while he combines trivial snapshots with complex themes like sex, violence, death, religion…

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
Tam Tam

The film, ‘Tam Tam’, shot entirely on 16mm and directed by Spindle co-founder Greg Hackett, captures the story of an Italian basketball team, who were refused access to regional leagues because of the Italian born players’ immigration status. The story is narrated by 14 year old, Wisdon, who recounts his and his teams journey, and is accompanied by Hackett’s cinematic visual narrative.

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
Eros

Many people thought I was crazy when I first conceived of exploring love stories that spanned a thousand years in one take. My producer Alona Metzer and I were warned not to even attempt it, that it would be impossible with the resources we had. I'm glad we threw caution to the wind and made the film anyway. Eros was a labour of love from everyone involved who wanted to make a film that was a celebration of life, and I'm very proud of what we are able to accomplish together.

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
The Wall

The Wall was a challenging shoot. Andrew De Zen, the writer and director of the filmm approached me to shoot a short film that was part of a larger series of films he had written.

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
The Spring

In 2016, seven female filmmakers, all under the age of 25, traveled to Central Florida to film the legendary mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs. All of us (some strangers, some friends, some college roommates) met up at the Tampa airport, hopped in a van, and headed up the old U.S. 19 highway toward Weeki Wachee Springs.

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
Valentino SS15

The first Valentino ad I directed was shot during the stills campaign imagined by Michal Pudelka. I love how it turned out as a film, even though I obviously had very limited access to models compared to a film first shoot. The challenge here was the overall stress on the shoot, as it was the young photographer’s first big job. Also, the fact that I had not much information what would come next and how I could make a film just based on spontaneous shots, I was able to do. I definitely upped my “high fashion game” with this particular work!

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
Perfect One

As with some other works I did for Premier, this was a collaboration in terms of entering a world of looks created by Paul Rowland. I spent a lot of time with location scouting,
and even more time in the edit. I tried to create the atmosphere of a quite, claustrophobic,
adolescent world with pop culture references, symbolism and tension. I was thinking Kids by
Larry Clark and also Ms 45 by Abel Ferrara and my own East-European school years combined
with my fantasy of English boarding schools! By the way, I absolutely enjoy working with talented new faces. Hannah Motler in particular is a super special talent with a long career ahead!

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
Cry of the City

I am very proud of both the reception and the process of this film, as it was screened in both
The Raindance Film Festival and The London Short Film Festival. This shoot was initiated by Premier Models Agency, and I was asked to direct a film during their new faces campaign. I basically proposed a film idea based on the fantastic looks created by Paul Rowland. By looking at the character ideas, I straight away started thinking about Philip Lorca-diCorcia’s Hustlers series combined with Midnight Cowboy (1969). The film noir dialogue and the piece of music are all emerged through post-production.

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Short FilmsRyan Berg
The Painting

A very special and most ambitious project of course, as I was able to write and direct a short film featuring Elisa Sednaoui. A story I could set in pretty much any Venice location! I am super happy how it worked out within the super tight time frame (5 hours) as Elisa was hosting The Venice Film Festival on the side. A great achievement, thanks to Elisa’s talent on nailing the exact moods I was after, and of course, DOP Marcell Rév, who did an absolutely fantastic job.

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Short FilmsRyan Berg