– . – Armen Antranikian (Directing)
Armen Antranikian (Directing)
What training have you received?
I’ve graduated from the film programme at the Skillset Screen Academy at London College of Communication, part of the University of the Arts London. I’ve also completed a year-long course at the Met Film School, based at Ealing Studios. Moreover, I’ve done a number of short courses and seminars. Most recently, I’ve been selected for the Think-Shoot-Distribute development programme.
What kind of projects attract you?
I believe that storytelling is the essence of great entertainment. I’m drawn to stories that emphasise memorable characters and resonate with me on an emotional level. I want to make films on a visually epic scale, while offering audiences a refreshing take on traditional genres. At the moment, I’m keen to work on teenage stories that have an international appeal.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a director?
Surround yourself with the right people. As Henry Ford once said: “I am not the smartest, but I surround myself with competent people.” I think this is of particular importance to directors because filmmaking is such a collaborative process. The people you choose to work with define the quality of the work. And the right people allow you to work at your best.
Most significant moment in your career so far?
I’m not sure if there’s a single moment that stands out. But there are lots of little moments that will hopefully add up to something bigger. For example, it was nice to see my short film Kubrick being broadcast on Channel 4. Not only did it premiere during prime-time, but it was aired repeatedly as an introduction to some of my favourite Stanley Kubrick films.
You’ll die happy when…
There are no more awards left to win and box office records to break… Well, to be honest, I’m taking this day by day. I trust that something good will come out of it eventually.