I love the snow, probably because I was born in the winter in Boston. I also love the mountains and the sea but that's because of the genetic code I’ve inherited from my Georgian ancestors. I began to film movies at 13. It can seem indecently early, but growing up in a family where the atmosphere is impregnated with inspiration, creativity, and inventions, remaining a passive spectator could develop into an inferiority complex.
I understand the value of short film - in it you need to express your ideas without losing elegance. My first short movie touched me with some success; “Bad Day” won various international film festivals, including an Emmy in the high school division (NATAS Student Awards). I also had the privilege of talking with Voice of America. Encouraged by this, I began to film my second movie, “The Theater”, which has won numerous film festivals and - I’m excited to announce - won another Emmy. In the spring of 2016, I traveled to Georgia to film a documentary on the cultural dance: it was an invigorating experience! And I’m impressed on how much recognition it has received. Recently, I shot a short avant-garde piece and documented a pre-clinical trial for a biotechnology company, a very different and unique experience.
Fortunately, in our house, I viewed the masters of world cinematography. Since childhood, I was charmed by the beauty of Zeffirelli, sophistication of Visconti, philosophy of Forman, and creativity of many others. Among other films, Empire under the Sun by Spielberg deeply impressed me with its special effects and mesmerizing shots. When my parents first brought me Apocalypto by Mel Gibson, I was terrified to watch it. Only years later did I get over my fear and finally appreciate the effort put into the makeup, acting, plot and music that all brought the film to life.
Filming has helped me view movies in a different light; I see the small errors, sympathize with the director for shooting an especially difficult scene, and praise artistic affects that made the film stronger. I hope someday I will join these masterminds and produce great films to share with the world.
Growing up, I was a complete tomboy, which was fortunate for my father, as he is the only man in our house. I remember my mother’s shocked face when I asked for a play gun for my birthday and my sister’s surprise when I stayed up to watch war movies. Tired of my scraped knees and dirty clothes, my parents took me to karate; today I hold a second degree black belt and teach young students. My sister and I also practice fencing and we found a fencing club within our school. Two years ago, we published an article in a local newspaper about the importance of fencing.
My education started at the age of three and I was doomed to learn about world history, literature, fine art, Georgian, and Latin. I particularly love learning Latin and was elated to receive a Summa Cum Laude award all four years in the National Latin Exam. I can also proudly proclaim that I am biliterate in Latin after receiving a Platinum Seal in the Seal of Biliteracy. Over the past years, I have won five gold and silver keys in the National Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards (the most prestigious award for high school students in the nation) and received an honorary medal in the International Georgian Calligraphy Contest.
When I’m not learning, playing sports, or making movies, I hold a book in my hand. Although I love reading world classics, my all-time favorite is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell followed by All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque. The books I read give me a lot of inspiration, whether it comes from the plot, dialogue, or characters. Whether it’s reading the detailed imagery of Charles Dickens or short concise sentences of Hemmingway, the authors both give an artistic air to the writing, which I try to implement in my movies. I want to form complicated plots like in The Forsyte Saga or move the watchers emotionally as Victor Hugo does in Les Misérables. I read Three Musketeers in fourth grade and remember the thrill I got out of each adventure D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis faced. These four characters that always stuck together and conquered every obstacle helped me face my own fears in the same way.