Anna Gerasimova is an award-winning director, writer, and composer. She took part in many festivals all over the world with her first feature animation.
She won Best Director multiple times in international competitions for The Breath of Life. Most significant of these achievements was Best Director Feature Film in Seattle Film Festival, where she competed with both live-action and animated film directors.
Anna collected 17 awards as best composer in various festivals, including New York Cinematography Awards and Paris Play Film Festival.
One of her most meaningful wins is the award for Screenplay “The Breath of Life” from Five Continents International Film Festival. It gave Anna confidence that she can tell a story that is understood and appreciated all over the world.
After such a warm welcome of her first animation, Anna is passionate to bring the sequel Dark Matter to the screen as she feels that there’s so much potential still waiting.
In order to complete her animated films, Anna uses a variety of filmmaking skills, such as screenwriting, character art, animation, video, audio editing, directing and voice acting. One of the most daring parts of creating films for Anna is scoring. In this sequel, she is working with top-rated talent in the film scoring industry and live musicians, taking storytelling through music to a different level.
ARTIST & ANIMATOR
Arthur Herring is a visual artist with years of professional experience in both fine art and digital art. A significant part of Arthur’s career was spent creating murals in different areas of USA, Russia and Norway. A number of his paintings found their homes in various countries of Europe as well.
Arthur produced the concept art and finished animation for this project, while incorporating Anna's characters into the scene.
Being a professional Painter and Digital Artist, he was able to use this experience for the visual-environmental work and a new artform to himself, Animation. Digging into Adobe After Effects, he has found a new love in what he calls "Moving Art". He endeavored to produce the best quality experience one animator could produce in the course of a couple years, learning al0ng the way.
You'll hear Arthur as the voice of "Varlahm", as well as "Sherapont". He jokes "I apologize for that, and our lack of budget to hire more real actors". Arthur has also contributed toward foley sounds, sound effects, motion graphics and voice casting.