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The 5th Annual Taste Awards In Hollywood

Red Carpet Awards Ceremony & Celebrations

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Armen Khanlian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Armen Khanlian

Well, it’s not every day one gets invited to Hollywood for an awards ceremony; this was something I will definitely cherish. I was somewhat shocked to find that my short film on the Electric Coffee Company was shortlisted in the “Official Selection”: Best mini film or documentary. To then find out that the awards were to be in Hollywood became almost funny; my short film was in a Hollywood award’s ceremony!

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Armen Khanlian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Armen Khanlian

Sadly the film didn’t win its section, but in all honesty, I had seen four films (out of ten nominated finalists) in my section which were great, so wasn’t thinking I had a chance of winning. What was special though was realising I was the only solo film maker; the others were all either TV companies or production companies. Not too shabby to be a finalist in this talented group I guess!

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

TV interviews with some of the winners. The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Edmond Terakopian

TV interviews with some of the winners. The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

For those interested in the technical aspects, the film was entirely shot using a Leica M (Type 240) using a Leica 28mm Summicron ASPH, 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE and 50mm Noctilux ASPH, with some shots using a Leica OUFRO macro adapter. Ambient audio recorded on the internal microphone and interview recorded on a Roland R26 using a Rode lavalier microphone. Edited using FCP X. Partially colour graded in “Color” by Neil Patience ( patience.tv ). Final grading with FCP X and Film Convert. A Manfrotto 561BHDV video monopod was used for all shots apart from the interview, for which a Gitzo video tripod was used. I also used a Lee RF75 filter holder & hood, along with Lee ND filters.

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Crossings

The Journey To Peace And Prosperity

Delighted to have had a second opportunity to collaborate with the talented Carol Allen Storey on a multimedia project commissioned by International Alert. Our first collaboration being Fractured Lives.

This project is on cross-border trading between the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighbours Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. They are the centre of this trading in the war-torn Great Lakes region of Africa. This trade between neighbours is a journey to peace and prosperity, being a source of income for more than 45,000 traders and brings stability and economic strength to the region.

The images and video were shot by Carol Allen Storey using a Canon 5D MkII. We then collaborated on editing down the imagery. The chosen photographs were then processed using Aperture, Photoshop, Viveza and Silver Efex Pro. The voice over was then recorded in London using a Rode Lavalier microphone and a Roland R26 audio decoder. Finally, the project was assembled and edited in FCP X.

The Armenian Earthquake; 25 Years On

In Memory Of the 25,000 Who Lost Their Lives

10 years on from the Armenian earthquake. A woman prays for the souls of the dead in a Gyumri church. 6 December 1998, Gyumri, Armenia. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

10 years on from the Armenian earthquake. A woman prays for the souls of the dead in a Gyumri church. 6 December 1998, Gyumri, Armenia. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

In 1998 I made two trips to Armenia to work on a story about ten years after the earthquake that destroyed the northern city of Spitak and devastated Gyumri. It was the most moving experience I’ve had as a photojournalist; listening to people’s stores and seeing the suffering etched across their faces and causing tremors in their voices only gave me a slight understanding of the trauma caused.

According to official figures, the disaster claimed 25,000 lives, 19,000 people became disabled, and 530,000 residents were left homeless.

Sadly the trauma continues for many as  people are still having to live in sheds that were put up 25 years ago as temporary shelter. Keeping in mind that in the winter temperatures drop to minus 25 degrees centigrade, one can begin to appreciate the hardship.

Here are some words I wrote for the 10th anniversary of this dark day:

Today (December 7, 1998) marks the tenth anniversary of the Armenian

earthquake, which killed over 25,000. 10 years have passed since the

ground was shaken, and buildings were flattened by the 6.9 richter

scale measurement. 10 years have passed since the clock reached 11.41

am, and many children lost their short lives, trapped inside their

fallen schools.

When one travels through the two main cities in the earthquake region,

Gyumri and Spitak avoiding all the potholes in the streets and

pavements, one doesn’t see what is expected after 10 years of

reconstruction. In fact, there hasn’t been 10 years of reconstruction.

Several factors played a major part in the reconstruction not finishing.

Mainly the Soviet Union broke up, and as a result, the construction

companies left with their workers, as there was no more funding. Behind

them they left building sites, which have now become the graveyards of

the cranes which were erected there to bring life back to the buildings

of the towns.

Other factors, almost equally as important, were the Karabakh struggle

and the blockade of the country by Turkey. On top of these major

difficulties, Armenia gained its independence, which brought with it all

the associated problems.

There is a national holiday today, and the population remembers one of

its darkest days. Almost everyone in one way or another, was affected by

the earthquake. Everyone in the region lost members of their family.

Those further away from Gyumri and Spitak, left their families and

homes, and rushed to the aid of those hit by the earthquake. “It was a

site that I would never imagine possible”, said Samvel Nazarian.

“Everywhere you looked, there was something aweful going on. Bits of

bodies sticking out from the underneath of rubble. The sound of constant

crying. Screaming from every direction. People trying to find their

children. Children trying to find their parents. Folk not believing that

the dead family member in front of them has actually died”. “Even the

most horrible horror film had not prepared me for such sites”. On the

whole though, most people don’t want to remember those days, and

emotions.

A very large number of people lost their limbs in the earthquake. To

highlight their plight, 25 year old Nshan Basmajian, a double leg

amputee and President of the ‘All Armenian Young Disabled Foundation –

Havatamk’, walked all the way from Yerevan to Gyumri, a journey of over

130km. “I lost my legs in an accident. I was a burden on my parents as I

couldn’t do anything for myself. One day I felt god come to me and give

me the energy and will to walk again. From this day, I started walking;

first with great difficulty, but later, with practice I would increase

the distance, inspired by stories of people overcoming huge obstacles;

mountain climbers and other adventureres. I started walking great

distances, from one town to another to raise awareness for other

disabled people, and to motivate people like myself, that they can help

themselves. I am walking to Gyumri so people will pay attention to the

difficulties faced by the disabled in the region”.

On his way to Gyumri, he stopped off at Mastara village, for the opening

and blessing of a memorial dedicated to the victims of the earthquake.

The memorial is called “Veradzenound” – meaning Renaissance or re-birth.

People from Gyumri, 20km away, came to the ceremony, many kissing it and

shedding tears as they went on. two priests from the local churchs

performed a blessing ceremony.Part of this ceremony consisted of two

girls, robed in white and statuesque in their stance, releasing two

doves. The symbolism being that the souls of the dead were being set

free. Sadly, one of these doves flew upwards for a short distance and

dropped dead at the feet of its caped liberator.

The Taste Awards 2013

NOMINEES & HONOREES: 5TH ANNUAL TASTE AWARDS

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Very pleased to share that my short film on the Electric Coffee Company has been nominated in the 5th Annual Taste Awards in the “Best Mini Film or Documentary” section.

As the film is nominated in the Viewers Choice category, voting for the film is open to the public until December 18, 2013. If you like my short film, I would really appreciate if you would take a minute or two and vote for it; thank you.

CLICK HERE to vote for my film 🙂 My film is in Section 11 and titled “Electric Coffee Company”.

Many thanks for your support. The results will be announced at the Taste Awards in Hollywood on January 16th, 2014.

Some frame grabs from the film:

Electric Coffee Company, Ealing, London. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013. Electric Coffee Company, Ealing, London. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013. Electric Coffee Company, Ealing, London. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013. Electric Coffee Company, Ealing, London. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013. Electric Coffee Company, Ealing, London. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013. Electric Coffee Company, Ealing, London. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013. Electric Coffee Company, Ealing, London. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013.

Top Four For Short Movie

Professional Photographer Of The Year 2013

I am absolutely thrilled to share that one of my short films, Solitude, has made it in to the top four of the shortlist for the Short Movie section of the Professional Photographer of the Year 2013 competition.

My short film joins my news image and street photograph, who are also in the final shortlist of 20. I am absolutely honoured to have three of my works in the finals! Please keep your fingers crossed!

Commended; Nikon Videographer Of The Year

UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards 2013

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Kate Silverton at the Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Kate Silverton at the Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Huge congratulations to all the winners at the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards evening at the Honourable Artillery Company in London. Some truly amazing photography was shown, recognised and appreciated.

Edmond Terakopian with his commended award for the Nikon Videographer of the Year category. The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Edmond Terakopian with his commended award for the Nikon Videographer of the Year category. The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

I’m pleased to say I made the shortlist and was commended in the Nikon Videographer of the Year category for my short documentary film on the Electric Coffee Company in Ealing, west London.

There will be an exhibition of the photographs (sadly not including the short films) at the Museum of London, from today (November 6th) to the 16th of March 2014. For more details please visit their website.

Many thanks to the fabulous Nick Ray for providing some photographs from the evening.

On a technical note, the video was shot using a Leica M (Type 240) and Leica lenses. For more details on the tools used, please see my earlier post on this.