Two BA (Hons) Film Production students from the University of Portsmouth‘s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries have spent their summers in Portsmouth working on a variety of professional film projects. The duo have now formed the filming company Kinolux.
Dominic Cox and Dennis Griscenko are about to enter their second year of the undergraduate course. The pair have already worked with nest, the University of Portsmouth, Aventon, the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, the Cluster for Sustainable Cities, the Makers Guild and Aspex Gallery – including producing the CCI Graduate Show 2017 highlight video.
The duo are enthusiastic about their work, with every project offering them a unique experience.
“We enjoy it because no shoot is ever quite the same – there are always new experiences and people making every shoot interesting,” the pair explain. “There are hidden small benefits – such the people down at the Maker’s Guild helping build custom camera rigs. The experience in its self is a benefit, as it helps us learn to become better for the next project.”
Working with the University’s Media Production Centre, Dominic and Dennis produced multiple videos highlighting various courses at the University, filming and editing to a specific brief. This gave them the experience of working with a live client and brief throughout production. The pair also say that the project gave them the opportunity to work with Toby Meredith, who has been a great mentor on numerous other projects as well.
The duo worked on an independent project with with Aventon – taking the opportunity to test their studio lighting abilities and the use of a new camera, and bringing on additional team member Daniel Bushen. Since producing the piece advertising the Aventon bicycle, which was shot in a photography studio, the group have contacted the Aventon Company in California who say their work will be used as part of the company’s promotional material on social media.
“Our course has prepared us by letting us contact the clients on our own, allowing us to use this experience in contacting clients for our external projects. Giving us the freedom to run our own shoots and productions helps us to better improve ourselves for our own.” – Dominic & Dennis
After visiting the University of Portsmouth on an Open Day, the duo were impressed by the facilities available to students, and the work on display. They describe the control they are given over their projects as a highlight of their course.
“Studying at the University has given me better control of my career,” explains Dennis. “I feel that I can create something new and unique using the knowledge and skills from past projects, working with a bigger crew, better kit and with greater ideas; working towards something special.”
They explain that staff at the university have been incredibly helpful, through their experience in their fields and
Originally the duo took on projects to expand their portfolios, but they soon decided to turn their working into a company. After finishing the nest Innovation Space video, the pair spent time around other start-up companies whilst receiving support from the nest team, and their company Kinolux was created in March.
Find Kinolux and their showreel on their website.
The pair hope to develop their Company and take it on full time after University, forming a reputation as a Company recognised for its quality and creativity.
“The things that I have learnt and experienced over the last year alone have really been eye opening, working on so many different projects and working with great people reminds me of why I love what I do,” explains Dominic. “I’m looking forward to next year and hopefully all the years to come, creating something bigger and better each time around.”
The pair are currently working with Aspex and looking for more projects to undertake in their second year.