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The fascinating, behind-the-scenes struggle to create the award-winning
Notes from the New World

Director - Notes From the New World

Vitaly Sumin Writer/Producer/Director


After receiving an M.S. degree in Oceanography, Vitaly Sumin produced ocean-related documentaries (Jacques Cousteau style) which eventually led him to abandon his scientific career to get a B.A. degree in film directing. He subsequently worked as a co-writer and producer on numerous productions. Sumin’s award winning short film From Womb to Tomb, which he wrote, directed, edited, and produced, made a world tour of important festivals. Sumin received US patent no. 4,784,394 for his invention The World Belongs to You! - an interactive tourist game (incorporating video, reality TV, and other versions).

Sumin further studied at the Sorbonne in Paris under a study grant. His script, The Idiot, - a contemporary international thriller based on Dostoyevsky’s novel, received a development grant from the Warner Bros Fund. A number of other Sumin's scripts are circulating in the United States and Europe.

Currently his company, VM Productions, is working on the development of the package of three feature length projects (with Sumin scheduled to produce and direct): Idiot-LA, Shades of Blood and Crime and Punishment-LA with the participation of A and B casts (click here for more info).

Recently completed projects:

Interviews with Vitaly Sumin


Editor - Notes From the New World

Koray Ozaka Editor


Was graduated with honors (BFA in Film) by Columbia College in 2008 with an emphasis on Post-Production/Production. He then was contracted by Forever Love Records, Jamie Kennedy Entertainment, and Sony DACD. In 2008-2012 Koray worked as editor, sound designer, composer, and color corrector on a numerous assignments.

Technical Advisor & Post Production Supervisor - Notes From the New World

Taesung Yim Technical Advisor & Post-Production Supervisor


We at VM Productions wouldn’t be where we are now – with regard to the production values of our work and all the related, complicated technical matters (editing, transfers, sound, etc., as well as even the initial PR stuff) - without the constant 24/7 assistance of an ANGEL. He came to us at the start of pre-production of our feature film...


Technical Advisor & Post Production Supervisor - Notes From the New World

Dan Marcus Senior Artistic Advisor


Dan is a creative/marketing consultant and copywriter specializing in film and music. He’s been with VM Productions since Shades of Day (2006), the initial chapter of its Dostoyevsky-LA Project. Dan provided the invaluable consulting during the post-production of the current version of Shades of Day Director’s Cut-2013 and collaborated with Vitaly Sumin on writing the press kit and the texts for this website...

Casting Director - Notes From the New World

Richard Crater Casting Director


Has graduated from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied Theatre Arts Performance and Management. He has twenty-seven years of working experience in show business including Creative, Administrative, Technical and Financial areas. He’s proficient in negotiating with Agents and possesses knowledge of and access to performing talent at all levels.


Technical Advisor & Post Production Supervisor - Notes From the New World

Corey Macri Great Voice Over & Sound Engineer


Corey Macri is diligent, hard working media professional that loves teamwork and the creative process. He has worked in all sectors of the entertainment industry from live performance to gaming to film. He has acted, directed, filmed and even written his own script. A true Renaissance man...