General Subject Film and Video credits
Al Razutis is the creator of motion pictures and video, in 2D and stereoscopic 3D, with photorealism and synthetic styles, in documentary, dramatic and avant-garde expressions.He is a producer and director in the complete sense of the terms, with hands-on experience in all aspects of film and video production and post. His film and video production experience includes concept and development, production planning, financing, directing, cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, special fx, and includes compression and publishing in digital and web forms.
He has a passion for film studies and history and has taught in this field at university level film studies, wiith courses dedicated to film analysis. His published works include wide ranging essays on subjects as varied as the 'origins of cinema' and present day interactive 'cybercinema'. Some of these analytical works are expressed in the medium that they are analyzing, through re-creation and interactive means (they are published as films, tapes, websites).
His filmography features a number of award winning shorts and two avant-garde feature films. Among his awards are a LA Film Critics Award (1988) for independent film; his works are found in the collection of Museum of Modern Art Paris (2001), and other institutional and private collections.
He has worked on a variety of subjects and styles, including art, documentary and commercial productions, as well as media works for non-profit organizations.
He is a visual alchemist.
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Documentaries are still a companion interest and passion for Razutis, dating back to his original involvement in 'underground film' and poetic documentaries shot in Egypt in the 70's. This documentary passion is typically expressed in his cinematography and editing styles.
His subjects can be 'ordinary street or natural subjects', holographic and 3D subjects, pro-filmic (staged) re-creations, or interpretations of the acts of 'documentation' and perception. His media range includes 2D and widescreen, with a particular fondness for stereoscopic 3D video, analog or digital, single or multi-channel, passive or interactive, disc or web formats.
He is fascinated with creativity in the many realms that motion-picture 'documentaries' take us. Whether determined by client or personal interest, each work is created in a unique style of cinematography and editing.
In the selected titles below, Razutis has acted as Director of Photography, and Director, Editor, Producer where noted.
Experimental and Avant-Garde Films - Videos
Experimental works by Razutis are typically artist-driven creations that feature an unrelenting experimental style and pushing the boundries' of accepted (feature film or game industry) norms in both content and form. They can be simple or complex, phantasmagoric or political and didactic, passive or interactive. And they are certainly not 'commerce driven' in their imaginative independence of both production means and distribution.
From digital to analog, to interventionist avant-garde motion pictures and videos, the connections in Razutis' works are there: 'Visual Alchemy' and the spatial motion-picture realities that it can conjure up, and not necessarily with 'politeness'.On the following productions, Al Razutis has acted as Producer, Director, Director of Photography, and Editor and Special-FX artist, with credits where noted.
See also: Experimental - Avant-Garde Short Films & Videos by Al Razutis
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Razutis has independently produced-directed-edited a number of award-winning short subject films and videotape over the past thirty-plus years. The short-subject works geared to a avant-garde or experimental film interests are listed on the pages for art film and video art.
His present interests include interactive cinema (gameplay) and stereoscopic 3D film / video, as well as speech-interactive avatars and scenarios.
Film teaching experience