Nikolay 'Nick' Sarkisov Explains Blitz Films
Nikolay "Nick" Sarkisov is the co-founder and head of Blitz Films, a production and financing company he founded in 2018 with his father, Sergey. With headquarters in Los Angeles and Moscow, Blitz Films focuses on pursuing unique storie.
Blitz has partnered with first-time filmmakers such as cinematographer Svetlana Cvetko's "Show Me What You Got" and Jud Cremata's one-take film "Let's Scare Julie to Death." He's in post-production on "Embattled," which he directed from a script written by David McKenna and starring Stephen Dorff; and in development on television series "Sultana," set during the Ottoman Empire.
After completing medical school in Russia, Sarkisov decided to pursue his passion for entertainment and began working with independent television producer Evan Charnov ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer.") Following the success of his feature directorial debut "Krasny," Sarkisov directed 30 episodes of the Russian TV series "The Moon." He discussed Blitz at the American Film Market.
What is the most satisfying aspect of what you do?
It is the thought of something existing as a result of your work. The way we see the world is shaped by the culture we consume. Adding my voice and the voice of my collaborators to that choir is what I live for.
How did completing medical school impact your career as a filmmaker? Do you have any regrets about not becoming a doctor?
Being a doctor gave me perspective and showed me aspects of life I would otherwise not have access to, so I see it as life school more than anything. I do not regret leaving the medical field because it wasn't my passion. I was never all-consumed by medicine the way I am about filmmaking.