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Besides from developing shows, there's plenty of love for all Arts. Especially writing and visual arts like photography and directing. Photography is capturing whatever consists for you perfect balance and Directing to me is a beautiful picture, moving.
The Filmart short films we did with teenager Florian are based on our sleepless philosophical conversations. (total views around 900,000)
All 7 are about a poetic boy daydreaming or moon-dreaming in an effort to cope within our vile epoch. To me these videos are a very interesting and artistic collaboration between two generations, since I was 39-40 during these days and Florian was 17-18. Our videos artistically are, I think, a combination of the best of both worlds. By being a professional in TV and Films, it was such a refreshing two years where the two of us were the whole "production crew" and had all this flexibility to act as we felt during our amazing times filming.
Our Filmart period was a very special period of mine, exploring the magic of Romanticism and artistic positivity during the Renaissance, through the art and philosophy of Leonardo Da Vinci, which was our central theme. More in the novel I'm publishing on October the 20th, 2018, about Leonardo and Mona Lisa. :)
OH BOY, wasn't this THE experience? The show will always be dedicated to super special 25 year old actor Thomas Protopapas, a very unique friend of mine and an irreplaceable loss to many people, even years later. We first met during the auditions, and did he stand out as Thomas always did, even by sitting in the waiting room with this "Thomas style" shiny jogging pants. The whole production crew always said how professional and gentle Thomas was and that was long before the tragic accident. His character in the show, Alex, a rich spoiled brat with second thoughts, who stood out, as the first transsexual actor did in the history of Greek TV and in family primetime at 9pm: Lisa [played by the unbelievable Mina Orfanou] is the ultra-ambitious & sexy transsexual sister of Marcos: the widower with three very special teens who, from being poor, was hired as the President of a Natural Products multinational Company, because he saved its owner's life.
People ask me how can a woman be so beautifull and funny at the same time?
The original show is "LOS ROLDAN"; a huge success in its Argentinian original version and counting many adaptations around the globe. The good thing about adapting it was that the story was equally balanced between characters and events, and therefore gave much-much space for localization and adding our style to the show, in contrast for example with the Greek version of “Modern Family” where the characters, plot and lines intertwined continuously. The success of “Meet the Royals” was not expected because we didn't know if so many ‘first timer’ protagonists would be adopted by a large audience. To minimize the risk, we did a whole run of auditioning more than 600 talents aged 15-25, to hand pick around ten. All of them are still very active and for sure a huge part of the show’s success, along with Greek star-actors like Kostas Koklas, GerasimosSkiadariesis, VasilikiAndroutsou, Zeta Douka, just to namedrop a few. :)
I won't get in deeper about "Vasiliades special ingredients" [an ugly expression I must admit] because hey, I have to make a living also with these kind of knowledge. It really helped that we had a whole year for preproduction, and therefore all the time to perfect the scripts with writer Vicky Alexopoulou and production company’s execs Eygenia Christopoulou and Alex Balasinos, practice with the actors, create "the visual" of the show with multiple TV series director & good friend Pierros Andrakakos; and finally get the characters & visual results we planned from the start. People liked it and thank you mucho for that. Personally I was very much into the romance between the son of Marcos, rasta-hair car mechanic, Leonidas (Panos Vlahos) with sensational Nefeli (Katerina Geronicolou), his cruel lender’s only daughter and childhood love of Alexis (Thomas Protopapas), the son of the Isnogood wannabe caliph (GerasimosSkiadaresis) in the place of President Marcos. At the end Leonidas would have gotten the girl, let me just tell you that. :) Expect in the not so far away future, the next step in family comedies! :)
Performs: Martha Karayianni, Kostas Koklas, Gerasimos Skiadaresis, Vassiliki Androutsou, Zeta Douka, Alexandra Paleologou, Mina Orfanou, Katerina Geronicolou, Panos Vlahos, Aggelina Paraskevaidi, Tomas Protopapas, Nicos Anadiotis, Melina Spetsieri, Maria Miriokefalitaki etc.
Director: Pierros Andrakakos
Script Head: Vicky Alexopoulou
Dialogues: Yiannis Diakakis, Nicos Papadopoulos, Gogo Fotiou, Costas Kalafatis, Eva Pantazi
THE TITLE DERIVES from the famous cynical philosopher of Good-Ole Greece, Menippos who told the Ferryman [the Greek Reaper, Charon] when asked for the MANDATORY one drachma for the passage across the river to the afterlife.
You can't take from he who has nothing
And that originated from the not so funny demands of our E.U. "allies" for more and more taxes, to cover their revenge rather than their citizens’ welfare. Did our honorable paying of the taxes decrease the taxes people pay in Germany?... Huh?... When do the people win?...
To return to the show, Yiannis Tsitsonis who came up with the idea, teamed up with childhood best friend and writer of "Singles" [a memorable thought provoking show for youngsters] Yiorgos Feidas, to co-create an intelligent, super-fast, multidimensional South Park of our own. In our promo words: "South Park meets Karagiozis [a shadow puppet from the 19th century] in a provocative, satirical pop show without any complexes, as the first animated TV series in Greece for big and a bit crazy kids."
DEVELOPING new territory comes with many challenges and we did probably experience them all. From the point of nobody getting the jokes, to the point of creating its own audience from the first episode. Moving from 9pm family comedy, to 23.59pm satire "say all you want, just don't get us sued" was like a creative present to the creators.
My personal favorite episode is #5, when the principle heroes: God Hermes [as a twink, sensitive, hottie], cynical philosopher Menippos [an image of cynics around the globe], and Haros the Reaper [who gets his heart broken all the time], have to visit count Dracula and then meet the "Twilight" characters and their vampire romance glittery universe which meets a classical Greek comedy of the 80’s.
At one point Bella, who finds Edward probably the least sexy man in the universe, is looking at something in the microscope and giving it her full attention; when Edward asks her what she is looking for, she says the obvious: "Your penis! Haha!" We did go through a lot and we're good friends since then. We "Saved OUK" once, thanks to a campaign for an extra episode, with people voting for more OUK, and thanks to our collaboration with Cosmote. There would have been another season of “Don’t pay the Ferryman” if the crisis hadn't hit Greek media so hard. My prayers are to work on another show like this. (duh!) Above is a link for ENGLISH SUBBED first episode of “Don’t pay the Ferryman” a big thanx to the translator - and to the right is my personal favorite Vampire Satire “Don’t pay the Ferryman” episode in Greek.
Creted by Yiannis Tsitsonis & Yiorgos Feidas
Menippos: Panos Mouzourakis
Hermes: Yiannis Sarakatsanis
Charon: Lefteris Eleftheriou
Are sweethearts a myth, or not?.
MOST CONTROVERSIAL show, simply put because it portrayed an unbelievable human (or not?) who consciously avoids cheating and is sweet to all but the ones who try to benefit from his kindness, even if that means less wealthy. The show is dedicated to kids and adults who during our times watch, on the same TV set, live wars in full action. Lakis the sweetheart’s adaptation in Greek was based on a true sweetheart and he can't be that alone since it received an average share rating in all audiences of around 37%, even if it was severely criticized by critics and the non-watchers. He was also called "stupid," just because of the above. In another universe, but not so far philosophically, Dostoyevsky wrote a too nice for this world character, and people openly called him an idiot. Also.
Lakis, a parent of three teens and husband to notoriously attractive and a bit of a bitch Voula who tries to seduce Lakis rich brother, who took all families posessions because Lakis didn't want to fight him. But Lakis comes across his high school sweetheart, Melina and her trust and love gives him all the wings he needed to confront Voula and his brother. Melina, even if she's on permanent wheelchair stands as a shield to all his troubles and Lakis deals everything with ethics, even at the hardest times, for he is a sweetheart. To skip all the above the most creditable person of the show thanked Yiannis for the success of the show, as the editor in mega TV Promo connected the since then top hit in Greece "O Lucky Lucky. I'll do you like a truck" to the show. It must be added that even if Lakis the sweetheart was based on Colombian "Pocholo," the original one was a drama soap and adapting it with writer Apostolos Tsaousouglou we kept the characters, naturalized them, set the tone, and Apostolis wrote mostly his own stories far away from the original, and that must be noted.
The promo trailers needs no subtitles. Lakis the sweeteheart was the first show i worked and fell for. I'm still getting mocked by everyone when I share my proudness about Lakis. :) PROMO "superman lakis"