Click to watchIn the front cover we see Lionardo Da Vinci's right half-face looking at his beloved other-half face, Salai, in 3D, and forever! That's why she's called Mona "Li-Sa," the first two letters of their names, divided in exactly the same way as in the painting! Read more about the Revolutionary Novel concerning the OFFICIAL DECODING OF THE MONA LISA here: You can also browse other categories such as “Advice to my teen self”, my Street Photography and the Teen Short Films I had the pleasure to create, TV Series Critique for my personal favorite TV series, lists of high value films to show to your kids, Dreamscape Photos from around the globe, Amazing Poems from a concubine in the 11th century and an introduction about TV/Film Development. Enjoy the website and please share it with your friends! This is to know each otherFacebook better.If you want to be among the first to learn about Mona Lisa's identity+psyche, consider purchasing the novel. Follow the writer on Facebook for updates. Read more about the novel here:

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WHAT DOES "TV & FILM DEVELOPMENT" MEAN?

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Out of the seven TV series I had the pleasure to develop, “ΟΙ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΑΔΕΣ” or "MEET THE ROYALS" is my most popular project, topping the weekly ratings in Greece for its full run of 99 family comedy episodes, averaging a 50% share rating for all audiences under 44 years old. [More About Developing "Meet the Royals" below]. TV & Film development means that you spend most of your time working with the writer, mostly on the storytelling. After developing many shows, it builds experience on knowing which stories work and which don't as a second nature. You also know if a storytelling structure works and how to build up an emotional anticipation that actually pays off when the climax is reached "at last". Many worthy interconnected emotional scenes create a worthy script.  
 In a far reaching linking, the emotional built-ups in a TV series or a Film compare to a lover who builds up erotically to attract the object of his desire, and then acts his best to fulfill at least the expectations he has built. Or if you're looking for a big-hit, overcome expectations and transport us to a brand new and provoking game. It's better to keep the above always in your mind always, since as a viewer we get really disappointed when the climax is too expected or, even worst, boring [Damn Lost’s final episode].
 As a Development Executive you’re responsible for all creative aspects of the show you’re working on. From being part of the team that handpicks the shows and its principle creators, to also being responsible for the acting, directing, aesthetics, and for the show’s publicity in trailers, social media, press and generally speaking "the image & result" of the show. Network Executives, like Producers, do have a reputation for driving artists crazy, but surely there’re plenty of great collaborations, since so many shows have met with so much success, and if you check many of them work together again and again. I had great times working close with artists through my 8 years at Mega TV, and many are still my friends and many times I miss working with them. [Mega TV while I worked there from 2006 to 2014, was topping all the ratings on almost all categories among Greek television stations.]
 We all know though that behind the show-biz’s limelight, all shows also involve hard work; you really have to be an artist to save your full energy and emotions for the actual filming, against the tiring filming conditions.   
 Concerning the project’s production timeline, it's always IDEAL to develop the project from start. Before any hiring takes place. The most important factor of all shows and films is the script. It's the "contract" between the multiple creative sides of the 50+ crew members. In Greek cinema the average film crew is 20-60 crew members. Funny observation is that there are no nerds in film crews, not that I have anything against nerds. The major rule among crews is to "play nice" to all, because we're certainly going to meet again on another filmings in the future; since by profession we share many common acquaintances. For me, the fun I had during the actual filming was my primary reason for turning my life upside-down, my until then managerial position in marketing, and decided at the age of 29 to start anew, go back to school and study filmmaking. Optimistic I, hit the jackpot when the American Film Institute [A.F.I.], the top film school on our planet [according to Variety and Hollywood Reporter] accepted me for a master in Film Producing at in Los Angeles; I’m the only Greek to have graduated as a Producer from AFI [until 2018].  
 At Hollywood-favored A.F.I., with 37 alumni having received Oscar nominations in the past decade alone. An additional 118 have participated in award-winning projects ranging from “Boyhood” to “Mad Men” and “Mr. Robot.” At AFI I was tutored by the principle creators of historical films like "Alien," "Star Trek," "Back to the Future," "Jurassic Park," "Blade Runner," "Titanic" and many-many more movie-legends that appeared legends in my small-country Greek eyes. During our weekly master classes, with special guests like George Lucas, Joel Silver -the smartest men I heard in my life, Michael Cunningham for a preview of "The Hours" before it hit the screens, and one-of-a kind actors like Dustin Hoffman, or witty Rosanne Bar who came to share their experiences, mentality and "secrets of success". A common element to all is their speed & length of thinking and talking.
 After graduating from the AFI I was a Producer's Assistant for a couple of features, and read feature scripts for Ithaka Productions- first look producing deal with Lionsgate Studio. After a total of four years in L.A. I returned to Athens to be hired by my favorite network Mega TV a short time later. As conclusion here is a reminder for all who have the ULTIMATE luck in this life to make a living off fairy tales, and to always be appreciative of their unique luck. Personally I had the luck to work mostly on comedies. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever fantasize that I would work on creating jokes and romance and surprises during all my working hours, talking about stories all day. Already more than I dreamt! We in arts & spectacles get to live in our own world for a living! Nice ;)MEET THE ROYALS PROMO TRAILER

DEVELOPMENT / SCRIPT DOCTOR SERVICES OFFERED

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THE GREEK ADAPTATION OF "MODERN FAMILY" was the first show I developed solely as a script doctor, for its first season. A “Script Doctor” and Development Executive, to explain plainly, adapts your Film/TV idea and makes it work for large audiences, by pacing its rhythm and by keeping the audience’s interest alive from start to finish. Consistency, plot built-up, accuracy of references, realistic characters, or idealized characters as was "Lakis the Sweetheart." A show that I still am very proud of having developed, despite the cruel criticism against nowadays "sweetheart characters" for not being based on reality. Thankfully, the 37% share average in ratings, shows that many did find him believable/likeable…
If you have a great idea for a Film/TV show that you’re very excited about and you want it to run like a stream with a professional outlook, you’ve come to the right person! Especially if you live in Athens-Greece where I reside. All Greek or English speaking creators are more than welcome to contact me professionally, but I will be honest, I do choose the projects I'm working on, with the criterion of how much sense your script makes, and its probability to actually get produced. They have to "say something" and not create drama and mass killings out of nothing. If you're unsure whether your script is ready to be seen, read it once more as if it's read from someone who doesn't know anything about it, you, the story, or the script, or the story you want to share in general. The good script must be self-dependent, containing everything you wish to express. It must include the core, all the reasons that your story excites you.
  I respond to all proposals and the first meeting is without any charge. Prices vary according to how close to being produced your script is, and there’s a much lower price for shows which aren’t green lit by a Network or don’t find the funds to produce it. Contact me at: contact@filippos.com and I will reply to your e-mail within 48h upon receiving. If the script is written by a professional it would take me up to two weeks to read and progress your project. Past experience shows that I also come with ideas for the good scripts. Here’s is my projects list from IMDB.
I love comedies and family comedies are my specialization, as is all kind of teen related projects. The shows I developed had an average TV rating of 50% share to all audience under 25 years old, the reason being that teen-life fascinates me. "The time of becoming." "All the reasons to love, all the reasons to hate."
 IN CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCRIPT DOCTOR try to pick one who adopts your idea and understands your script's emotional "coming from." Someone who will work on making it widely understood and shine, by highlighting your own special voice. Structure may be very important to scripts, but the ideas shared are what makes the project stand out. Technicalities are the icing.
 In TV I’ve learnt to respect the audience’s mind on always picking the most interesting show per time slot. "The audience knows"- there’re always reasons for a show’s success, which us professionals should pin-point, and not succumb to the stereotype that only Trash-TV sells; because this kind of statements come mostly from creators who created projects which the audience couldn’t relate to.  We in arts & spectacles get to live in our own world for a living! We can even create it. It's called Films and TV and it starts with a great script. :) Let's have fun creating!


GREEK "MODERN FAMILY" PROMO

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Mona Lisa Code here? 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. :)

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MEET THE ROYALS (OI VASILIADES) [99 episodes. Family Comedy/Drama]

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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?

Mina Orfanou

   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

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DON'T PAY THE FERRYMAN [14 episodes TV series: Satyre/Animation]
[OUk an lavis para toy mi EHontos]

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

Menippos

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

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SWEETHEART LAKIS [69 episodes TV series: family comedodrama]

LAKIS O GLIKOULIS

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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"

PROMO "KING KONG lakis"