Get to know the filmmakers behind BLACK ELEPHANT PRODUCTIONS.
M. H. MURRAY is a filmmaker, writer, director and editor. He was raised in the Port Credit area of Mississauga and began experimenting with film in his early teens. His first film to screen at festivals was a psychedelic, experimental short (titled simply, e), which was named one of the best short films of 2013 at the YoungCuts Film Festival in Montreal. Also in 2013, Murray created his first web series, teenagers, which was released in early 2014 to positive reviews, amassing millions of hits and over 25,000 subscribers on YouTube. A second season was released in the summer of 2015 and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and several Indie Series Awards, winning one. For his work on the series, Murray has won various awards, most recently Best Screenplay at the 2016 Vancouver Web Fest. NOW Magazine called the series "provocative," "sexy," and "addicting." A third season was released in 2017; for his work on the third season, Murray received an IAWTV Award nomination for Best Director.
In 2015, Murray directed the 48 Hour Film Project winner Stephanie's Room, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival. In May 2016, the Mississauga Arts Council honoured Murray with the Best Emerging Media Artist award.
DMITRY LOPATIN is a cinematographer, editor and camera operator. He was born in Moscow, Russia before immigrating to Canada in the late 1990's, becoming a Canadian citizen. At a very young age he became captivated and inspired by the cinematic arts and began making short films with friends while in high school, winning various contests and awards.
Since 2014, Lopatin has filmed the award-winning web series teenagers, which has been viewed millions of times on YouTube and has since screened at many festivals around the world, including the Los Angeles and Vancouver Web Fests. In 2015, Lopatin filmed the 48 Hour Film Project winner Stephanie's Room, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and a short film titled The Illustrator, which screened at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2016.
Lopatin has collaborated on projects including feature films, short films, commercial and corporate work, music videos, and event videography. When he's not busy working on a project, Lopatin continues to study the craft, paying close attention to new technologies and innovations in the industry.