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From the age of 10 Gevorg was certain he wanted to be a director. Growing up in Russia, Armenia, Gevorg ravenously devoured cinema, but it wasn’t until he immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of fourteen that it became clear how he could make it into a reality. The first step was learning English, which he taught himself over a summer spent pouring over books from the library. Once he mastered the English language,  it was on to learning the language of film and production. Gevorg was fascinated and consumed by alternative ways of telling stories and wanted to know how to bring his imagination to life – walking that delicate and artful line of something tangible, visceral and also something digital, out of the ordinary and hyper-real.

It was his talent and drive that landed him a place at the Art Center of Design in Los Angeles. As his thesis project at ACCD, Gevorg took his love for video games and handcrafted a groundbreaking short film based on the popular Grand Theft Auto series that integrated a third person perspective. The film went viral almost immediately and to date has racked up over 13 million views. Upon graduating in 2012, Gevorg was immediately signed by UK outfit Outsider/Unit 9 and hired to launch Jaguar’s new sports car with a jaw dropping commercial called New Dawn for Spark 44, London.

Gevorg went on to create a gaming film for Nissan out of Digitas LBI, Paris and a stunning VR experience for O2 out of MC Saatchi, London. For each of these projects Gevorg found himself assembling a crack team that could uniquely bring these alternative platform projects to life. In 2015 he founded Bipolar Id, a specialty company that acts as a partner on all his VR projects.

But it wasn’t until his latest work that Gevorg’s place in the future of storytelling was solidified. Gevorg has sculpted a 360-degree narrative film for Mini/BMW called Real Memories. The film takes an absolutely one-of-a-kind look at how the mind copes with the unknown, as seen through the chilling story of a manipulative psychotherapist.

An exciting addition to the BRF family, Gevorg looks forward to further pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling.

Award list

SAATCHI & SAATCHI New Directors’ Showcase, AICP Nominated, SHOTS Evolution, Winner CLIO Silver, ART DIRECTORS CLUB Gold, Winner BMW International Automotive Award, NYF Gold, WEBBY Honoree, DIFF LA Film Festival Official Selection, #1 Popular Video around the Web on YouTube, #2 Best Short Film of 2012 on Film Shortage, ADDY Silver, 2 X TELLY Silver, 2 X ADDY Gold, Featured in SIGGRAPH 2015

Congrats to director Gevorg Karensky making shots' Top 10 Most Creative VR list for O2, considered the world’s first immersive 360 live-action gaming experiences.

Gevorg Karensky has been selected for SHOOT Magazine's New Directors Showcase 2016. His Mini/BMW 'Real Memories' VR spot will be screened during the debut Screening at SHOOT's 14th Annual New Directors Showcase on Thursday, May 26th at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theatre, 110 West 57th Street, New York City. Grattis Gevorg!

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