showcase greece issue 353 Jul 2012Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the debut edition of Showcase Greece, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the country's visual media industry, with more information available in our Photo and Film directories.
Greece has all the infrastructure along with a stunning selection of locations to make it ideal for every type of production.
Despite the negative press about the state of the economy, the country's photo and film industry is thriving, welcoming people from all over the world to sample the very best of the Mediterranean production industry and enjoy the warm welcome guaranteed to all.
With this Showcase we are showing our support to our Greek friends and proving that not only has production not stopped during recent months, but that it is very much alive.
Our cover image was shot by George Katsanakis.
- film production companies
boo productions Athens commercial production
Boo Productions was established in Athens in 2007 as a boutique production company. The industry experience of its people and their proven ability to deliver quality within strict timelines, combined with a problem-solving approach and hands-on involvement at every stage of the production process, has earned the company the trust of advertising agencies and talented film-makers alike.
Adding a strong work ethic, budget consciousness, a thorough understanding of concepts and ideas, the ability to assemble the right creative and technical teams and the know-how of on-location practicalities, Boo has accumulated all the essential skills to become Greece’s premier production services company.
Stefi Production Athens tv/ video production
Stefi Productions was established in 1971. Today, the company is one of the biggest in the Greek production market, with TV commercials as its core business and an active presence in multiple aspects of production such as music and corporate events, digital signage and Web development via its affiliate companies Showhat, Tveez and Steficon.
Stefi is made up of top producers with experience in both local and foreign productions and represents the very best Greek directors who all share outstanding filming and commercial experience.
Since 2010, Stefi has been credited as 'Company of the Year' by winning an incredible 16 production awards at the Greek Ad Festival.
TOPCUT Athens commercial production
TopCut is constantly in search of creative producing. Along with its choice of directors and specialised partners, the company provides top quality solutions for every commercial production.
TopCut is the only Cannes Lion awarded production house in Greece and is a Bronze winner at the New York Festival. A large number of awards have also been won in the local market, including the 'Production House of the Year Award' in 2006, 2007 and 2009, and the Production Grand Prix in 2007 and 2009.
HIGHWAY PRODUCTIONS Athens video production
Highway Productions is established as the most reliable audiovisual provider of high-quality and low-cost production services in Greece.
Key features include:
- Customer care: Highway Productions produces its own films and therefore has a deep understanding of the creative and technical process to cater for every need.
- Experienced crews: The company co-operates with skillful, educated, English-speaking associates across all departments.
- Visa facilitation through strong ties with the relevant issuing authorities.
- Unique locations: Highway Productions can provide an impressive list of filming locations.
- Transparent financials: Deals are negotiated locally, but clients are encouraged to make direct payments.
- photo production
Key Productions Athens photo production
Key Productions is a full service production company offering 15 years' experience to international clients from the fashion and advertising industry throughout Greece and Cyprus.
The company also offers an extensive location library with many exclusive private locations. Its team of friendly, bilingual professionals is devoted to ensuring a smooth and efficient production while keeping budgets low.
Services include planning, scouting, permits, equipment, hotels, travel, transport and catering.
Clients include Boden, Brigitte, Celebrity, Cosmopolitan, Damart, David Jones, Easy Living, Elle, Eltern, GQ, Kaleidoscope, La Redoute, Littlewoods, Marie Claire, Mercdes-Benz, Next Directory, Peter Hahn, Rhodes & Beckett, Saint John Knit and Virgin Mobile.
Poplight Athens photo production
Poplight is an Athens-based production company specialised in photo production, event planning and video production. With Greece enjoying an average of 300 days' sunshine, the company operates 365 days-a-year, capitalising on excellent winter locations, the famous Greek islands and ancient, classic and modern urban architecture that gives a distinctive look to every production.
With years of international experience and localised expertise, Poplight can provide access to unique locations, excellent coordination, skilled bi-lingual production or photo assistants and a range of services including casting for models, hair and make-up artist bookings (Athens and worldwide), professional digital re-touching, experienced seamstresses, ironing ladies and manicure professionals. The company can also assist with research, planning and budget management, providing a variety of production options depending on clients' individual needs and budget.
Poplight is the owner of the largest photo equipment rental company in Greece and operates a daylight studio in the heart of Athens, a few minutes walk from Acropolis and other key locations. With their vast production experience working alongside great photographers and directors, Yorgos and Christos are present 24 hours a day to assist with any requirement.
Queen of Spade Production Athens photo production
Queen of Spade is a full service production company focusing exclusively on servicing international clients from the advertising and fashion industry worldwide, offering a full range of production services throughout Greece and Cyprus.
With an extensive location library and exclusivity in private locations, the company is committed to providing clients with the smoothest and most efficient way of ensuring quality service while remaining budget conscious.
Clients include Seat, Speedo, Calzedonia, GQ U.S., Vogue Paris, Folli Follie, Air France, Louis Vuitton, Vichy, Hermes, UGG Australia, and many more.
Visit the website for more information and to access the online locations database.
Posh Productions Athens photo production
Posh Productions is a full service photo shoot production company based in Athens.
With vast experience in the fashion industry worldwide, the team is committed to delivering a professional result for every budget without compromising on the quality of service.
"We strive for a smooth, on time, on budget production experience and we always do it with the Posh Productions Smile on."
Visit the website for more information.
Eye-Prod. Productions Athens photo production
Professional knowledge, together with many years of experience co-ordinating and overseeing productions enables Eye-Prod to deliver the very best production base to work from.
From complex productions requiring comprehensive production support to small editorial shoots, the company is happy to offer its knowledgeable and friendly support.
Over recent years, Eye-Prod has successfully executed many projects all over Greece, but also in various global destinations including Brazil, Cuba, Italy, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand and Venezuela.
Featured in this Showcase is an on-set picture selection from some of these productions.
Visit the website or contact Makis for more information.
- photo agents
Iconizo Athens photo agents
Located in Athens, Greece, Iconizo is a creative agency representing some of the most talented artists, ranging from emerging to established, in the fields of photography, styling, make-up, hair styling, art direction and illustration.
They offer a full range of services including full photo shoot and photo production for various projects such from editorial to advertising assignments and any other special occasion.
Their commitment is to constantly create vibrant and powerful images of pure beauty and creativity to match the visions of their clients, whether domestic or international.
Visit the website for more information.
AgentRepresents | creatives + production Athens photo agents
AgentRepresents is a leading international creative management agency, representing, promoting and licensing worldwide well-respected international artists in the fields of imaging and visual arts within the fashion, film and music industries.
AgentRepresents features combined industry services for the first time an agency ever had. AgentRepresents is much more than just another booking service!
In addition, AgentRepresents offers creatives and clients full photographic production services and in-house studio facilities. The agency is based in sunny Athens, with immidiate access to all famous Greek islands and exotic locations.
Founded by fashion photographer and film-maker Alex Karmios, and in full collaboration with sister film production company DoubleCabin Films, the agency's commitment is to supplying not only images but innovative trends.
John Athimaritis Athens food & drink photographers
John Athimaritis is based in Athens and works as a professional photographer specialised in food photography, portraiture and kids fashion. John's studio is a ground-floor loft located in the artistic neighbourhood of Gazi in the centre of Athens. The studio enjoys plenty of daylight and features a fully equipped kitchen. A food stylist is available upon request.
Ideal for portraiture, fashion, food, still life or art events, clientele include fashion designers, gourmet and fashion magazines.
In co-operation with a trusted network of professionals, John provides worldwide services and photo retouching.
Check the website to see more of his work.
Theodosis Georgiadis Thessaloniki advertising photographers
Theodosis Georgiadis has a passion for light as well as extensive knowledge and experience using a variety of photographic techniques. He is one of the most successful food, interiors, travel and hotel photographers currently working in Greece.
He also recently began receiving widespread acclaim abroad due to his combination of quality work and reasonable pricing.
Visit Theodosis' website for more information.
Charlie Makkos Athens fashion photographers
Half Greek, half American Charlie Makkos is a 33-year-old, ambitious fashion and portraiture photographer who is never afraid to visually experiment and transform his subjects into vibrant and powerful figures.
He has photographed campaigns for major Greek clothing companies and so far has worked for the likes of Next Top Model Greece (both seasons), Glamour, Esquire, Men’s Health and Cosmopolitan (Greek editions), earning him respect within the Greek fashion industry. On an international scale, Charlie's work has appeared in publications such as Superior, Papercut, See.7 and C-Heads.
His portraits of leading figures from all sorts of art and entertainment backgrounds, both Greek and international, include Dita Von Teese, Victoria Silvstedt and Adrianna Sklenarikova, to name but a few.
Currently located in Athens, Greece, Charlie is represented by ICONIZO.
INBULB Athens advertising photographers
Alexandros Petrakis has been a freelance photographer since 2003. Based in Athens and with a degree from Akto School of Art and Design (a partner of MIddlesex University), he specialises in architectural and interior photography, still life, food, CGI and digital image processing.
His extensive experience includes working with leading architectural firms (Giogos Architects and Associates, Gazetas and Associates, Techonognomon, Glenmars, Sgoutas & Sgoutas Architects), top hotels (Iria Beach Art Hotel, Nissaki Beach, The Windmill Kimolos), and advertising agencies.
Alexandros works closely with his clients, incorporating their ideas into his work and making sure that his photography exceeds expectations. He takes special care in the lighting and composition of his images and conducts all of his own Raw processing and retouching.
He has participated in exhibitions and contests including Mont Blanc, Fuji Film, Hasselblad, International Organisation for Migration, and the Biennale di Venezia.
Visit his website for more captivating imagery.
Anastasia Adamaki Photography Athens architecture photographers
Anastasia Adamakis was born and raised in Alexandroupoli, northern Greece. She moved to Athens to study the art of photography at the Leica Academy when she was 19; she has lived in the city ever since.
Anastasia started her professional career as a photographer in 2002, first working as an assistant and then as a professional freelancer. She has been co-operated with magazines such as Maison Figaro, Vogue Casa, Casa Viva, Madame Figaro, Cosmopolitan, Idees & Lysis Gia To Spiti, VimaDonna, Vimagazino, Vimagourmet, F.A.Q., L’Officiel, Food and Wine and Vita Zeist, along with advertising companies, hotels and resorts in Greece and abroad.
Her interest and expertise focuses on interior, hotel, food and deco photography, while she continues to be innately inspired by the human element. Though her images and visual angle, Anastasia is eager to express a lot more than the recording of an image; instead, she wants to capture with her lens all the things surrounding us to be able to transform them into something unexpected. "Everything that lies and moves around us can be considered as art, as long as someone is willing to view it from a different angle."
George Saitas Photography Athens car & transportation photographers
For over 30 years, photographer George Saitas has been passionately photographing cars, people and landscapes and blends the three in his work with clear intent to create his unique and thought-provoking signature imagery.
George is meticulous and thorough in his photographic process, producing the highest quality for every clients' specific needs. He has a penchant for conceptual projects and photo essays, seen clearly in his own photo book series - MANTU portfolio.
George is based in Athens and divides his time between Athens, New York and San Francisco. He is available for international shoots and is currently seeking international representation.
His commercial experience includes over 350 feature articles published in 45 magazines, newspapers and ads. His clients include Ford Motor Company, BMW, National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveller, The New York Times, The Robb Report Collections, STUFF, CAR, EVO and Automobile Magazine (12 years as a contributing artist).
Andreas Jontsch Corfu fashion photographers
After numerous photo productions for fashion and advertising in the Canary Islands, Portugal, Majorca, Jamaica and Miami, German fashion and advertising photographer Andreas Jontsch has established a new photo base for photography and fashion-video on the island of Corfu, Greece.
"Corfu is still an undiscovered jewel in professional photography," says Andreas. "It offers many unspoiled locations that have yet to be photographed 'to death', with backgrounds for each and every style. Corfu has a stable climate from April to December with 280 days of sunshine a year. At least there are no problems with the customs as Greece is part of the EU."
Andreas has worked for clients including Admont, Betty Barclay, Brax, Rabe Moden, Hucke AG, Annette Görtz, Nina v. C., Dressmaster, Beco Bademoden, Steilmann, Gore Tex, Kapalua, Thomas W., Lebek, Cocon, Giesswein, Waeco, Lufthansa, Compo, Ute Allocca, Matador, Deutscher Fachverlag, Gruner & Jahr and many others.
- styling, hair, makeup
Dimitra Giatrakou Athens hair and make up artists
Dimitra Giatrakou is a freelance Athens based Make up Artist with more than 13 years of experience.
Her work has been featured on Greek and international films such as Mamma Mia, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Nikostratos the Pelican with Emir Kusturica, as well as a large number of commercials including clients such as Toyota, Amstel, Aegean Airlines, Skoda, Public, Vodafone, Cosmote, Ote, Opap, National Bank of Greece, Eurobank, Amita and many more.
Dimitra has a mastery of advanced Make up techniques for all mediums and formats and her experience covers both contemporary and period films and T.V, including special effects, ageing, wounds, wig work, facial hair and appliance of prosthetics, as well as body paintings for fashion and trade shows, advertising and artistic projects. Airbrush Make up is another one of her widely known skills.
Professionally trained at the East Coast School for Make up in NYC, Dimitra is licensed as a member of the Greek Union of Film, Television and Audiovisual Technicians and is available to travel worldwide.
Nayo P. Athens fashion stylists
Nayo P. was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He studied fashion design and pattern cutting in Veloudakis fashion academy and after his graduation he studied theatrical costume and stage design.
In 2001, he was appointed as senior designer at TOI&MOI, one of the biggest Greek clothing companies and from 2004 until now he has worked as a designer, stylist and buyer consultant for most of the leading fashion companies in Greece.
Along with working for clothing companies, Nayo P. has also been working as a freelance stylist for Greek fashion magazines and as a stylist for designers' catwalks.
Currently he is located in Athens, Greece. He is represented by ICONIZO.