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Svetlana's Journey

designer: Maxim Ivanov • studio: Topform Studio • comment

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Svetlana's Journey is an award-winning short film based on the true life story of a young orphan girl who is sold by her adoptive parents and forced to work in the sex industry.

Using disorienting close-ups, fragments of torn photographs and a mysterious soundtrack, this title sequence successfully conveys the drama and horror associated with the film’s storyline.

Title designer Maxim Ivanov of Topform Studio says he used photographs of orphans printed on hand-made paper with a regular inkjet printer for the intro sequence. “Letters were drawn using black ink, which runs over the photographs to represent the drama which these kids suffer. I wanted to represent the darkness in these children's lives.”

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Maxim Ivanov

Maxim Ivanov is a motion graphic designer. After studying at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, he moved to The Netherlands to study at the HKU in Utrecht, and at the Faculty of Art, Media and Technology, in Hilversum. During and after his studies he worked as a graphic and motion designer for Topform Studio in Sofia, designing poster and logo designs, film titles and commercials. In 2007 Ivanov moved to Sidney, Australia, where he worked mainly on television branding at Bruce Dunlop & Associates, and for Ink Project. He is currently in Europe - freelancing.

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Director (film)
Michael Cory Davis

Design, Editing, Animation, Photography and Directed
Maxim Ivanov

Producer (titles)
Topform Studio


Kaloyan Dimitrov

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