Nikolai Ivanovich Kurbatov
(May 16, 1990, Perm, the USSR)
Category: Art workers
Occupation: Film directors, trailer editors, poets, publicists
Unique distinction:The founder of trailer poetics and dialogue construction of the trailer. The first Russian trailer maker whose birthdays were celebrated on major trailer channels.
Quotes: 1. The trailer, which makes you want to watch a movie – the average trailer. Top skill – convince the viewer to review the video itself. 2. Now, when I cant anymore watch the movie normally, i realize how much trailers better, than movies. 3. Movie is just material like paint for the artist.
Professional, social position: Russian trailer editor, poet and publicist.
The main contribution (what is known): 8 times entered the Book of Records of Russia.
Contributions: The author of more than 2000 works (videos, slideshows, poems, articles, reviews, music, logos, wallpapers, stories, documentary films, posters).
Awards: Nominee of the national award “The Poet of the Year 2017” and the international award “Philanthrope 2018”.
New ideas: Many of Nikolay’s works are distinguished by originality and novelty of execution. So, the videos “Co-participant” (2005) and “Aviator” (2005) contain trailer titles with the names of the creators, the video “Mind Games” (2005) is almost completely built on the expression of persons, the final of the video “Leon” (2006) is performed in black- white tones.
The video “The Illusionist” (2010) shows the film in a melodramatic aspect as an alternative to the thriller from the official trailer, in the video “Robin Hood” (2010) Japanese motifs by Hans Zimmer from the soundtrack for the movie “The Last Samurai” were used.
The first half of the video “Spider-man 2” (2010) is performed in a dramatic manner, in the video “V means Vendetta” (2011) demonstrates musical poetry, and the plot of the film is transmitted through dialogue.
Trailer # 2 for the movie “Home” (2011) is created in “arthouse” style, the video “The Very Ideal Trailer – The Departed” (2012) is made as a parody of trailers.
At the beginning of the video “The Painted Veil” (2013) Naomi Watts plays the piano according to the musical accompaniment of the video, the video “The Great Gatsby” (2014) is based on the exchange of views of the characters, the video “Avatar” (2014) and “Star Wars: Awakening Force” (2015) are built on a monologue.
The video “Inception” (2014) is assembled from promotional materials, in the video “John Wick” two of the three parts go without a voice accompaniment, in the video “The Seventh Son” (2014) shows a double final action-cutting.
The video “The Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” (2015) is made in the style of TV series screensavers, in the video “Black Mass” (2015) Nikolai used “horror” music, in the video “The Last Witch Hunter” (2015) instead of the final action-cut one scene.
In the final action-cut of the video “The Finest Hours ” (2016) there is a static fragment, the video of the thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane ” (2016) is completely accompanied by calm music.
The video “Star Trek Beyond” (2016) begins and ends with an expression of faces, the video “Ben Hur” (2016) begins with a double introduction, in the video “La danseuse” (2016) there is not a single major plan of male representatives.
In the video “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016) there are no replicas of the main character, in the video “Life” (2017) there is no musical accompaniment, in the video “We will not say goodbye” (2018) the title reads Andrey Merzlikin instead of the final title.
In his verses “A cruel man is not to blame …”, “There is no man in the world that deserves hell …”, as well as in the essay “Is there a God? Is there heaven and hell?” he expressed the opinion that people are not to blame for committing atrocities, since these are the costs of their temperament given by nature, and therefore no one deserves eternal hell torment for their souls.
Major works: In Russia, best known for fan-made trailers “V for Vendetta”, “The Lion King”, “The Illusionist”, “The Revenant”, the official trailers for the movies “No Men”, “Home”, “Atomic Ivan”, “Tomorrow “,”Not quite a simple story “,”The Aunties”, a trailer for the X Film Festival “Radiant Angel”, a showreel for Nadezhda Mikhalkova and a fan-made video clip “The Great Gatsby”. In the world – on fan-made trailers for movies “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Avatar 2”, “Venom”, “Mission Impossible 6”.
Origin: Nikolai was born on May 16, 1990 in Perm, where he still lives. His father was an engineer, and his mother was a teacher of sociology.
Education: In school years he was engaged in athletics, football freestyle, basketball. After graduation, he entered the Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU) on the specialty “Economics and Management at the enterprise”. In the fourth year (in 2011), Nikolai fell ill with depression and was forced to take an academic leave.
Career highlights: From 2011 to 2014 he worked in the production center “Ars Nova” as a director of editing, and from 2014 to 2018 he created fan-made trailers for channel “KinoGuru”. From 2017 to the present time he works on the international channel “Teaser PRO”, where he creates new trailers.
Personal life: In 2011 Nikolai was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which he overcame because of his creativity. It was thanks to the illness at the time of the tide of creative forces that in April 2011 Nikolai made his key work – “V for Vendetta” Fan-Made Trailer, which opened the doors to the world of official trailers.
The video was immediately praised by the heads of the trailer houses in Moscow and they offered him the job of creating trailers. A healthy way of life and the need for creativity allows Nikolai to successfully manage the director’s activity today.
In 2016, Nikolai began to write poetry and articles in Wikipedia about famous films and famous filmmakers.
Charity: Since 2015 he is engaged in charity. He edited the video for the charitable foundation “Bereginya” and gives a significant part of his revenue from the videos to the charity fund “Give Life”.
Zest: In 2007, he juggled a soccer ball without a break for more than 1 hour. He claims that he leads a healthy lifestyle. Moreover: never drank alcohol and did not smoke. In many ways, thanks to this, Nikolai has a stable remission from the beginning of 2013.