Founder & Executive Producer
As a teenager, Michael hosted a rock radio show and spent all his pocket money on rolls of film for his 1971 Cannon A1. He is passionate about cooking and documentaries and on his free time he does voluntary work for the local Cinema Society and mentoring teenagers as part of the Junior Achievement entrepreneurship program.
Head of Creative
Ever since she learned how to talk, Alexia has been making up her own stories. She created her own characters and would dictate to her mother how the stories she would read her, should go. Well, she grew up to become a film director. She loves reading books more than she enjoys watching films, using her imagination to create images and sounds to the words she reads. She has a passion for short films and since 2011 she serves as the Artistic Director of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (ISFFC). Her mission as the Head of Creative is to challenge, inspire and bring together the creativity and unique skills of all the talented individuals of the Zedem team.
Head of Design
She grew up singing “Je ne veux pas travailler “ and actually achieved this life goal when she moved to Cyprus. She claims that she does not “work" for a living. She draws and designs all day. Creating uncharted and imaginary worlds. And the rest of the time? She just chills out under the Mediterranean sun... Nice move!
Motion Graphics Designer
As a little girl Maria would slide her books into the VHS player hoping to see the illustrations come alive on screen, but they did not. So, when 'one ring ruled them all' she decided to rule them all by studying animation.
Ever lost in her imagination, then with her nose stuck in a book from the moment she could read, it wasn't long before she combined the two and began writing and illustrating her own stories. Upon stumbling across a Ghibli film one day, the storytelling gripped her and a path was set in her mind; a whole new way to bring stories to life.
Georgia spent her childhood watching movies, making houses out of jenga sticks and people out of clay, drawing and writing stories. She still does all of the above, except now she makes movies and doesn't just watch them. When accused of living in another world, she now replies with: 'It's my job!'. Philosophy of life: 'If you can't find it, make it!'
Storyboard Artist & Animator
From the moment she was born, Dimitra was a creature fascinated with strange, shiny commercials on late-night TV and painting furniture with eyeliner. To put it simply, she was a nightmare for her mother. Between watching her sew toilet paper together to make a book and forcing her brother to wear a tutu, the greatest minds of our time wondered how much it would take for her to destroy us all, and in the end the choice was unanimous: “she shall become an artist, it will buy us some time”. Since then, she has studied multiple forms of visual storytelling, starting from comic books to fine arts and then, she flew straight to Italy, to become an animator!
Up to this point, the plan seems to be working!
One of our two newest recruits named 'Rafael', he is also known as Rafael-K or 'Riff'.
As a child, Rafael spent his time playing video games, drawing his favourite heroes and watching cartoons all the time, especially looney tunes, as he never got bored of watching Wile E. Coyote falling from the cliffs! Ever since he wondered how these drawings come to life, he decided to learn these secrets, since for him it is a new form of creativity and expression. He loves learning new and challenging things and trying to get better every day, because evolving is a never-ending process.
Animator & Motion Designer
The other one of our two newest recruits named 'Rafael', he is also known as Rafael-E or 'Raff'.
It all started when his father had this crazy idea to name his unborn children after renaissance painters. He accomplished 2/3 of his original goal but the seeds were planted. One of Rafael's (not the renaissance painter) first quotes was "When I grow up I want to become either an artist or a house painter. Because in both cases I will hold a brush in my hands". When his application in TMNT team was declined, he decided to follow his original plan. The rest is history...
One last thing you need to know. When he is not wondering though imaginary worlds, he loves to hike through the wonders of nature.
A quiet and introverted child, he would become ‘visible’ only when he would finish building majestic cities out of Leggos, which would take up whole rooms, or when he would finish a drawing, or a new episode from his comic book. As a teenager, using the family camera, he would direct movies starring his cousins. Eventually, growing up, he realized that by drawing he can express himself and become useful and that through this medium, he becomes the director of numerous stories. When he isn’t drawing, he is walking for hours through the largest interactive exhibition in the world; the cities of the world, just as he did a few years ago with his Leggos.
It's the late 80s, Saturday morning, in a living room in S.Africa. A boy, 3 years old, is watching cartoons. The opening credits roll: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'! That was it, that and Spider-man. Every empty page in any book in the house became a canvas on which to draw Ninja Turtles, pizzas and Spider-man.
Fast forward to the late 90s, Cyprus. Saturday morning cartoons again: 'Dragon Ball', my introduction to anime. That and Final Fantasy VII and VIII! His immersion in these worlds made him want to immerse others in amazing worlds, to feel the magic through animation and game design!
George joined our team as an intern but rapidly ascended through the ranks. Effortlessly cool, with undeniable charisma, he quickly established power over everything and everyone in the studio. He likes snacks and to mark his territory. In the neighbourhood he also goes by the alias 'Moustafa the Pasha'.
After studying Painting in Scotland Nefeli’s artistic focus has shifted from Fine Art onto Animation. She found the literary and oral folklore of Scotland and her own cultural inheritance to be one of the most fruitful sources of inspiration in her practice and a valuable vehicle for creating engaging storytelling. Some of the stories of the greatest depth and meaning are the ones, regardless of whether they possess a supernatural agency, that are most of all concerned with portraying life. Raw, beautiful, and often ruthless. And what better device is there to appreciate their magic than through the audiovisual experience animation has to offer.
Those who have answered the call of duty to create.
Click on their faces and read the stories that brought them here.