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Martin V.

Portland, OR, USA

$400 - $600 / Day

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Top Services

  • Video Editor - Documentary

  • Senior Producer / Project Manager

  • Documentary DP

Equipment

Video

  • 4K video camera
  • GoPro or equivalent

Audio

  • Wireless lavalier mic
  • Shotgun mic

Miscellaneous

  • Lighting kit

About Martin

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Martin Vavra is an award-winning film and commercial director. Early on, he had a love for a variety of different art forms. At the age of five, he began playing the drums. Later, he toured Europe as part of an orchestra. At the age of 10 he began painting water colors, with several of his paintings getting showings and winning awards. His college years became a mishmash of rock band performances, science classes and sci-fi consumption. For many years, Martin was a wildland fire fighter, eventually becoming an ecologist. In 2005, wanderlust caught hold and Martin left ecology to travel, leading him to discover his true passion, filmmaking. Since then, his life has been dedicated to cinematic storytelling. Martin’s series, The Last Stand, made its debut on DailyMotion and has received millions of views. Living up to the Rising Star title awarded to him by the Oregon Media Production Association, his films have been awarded numerous honors, including, Best Short Documentary and Best LGBQT at the Breckenridge FF, Festival Jury Prize at the Humanist Film Festival, Best Director, Best Series and Best Score. Commercial work has included spots for Nike, Microsoft, Intel, HP, Daimler and Goodwill. Martin has achieved industry recognition, with multiple Hermes Gold, Marcom Gold, AVA Gold, and the Communicator awards. In addition to directing, Martin co-founded the post-effects company The Refuge VFX. During its operation, his team had the privilege of creating monster and creature effects for top TV shows like Grimm, Portlandia and The Librarians, and the feature film The Last Knight. When he’s not directing, Martin can be found on a tall mountain backpacking or in a hidden stream fly fishing. When the outdoors isn't calling, Martin has been known to build and wear various Star Wars and HALO armor suites. Martin and his wife, Jenn, are owned by two rescue huskies that travel with them on all of their adventures.

Top Projects

  • Broken Places

    • Field Producer
    • Video Editor - Documentary
    • Senior Producer / Project Manager

    This film goes back to meet survivors of toxic stress and trauma to re-examine where they are today while exploring the new science of epigenetics and how this new frontier can play a role in helping understand resilience.

  • Freightliner Super Truck

    • Senior Producer / Project Manager
    • Video Editor - Documentary

    Freightliner was tasked with designing the next generation of truck, built on the idea of sustainability and reliability. Through research, design and innovative techniques, the next generation of fleet vehicles is here today.

  • Reinventing the Wheel

    • Production Company
    • Documentary DP
    • Video Editor - Documentary
  • Hail to the King: 60 years of Destruction

    • Senior Producer / Project Manager

    Hail to the King is a documentary about the 60th anniversary of the iconic film monster. The host of the film, and huge Godzilla nerd, wanted to know if the giant monster was still relevant in Japan and how the films impacted fan culture.

All Services

Pre-Production

  • Fixer
  • Production Company
  • Senior Producer / Project Manager

Production Support

  • Non-Fiction Film Director
  • Field Producer
  • Commercial DP
  • Documentary DP

Post-Production

  • Video Editor - Commercial
  • Video Editor - Documentary

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