Award winning director and producer, Emil has directed documentaries and for highly acclaimed organizations in China, Europe, the USA, and across Canada, as well as directed and produced highly acclaimed music videos for Juno Award nominated artists and composers, some of which have gone viral. His latest feature documentary, The True North Project, has garnered international awards for Directing and Editing, was a finalist for the European Cinematography Awards, won Best Documentary at the Monaco International Film Festival and was screened worldwide.
Frequently operating as a project leader, Emil specializes in creatively directing cross media projects integrating film and internet technology and frequently pushes the boundaries of what filmmaking is and how it is appreciated, frequently marrying analogue mediums such as traditional animation and in camera projection design with cutting edge digital filmmaking techniques and methods of dissemination. Emil has creatively lead the development of apps, websites, and platforms with the throughline of disseminating media in a maverick way.
A trained cellist, Emil has a strong connection with music and constantly plays with the role of music in film and film in music. His music videos have been distributed internationally and premiered at festivals, museums, album launches, and other events worldwide, receiving national TV and newspaper coverage, frequently featuring original animation techniques and silent film-like storytelling aspects. His films have received critical reviews, including a stellar review from Yair Raveh, one of Israel's leading film critics.
Currently based in Calgary, Alberta, Emil owns and operates his own company providing film production and live streaming services, Emil Agopian Film, equipped with an in-house suite of industry standard film production and livestream equipment. His cinematically oriented live streaming services and custom platform, www.stagestreamlive.tv, have livestreamed for multiple organizations including the University of Calgary (Live-streaming all performances from the School of Creative and Performing Arts), Calgary Pro Musica, Prairie Debut, Artsplace Canmore, ProArts, Land’s End Ensemble, and various corporate entities. Frequently blending music video sensibilities and live projection animation with shows either streamed or with an audience, Emil prioritizes collaboration with musicians and concert presenters to deliver an innovative end product.
Frequent clients (music video, documentary, live projection animation, and/or livestream work)
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
The University of Calgary
Morningside Music Bridge International
Land’s End Ensemble
Calgary Pro Musica
The Chinook Country Historical Society