Chainsaw Europe Team

Meet the people
John M. Florescu

John M. Florescu

CEO & Founder

BIO

For seventeen years, John was the President and Chief Executive Officer of David Paradine Television Inc., the LA-based US television production company belonging to Sir David Frost. He has produced more than 150 hours of national and international television for such networks as CBS, HBO, PBS, Discovery-Times, Disney, A&E Network, The History Channel, BBC and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Productions for which John has served as Executive Producer include programs with six presidents of the United States, two former British Prime Ministers and former leaders of the Soviet Union.

Viorel Chesaru

Viorel Chesaru

Executive Director

BIO

With extensive expertise in the field of post-production since 2000, combined with the strong IT background I am able to help on all areas of company work. Being with the company since its inception, I know all the inner workings and all the clients. Having learned post-production at the sister company in Los Angeles, I managed to bring the Hollywood expertise to Romania.

After experiencing work at the Romanian biggest two TV stations, I returned to the company I built in 2005 to add the additional expertise from the field.

 I returned to Chainsaw Europe with a mandate for company growth, both in services and in potential.

Dumitru Alexandru

Dumitru Alexandru

Film Sound Designer/Sound mixer

BIO

In 2011, I joined the Chainsaw Europe team.
Although I still play & compose music, I discovered that nothing interests and fascinates me more than sound design and sound editing. From ambiences to car crashes, from foley to easily understandable lines, I love to acquire, create, and manipulate sounds to fit a scene.

Dragoș Cătărău

Dragoș Cătărău

Film Sound Editor

BIO

In 2015 I joined the Chainsaw Europe sound team. Here, I’ve developed my hearing, sense of timing and attention to detail. I consider sound to be a powerful instrument and storyteller in a movie by creating moods, transposing or simulating reality and working unconsciously on its audience.

Alin Zăbrăuțeanu

Alin Zăbrăuțeanu

Film Sound Editor

BIO

I started playing music 20 years ago and the passion for music turned into passion for sound and everything that is related to it. I am licenced in Electronics, Multimedia HI-FI and I have a master degree in Sound Design for Theatre. As a musician, I prouduce and play in different bands such as Jazzadezz, Omelette and Balkan Taksim. Also, with the band Foley’Ala, I had tens of cine-concerts (live soundtrack recomposing for silent movies). I have a Gopo and UCIN nominee for Best Original Score and nowadays my main focus is on sound for film.

Hasan Nasser

Hasan Nasser

Sound Editor/Music Composer

BIO

I began my career in advertising in 2000 as an audio producer, sound engineer and music composer. Among my work are audio productions for international advertising agencies such as Scala JWT, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, McCann Erickson and Graffiti BBDO to name just a few. My objective is to deliver best quality audio production and music tailored to your needs.

Andrei Vasilache

Andrei Vasilache

Sound Editor/Music Composer

BIO

As a professional piano player, I love to work on music projects that inspire me.  While training for my degrees, I developed my hearing capabilities, which pushed me an extra step above my competition. Since 2003 I’ve had the chance to work with talented people on many different projects, and I’ve gained tremendous experience in handling difficult situations.

I’m a skilled sound editor and mixer working primarily on commercials.

Răzvan Ionescu

Răzvan Ionescu

Film Dialogue editor/Re-recording mixer

BIO

With 25 years of experience in audio production and post-production, I started my activity in
1996 at the Romanian Television and in 2001 I was among the first in Romania to implement the
Pro Tools system in post-processing sound, as a way of working.With a Masters Degree in Film
Sound Art i joined the wonderful Chainsaw team in June 2019.In recent years i have had the
opportunity to work with my colleagues on many nationally and internationally acclaimed
films.Among the essential features that define me are my adaptability and my fast-moving
skills/efficiency in Pro Tools, also noticed by all stakeholders I had the chance to work with
during the production of these movies.

Laurent Morel

Laurent Morel

Digital Colorist

BIO

With now close to 30 years experience as a colorist, I provide my customers with the necessary expertise in conveying the desired emotions through color grading moods. Each new project I start is treated with enthusiasm, attention to detail and the ambition to make it even better than all the previous ones. My career has allowed me to work with directors and directors of photography from all over the world, thus encouraging me to remain open to new ideas and different sensibilities.

Adriana Crăciunescu

Adriana Crăciunescu

Digital Colorist

BIO

“I’m a colorist in love with visual language and human development.

I grew up involved with theater, photography and later on film. Since graduating from cinematography I gathered experience in every camera departament position. This path eventually led me to post production where I am currently enjoying the life of a colorist. Add the fact that my passion is psychology and you might be surprised during the grading session of the fine nuances a simple shade can have in regards to the viewers emotional response to the screen.

After more than 3 years in the Middle East market of advertising and film, I returned to Romania with greater client experience and I am looking forward to be working with you on the next project where I can make good use of my knowledge and creativity. “

Mircea Lăcătuș

Mircea Lăcătuș

Lead Video Editor

BIO

My career as a professional video editor began in 1994. In December 1995, I was the first editor in Romania to edit and broadcast a program directly from an AVID system.

In 2008 I joined the Chainsaw Europe team.

I have worked on feature films, documentary films, and numerous TV Productions. In 2021 the movie “Completely strangers” won second place in People’s Choice Award for Romanian movies at Transylvania Film Festival.

My work also includes commercials, corporate films, and music videos (one of which won Best Special Effects at the 2002 MTV Awards). Along the way, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with numerous Romanian and foreign directors and producers.

 

From 2021 I work also as an Archive Producer for historical documentary films.

Ruxandra Mihai

Ruxandra Mihai

Senior Editor

BIO

I have worked as an Editor at Chainsaw Europe since 2006.

I graduated from the National University for Theatre and Film Bucharest in Multimedia, Editing and Sound. Afterwards, I did post-graduate work in Animation and Multimedia Design.

I have worked on a great list of both drama and non-scripted projects, including prestigious feature films, documentaries and commercials.

It’s a great honor to be involved in films that receive international awards.

Silvia Matei

Silvia Matei

Senior Editor

BIO

One might say that I am the same age as Chainsaw.  I like to say that I became a video editor because I don’t like cubicles. My favorite line: “The director wants to work with you.” In my years at Chainsaw,

I’ve worked on shorts and feature films as an assistant and edited original commercials for almost every client we’ve worked with.

Smaranda Dacian

Smaranda Dacian

Senior Editor

BIO

Since 2007, I’ve worked for Chainsaw Europe as a senior editor. I have been an assistant editor on films like “Tache” – director: Igor Cobileanski, and “Gruber’s Journey” – director: Radu Gabrea, and have edited shorts such as “Once upon a time in Transylvania” and the award-winning “The Crossing” – director Cristian Ples.

My work includes also numerous commercials for clients such as P&G, Nestle, Chio, Seat, Raiffeisen Bank, Rompetrol, Toyota, Milka, Hochland and many more.

Maria Zaharia

Maria Zaharia

Senior Editor

BIO

In my 12 year career as a film and advertising editor I have worked on feature films, documentaries, TV shows, shorts, music videos, online content and dozens of TV commercials. I have quite a complex relationship with advertising, having graduated both National University of Theater and Film and Public Relations and Advertising Faculty at Bucharest University.
I joined the wonderful team here at Chainsaw in 2018 and immediately felt like home.

Dragoș Tănase

Dragoș Tănase

Compositor

BIO

I started 19 years ago in television as an image editor.  At Chainsaw Europe, I have been a VFX artist for nine years, during which I had the opportunity to work on many different projects in both advertising and film.

Mihnea Buescu

Mihnea Buescu

VFX Artist

BIO

My film and television career stretches back to 2000 when I started out as a VFX artist. Since then, I have participated in the production of feature films, short films and various advertising productions.

I am known for high attention to details and fast delivery.

Andrei Chiriac

Andrei Chiriac

3D Generalist & VFX Artist

BIO

I have over 15 years experience working in graphics. Before Chainsaw I’ve worked in Television making 3d motion graphics and compositing for shows. Then I worked in advertising developing my 3d and compositing skills. Since I joined Chainsaw Europe I had the opportunity to work on feature films doing VFX.  I also have a license in engineering and a masters in Industrial Design. So I very much enjoy a technical challenge.

Alecsandru Georgescu

Alecsandru Georgescu

3D & VFX Artist

BIO

I joined the Chainsaw Europe team in 2007, but I’ve been in the industry, honing my craft, since 1998.  I graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and a license in Industrial Design in 2000, and in 2009 I completed a Masters Degree in film and TV editing.

Raluca Iuteș

Raluca Iuteș

Post Production Producer

BIO

I started working at Chainsaw in 2009, at first as a junior, without much experience, but with a great desire to learn. This has always motivated me and defines me best in the professional relationship by organizing tasks, attention to detail, teamwork and of course close communication with the team.

As a post production producer, I am very precise on international versioning campaigns and original productions ads on multiple media areas.

Oana Manea

Oana Manea

Post-Production Producer

BIO

I have been working in advertising since 2002: first as a graphic designer, then as an Art Director, Jr. Postproduction coordinator, and now as a Post Production Producer.

Creating versioning for multiple markets and original productions ads for TV, Cinema, Radio, DOOH, Web and Social for clients like : PepsiCo (several brands), Bacardi, Mars (several brands), SC Johnson, Procter & Gamble (EMEA and SEE regions), Bayer, Rewe Group, Mazda, Toyota, Fiat, Schwartz Group, allowed me to  become an expert when it comes to planning the best workflows to deliver complex projects on time and on budget.
I have always loved being part of the video story telling process. The creative process is always a challenging pursue because it is in a continuous transformation. Always redefining itself.

Diana Gordon

Diana Gordon

Post-Production Producer

BIO

I started working in advertising production in 2004, during college, because I’ve always been drawn to this world.

After getting my Masters Degree in Advertising and Communication, I joined the Chainsaw team in January 2012 and since then I mastered the most important skills required for my position: deep understanding of animation processes across animation and CG departments, strong experience in scheduling and managing Post Production teams across multiple departments and managing overall post production schedule and budget.

Dan Drăghicescu

Dan Drăghicescu

Development / Producer

BIO

Since 1998, I have been involved in advertising creativity world and film productions. I spent 12 years at Grey Geometry Worldwide and David Ogilvy and recently in Saatchi & Saatchi working on HBO launch TV  series “Shadows”. Since 2015 I am associate producer in Chainsaw Film Productions for political and history documentary films “Trump vs Clinton”, “King’s War”, “About Life”, “Romania’s English Queen”, “Last King behind the Iron Curtain”.

I deliver hard work and strong leadership and expect people I work with to share my enthusiasm and express their true spirit. In 2018 I was awarded by The Romanian Academy with H.M. Berthelot Medal for history film independent productions.

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