Roman Vasyanov

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A powerful story of family, friendship, love, honor and courage starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as your Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala as they patrol the city’s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles. Giving thes tory a gripping, first-person immediacy, the action unfolds through footage from the handheld HD cameras of the police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras and citizens caught in the line of fire to create a riveting portrait of the city’s most dangerous corners, the cops who risk their lives there every day, and the price they and their families are forced to pay.



Roman was born in Moscow 1980. His father was a photographer for the Soviet propaganda magazine USSR, and Roman got his first still camera at twelve years old. Now at 30, he has shot more than 300 commercials and 3 feature films — his latest feature The Hipsters was nominated for a Golden Globe and won 5 Nika awards (Russian Oscar), including Best Cinematography. This winter, Roman shot the short film The Gift with director Carl Erik Rinsch for RSA (Ridley Scott Association) and Philips Cinema, and won the Grand Prix Award at the 2010 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in the Film Craft category.