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Documentary Filmmaker Roger Kupelian

By John Virata
The advent of the Internet coupled with less expensive but very effective digital media creation tools, has opened the doors for a new era of documentary filmmaker. Roger Kupelian is one such filmmaker. Kupelian is an accomplished digital matte painter for studio films, but his passion is documentary filmmaking.

When Kupelian isn't contributing his art to such films as The Devil's Advocate, The Truman Show, Mission to Mars, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, and the as yet released The Lord of the Rings, Kupelian is wearing the hat of documentary filmmaker, one of his true passions. His most notable documentary film to date is Dark Forest in the Mountains, with principal photography (in this case the use of Hi8 video) completed in 1994, and final finishing and distribution occurring just this year.

Dark Forest in the Mountains chronicles the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the fate of the 170,000 Armenians living in a small mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Kupelian, an American of Armenian descent, began shooting his story in 1994 with Hi8 video, conducting exhaustive interviews, and mixing it with animation and live footage to create Dark Forest in the Mountains. Kupelian chose to make the film in part because of views that the mainstream media didn't pay much attention to the conflict.

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