1. Tell us about your background and when did you decide to become a filmmaker/actor/screenwriter?
I wanted to be a filmmaker from early age when my grandmother bought a “Smena Symbol” photo camera. I am still remembering while I was sitting next to the fireplace in the old house and watching through the window outside, the moon was shining and the snow was covering everything outside, all around became white, it was a magical winter night. This could be a great story for my next movie, a childhood dream that became alive. At this time, I have no idea how film making works but my dream become a reality a decade ago when I bought a MiniDV video camera and slowly shifted to a career.
I do not feel that I am an actor, but as indie film maker you must learn and understand the different types of acting, took few acting classes on how to develop you acting style, did a standup comedy, lots of public speaking at Buckhead Toastmasters. I really love to play roles as a bad guy, a villain characters, gangster, or just performing comedy.
When I wrote my first scripts, I did not know that there is a difference between scriptwriting and screenwriting, I actually was doing the screenwriting on the fly while filming it was a creative process in my brain. However, when I gain more practical experience, I pay more attention on screenwriting, how to open the scene, where the actor will be, lightening and etc.
I was born in capital city Sofia in Bulgaria, I grew up in a small city called Petrich which is border between Macedonia and Greece. In old days it was fun no cell phones, we are playing outside, going to the mountains, rivers. There was no internet, if you need to learn something you buy a book or you go to the library. We had a black and white TV with just two channels on it. I am coming with software development that helped me in film editing. Later, I moved to USA in Atlanta Georgia. I joined the Fork Shop film making group where I have a chance to practice making short films. My name is Krassimir Nikov, but I am using a stage name Peter Boidazhieff.
I love film making, the whole process, from writing the script, casting the actors, filming, editing, and distributing you cut on internet, dvd, or theatre.
2. Films that inspired you to become a filmmaker/actor/screenwriter?
There are many films that inspired me over the years for example like ‘After the Sunset’ 2004 with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson.
“Obvilion” 2013 where Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper he need to finish his mission, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko as Julia and I am seeing lots of similarity of where today’s world is going.
“Stargate Atlantis” the series with Joe Flanigan, Jason Momoa, Torri Higginson but most interesting is “John Carter” – 2012 by Walt Disney. I really love the story telling, the acting, the effects, and how they are able to go back and forward in order to support the story.
Also one of the short experimental film that we did at the Fork Shop a year ago called “Get Well Soon” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssj7uLjF4ug
where I played a small character and participated in other roles of film making process, like camera operator.
3. Who is your biggest influence?
My biggest influence is one of the local film makers his name is Stephen Blackmon, his founder of Fork Shop film making group. He is able to get people together and showed the practical aspects of film making. You do not need to have expensive gear; you just need to have an idea then get a motivated crew and the movie is born, the rest is history!
4. What were some of the challenges you had to face in making your films?
There were many challenges that I faced; one is finding the right actors who will be able to commit to the role. Another is finding the right locations, or building the set in the studio. The most important is the audio, many times I did the filming and when I got to the editing part found out the audio is not very good and I need to go back and asked the actors to re-record the audio.
In other words with any project there are challenges and this is part of being an indie film maker, I need to be able to adapt and overcome any obstacles and keep filming, do not stop because something is preventing you of finishing you film project.
5. Do you have a favorite genre to work in? Why is it your favorite?
One of my favorite genres is Comedy, but I really love Science Fiction and Fantasy. To make funny story and make something with unexpected ending to make audience guessing what it is going to happen next.
You should be able to laugh at any situations, even the difficult ones.
6. What’s your all-time favorite movie and why?
One of my favorite movies is “Lucifer” and it is TV series where Lucifer Morningstar is the actual devil and helping the detective Chloe Decker solving crimes. I love the acting, the chemistry between then and how their characters are developed during the series. The idea that the devil is actually a person who helps people and every day is a party, drinking, smoking, and the concept of hell, when you die if you are going in hell. The hell is actually torturing you performing the same task over and over for eternity, like never ending dream. Great drama, and lovely love story and romance between them and the rest of the characters are amazing, too like Detective Daniel "Dan" Espinoza, Mazikeen, Amenadiel, Dr. Linda Martin.