Fixer/Producer in Ukraine

Producer / Fixer
in Ukraine

Since 2015, I have gone out of the way to assist foreign directors, photographers, and journalists produce footage of the highest quality. Through my in-depth knowledge of Ukraine and extensive local networks which reach into the worlds of art, film, and politics, I’m well-placed to conduct research on your behalf. I can also on hand to provide interpreting and translation services, whatever the nature of your project.

I worked with:

Olena Lysenko

Producer, filmmaker, freelance journalist, location scout in Ukraine. Founder of seekyiv.com. Advocacy and PR specialist. PhD in Law.  Tour guide in Kyiv since 2015. I have worked with National Geographic, VICE, National Public Radio, Vox, indie filmmakers and photographers the USA, Netherlands. Cultural manager. I was a coordinator of national competition at 46th Molodist International Film Festival.

Follow me: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook/ Linkedin / WorldFixer

olena.v.lysenko@gmail.com

WhatsApp: +380506948452 

2022

Wall Street Journal 

translator

Ukraine ‘Road of Death’ Shows Russians Fired on Civilians: A Video Investigation

NRC Handelsblad

writer

Vergis u niet, onze veerkracht is groot

writer

Dansen op het koord tussen de Kievse technoclub en oorlog met Rusland

National Public Radio

fixer

Ryan Lucas:

Ukrainian-Russian families are being torn apart by Russia’s invasion

Russian forces continue attack on Kyiv and seize Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant

Ukraine latest: Another cease-fire attempt fails

After Ten Days Of War, The View From The Ground In Ukraine

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy spoke to Parliament to ask for global assistance

Russia is moving its attacks into western Ukraine

Lauren Frayer:

Some LGBTQ Ukrainians are fleeing Russian occupation. Others are signing up to fight

Some of Ukraine’s Orthodox churches want to break away from their Russian patriarch

Ukrainians work to protect historic monuments from Russian bombs

A direct Russian strike devastated a maternity hospital in Mariupol, Zelenskyy says

Ukrainian musicians and artists respond to the war in many different ways

How some people are trying to make art, not war, in Ukraine right now

Daniel Estrin:

The messaging from Ukrainian officials is that a Russian invasion isn’t imminent

Where President Zelensky’s popularity stands with people in Ukraine

Bar, bookstore or bunker? Kyiv residents wonder where to shelter in case of war

Russia’s Putin accuses the U.S. of trying to drag him into war

Security experts doubt Ukraine readiness against Russian cyberattack

Is Ukraine ready for a Russian attack? It depends what kind

Kyiv braces for Russian attacks, physical and beyond

Where President Zelensky’s popularity stands with people in Ukraine

The messaging from Ukrainian officials is that a Russian invasion isn’t imminent

For Ukrainian musicians, rejecting Russia is a matter of national pride

In a twist of fate, a family straddles the Russia-Ukraine conflict

Bar, bookstore or bunker? Kyiv residents wonder where to shelter in case of war

 

Rob Schmitz:

Threat of Russian invasion escalates as both sides amass troops at Ukraine border

Biden administration considers sending up to 5,000 troops to Eastern Europe

Ex-Ukrainian defense official doesn’t expect Russia to fully invade Ukraine

Ukraine crisis deepens after U.K. says Russia may try to install a pro-Kremlin leader

Ukraine has thousands of veterans who would be called to serve in the reserves

Joanna Kakissis:

Ukrainian women prepare to mobilize in case Russia invades

Many fleeing Ukraine were still rebuilding their lives after the 2014 Russian assault

Reservist in Ukraine, with a surprising past, had to decide whether to stay and fight

Biden says U.S. intelligence signals Russia has decided it will invade Ukraine

The latest on Russia-Ukraine tensions

 
Frank Langfitt:
 
Tim Mac:

Reena Advani:

At Ukraine-Belarus border, Ukrainians are pretty calm despite Russian troop buildup

Consider This from NPR:

Russia May Be Able To Attack Ukraine From The Inside

Morning Edition:

News brief: Russia-Ukraine crisis, Trump ruling, IOC president’s news conference

2021

National Geographic

field producer

“Drain the Oceans” episode, Arctic War (2021)

Or Sinai

script reader, fixer, location scout for feature full length movie

“Home” full length film (work in progress)

Rest of World

fixer, organized and translated interviews

“We’re all fighting the giant”: Gig workers around the world are finally organizing

2018

See Kyiv Youtube series, directed by Jason Blevins

producer, interviewer, assistant of the editor 

DROP TO THE FLOOR: Inside Vogue Culture in Kyiv 
Finding ‘Illegal’ Parties in Kyiv
“Not a Business” Business Model of Kyiv’s Hum:Hum

References

Rosie Kingham, Line Producer, Drain The Oceans for National Geographic

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It is my pleasure to provide you a reference for Olena Lysenko in regard to her role as our Local Producer/Fixer in Ukraine for Drain The Oceans Series for Mallinson Sadler Productions for National Geographic USA in 2020. Olena is reliable, efficient, detail-oriented and dedicated.
Olena and worked remotely with each other for a number of weeks whilst Olena set up a difficult and sensitive Interview for us in Kyiv during Covid.
Olena assisted us in making contacts, sourcing our Contributors and crew, finding suitable locations setting up the filming. She is well organised, solution driven, very good at managing relationships, she is great with people, and has excellent communication & organisational skills, works well under pressure, and is a good multi-tasker.
I have no doubt that Olena would be an asset to any production unit.

 

Peter Guest, editor for Rest of World

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I worked with Olena Lysenko on a complex assignment in Kiev. She was an absolutely amazing colleague, tracking down sources, building rapport and translating during interviews. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

 

Jason Blevins, director, producer

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She has been my fixer/producer in Kyiv, Ukraine, for nearly seven years; as well as we co-created a YouTube series See-K to showcase this emerging city for a global youth-oriented market. In brief terms, none of my projects in the region would have been successful without her. She is dedicated, passionate and persistent in her work on a project. She also has a strong understanding of storytelling, which is important when providing translation/interpretation. For example, we conducted many interviews and she provided almost simultaneous interpretation with a strong emphasis on story points. She had a deep understanding of the story we were telling about a father’s missing child and was able to identify new information, contextualize it within our story and convey it both to the subject in Ukrainian and to me in English. This level of professionalism is not always present — but Ms. Lysenko excels at this.

 

Hannah Saleh, director, producer, former editor of VICE

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Meeting Olena Lysenko seems like a thing that was meant to be a thing as we came across each other during music festival I visited whilst taking holiday in Kiev in summer 2017. She made the rest of the holiday unforgettable as she kindly showed our group all the interesting spots we could barely find ourselves. She was also essential help for my photography project, because she showed me the best, yet hidden locations. Her deep insight and brilliant knowledge of the local context and situation turned not only Kiev, but the whole Ukraine into a place that I will visit anytime I have a chance, both for leisure and work-related purpose. Our frequented and inspiring discussions brought to light the idea of a documentary project where she’ll take part and to which we both are already looking forward to. I strongly recommend Lena

 

"Ukraine and its people". Vox Video Newsletter by Rajaa Elidrissi, Mar 18, 2022
Rajaa Elidrissi @rajaaeli, journalist on @voxdotcom's foreign video team
Leila Fadel @LeilaFadel, Co-Host of NPR's @MorningEdition and @UpFirst