Zbig Rybczynski (pronounced Rib-CHIN-ski)
was born in Poland. Since graduating from the Lodz Film School in the early 1970s, he has worked primarily as a film director and cinematographer. His work has received many prestigious industry awards in the United States, Europe and Japan. The awards include an Academy Award® in 1983 for Tango, an Emmy® for Special Effects in 1990 for The Orchestra, the Prix Italia, the Golden Gate Award in San Francisco and the awards at the Electronic Cinema Festival Tokyo/Montreaux. Among his other industry accomplishments are three MTV Awards, American Video Awards, Monitor Awards and the Billboard Music Video Awards. Zbig is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Rybczynski is a pioneer of High Definition television technology, and an innovator and experimentator in the technical field. He is the author of several US patents regarding film techniques, including motion control, optics and image compositing. Between 1985-2013 Zbig worked in the USA, Germany, and Poland on the development of innovative methods and systems for the production of visual special effects. His major contribution during this period was the development of a one-of-a-kind film studio, equipped with electronic technology, for creating and compositing multi-layer images in real-time. It largely eliminates the need for post-production, which fundamentally changes the methodology of the creative process and reduces overall production costs.
Zbig also has a distinguished academic career. He has had teaching assignments as an instructor at the Lodz Film School, Poland (cinematography), at the Columbia University in New York (electronic filmmaking), as a professor of experimental film at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany and as a visiting professor at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2014, Zbig settled on a ranch near Tucson, Arizona. Together with his wife, Dorota Zglobicka who is also a filmmaker, Zbig created GILA MONSTER STUDIOS. Currently, they are in pre-production for their upcoming feature film THE DESIGNER.
In the underworld of drug trafficking brutality, human life is most often in the way. The action-thriller, THE DESIGNER follows the story of a former veteran turned freelance hitman working for the Cartel lord who sends him on a mission to retrieve drugs from distributor in the US back to Mexico. Together with his lover, daughter of the American drug distributor, it’s a war of kill or be killed in the race for drugs and money.
Much like the other Zbig’s productions, now enriched with the imagination of Dorota, THE DESIGNER will present a new cinematic vision to the genre of thriller. Beginning in 2020, principle photography will commence shooting on location in Arizona and Mexico. We look forward to your contributions. If you would like to support our production, please go here.
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