Ivan Dudynsky began his professional life as a dancer for Michael Jackson, a choreographer for 'N Sync and an actor in over 50 national commercials. He appeared in the feature film Newsies and was the lead in the award-winning Nickelodeon series, Roundhouse. However, when he became a producer/editor for MTV's Peabody Award-winning series, BIOrhythm, his production career took off.
Ivan studied cinematography at UCLA and photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena but left school early to shoot and edit music videos. He met Viva ELVIS director Vincent Paterson soon after he arrived in LA and they worked together first in dance and eventually in film. Vincent brought Ivan in to edit a major dance sequence for the Lars von Trier film Dancer In The Dark.
He could have continued as an editor, but directing was Ivan’s goal, and he pursued it through TV series and commercials. He moved into multi-camera directing for concerts, award shows and DVDs.
2008 marked a turning point in Ivan's directing career when he branched out into large format reality production series. He started the year directing Can You Duet for CMT and After Hours with master chef Daniel Boulud for the MOJO HD channel. He directed multiple episodes of the CMT music series Crossroads, Invitation Only, Cross Country and Studio 330 Sessions, as well as the season finales for Gone Country and GAC's Next Star. He also directed P. Diddy's StarMaker, a music competition series for MTV that premiered in 2008.
Ivan spent most of 2009 working on a series of promos and online tutorials for MTV International. He travelled to Japan, France, Italy and the UK to shoot artists such as will.i.am, Katy Perry, Lars Ulrich, Marilyn Manson, Pete Wenz, Lady Gaga, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams for the MTV series Talk@thePlayground. In 2010 he will direct the new TBS late night talk show starring George Lopez.
“For Viva ELVIS I started by looking at 60,000 Elvis photographs, 30 films, 15 documentaries, ten concerts and a lot of home movies, as well as shooting new footage and creating a lot of graphic design elements for the show,” says Ivan Dudynsky. “The biggest challenge for me has been how to support the action on stage without drawing too much attention to the screen while making sure there’s genuine interaction between the two.”
Ivan Dudynsky was born in Minneapolis in 1970.