First Title

Spojená Škola

Second Title

S.H.S. University



1155 Hacienda PL. APT 111, West Hollywood, CA 90069


(936) 714-5772


Born in Slovakia on February 13, 1982, Martin Kandra first studied to be an electrician, but always felt his passion was cinematography. In 2002, with only £50 in his pocket and without any English language skills he moved to London. Martin learned English out of children’s books with the goal of obtaining a higher education in a foreign language. The following few years presented him with the opportunity to work in the fashion industry, hospitality, event management and as a land surveyor, while staying dedicated to his goal of becoming a film director.

In 2007 he was accepted to the University of Westminster, after which he continued as a foreign exchange student at the University of Tampa in Florida. Martin demonstrated his potential when his short film, Don’t Make Me Wait, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. In 2014 Martin received a scholarship from Sam Houston State University and decided to enroll in the Masters Program in Social Media Platforms and Film Production.

That year proved to be the most challenging, but also one of the most fruitful times of his life. After an accident confined him to a wheelchair through his first semester at SHSU he returned to Slovakia, where he met Peter Nunez, the producer of Dancing With The Stars. Nunez offered him the opportunity of a lifetime. He was hired to establish a youth education program in film production, taught in English, at St. Francis from Assisi high school in Bratislava. While there, Kandra made his feature film debut as the writer and director of Karol’s Message, a teenage drama about the effects of bullying.

Martin now lives in Los Angeles where he continues to pursue his directing career. He believes that “life is the best author” and that every experience is an opportunity. This has certainly been the case in his journey.



Film/Video Directing/Editing


Video Footage Archiving


Adobe Suite, Final Draft 9


Script Writing/Editing


Lighting & Set Design


Movie Magic Scheduling


Television / Video Graphics


Team Management/Leadership


Final Cut Studio, FCP X


Production Assistance


Research, Vision & Design


Motion, Compressor, AVID

Experience and Achievements

January 2016 – May 2016 (5 months)


2nd Assistant to Producer

9200 W Sunset Blvd #1201 West Hollywood, CA, 90069 United States
  • Collaborated with the first assistant to the producer to create story analyses and script coverage.
  • Prepared weekly production grids. Leveraged fluency in four languages (English, Czech, Slovak, and Polish) to ensure script accuracy with language and city assignments.
January 2015 – Present


Screenwriter/Director & Director of the Youth Education Program

Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Wrote and directed a feature film about the effects of bullying on youth. Created shot lists and storyboards.
  • Organized and coordinated production schedules; planned & scouted locations..
  • Taught film production techniques and onscreen skills to amateur artists, aged 12 – 20. Supervised and mentored students’ final short film projects. (www.karolsmessagefilm.com)
January 2011 – Present


Filmmaker | Director | Writer | Producer (Freelance)

London, United Kingdom and Los Angeles, California
  • Developed and executed a wide variety of projects including corporate promotional films, wedding videos for UK and overseas clients short independent films, acting show reels, and documentaries for clients including NFE, Pauls Videos, Whatastory.com, and Screenplaycoach.com.
  • Conducted marketing/public interest research to determine video placement on company social media channels. Negotiated production requirements with vendors and suppliers.
  • Negotiated production requirements with vendors and suppliers.
  • Wrote & directed a feature film, Karol’s Message, screened in Europe and premiering on Slovak National TV for Christmas.
August 2009 - January 2011 (1 years 5 months)


Grip | Gaffer

LTampa, Florida
  • Performed all grip/gaffer duties in studio and on location for feature films including Prime of your Life, Glass Window, and Souleater.
  • Built and maintained equipment including tripods, dollies, tracks, jibs, cranes, and static rigs.
  • Produced the film Music to My Ears, nominated for three awards at the 48Hr Film Festival in 2010.
August 2009 - January 2010 (5 Months)


Cameraman | Editor

Tampa, Florida
  • Supported other staff with in-studio and on-location camera, lighting, sound and editing.
  • Produced motion graphics, animation, text, logos, voiceovers, music, video imagery, and product images for TV broadcasts.
May 2009 – May 2009 (1 month)


Production Intern

Cannes, France
  • Assisted CEO of AMPAV (American Pavilion) with sales and promotional activities during the festival.
  • Earned international recognition for writing, directing, and producing, Don’t Make Me Wait, at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.


2014 - 2016

Sam Houston State University

Master’s Degree, Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia, 3.78 GPA

Wrote and directed feature film Karol's Message as my Masters' theses project.

2008 - 2010

University of Tampa

Film Production, Film Study, B

Exchange student from the University of Westminster for three semesters. While there wrote and directed short film Don't Make Me Wait... which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

2008 – 2010

Westminster University

Bachelor’s Degree, Contemporary Media Study, B

Activities and Societies: 48HFF, FILM SOCIETY


Karol’s Message

A troubled 14 year old boy, bullied at school, discovers new strength and self confidence when his caring grandfather teaches him about the courage and faith of the young Karol Vojtila, the priest who would become Pope, John Paul II.

Short Films