Dear friends of the Winners’ Games! We have uploaded a full version of the film about the Winners’ Games “Will you fly with me to the Mars?” to our YouTube Channel.
Follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7rZLeBYoFw.
The characters in this documentary drama film are participants in the Winners’ Games from different countries, youth leaders, volunteers and celebrities. The film director Anastasiya Stepanova – an in-hospital volunteer of the Podari Zhizn Foundation – tells us how they came up to the idea of the film and how they produced it.
Any film is something that originates in one’s head and is turned into reality with the help of quite a number of people. This film would never happen if not for some special people who have agreed to “fly to the Mars”… In fact, to the unknown. We would like to tell you in detail about our film crew taking into account that our film is made entirely by not a very large group of volunteers.
Yulya Borisova, a head cameraman, was a volunteer of the Podari Zhizn Foundation for many years. The film definitely would not come to life if not for this person. Not just because Yulya has managed to find all our cameramen and make an agreement with them. And not just because she loves shooting films and knows how to do it… Though all this matters as well. After all, it was Yulya that took a flight to Astrakhan to meet one of the characters of the film to shoot an episode. And there is something else to it… Long ago, in the 3rd Winners’ Games it was Yulya that organized the very first “VideoStudio”- a workshop for kids. It was such a unique rehabilitation project that allowed children who are in care of Podari Zhizn Foundation to take part in movie making. The project lasted for years. Children who had never touched a camera before then were making it up, interviewing, filming and all by themselves… Those were the very first films about the Winners’ Games. Some of the VideoStudio course leavers, as a result, have found themselves in this profession and have become cameramen, journalists… And all this made it possible for our film to see the light.
Irina Pavlyuchenkova and Ira Chernozhukova, the film’s coordinators, are two “Ministers-administrators” without whom “the flight to the Mars” would not come true. Making any film, even a short one, is a real production process. One needs to find an equipment, to make rental arrangements, to deliver, to transfer, to check, to move to a warehouse and then send it back to the shooting location… And every step requires dozens of phone calls, letters… To buy hard disks, to accommodate a film crew in a hotel, to coordinate film shoots, to coordinate interviews… To provide a meal for a film crew, to accomplish all the crazy tasks set by a film director… And to smile all the time. And do not forget to joke. And even to manage to reconcile a film director with a cameraman when they failed to come to agreement again… And do not forget that all they do is done for free or practically without money. Now you understand why this film would never happen if not for these two people who are called a boring word “coordinators”? A bit of personal information… Pavluchenkova Irina was also among the first organizers and volunteers of VideoStudio workshop. She often tells that she has nothing to do with a filmmaking… And again and again she inevitably becomes a part of the process… Ira Chernozhukova indeed has never taken part in a film making process in any way. And she came to our team absolutely incidentally. By the way, she has an incredible dog Dzintary. It is worth mentioning because Ira took him to an interview and that means the film would not exist without him as well. And that is true.
Sergey Kasparov is our technical director. Nothing positive would come out of it without Sergey. He managed to help with all the production stages and to stay invisible at the same time. He tested cameras, worked as a logger, communicated with a colorist, received, encoded and saved the film in all the necessary formats at nights… He himself provided logistics for each process and he consulted on any questions around the clock. And after all this he still believes that he “did not help much and did nothing special”. And that is not true.
Alexey Artishevsky – a composer, a person who also joined our team unexpectedly. Initially, another composer was contracted. However, when it came to editing, it became clear that he would not be able to finish his job. That period of time when it looked like as if the film would have no music at all, one could describe with only one word “despair”. And even though it was clear from the very beginning that music group “Brainstorm” gave us official permission to use their song “Ramochka”, there was no way the film could do without music in episodes if we keep in mind the initial idea and its implementation. And that is when Alexey came around. He appeared to be very patient and scrupulous. And the main thing – very professional. All six sound tracks were written within the agreed timescale. At a record pace. Thanks to this approach, all the necessary and evitable compilation almost did not slow down the filmmaking process. And it was a good job.
A sound producer Ekaterina Turaeva is also not a volunteer officially. And at this moment she is not even living in Russia. However, that does not prevent her from being one of the most significant and indispensable persons in this project. Any experimental documentary has always one major problem – sound. It often happens that sound is the last thing people think about while shooting. And finally soundtracks consist of anything. And even though eventually Katya has taught us to plan our sound recording activities ahead… but still audio mixing remains to be a real heroic thing.
Microscopic synchronous noises, recorded background noises, lapel microphones, dubbing a camera, additional sound recording, music multi-tracks, multi-camera shooting… On its own it is all familiar and clear. But there are also deadlines. And our sound producer’s commitment. Nothing would happen without Katya as well.
SergeyKosevtsov, a colorist, is another hero who did an impossible thing. He came up from nowhere and took on color correction when there was only one week left before the deadline. Here there was also despair and unexpected withdrawal of another candidate… Complete bewilderment and all the more so precious help from a stranger. That would be a completely different film without Sergey.
Yuliya Andrievich is a designer who presented us with this perfect design. Yuliya is for sure has an exceptional ability and she can read one’s mind. And even more so, tangled minds. She managed to draw what we actually dreamed of, wished and imagined. And the thing is that she did it … without getting any detailed instructions or explanations. In fact, Yuliya presented us with the whole drawn Universe and made up a landing route for us.
There are two people who supported the film even before the script was written. These are the people who, in fact, are also the project producers: Nadezda Kuznetsova – the author of the idea of the Winners’ Games and Svetlana Kabanova – a film producer. In cooperation with them we went through all the complicated stages of application processing, script and characters approval, solving a large number of problems and issues… Their role is difficult to explain… However, if it was not for their confidence in their confidence… the film would end up being just a “pilotless aerial rocket”. Luckily, they gave their consent ”to fly to Mars”.
Needless to say, there were many others who helped and supported the film. And there were so many of you that it is quite risky to list your names – there are chances that we can miss somebody. That is why …we just want to thank you so much. For making things happen. Have a look what came out of our efforts.”