Students of the Moscow Film School completed work on teaser videos for the series "Whisper" — a production of the production company "Prior".
All four videos created by students were accepted by the client, and, according to the president of "Prior" Rodion Pavlyuchik, will be used for presentations: "The idea to involve students in this work was born in the framework of the strategic cooperation of the Association of Producers of Cinema and Television (APCT) and MFS. Since producers are interested in the appearance of new young professionals, we are committed to helping students gain practice in conditions as close as possible to reality — with actual, concrete projects, which are being developed for release on TV screens. This is mutually beneficial cooperation: we now have several stylistically different visualisations of our projects and actors in sample make-up; in turn, students have the opportunity to show their skills directly to the producers of the client's studio, meet the requirements of the industry, to work not only with fellow students, but also with well-known professional actors. We will use the filmed scenes not only for presentation, but also as a sample of the actor. Since all the students had a different cast, all the filmed projects will come in handy."
In one of the clips a major role was played by the famous film and theatre actor — Yevgeny Sidikhin. Besides this, actors such as Evgeny Pronin, Sergei Baryshev, Sergei Shnyrёv Galina Sumina, Cyril Ivanchenko, Konstantin Samoukov and others participated in the work of students — each of them have extensive experience in TV series and feature-length films.
Dmitry Shutko, lecturer, curator of the project: "The students gained unique experience as part of this industry project with "Prior ". This company is one of the leading players in the TV content market. Filming a teaser for the TV series represents more than a challenge. On the one hand, our students are faced with the stringent demands of the "Prior" producers, on the other hand, they're saddled with a rigid framework involving a minimal budget and production constraints. The complexity of shooting these teasers was aggravated by the fact that the student-producers filmed not with experienced, professional directors and DOPs , but with similar students who had no experience in such TV projects. And I want to note that all student-producers coped with this problem and demonstrated their level of training and stress endurance. "
The students were involved in a full production cycle: a contest of director's interpretations was held, actors were cast, and the concept was outlined to the client, plus colour and lighting solutions were found. In winter, shoots were held at the MFS set. Post-production was carried out within the School, utilising its resource base and the efforts of students.
Ilya Demin, programme leaderof the cinematography course, curator of the project: "A TV series project is course work with all the elements of real film: a full crew, real actors, plot, microphones, timing, lunch on schedule ... And each participant has to be responsible! If someone does not handle the situation, they let their crew down. By this stage of their studies, the students are already technically prepared, but there is an important factor — other people's opinions, sentiments, ambitions and requirements. This was their first experience with a director, with a sound crew, with two cameras. We work in a way that's not just convenient for the camera operator — we work in a way that benefits everyone. And the first friction with the producer — this is also part of the training."
Elena Panfilova, MFS "Producing" course student, executive producer of the project: "This was my first project where I had such a volume of responsibility, I coordinated the work of 4 film crews, and it was an incredible experience from the point of view of operational decision making — strategic and tactical. I think I was faced with all the forces majeures possible: in one case, an actor was ill, in another his appearance had not been approved the day before the shoot — I always had to somehow resolve the actor's schedules at the last moment. Because of my own wrong decisions I was forced to create scenery/dress the set myself, look for contractors understand estimates, drawings and supplies, and so on. And most importantly, I realised that the producer in the eye of the crew is always the enemy of the people (laughs). Whatever decision I made, the group always argued with me. Mediation between the director and the client also required a special emotional resistance. I came out of the project completely wrung out physically, but I realised that I won't be able to prevent myself from doing it again — it's a paradoxical conclusion, but I really loved it. It was very exhilarating!"
Rodion Pavlyuchik, president of the "Prior" company: "We view the results of our collaboration as positive, and we expect that the spectrum of our cooperation with the Moscow Film School will expand, perhaps a project will be developed with the "Producing" faculty from scratch. We are also now thinking about the projects in the field of animation and computer graphics."