Interview with Raul Geydarov, the author of the Story Winner in the nomination "Users' Choice".
First of all, how did you decide to become a filmmaker? What did you start with? What are you up to now?
I became a director by chance. Once I together with my friends were celebrating a holiday and decided to make a film. Just for fun. It was very funny. We did not manage to shoot a film but my friends advice me to go study to become a director. I thought it is a good idea. And now I am studying on the second course in RSUC.
Exclusive interview with a director Alexandra Balda about her multi-award winner short films "DOOR TO PURGATORY" and "OBSCURED REFLECTION", that are now published on the Platform.
I am an actress-turned- director. I debuted as screenwriter, director and producer with “Door to Purgatory”. I always liked the idea of eventually getting to be a filmmaker of some sort. Debuting as a director and producer gave me an enormous amount of creative freedom in casting and developing the story.
In the childhood I together with my brother had a puppet theatre. There were a lot of characters and each of them had their own temper and behavioral psychology. Every day we made up new events, complicated storylines with conflicts (however, we did not know the meanings of these words then). Something like a soap opera.
When I grew up, I joined the theatre workshop. I used to be an actor, played in plays. Then I entered the university, the faculty of directing and kept on playing in plays.
I was interested in shooting the Photo Story according to the given screenplay, and the challenge actually was to match with the screenplay of the story, convey the mood and the idea of the plot. For me it was like filming a movie, where I act as a director and cameraman at the same time.
The genre of Photo Story is 100% the thing we like! There is a story, visualization and it requires director’s skills. The most interesting are those stories which are interesting to tell while sitting in front of the fire. Short stories with unpredictable twists, that awakes your imagination… I always tried to shoot something more like documentary and develop the chosen theme. Thus, having started to shoot screenplays, I found myself in a common environment.