Monday, February 4, 2013

Going to Hollywood, my way #2

Los Angeles - second time for a month. This time I'll be short.

Another whole month is after me and I'm soon coming back to Slovenia. I've been in Los Angeles since the beginning of 2013 and now this first trip is coming to an end. We already kind of knew we'll come back here in August 2012 when we spent our first month here. For the second time now this place is already becoming kind of a home for us.

This time here was also a friend of ours - Peter Bizjak. He's a Slovenian film director and we went on some meetings together. Well, we hung out a lot - but that's what happens when you find Slovenian blood in such a distant country.

Our initial plan and purpose to come back to LA so quickly was to shoot a short film - Astronaut, a short I wrote a while ago, but needed some retouching. Sadly enough we didn't finish our primary goal, because there were some changes in Haritude team. Hopefully one day this script will come to life and it won't take the sad path as The Sky is Not so Far (in Slovenian: Bolha in teleskop) did.

When we realized we won't shoot a film this month we focused on meeting new people. Networking became number one priority on our daily schedule, so we attended different meetups, went for gallery openings and arranged few meetings with people we got to know via our friends.

Meeting new people is a tricky thing. America is an optimistic place, but after a while it often leaves you alone and without people you can rely on. I'm happy I know friends here I can always rely on, but at the same time I know I have to be cautious. Not everyone who smiles at you and promises you great favors on the first day is going to be your friend tomorrow.

We started work on our summer project too - and we searched for a fantasy screenwriter. I hope we found the right one and that this summer a cute or scary short fantasy film will be shot. That's what I really want to do besides travelling. Watch out for 2013 - it's going to be quite interesting for Haritude Ventures.

The last day of our stay here in LA we're premiering For Henry Only, a short film we shot back in August. It's my first film with native English (American?) speaking actors and I hope it turns out to be a fun short film.

Now that I'm going back to Slovenia. I kind of don't want to return to a country where everyone is talking about corrupt politicians, where people try to kill Christians and where people are not that optimistic about the future. America never scared me with its guns and insane individuals, now Slovenia is kind of scaring me. But it's my country after all - and I love it either way.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Prizori, ob katerih se ti ulijejo solze

Včasih nam najbolj dogaja, ko sedimo v kinu ali se kar doma sami neskončno krohotamo ob gledanju filma ali serije. Spomnim se, kako sem eno poletje preživel v družbi Monty Pythonov in njihovega letečega cirkusa ter kolikokrat sem se valjal po tleh, ko se kar nisem mogel nehati smejat.

Če pogledam svojo paleto filmov vidim, da se me pa žalost in trenutki stiske veliko bolj dotaknejo in jih zato tudi večkrat upodobim v filmih. Vsekakor opažam, da veliko več tudi razmišljam o scenah, ki so žalostne, ki vzbudijo čustva in ne samo razum.
Ko sem bil nadebuden navdušenec nad serijo Lost sem v eni epizodi videl prizor, ki se me pa še zdaj venomer znova dotakne, če ga pogledam. Je kot droga - in to hitro učinkujoča. Ko Desmond končno preko telefona pokliče Penny in se mu ta javi - njun dialog je naravnost fantastičen, Giacchino je spisal ganljivo glasbo in venomer znova tudi sam zraven potočim kakšno solzico za njiju.

A pred kratkim sem tudi v eni izmed svojih stvaritev odkril, da obstaja prizor, ki me prav tako enostavno gane. Na Slomškovi akademiji 19. septembra 2012 sta Ana Ribič in Žiga Pirš odigrala eno izmed scen tako ganljivo, da sem med predstavo (ko sem sproti bral tekst v zaodrju in ju sploh nisem videl) od same ganjenosti, ko sem slišal Anino igro, malce zahlipal, obenem pa bil neizmerno vesel, saj je scena gotovo ganila tudi prisotno publiko v dvorani.
Blaž je namreč izvedel, da je njegovemu dedku živeti le še kratek čas in kar ne more nehati razmišljati o Slomšku ter o tem, kar mu je Tea povedala o njem. Pride do spoznanja, da pa je vendarle dobro verjeti v nekaj po smrti, saj črvi niso ravno vzpodbudna misel za to, kar pride po življenju.

Ko sedaj pogledam ta prizor se mi še vedno milo stori.


Poleti sem v kinu gledal film The Muppets in to je bil moj prvi film, ki naj bi bil sproščen, zabaven, vesel, a me je kljub temu spravljal v jok skoraj celi dve uri - pa si še zdaj ne znam razložiti točno zakaj. Ko sem bil majhen, nisem nikoli bil poseben navdušenec nad mupetki, a ta film je v meni vzbudil nostalgijo po otroštvu, ki je bilo brez teh žverc. Ganjenost torej ne pride vedno le ob žalostnih trenutkih. Tudi ob trenutkih sreče, radosti - in tudi takrat kakšna solzica po licu ni napak.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Akademija - in to Slomškova

Praznovanje ob 150. obletnici Slomškove smrti se je v Mariboru začelo v sredo, 19. septembra, s slovesno akademijo Čujte zvoniti. 

Režiral jo je mladi režiser David Sipoš, za katerega lahko zapišemo, da ga je duh A. M. Slomška po svoje zaznamoval.

David, sedaj absolvent režije na AGRFT, doma s Ptuja, je gimnazijska leta preživel v Mariboru v Škofijski gimnaziji A. M. Slomška. Za to ne čudi, da so režijo tega velikega dogodka zaupali prav njemu. »Davida smo predlagali nadškofu, da prevzame režijo akademije ob 150. obletnici Slomškove smrti zato, ker je nekdanji dijak naše gimnazije, ki nosi ime po Slomšku, in ker je s svojim dosedanjim delom pokazal, da je talent. Poleg tega je človek, ki združuje moderno govorico filmskega in gledališkega jezika z vsebinami, ki so žal mnogim tuje, njemu pa ne. Seveda smo kot ustanova ponosni tako na njega kot na vse nekdanje dijake, ki v svojem življenju uspešno združujejo profesionalnost in vrednote, ki jih zagovarjamo v naši ustanovi. David in njemu podobni so dokaz in potrditev, kako pomembno je, da imamo tudi vzgojno-izobraževalne ustanove, ki v času odraščanja mladim pomagajo odkrivati tudi krščanski pogled na življenje in svet,« je prepričan Ivan Štuhec, direktor Zavoda A. M. Slomška.


Po končani gimnaziji je najprej dve leti študiral primerjalno književnost, nato pa mu je uspelo narediti sprejemni izpit na AGRFT, kjer se je vpisal na študij filmske režije. Film, s katerim je prepričal žirijo, nosi naslov Ura, posnel ga je v sodelovanju z igralcem Gregorjem Čušinom. Konec lanskega leta sta posnela zelo odmeven nemi film Binetov božič, januarja pa je David v produkciji TVS posnel prvi dokumentarni film Besni prerok, v katerem izriše portret Čušina. Pravkar skupaj pripravljata niz kratkih filmov Minuta za Sveto pismo. Čušin pravi: »Davida od drugih režiserjev razlikuje predvsem dejstvo, da je dober. Ne le dober režiser, temveč tudi dober človek. Kristjan. In to se seveda kaže tudi v njegovem delu. Filmi in prispevki, ki jih snema, so topli, prisrčni, s pozitivnim, pametnim – dobrim sporočilom. Razvil je tudi (ali pa je že od nekdaj v sebi nosil, kdo bi vedel) poseben jezik, pogled skozi kamero, ki ga loči od drugih in ga dela prepoznavnega.«


Kot režiser se je že predstavil na filmskih festivalih na Danskem in v Avstriji, leta 2009 je zmagal na festivalu krščanskih filmskih ustvarjalcev v Ljubljani. Letošnje poletje je preživel v Ameriki, deželi filmske produkcije, kamor se bo, kot pravi, še odpravil.


Pri filmu ga navdušuje tako vse vizualno kot tudi tisto, kar je skrito za trenutno percepcijo slike. 


David Sipoš z založbo Družina sodeluje, odkar je prišel študirat v Ljubljano. Za Mladi val je snemal predstavitvene filme, oglase za posamezne knjige, krajši film o 60 letih Družine, letos poleti je obiskal kuharico Matejo Reš. Nobeno delo s kamero mu ni odveč. Tisti, ki ga dobro poznajo, pravijo, da je David zelo vztrajen in požrtvovalen človek, ki mu za izpeljavo kakega projekta ni težko v enem dnevu prekrižariti vse Slovenije. 


Filme danes velikokrat izrabljajo za manipulativne namene. Za Davida je filmsko posredovana zgodba sredstvo, s katerim lahko režiser sporoči gledalcu, kar sam čuti, in mu dopusti, da se tudi on poistoveti z zgodbo in jo začuti.

Njegovo režisersko delo bo gotovo pustilo pečat v slovenskem filmu, tudi zato, ker izhaja iz osebnega odnosa z Bogom in ker premore nenadkriljiv smisel za humor. Njegov prijatelj publicist Aleš Maver je prepričan, da je »zdrav, tako rekoč odrešenjski humor tisto, kar bo Davidov največji prispevek k (upam, da vsaj v manjši meri tudi k slovenskemu) filmu.« Iz srca mu želi, »da bi vztrajal pri dosedanjih izhodiščih in še naprej dokazoval, da globoko ni nujno zateženo in da umetniško ni nujno negledljivo, kakor se pogosto misli, pa seveda tudi, da vse krščansko v filmu ni nujno samo nekakšen folklorni relikt. V tem smislu ima David prav tako kaj povedati naši katoliški sceni. Družba od kristjanov nekako nagonsko pričakuje, da bomo neizprosno strogi in sitni nergači, čemur smo se mnogi povsem prilagodili. Enaka so pričakovanja do krščanskih ustvarjalcev, toda Davidova ustvarjalnost prav s svojim pristnim občutkom za humor kaže drugačno, veselo, nagajivo plat vere, ki prav nič ne okrni njene globine. In le upam, da mu bomo dovolj puščali priti do besede.«

Za Družino, 23. 9. 2012: Manica Ferenc

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Going to Hollywood, my way #1

It's not my first time here in Los Angeles. I've been here two years ago with my brother, but this time it's different. Last time it was all about seeing the country, experiencing the great roads of America and see as much as possible. This time Los Angeles is not just another city to see in a long long trip but it means business.

As harsh as it sounds it's not so all so serious. Actually it's better that I expected.
My hopes for this trip to the heart of filmmaking world weren't high. It's still more than two weeks to go, but I'd like to share few thoughts about how I feel here with you.

If diary would be talking to me:
"David, probably you're a little overwhelmed by how much stuff is happening here connected to film in LA. I've heard you've met some wonderful people and that there are some good and bad things about everything.
You're sometimes naive and you know it. It's good that you recognize it, because that way it's harder for people to say to you that."

I can't continue writing like that. Dear diary, let me take the word. I'll continue my way.

Up until now things have been great. I'm in the Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Little Portion after all. And I feel great about that name. What is actually my plan for Los Angeles and why do I want to be here? You know, sometimes I just go the way I feel is the one for me. I don't think that much. I love Slovenia, I love working there and I've been passionate about almost all the projects I've worked on there. But all that time I feel like I'm heading this way.

I think that is kind of a blessing for me too. I will not be disappointed if I don't make it here. I'm in the search of truth and happiness and this is the way I feel at the moment that is bringing me there.

Take life with a positive attitude. I've travelled with passion and joy all my life. Well, maybe I didn't like some trips to the sea when I was little, but traveling is the way I see the world through. As long as I move around I feel I'm alive. Los Angeles could be just giving me that feeling, but after few weeks here I feel like I'll return to this place more and more often.

Talking to Californian people is sometimes so easy. There have been a lot of random people who we have met on buses, street, waiting for bus or when chilling in Bank of America with cool AC.

There was one guy who we have met just by coincidence. Let's call him Harry. He asked me whether I'm waiting in line for the accountant and I said no. Then I explained him I'm there just because it's much cooler in there than waiting outside for a bus on hot sun. Then we started talking.

He explained us his long life story, he was talking about when he was a private, how he met Eisenhower and about all the year he had worked in a large company. He called like 30000 people in his lifetime. When we explained him we want to move to the States one day he started giving us advice and was immediately willing to help in any way possible. He even called an immigration officer, who's his friend, to help us out. It's amazing how easy it was to talk to him. Why?

Because he was a good and positive person. Because we were willing to listen and wait for him. And because people like him like to help. He gave us much hope for our future. He even said as he looked at us that we're two nice guys who will succeed if just we'll be as nice as we were that time. (Well, he also said we'll get married one day and that he sees it in our body language - I know, this probably doesn't mean to you anything, but to me it meant a LOT.)
He gave us a ride with his car to the place where this immigration office was. Even though the office was closed we were so happy to have met him. He just gave us energy, hope and made us believe again that with a smile or two people can change things and break barriers between people.

Few days ago he called me again. He gave me some more advices how to talk to people when looking for jobs. But yet again he filled me up with hope and joy. Sometimes there are people in your life who come and go, but these few moments that you spend with them can make your life worth living.

With this attitude I continue my journey to Hollywood. It's a great place. And whatever happens, I will be happy. Let's play against the odds and see what happens. Just remember, David and you all, the most important person in life can be just around the corner.

Sometimes I have to remind myself about that too. But I will not forget this guy.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dreams in a Box (documentary, 2012)

Fear is good in a sense as it motivates you to prepare well and to practice all the time, to have a smooth performance.
Assija (11)

Trailer for the documentary film

Where to see the film? First - let's wait for national TV premiere and in the future it's expected to air also on other national TVs in all around Europe. Definitely go to my Facebook page and follow the posts regarding the screenings of Dreams in a Box or if you are not from Slovenia, tell me and I'll make it possible for you to see it online. But hope to see you on film festivals! Until then listen to the original music by Tim Žibrat: