In the Republic of Mari-El, with the participation of the Producer Center “Youth Initiatives”, the shooting of a short film by Denis Shabliya “Not Ivan, or How to Train a Hero” has been completed. The director of photography was Ivan Semyonov, a famous cameraman from Yakutia (“Fire in the Wind”, “Scarecrow”, “The Stars Will Show Me the Way”, etc.).
The film tells about a Mari boy who finds himself in a difficult life situation and, when it becomes very difficult, turns to the national hero, the hero Onar, for help. This is a picture about the problems of adolescents, about the relationship between children and parents, about first love, as well as about the legends of the Finno-Ugric people.
Denis Shabliy, director:“All my previous works I classify as students. Because in each of them I experimented. I was looking for my own style, directorial handwriting, tried various formats and genres. “Not Ivan, or How to Train a Hero” is my first serious work, which was filmed according to all the canons of filmmaking with its own budget, with a professional film crew. There were many complex staged scenes, and even during the editing stage, a lot of animation and visual effects will appear. Interesting artistic techniques are planned. This is a full-fledged picture, which, I am sure, will be interesting for viewers to watch both in the cinema and on the Internet. “
FiLippe Abryutin, producer: “The story“ Not Ivan, or How to Tame a Hero ”seemed to us extremely interesting not only by the artistic decision of the director, which implies a combination of myths and comics, dynamic scenes and contemplation of the Mari nature, but also by its national component – it is based on elements of the culture and history of the Mari people … This is extremely important for us, especially if it is done with talent! “
The filming was attended by students of local theater studios and schools, as well as actors of the Shketan Drama Theater. And one of the main roles in the film of the aged hero, the mythological hero Onar was played by the Worldn and Hollywood actor, athlete Oleg Taktarov.
Oleg Taktarov, actor: “It is quite obvious that the film crew is very high! I liked working with Denis – I am sure he has serious potential as a director. And I am sure that the film will “reach” young people, and we will all be proud that we took part in this project! Child actors are great. Some could be immediately invited to Hollywood for projects! “.
The film “Not Ivan, or How to Train a Hero” will be shown to viewers in the fall of 2021.
The project was created with the support of the Institute for Internet Development (www.iri.rf).