New Film “Vakhtangov and the Russian Theatre”, part of the Russian Theatre Film Series from Copernicus Films now in Post production. The film is the third in the series about Russian Theatre of the early twentieth century, which also includes Meyerhold Theatre and the Russian Avant-garde and the second film in the series Stanislavsky and the Russian Theatre. For post production updates click here: Vakhtangov and the Russian Theatre Post production diary.
About Copernicus Films.
After a decade working in the film industry in the UK Michael Craig travelled to Moscow in 1995 to make films and write where he has lived and worked ever since. After founding Copernicus Films he made his first documentary film “Alexander Rodchenko and the Russian Avant-garde” in 1999 and from this experience embarked on series of films about the Russian Avant-garde of the 1920s and 30s.
Three more films in the series followed: “Architecture and the Russian Avant-garde and , “Meyerhold, Theatre and the Russian Avant-garde” and “Mayakovsky” . Two further films have now been completed “David Burliuk and the Japanese Avant-garde, with locations in Moscow Tokyo and Kyoto and a 6th film “Kandinsky and the Russian House” shot in Germany and Russia.
The Russian Avant-garde – Revolution or Renaisance
SERIES of six films:
Breaking News:……….Release of of New Documentary Film. “Stanislavsky and the Russian Theatre”Finally, after much tweaking and adjusting, the documentary film ”Stanislavsky and the Russian Theatre” has been released on DVD after a successful launch and premiere at the Barn Theatre of the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performence. The premiere … Continue reading →___________________________________________________________
New Release: ”Stanislavsky and the Russian Theatre”
A long time has passed, or so it seems, since completing the film “Stanislavsky and the Russian Theatre” and a process of reflection has replaced the frenetic rush to finish the film in time for the premiere and get it released at roughly the same time. The premiere has been documented elsewhere and there is even a few clips which can be seen on YouTube. The film itself can be watched also on YouTube.
|From the premiere of “Stanislavsky and the Russian Theatre”|
What kind of character this reflection is taking will become apparent with time. Having relaxed in the UK for a few weeks, coming back to the energetic pace of Moscow is always disorientating but certain elements are beginning to take shape. One thing that becomes clear is how out of control the process is despite the fact that you think you are controlling all the elements and progress. Its only after getting my head out of the editing process that the true significance of the film can be seen. Its too early as yet to make any confident conclusions or pronouncements. The most important thing for now is promoting the film. That is paramount at the moment and it requires a great deal of work and attention. In that sense many of the discussions which are taking place over the internet and elsewhere by such people as John Reiss , Ted Hope, Chris Jones and by independent film makers such as Oklahoma Ward and David Baker as well as many others are very apt. The divison between marketing your film and making a film in the new environment for independent film makers, is a fine line, if it exists at all.
One thing that can be said in this process is the effect that Moscow has on my work. Moscow can be a difficult place to live and work in. The noise, the climate, the traffic and the general lifestyle all combine to create obstacles and barriers etc. However for me and I know I have said this before, there is a specific energy or atmosphere which exists here and maybe in Russia generally which is creatively stimulating and galvanising.
Tomorrow I will be off to the Moscow State Duma to a friends Photo exhibition which is opening there tomorrow. More about that later.
Finally, after much tweaking and adjusting, the documentary film “Stanislavsky and the Russian Theatre” has been released on DVD after a successful launch and premiere at the Barn Theatre of the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performence. The premiere took place a few weeks ago but I will be posting information about the premiere and the film a little later. The film is available in both NTSC and PAL formats. Check your countrys’ broadcasting standard system and formats to see which is the correct one for your country.
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