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Andrey Serbin

ANDREY SERBIN/DIRECTOR

Director: Andrey Serbin

Born and raised in Ukraine, Andrey Serbin’s path led to being an editor and DOP as soon as he moved to Kyiv, the country’s capital. Soon, when exploring the working field of a director, he realised that there might be further development stages to wait for him and shape his career. Find out which project marked the start of his professional success and why his future goals go beyond his own projects.

 When did you discover your passion for film? And what was the trigger?

When I was a teenager, I started parcouring and it pushed me to take my camera. I filmed, directed and mounted videos of our team. It was a turning point in my life. I am grateful for the time when I clearly realized what my life was all about and where my path would lead.

When did you realize that you want to be a director?

When I moved to Kyiv, I was editing and worked as a DOP. A few years later I realized that being a DOP is not the limit of my possibilities and not my main goal either – so I continued to develop further as a director and editor.

Can you describe your first project? How did it go? And what would you do different now?

My first project was at Fashion Week. I made a film about a designer and his new collection. It was a cool project and I did my best – which is the only way to achieve anything! To myself at the time, I would advise to be less afraid, more determined and more confident! But in fact, I knew that the film would be cool and stylish!

Which of your works is your favorite? And why?

My most successful and coolest project at the moment is Favourite Sport, although there was a lot of post-production and it was not easy to shoot. But we worked as a big team, and I played several roles at once (I was director and editor!). It was a cool experience to demonstrate my entire skillset.

What is the biggest dream for your professional life?

I dream of being part of the people who move the film industry world forward. To be one of those who set the style and dynamics of the film industry. To be part of a team of world-class professionals.

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Alexandre Pluquet

Alexandre Pluquet/Director

 When did you discover your passion for film? And what was the trigger? 

When I was young, my whole life revolved around music. I practiced instruments like the guitar, the saxophone, the piano and percussion and spent a lot of time in a music school in my town where I played in a band and the symphonic orchestra. And when I played, I always imagined pictures in my mind, like a spiritual journey. Playing music was like a way to tell a story. And it offered me a fabulous process to develop my imagination. 

A little later at school, I discovered the work of artists like Gaspard Noé, JL Godard, Bunuel, David Fincher, Michael Mann, Ridley Scott and Wong Kar-Wai. For the first time, I was able to view films as a powerful way to express myself. And as a viewer, a powerful way to evoke reflection and shift perception. This was where my deep passion for both watching and making movies began. This feeling has remained with me ever since! 

When did you realize that you want to be a director? 

When I discovered the magic of making movies, I didn’t set out to be a director: I just wanted to create and explore film. For many years, I worked on opening titles for feature films and series or as an art director for commercials. This was a really great opportunity for me as feature film directors and producers offered me the possibility to express my own vision and feelings through the movie, without constraints. 

These experiences helped me to develop a trust in myself as well as my creative vision and to define my own style. After a while of working on different productions, I became curious about the rest of the creative process for other parts of the movie, and wanted to tell stories. So being a director became a natural transition. 

Can you describe your first project? How did it go? And what would you do different now? 

My first professional project as a Director was a music video for a famous french singer. It was a collaboration with two other colleagues and our idea won the project. 

It was my first time to work on a professional set which was both a really exciting and challenging experience. As a first-time director I had to manage teams and lead the project which reflected in a learning curve. Maybe the film is not perfect and I would make it differently now, but it’s like a finger print of my creative period. Above all, it confirmed my desire to become a director… 

Which of your works is your favorite? And why? 

It’s difficult to choose one of my movies particularly because all was interesting at their period. Some for the great challenge they had, other for the success they gave me, or for the human experience they’ve brought me. But they all have something in common: the pleasure to create movies with passion and creativity. 

What is the biggest dream for your professional life? 

My biggest dream actually is the realization of some personal projects. I hope I will be able to do so in a nearer future. 

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Michael and Mathias Jener

DoP & Director: Mathias and Michael Jener

When did you discover your passion for film? And what was the trigger?

Working as a duo ever since, we’ve been fascinated by capturing images from a young age. When we went on a trip to Barcelona, we decided to videotape our journey for fun. Back home, we couldn’t wait to edit everything we had captured. It took us six weeks to finish editing since we were total beginners – but once it was done we both realized how passionate we were about it. We then traveled to the south of France, solely to record again. It was amazing how we were able to bring life to the footage we were capturing. The combination of motion picture and rhythm is what eventually triggered us and became our passion.

When did you realize that you want to be a DoP and become a Director? 

We always worked for free and just posted our stuff for fun on social media. A friend of ours saw our work and asked if we would like to produce a film for Bosch. We had never done any project in this magnitude but were sure we could complete the task. We were successful and both realized that we could take our talent to the next level: directing.

Can you describe your first project? How did it go? And what would you do different now?

Our first professional project was the one for Bosch in 2015 where we especially learned how to serve other people’s ideas. It was intense due to the fact that to that point, it was just the two of us when shooting freelance work. Suddenly, we had a crew of 10 members and were working with a famous actor. We were nervous not knowing if the client would be happy with our work. But that was the case and the client started recommending us for other work. 

Which of your works is your favorite? And why?

Our favorite case is the freelance work we did for Benjamin Rayher who is both an artist and a triathlete, a project we took on because we were fans. We had time for trial and error and tried different tactics, searching for our niche. It took us one full year to finish – but this work became the biggest learning lesson for us no man can teach.

What is the biggest dream for your professional life?

Our biggest dream is definitely to shoot visuals, for big clients and the big names, that will be remembered and inspire other people. 

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WOMSE

WOMSE/DIRECTOR

When did you discover your passion for film? And what was the trigger? 

For me, the passion for film has more to do with the desire to tell stories. As a kid, I accidently broke a window. I didn’t want to get into trouble so I came up with a story in which there was a storm and a branch destroying the window. When I told it to my parents, they believed me and I didn’t get in trouble. I was happy and I realized the value of stories – that’s how my passion for storytelling came about. 

When did you realize that you want to be a director? 

At the age of 10 I saw „Jurassic Park“ and was completely fascinated by the film. I also wanted to tell such great stories and wanted to know which profession I would have to learn to make movies. That’s why I bought my first “Making of” book, from which I learned that my dream job is called “director”. By the way, the book is still on my shelf today. 

Can you describe your first project? How did it go? And what would you do different now? 

My first „real“ project was a short film at the beginning of my studies. Before, I had only realised one-man projects, but was still convinced that I knew what a director was doing. But standing at a studio set with a big team for the first time, I did not have a clue. I made an infinite number of mistakes during the shooting and felt useless afterwards. But when I realized afterwards that I had learned an incredible amount through it, I learned that mistakes don’t make you fail – they let you grow. 

Which of your works is your favorite? And why? 

„Wahre Gefühle“ for Schauspiel Köln is my favourite project since it combines sound and vision in a fantastic way. The combination of an absurd plot, the outstanding sound design and the counteracting music is simply fun. 

What is the biggest dream for your professional life? 

Treasures, hidden rooms and secrets have always fascinated me. This is why my biggest dream is shooting an adventure film à la „Jurassic Park”, “Indiana Jones“ or „The Goonies“. 

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