Author: Max Melnyk, director, screenwriter
More and more cinematographers visit Ternopil and the region every year to create new films. Few people know that every year we shoot about two full-length and three short films. So the media has already told a lot about the shooting in Ternopil region of the feature film “Red. Without the front line. ”
Last May, the film “All Together” was presented – the film was made entirely by the Ternopil team. Students of the Kyiv National University of Theater, Film and Television shot short works “Fairy Tale” and “Flow”, and two more works were presented by the Ternopil Film Commission – the films “Package” and “One Life” (director – Maxim Melnik.-ed.).
The development of cinematography in Ternopil has opened new avenues for self-realization for many Ternopil actors, whose faces can now be seen in many Ukrainian box office films. A striking example is the young Ternopil actors Vitaliy Turchyn and Bohdan Koziy, who played the main roles in the film “Foxter and Max” (recently at the Golden Whirlwind Festival the film won a prize for the best special effects).In general, the entire Ukrainian film industry is going through difficult times, as the introduction of quarantine caused by the spread of COVID-19 has completely stopped the production of films not only in Ukraine but also around the world. Cinematographers are forced to postpone the premieres of their films and wait for cinemas to open, which have also been forced to close due to quarantine.The Ukrainian film industry will have to go through difficult times, because, according to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko, the Ministry of Finance plans to reduce funding for culture and cinema by 7 billion hryvnias, which in turn will have several scenarios: films will fall due to underfunding; the quality of domestic films will increase, or at least remain at the same level, but their number will decrease significantly; funds will help us foreign investors, which is unlikely; independent cinema and art house will begin to develop actively. However, only time will tell what will really happen.
At the moment, I am happy to announce that the new premiere of the new short feature film “Classmate”, directed by the author of these lines, has recently taken place.
I will say frankly that this film is a challenge to myself and to the entire Ukrainian film industry, it touches on very acute life and social topics, contains profanity and has several scenes for an audience of 18+. And yet it had no funding and was filmed only by enthusiastic professionals who already have experience in making movies.
In the photo – a frame from the movie “Classmate”