Private Project

the principle of synergy

Three filmmakers go on a journey into the urban landscape and the province of Greece. Trying to apply an own method about shooting process and editing, they are searching for the images from which, three different visions, might unite in a single film. They simultaneously film, in the same locations, using three different cameras, and then edit the material together. While handling the project, they tend to reconsider their experience, regarding filming and travelling, as they start to wonder what this film is going to be about and which are the foundations of their relationship with cinema and among them.

  • Konstantinos Stathis
  • Vasileia Koutsiana
  • Eleni Golfinopoulou
  • Konstantinos Stathis
  • Vasileia Koutsiana
  • Eleni Golfinopoulou
  • Konstantinos Stathis, Eleni Golfinopoulou, Vasileia Koutsiana
  • Vasileia Koutsiana
  • Eleni Golfinopoulou
  • Apostolis Koutsogiannis
  • Sebastian Diakakis
  • Kostas Syggletos
  • Orestis Bakastathis
  • Angelos Antoniou
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    η αρχή της συνέργειας
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Relationship, City, Countryside, Travel, Cinema, Youth
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 18, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Shooting Format:
    DV, HDV, HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • WUFF - Wellington Underground Film Festival
    New Zealand
    May 23, 2015
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Visions du Réel - Festival International du Cinéma Nyon (Media Library Selection)
    Nyon, Switzerland
  • Krakow Film Festival (Film Market Selection)
    Krakow, Poland
  • SIFF - Syros International Film Festival
    July 11, 2015
    Greek Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Mosaic World Film Festival
    Rockford, Illinois
    North American Premiere
  • Taille un Short! Film Festival
    Paris, France
    July 30, 2015
  • Silence On Court!
    October 20, 2015
    Official Selection
  • AURA Online Experimental Film Festival
    Madrid, Spain
  • Short to the Point International Short Film Festival

    September 20, 2017
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Films On The Beach / Konstantinos Stathis
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Konstantinos Stathis , Vasileia Koutsiana, Eleni Golfinopoulou

Konstantinos Stathis, Vasileia Koutsiana and Eleni Golfinopoulou met on their first years of film studies at the Fine Arts Department of A.U.Th. in Thessaloniki, and for a few years they worked together in the closest collaboration, as a team.
In that period, among several other videos & sonar projects they created together, they co-directed the short film ''the principle of synergy'' and the mini doc ''a short portrait of the luthier Giannis Alexandris''.

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Description of the work

We began after having agreed not to create a film from a script source, but from raw images. From the images we thought that belonged to us, even before captured. We set up a basis. Each of us would handle a different camera, varying from HD DSLR to mini DV. We would search the city and the suburbs, travel, choose a place, stop to explore it, and come back. Each act of this tour would be filmed and recorded – freely. The main direction: the personal sincerity of the approach. It was our images and sounds we were after. Then we set up a method. In order not to be carried away by selfishness or/and visual extravagance we had to be a single unit. None of us was going to film or travel alone: the main idea was to be together - all the time - during the shooting process; travel together and coexist in the same locations, while each one was filming and recording the stuff that he/she needed. We maintained a similar approach towards editing and sound design. Until the end of the post production every idea was discussed and executed, by three people.