How does the REAL WAR sounds? Somewhere in the East of Ukraine. Summer of 2014.
Andrey TartishnikovDirector of Photography
Mykhailo KapustaSound Mixer
Project Title (Original Language):Літо 2014
Project Type:Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
Runtime:7 minutes 15 seconds
Completion Date:October 15, 2014
Production Budget:1,000 USD
Country of Origin:Ukraine
Country of Filming:Ukraine
February 19, 2015
Traverse Video FestivalToulouse, France
March 21, 2015
Ukrainian National Art Museum. ExhibitionKyiv
December 17, 2014
Images Contre Nature FestivalMarceille
July 10, 2015
Collective exhibition FUTURE AND BEHINDVenice
August 12, 2015
VAFT – Video Art Festival TurkuTurku
May 5, 2016
Festival Les Instants VideoMarseille
November 6, 2015
September 9, 2016
Born in 1963. Graduated from the film director’s department of the State Institute of Theatre and cinema in 1985. Worked at the Olexander Dovzhenko State Film Studio in Kyiv, various governmental and non-governmental film and video studios.
Shot a number of feature shorts, documentaries, ecological and promo films and musical video clips. He is member of the Ukrainian Filmmakers Union.
His short feature movies and documentaries participated at the programs at the Ukrainian and international festivals:
“From the comrade Gruzilov`s remarkable life” – diploma of the “Molodist-90” Film Festival (Kyiv, Ukraine, 1990);
“The frenzy” – participation at the program of the Ukrainian-French short Film Festival (1992, Kyiv, Ukraine); KINOFORUM (Yalta, Ukraine, 1994); “Molodist-93” (Kyiv, Ukraine, 1993); film program at the Youth Festival VYVYKH-92 (Lviv, Ukraine, 1992); at the program of the Ukrainian Young Filmmakers Unit in Canada (1992);
“Sacura has faded in my garden, you are passing me by again…” – Award of the IFF in Potsdam (Germany, 1995); participation at the IFF “Molodist-94” (Kyiv, Ukraine, 1994) and MEDIAWAVE-96 (Gyor, Hungary, 1996);
“Painting” – participation at the programs of International Film Festival of Films on Art (Montreal, Canada, 2003) and ARTECINEMA (Naples, Italy, 2003);
Full length documentaries:
“Bohdan Havrylyshyn. Mission:freedom”(2012)
“Hollywood on the Dnieper. Dreams from Atlantis”(2014)
In 2014 created a video for the stage play “Living Dead” by L.Tolstoy at Ivan Franko Theatre in Kyiv (with Andriy Korotaevsky)
“Olexander Dovzhenko National Film Studio.1928-1998. Catalogue”, Kyiv, 1998;
L.Bryukhovenska. “Hidden films. Ukrainian cinema of the 1990-th”, Kyiv, 2003.
«Essays from the Ukrainian cinema history», Kyiv, 2006;
«Music in Ukrainian movies», Kyiv, 2009;
«Olexander Dovzhenko National Film Studio.1928-2011. Catalogue», Kyiv, 2011
In 1996 Oleg Chorny and Gennadiy Khmaruk has founded the non-profit creative unit “SAMPLED PICTURES”.
A number of videos created by “SAMPLED PICTURES” were presented at the various film and video festivals, exhibitions and club screenings.
“FON” – Circles of Confusion (Berlin, Germany, 1998); “Open night” (Kyiv, Ukraine, 1998); “Molodist-99” (Kyiv, Ukraine, 1999);
“TV SNOW” – Mix Move (Paris, France, 1998); Transat Video (Can, France, 1998);
“FON.AKT 6” - Trans Musicale (Rennes, France, 1999); WOX (Paris, France, 2000);
“FON. AKT 5” – “Open night” (Kyiv, Ukraine, 2000);
“FON. AKT 3” – Bochumer International Videofestival (Bochum, Germany, 2002); Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (Berlin, Germany, 2003); Mix`O_Matos (Poitier, France, 2003); The sweetest taboo (Leuven, Belgium, 2004) and at the programs of the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin in Caracas (Venezuela) and Abu-Dhabi (UAE) in 2006.
“Bolero Mushroom” – exhibition “ATOMICA making the invisible visible” (New York, USA, 2005);
“The first karaoke” – Crimstad International Short Film festival (Crimstad, Norway, 2005); Rencontres Paris/Berlin (Paris, France, 2005), Rio De Janeiro International Short Film Festival (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 2005); “Open night” (Kyiv, Ukraine, 2005), Kurye International video festival (Turkey, June, 2009);
“Visionforum” (Gallery Verkstad, Norrkoping, Sweden, 2010); NYC (New York,
USA, 2011), Cine Martiko (2011, Belgium);
“Scream” media project – National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine, 2009);
“Olexa Hirnyk Stairs” – Actual Art Week (Lviv, Ukraine, 2012), Cologne OFF Videoart Festival 2013(Vilnius, Lithuania, 2013); ARTFORUM (Kyiv, Ukraine, 2014); screening at the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France, 2014)
Science-fiction film “The Baturyn excavations: rebuilding the history of the Cossack Hetman capital” (2002) sponsored by Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukrainian), Toronto, Canada; Shevchenko Scientific Society of America, New York, USA; Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada have been screening at the Ukrainians TV channels “Svitogliad” and “Contact” in USA and Canada.
“Sampled Pictures” in cooperation with independent producer Volodymyr Kuznetsov has shoot a number of video films:
2006: reel for the opening ceremony of the international conference “Chornobyl. 20 years of disaster.” (Kyiv);
2002: “Sustainable development of the newly independent Ukraine” – for the Ukrainian official program at the UN World’s Summit in Johannesburg;
2000: “Dark Side of the Shelter” – for the donators-states Assembly of the International Shelter Fund of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London);
1999: - “Ukraine for the European environmental” – for the 6th Session of the Committee of the ecological policy of the UN Economical Commission (Geneva);
1995: - “The Dnipro Mission” describes the project of the EPA (USA) and Ministry of environmental safety of Ukraine studied the Dnipro river water quality and the Ukrainian small rivers problems.
Since 1998 “Sampled Pictures” works in cooperation with the Ukrainian musical project FOA-HOKA and they made together a number of music videos based of the themes of FOA-HOKA, as well as “FON”, “FON. Akt3”, “FON. Akt5”, “FON. Akt6” etc. “Sampled Pictures” have also created a video background for the live FOA-HOKA concert program “We are not in the fog”, participated in the different musical festivals and events:
2008: live/dj set – GOGOLFEST (Kyiv, Ukraine);
2007: live – SKIF-11 (St. Petersburg, Russia);
2006: live/dj set – Danaos Plexxipus open air (Odesa, Ukraine);
2005: FOA-HOKA&Gerbruder Tiechmann live/dj set – Chernivtsi-Kyiv-Odesa German-Ukraine Session Tour;
2004-2005: live/dj set – Germany Tour;
2004: live – Lightfestival (Stuttgart, Germany);
2004: live/dj set – Serious Pop festival (Vienna, Austria);
2003: FOA-HOKA&The Rythmless – “Medusa open air festival” (Voznice, Poland);
2003: FOA-HOKA&Pankifared live/dj set – Brandshof-Hamburg Fusion Festival (Germany).
In 2005 Ukrainian recording company “Sale records” released the double cd FOA-HOKA album “FOA-HOKA worldwide remixed” (included the 1cd: musical remixes for the FOA-HOKA themes and the 2 cd: videos created by “Sampled Pictures”).
Also is available to find “Sampled Pictures”/FOA-HOKA videos on www.youtube.com/foahoka and www.myspace.com/foahoka
“Sampled Pictures” has edited the presentation reel for the Ukrainian exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2005 (artist Mykola Babak).
Video for the inauguration of the Year of Ukraine in Poland (Warsaw Opera Theatre, 2005) in cooperation with theatre director Dmytro Bogomazov and artist Alexander Druganov.
In 2007 created video for the stage play “Woman from the past” in Kyiv Theatre “VILNA SCENA” (director Dmytro Bogomazov), awarded by the “Kyiv Pectoral Theatre Award” in the nominations “The best chamber show” and “The best directors work”.
is a new video by the Kyiv-based production association Sampled Pictures inspired by the dramatic events in Eastern Ukraine. However, they remain off screen, thus bringing out the contrasts of war without bombast.
This video is based on the experience and creative techniques of other works, particularly Pascal Aubier’s “single frame” and Viktor Astafyev’s metaphor.
This is how Andrei Tarkovsky describes the single-frame technique used by Pascal Aubier: “We could also mention Pascal Aubier’s ten-minute short which was shotin a single frame. First, it shows the life of nature–sublime and unhurried, indifferent to human vanity and passions. The masterful movement of the camera brings into view a tiny sleeping form, barely visible among the grass on a hills lope. This is when drama begins. Time seems to accelerate as our curiosity urges it on. Together with the camera we sneak up to the sleeping man, but as we approach him we suddenly realize that he is dead. With each next second we know more: we see that the man was killed. He is a rebel who died of wounds a midst the beautiful but indifferent landscape. Our memory pushes us back to the events that shook our own lives. Let me remind that there is no splicing, no acting, and no scenery, but there is a rhythm of motion within the frame and it builds its own complex dramaturgy.
Another example is the metaphor which was used by Viktor Astafyev, the well-known Russian anti-Stalinist writer, and which sounds in the title of his work The Distant Thunder of War (1967). Actually, it is this metaphor that partly prompted our idea of the “war sounds” – so distant and so close at the same time.
Thus, Summer.2014 exposes the WAR, which is raging in Ukraine, through the sounds of machinegun fire bursts, of roaring tanks and APCs, and of volleys from multiple missile launch systems – the weapons which MAN created to kill another MAN.
The sounds of the real war in Eastern Ukraine were recorded and posted on the Internet by anonymous authors – Ukrainian soldiers, rebels, and local civilians.
In this video the sounds of shots, blasts and shouts strikingly contrast with the peaceful chirr of grasshoppers. Nature seems to be living its own life: the sun is shining and insects are busy in the faded late-summer grass waving in the wind… It is peace everywhere. The viewer sees NATURE that knows no MAN and has no place for MAN while WAR sounds off-screen.
This video is an attempt to bring out the contrast between the idyllic and almost picturesque environment and the action heard in the soundtrack. As Andrei Tarkovsky mentioned, there are no actors or scenery. There is even no music or camera motion. This is where the tension of drama is created by the SOUND.
This is where the viewer can HEAR the WAR and imagine what is happening off screen, out of sight.
I thank my colleagues and friends for their help and cooperation.
Author: Oleg CHORNY
Director of Photography: Andrey TARTISHNIKOV
Video and Sound Editing: Andrey KOROTAYEVSKYI
Audio mixing: Mykhailo KAPUSTA