Sasha Svirsky on “Vadim na progulke” / interview

The Russian filmmaker was born in 1980 and graduated from the Grekov Art College in Rostov-on-Don with a diploma in painting. He is a self-taught animator and, since 2008, has worked as an independent animation director creating over 30 animation films. He has developed his own artistic language by mixing media, using a method of improvisation and challenging stereotypes. He lives in Moscow and, since 2013, has collaborated with his partner and wife, Nadezhda Svirskaia.

What was your starting point for “Vadim na progulke”?

The starting point was the title of the film but when it came to my mind I had a vague view of what it was going to be about. It was a bar title without any idea about the film itself. Though it took time and effort but to transform the title into the film, the working process itself, eventually, became for me a fascinating journey with an undefined end. 

Do you have a favourite moment in the film? Which one and why this one?

Probably, my favorite moment is a moment where the gazelle is jumping. I like it because of its slow tempo that is unusual for my previous works. And I like the music that Alexey Prosvirnin created for this moment.

What do you like about the short form?

I like the short form for the freedom it gives and for bringing a message without being trapped in big projects.

Photo © Julia Mayorova / Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

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