Ugh.. tough one :)
Long story short - 36 year old (or young) software engineer by day, award winning and internationally exhibited photographer that tries to capture the spirit behind the people and subjects that are photographed. Always looking for those spontaneous, once in a lifetime moments filled with emotions in the streets or your events; the unique magic of mother nature; and the essence of women as something that has defined art and inspired the artists through the centuries with their ever inspiring layers of mystery.
Recently, slowly but surely, I've been getting into the filmmaking industry as another medium for storytelling. Ballet is something that not so recently enchanted me and ever since represents my main source of inspiration and musings.
Motivated by the success and the amazing feedback of The Paradox, I'm in very early stages of the development of two projects that have been around in my creative thoughts - one is related with the ballet, but as The Paradox, with deep and thought provoking story and protagonist/antagonist underneath; and the other one is documenting an amazing artist and stereotype breaker.
Using the professors Andrei Linde theory of quantum paradox that throws the foundations of observed reality into question, and the dance of the main character (a ballerina) that is dancing a black swan variation, alone on a dark stage, we are getting visual representation of the main thesis in that quantum paradox theory, stressing out the situation in which the stage performing artist are during the Covid-19 pandemic, with no audience (or observers) to witness the art they are making. And so the director is asking - imagine being an artistic masterpiece, for one perfect minute in space and time, and by nobody seen. Do you truly exist?
During the days when we were preparing to shoot the film, Marija was also preparing to dance the white/black swan in the Swan Lake in Bulgaria right after the shooting. And so she had to take covid-19 test so that she would be able to travel; the date/time were unknown, until.. moments before the scheduled shooting, she got the call.. (bummer) so basically we had to postpone everything for another 2 hours, luckily nothing was affected, we gained more time to prepare the set, but she cooled down from the warmups done previously. After that everything went just perfectly.
On other occasions, because of Marias' movement, spinning, jumping and what not in every direction, some closeups were a bit too close up to her face :)