When we think about mythology we think about our link to understanding the far away past, our emotional connection to the lives of our ancestors, our relationship with the culture and the tradition we inherit. We think about the resilience of human spirit and its ability to overcome hardship and to be courageous and noble in face of grave dangers. We might think it’s primarily set in fiction, though mythical tales have much more to do with the absolute reality of human character - which is in no way fictional.
Our short film Kresnik tends to look at mythology in quite the same way. Its power lays partially in the mystery of dark forests and unbeknown secrets that hide within them but the true nature of this setting is merely a mise-en-scène in which our young protagonists discover their fate. Peter, Igor and Štefan are adventurous 12-year-olds who are spending their summer vacations at the countryside with their grandfather. They decide to spend the shortest night of the year, the bonfire night, camping outside, yet they don’t truly expect what kind of ordeals they are about to go through even before the morning sun rises.
Kresnik is a short movie that feels most comfortable inside the teen fantasy genre without minding its limitations. Although this specific part of fiction has gained enormous popularity in the past decade, we still believe it still has much room to develop - especially in our homeland of Slovenia with its many forests, mountains, rivers and lakes serving as a perfect backdrop for movies such as ours. Slovenia also doesn’t have to look far for some original source material since we have a rich mythology stemming from our Slavic origins, full of gods, mythical creatures and mysterious spirits. We believe this cultural heritage can be vastly explored in contemporary art which is one of the main reasons we decided to make this movie. We also think this is a great opportunity to expand the knowledge of our folklore way beyond our borders - that’s why we decided to present Kresnik on Kickstarter!
Slovenia is a small country with only 2 million inhabitants therefore making a film in our native tongue can severly limit the scope of our audience, yet we remain certain our language and culture is rich and interesting enough to moviegoers all around the world. We believe we’re able to expand the borders within which our films can be unterstood and welcomed and we think Slovenian film can finally be put on the map of the so-called “world cinema”.
We have been working long and hard on making this movie a reality. We filmed it over this past summer in the beautiful Slovenian countryside. A group of up to 100 friends and supporters helped us out with this project and without them we would be having a really hard time doing this the way we imagined it. The core of our group was of course our brilliant young cast with legendary Slovenian actor Dare Valič as their grandfather.
The film was independently produced by Haritude Ventures, founded in 2012 by young filmmakers David Sipoš and Tim Zibrat who have since included a number of other young creatives of various talents to their team. We’ve been producing successful short films and web series but “Kresnik: The Lore of Fire” is definitely our most ambitious project to date.
The film is now completely shot, but the work is not nearly done yet. We’re currently finalizing the final cut of the editing process, but in order to deliver a high quality product we still have to work with professionals in the fields of music, sound and visual effects. In addition to that we need to cover the costs of distribution so we can get the movie out to the world for everyone to see it. Kresnik will be our first movie featuring music recorded by a live orchestra to give it a more organic and natural dimension. This and all of the other expenses shown in the graph are required to finish Kresnik with such level of quality as we had in mind when we first started it.
- Neža Peterle
- Andraž Jerič
- David Sipoš
Risks and challenges
Although we already finished shooting "Kresnik: The Lore of Fire" last summer and are now finishing its editing phase, we still have a lot of work to do. Most of it falls under post-production, which involves tasks as color-grading the final image and recording the film's official soundtrack. This requires the knowledge and skills of many talented proffesionals which we are already in final talks with.
We also need to prepare the film for its premiere and subsequent distribution. The former requires renting a venue and covering all promotional and organisational costs while the latter includes preparing the movie for Video on Demand distribution and applying for various international film festivals.
You can see the way all of the raised funds will be spent in the graphic representation of a budget breakdown above. We don't really expect any other special challenges or setbacks since everything is already set in motion. Now we only need some additional help to do these things as professionally and perfectly as possible and to be able to do them in time for the premiere in late June 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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