Where is the centre of Europe? - Short Films
Where is the centre of Europe? Carpathians. Film about the Carpathians 7 series and 24 postcards
One day, in an interval between filming and discussing over a cup of coffee the taken aback by a seemingly simple question: "Where is the centre of Europe?". None of us could give an exact answer. We turned to Wikipedia for help. And we learned that the center of Europe is... in the Carpathians, more precisely - in the Ukrainian Carpathians, in the mountainous area of Ukraine. Leaving coffee and pastry, we started searching for further information about these mountains. We were surprised that in the very heart of Europe there are such wonderful places of which very few people are aware outside of Ukraine. We began to look for films about the Carpathians and the photographs. They were not enough in quantities, but enough to fall in love with this land. It was rather strange that there were few films about the Carpathians in spite of its unique attractions of nature, history and culture. So, we had a crazy idea to take a film about the Ukrainian Carpathians. Our brain absorbed everything that we learned about the Carpathian landscapes, snow-capped mountains, lakes with clear water, waterfalls and bizarre rocks of strange shape. There was no doubt that this should be a great movie, and we were sure that we were ready to do it. So, we are determined to make a film about the Ukrainian Carpathians, and you will help us with this. And that’s what we want you to see ....UKRAINIAN CARPATHIANS!
The Ukrainian Carpathians are a continuation of the Carpathian Mountains that extend from the countries of Central Europe and encompass the territory of four regions of Western Ukraine - Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Chernivtsi. For centuries, this region maintained close, sometimes contraversial relations with neighbouring countries that influenced the peculiarities of the ethnic structure of its population, the language, culture and customs of the local residents. For centuries, Ukrainians, Hungarians, Slovaks, Czechs, Romanians, Poles, Jews, representatives of many other nations have been living here. The Carpathian region is the most colourful in the whole of Ukraine, not only in terms of the structure of the population, but also due to its picturesque mountain landscapes, numerous natural attractions and lots of recreational complexes intended for tourists, whose number increases from year to year. In winter they enjoy skiing and snowboarding, in summer they trek in the mountains.
What do we want to do
- 4K resolution films about the Carpathians
- 4K/25fps (3996 × 2160) films 7 series (12-15 min.)
- 24 Carpathians postcards (A6 size)
Films perfect for:
Doctors Offices, Hospitals, Retreats, Spas, Stress Management Programs, Nursing Homes, Schools, Retail and Digital Signage,Screensaver, Ambiance, Study Aid, Meditation aid, Meditation Background, Pairing with binaurial sounds and frequencies, Creating Virtual Windows, Calming Prisoners in Solitary Confinement, Helping Combat the Effects of PTSD, Tinnitus, and Dementia, Help Focus while Studying, Sleep Aid and in Churches, and as Backdrops for Presentations, Lounges, and More.
What We Shall Show
The highest mountain of the Ukrainian Carpathians is Hoverla, it is 2061 m high. It is the most famous mountain in Ukraine and abroad, thousands of Ukrainian and foreign tourists go up to its peak every year. The wild nature of the Carpathian region with the dense forests, various rare plants and the rich animal world has survived on the hill and on its slopes in all its glory. Hoverla is considered one of the national symbols of Ukraine.
Pip Ivan Mount
Pip Ivan (the Priest Ivan) is the third largest mountain of the Ukrainian Carpathians (2018 m high). The mountain was named after the shape of a rock on its top, which from afar resembled a priest in a cassock.
Today, there are only a heap of stones remained of the rock, but the name is preserved and is used together with the other – Chornogora (the Black Mountain). At the top of the mountain you can also see the remains of a stone astronomical and meteorological observatory built in the 1930s. Mount Pip Ivan is known for its spectacular scenery.
Dovbush cliffs are a unique monument of history and nature. This is a complex of cliffs and caves surrounded by wild woods; it was formed almost 70 million years ago and is presently named after the leader of the 18th century rebels Oleksa Dovbush, who is often called the Ukrainian Robin Hood. According to the legend, the rebels hid from persecutors in an endless maze of caves stretching for almost 1 km in length and 200 m in width. Entrancies to the deep caves as well as the cliffs hanging over them are unique in their shape: some of them resemble figures or separate parts of animal bodies. One of the rocks, for example, is very similar to Leo's head. The Dovbush cliffs are visited annually by thousands of tourists and climbers from different countries. Impressed by the beauty of the complex and the surrounding nature, and also by the mystery of its origin, which historians still did not solve, visitors often call the Dovbush cliffs Ukrainian Stonehenge
Among the mountain ranges there are many rivers, waterfalls and lakes. One of the largest and most beautiful mountain lakes is Synevyr. Its name comes from the names of the two lovers – Syn and Vyr. The legend tells about the young girl Syn whose cruel father killed her beloved shepherd Vyr, and the girl’s tears flooded the entire valley around the guy’s tomb till the girl drowned herself. So came to be the big and deep lake. The local sculptor made two 13-metre statues of the lovers from mahogany and now they rise on the lakes shore. Synevyr Lake is surrounded by woods, cliffs, caves and waterfalls.
Hereshaska Lake and Drahobrat Waterfall
Hereshaska Lake and Drahobrat waterfall are located close to each other and make up a unique natural complex. Hereshaska Lake is known for its amazing rectangular shape and very cold water even in summer time. Drahobrat waterfall is not very high – only 7 metres, but due to the spectacular surrounding landscapes, but it attracts many holiday makers.
Huk waterfall is one of the youngest Carpathian waterfalls (it was formed as a result of flooding in the mid-20th century), but it is the loudest (its name means “noise” in Ukrainian) and the most beautiful. Its height is 15 metres and it is particularly powerful in spring when the snow melts in the mountains. Along the stream there is a bridge with convenient handrails by which tourists get to the nearby observation deck.
Prybiy waterfall is a cascade waterfall on the river Prut in the resort town of Yaremche. The water falls from the height of 8 metres. It is one of the most powerful waterfalls in the Carpathians. There is a bridge built 20 metres above it. It is one of few waterfalls that may be viewed from different angles; it is very convenient to those who enjoy taking snaps.
Manyava waterfall is located not far from the Maniava male monastery which is one of the centres of Ukraine’s spiritual and cultural life. The waterfall is situated in a picturesque canyon; the path leading to it is flanked by many rocks of terrific shapes and spectacular forest landscapes. At the foot of the waterfall there is a tiny lake with cold and clean water.
There two waterfalls with this name in Ukraine – in Zakarpattia and in Lviv regions. The most known is the waterfall on the river Kamyanka in Lviv region. It is not very high – 7 metres, but it is rather powerful and its noise is heard at a distance. Huge rocks divide it into two streams, which are clearly seen from the nearby observation deck. It is surrounded by the rocky mountains with the small lakes and rivers flowing between them.
Shypit (or Shepit) is one of the most known in Ukrainian Carpathians. It is surrounded by many magnificent placers for holiday-making, there for it is visited by many tourists from both Ukraine and other countries throughout a year. There are many paths and wooden bridges leading to the waterfall from all the sides, so the holiday-makers do not have any trouble getting there. In winter there are ski tracks. The waterfall notwithstanding its 10 m height is one of the most quiet in the Ukrainian Carpathians, hence it is called Shypit (“whisper”).
Ukraine, which for many centuries had been almost unknown outside its ethnic territory, hidess many secrets awaiting its researchers. And Ukraine is fascinates by the beauty of its nature, which attracts tourists and holidaymakers. The Ukrainian Carpathians are only a small part of Ukraine, but the most picturesque and attractive
Why do we need the fundings?
Although it can not seem as such, producing a movie can be quite expensive. The money goal we need is going to cover props, camera eqipment, permit locations, post production, visual effects, sound design, premiere.
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Risks and challenges
The project will be made possible if we reach our goal, when we get more money than we pledget on our goal, we are able to make it even better and more exciting.
The shooting will take place in August-October 2018 and afterwards the movie is going to be edited. This should be done until December, the time in which we plan the premiere for the movie. If any problems occur, the release date could be delayed, and so also the date of the rewards, but we are working hard on being punctual with the dates and the rewards.
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