UPDATE: July 24, 2016
VFX shots finished. DVD compression rendering, MP4 for online festival entry, rendering.
- VFX Women’s Camp fence extension and gate, meet scene.
- VFX Women’s Camp fence extension and gate, Commissar dehumanize scene.
- VFX Women’s Camp fence extension and gate, Commissar roll call scene.
Contact: Michael Kingsbury
$8 donation gets you a DVD of the film sent to your address.
Donate via PayPal or Credit Card.
DVD has Special Features with 2 interviews with the Director and Actors.
Actors Andrey Vasilyev and Lana Gulevich are with Director Michael Kingsbury and discuss the film.
Catherine Farion INTERVIEW. Actress Catherine Farion, role of Katia, discusses her character and recalls how the remnants of the Soviet system felt and how her Grandfather was in the GULAG.
Romeo Visca, role of Nikolai, dissident teacher, talks about his character and of his family growing up under the USSR occupation of Romania.
This is the IMDb story description that will be in the IMDb storyline.
A controversial story in the snow and forest about a Belarusian dissident, Anastasia, played by Lana Gulevich, who has survived multiple gang rapes in the Marxist USSR Gulag leaving her asexual. But then a man, a fellow dissident, Alexander, played by Andrey Vasilyev, enters the camp on the men’s side and she sees hope. She finds a way to trust men again, to love a man again. The barbed wire being the physical and psychological barrier between her and men. In doing so she overcomes her horrific sexual abuse memory and becomes a heroic saint, the Joan d’Arc of the Gulag, who ultimately faces the monumental and painful choice of saving her friends, or saving her people. This takes place during the most brutal dehumanization in history, the Marxist Soviet genocide of 50 million artists, Christians, journalists, dissidents, workers, or anybody who was “Politically Incorrect”, we see love grow painfully and passionately, through barbed wire. Anastasia and Alexander, the Romeo and Juliet of the Taiga Gulag, escape to save their people, whom they profoundly love — through each other. Their love for each other is ultimately greater than themselves, it is a profound love for their own people.
TRAILER #4 – DEFIANCE OF TYRANNY
TRAILER # 5 – WHERE THE CROSSES HAVE NO NAME
TRAILER #6 – HUMANITY
TRAILER #3 Updated Txt. Bkg. Snd.
IMDb poster vers. #2
IMDb poster vers. #1
VIDEO PITCH FOR IMMINENT CROWDFUNDING.
Andrey Vasilyev and Lana Gulevitch pitch the film for distribution. Andrey brings up core principles of Dostoyevsky with Lana.
New Trailer up Trailer #2, three different resolutions, desktop and mobile. Vimeo and Youtube.
Gulag Vorkuta (2016) #2 TRAILER_360p 2 5Mbs VBR
UPDATE: April 24, 2016
Film is cut down to 107 mins. This is very good. We get a higher quality compression on Streaming and DVD, as well as get into more festivals. Sound editing has begun, and is about 25% through. Sound tracks are being cleaned in Audacity and edited in Pro Tools. It is going well, from the 107min master video.
UPDATE: April 13, 2016
Montage clips. These are the emotions behind the scenes, over course of time. Compression of time, emotion. They are in progress and in change. Tritone, duotone or monotone with variance in contrast to provide fast data to the eye and mind.
UPDATE: April 12, 2016
UPDATE: April 10, 2016
Specs, Theory, Comments.
Editing has cut the film to 119 mins, (1hr 59min) which allows us to meet the under 120 mins feature film max for many festivals. I’m still looking over the film for seconds to trim off here and there. Boom sound will be synched to medium picture lock. Then we will have a look at the film and discuss shots and possible shot changes with the creatives (actors and myself). I’m looking for a Balalaika sound and composer will get TC burn in low res copy of pre-release film. I’ve been very busy on the cut (editing) and have had no time to clean up sites and to pump out promotional stills and clips yet. The film produced an incredible amount of footage and we have a wonderful, powerful film.
Editing Transition Theory
This year’s film features a different editing theory. The week leading up to and including the full days April 8,9 produced many montage transitions which use footage, time changes, CU texture shots, graphics, maps, 3D camp, not seen in the finished cuts. The concept employed in the film transitions is one of adding processing (content, backstory) to the viewer rather than dark fade outs prompting thinking of previous scene. More information pushed and less thinking demanded. The last film demanded thinking in slow pacing and dark fade outs. It was not as popular as it could be. Demanding thinking never is. Thus this film uses transitions to push out montages of visual info into the viewer mind. It is very different editing strategy to speed up the pacing of the film and add additional backstory content. The result is a higher-speed film that can deliver the emotional content more rapidly into contemporary minds. I’ve written out several pages of defense and explanation of this strategy complete with diagrams of how the additional content is structured. The Tarkovsky purists will object to the high-speed, modern transition look, but I think it will make the film more accessible to a wider audience.
This year’s film was impressive. We would shoot 85 takes a day versus 25 a day last year. This was largely due to the script structure and a crew that was more streamlined and willing to work into the last light.
We made Cinematic History this weekend.
We brought to the screen the feelings of Nobility and Spirit in the face of Genocide, which has never been done before. God I pray we can get into Cannes with this.
It was at 8,400 ft elevation, on a mountain peak.. this cinematic history was made. We brought the feelings of nobility and courage in the face of genocide. Something that has often been attempted, but never carried out with grace, humility and poverty, to truly see the brave face of nobility despite all odds.
The tragic look upon the fate of Humanity. That despite untold tragedy, the brave Human Spirit will persevere, no matter what.
The great Lana Gulevich delivers this brave courage in the face of Humanity’s fate.
LANA GULEVICH drives the film with a magnetic spirit. She will not be stopped by the barbed wire fences of the USSR Gulag.
ANDREY VASILYEV is a powerhouse in the film. He will not be stopped. He takes Anastasia and leads her to Freedom in escape from the Gulag.
Sliver of Light. Irina Ratushinskaya wrote a famous poem in a Barashevo camp, about how a thin sliver (band) of light on her prison wall gave her hope in Life. Hope is the thin band of light below. The thin Hope that Life and Humanity will carry on, resisting the inhumanity of Marxism.
Ronald Duthweiler as COMMISSAR
DONATE to Help Make this Film before Snow Melts.
Get DVD or Blu-ray of film with donation of $25 or more, email your mailing address. Help make this important Human Rights film about Soviet Gulags.
Donate via PayPal or Credit Card.
Fundraising song to help us speed up production.
Feb. 6-7, 2016 filming from the frozen snow location of GULAG VOKUTA.
GULAG VORKUTA (2016) is the powerful story of Love Against the Gulag. The power of Love overcomes the barbed wire fences of the Gulag and Humanity is set free.
Love was “Bourgeois”, selfish, anti-Marxist in the USSR.
Anastasia is in the womens’ side of the Marxist USSR Gulag camp, Alexander is in the mens’ side, separated. But their love is so immense that they bond as one and vow to escape the Gulag. With the help of their friends who risk and sacrifice their lives to gather supplies for the escape over the snow to the border, Anastasia and Alexander enter into the most sacred Love Pact, a vow for not just themselves, but for their peoples. A great love that extends beyond themselves.
Now Crowdfunding on Indiegogo and Kickstarter: