The Cinema Sound Production Studio has accomplished the entire set of sound production works for the film Dzidzio Contrabass, which included on set sound recording, audio design, foley recording, editing, and post-dubbing in 5.1 format.
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Borrowing money from God, buying cigarettes, dressing like a priest, lying to mom, becoming a smuggler, organizing a funeral, helping to deliver a baby, and cover 12,000 kilometers of road. Dzidzio (Mykhailo Khoma) managed to do all those things during 1.5 hours of screen time.
Certainly, singers becoming actors is a common thing in the US. However, it’s quite a rare thing in present-day Ukrainian filmmaking industry. So, an incredibly popular Ukrainian singer DZIDZIO decided to follow suit by debuting in a comedy film DZIDZIO Contrabass.
Although it took a really short time, by Ukrainian measures, to shoot this movie, it immediately became a huge event in Ukraine and gathered a record number of viewers in the first week of screening, thus proving that it can compete even with the Hollywood pictures. Our sound recording studio “Tretyakoff production” contributed to the shooting process, which is why we want to share the exclusive details from beyond-the-scenes and help the readers understand what is so charming about this Ukrainian comedy.
Oleh Borshchevsky (a music video maker, an author of novellas from the almanac Kyiv, My Love, a screenwriter and director of the movie Nymph) was at the helm of the shooting process. The creators of the film made an emphasis on the authenticity, national colors, and peculiarities of everyday life of regular Ukrainians. Rather than showing the life of a regular big city, the movie focuses on remote places, such as villages. Contrabass positions itself as a movie for regular people about regular people, and that is something especially appealing about this picture. In his commentaries to the journalists, Dzidzio confirmed the concept, saying, “To be honest, the script is based on myself. In the movie, you will see the DZIDZIO you all know and love. We were not inventing anything, just showed stories from real life.”
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It is no secret to anyone that Mykhailo Khoma posseses an extraordinary talent of a comedy actor. In the movie, Dzidzio is exuberant, touching, natural, and funny, and he feels quite comfortable in the image he creates. His performance is an absolute success. There is a good reason for naming the film DZIDZIO Contrabass, rather than simply Contrabass. The performance of the leading actor totally justifies the emphasis he gets in the title. Actually, he is the main inspirer. Unmatched Olena Lavreniuk plays the adventurous character Aliona, the leading female role. The secondary roles are performed by Nazarii Huk (Yulyk), Orest Halytsky (Lamour), Serhii Pavuk, Rymma Ziubina, Volodymyr Horiansky, Oleksii Vertynsky, and Ihor Kondratiuk.
Volodymyr TRETYAKOV, the producer and director of the Cinema Sound Production Studio says that DZIDZIO Contrabass had to be completed in very short terms, “Our task was to create high-quality sound under complicated circumstances, when we had a small budget, were pressed in time, and yet we’ve succeeded. The movie gathered the total box office of over 20 million hryvnias.”
Regarding the behind-the-scenes moments, Tretyakov emphasized that he had hugely enjoyed working with Dzidzio, “We’re incredibly happy that he chose our sound recording studio. We hope it was not the last time we worked together and that Khoma will make other projects after Contrabass.”
Finally, it was an immense pleasure for the entire creative team of the Cinema Sound Production Studio to work on this project. Rest assured, no one will be left emotionless after watching the movie. The feeling of pride for the rapidly developing Ukrainian filmmaking industry might be another bonus the viewers will get from watching it.