Parkour and Filmmaking - Way of Life




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Documentary Movie Club welcomed its first official guest for the semester on Monday, September 20. Andrey Hadjivasilev, a Bulgarian director and producer, presented his documentary film "Parkour – Way of Life” and talked about his career and experience in video- and filmmaking. [caption id="attachment_5443" align="alignleft" width="154" caption="Director and producer Andrey Hadjivasilev talks to AUBG students"][/caption] After finishing the National Professional high school for poligraphy and photography, Andrey Hadjivasilev continued his education in the New Bulgarian University. There, he got a double degree in Film & TV Direction and Cinematography. He also attended the Film & TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), where famous filmmakers such as Emir Kusturica and Milos Forman received their education. His first music video Hadjivasilev did while he was still a student back in 2008. The video was done for the Bulgarian Star Academy finalist, Viktoria Kerin , for the song "Touch me". It was aired on MTV and the song entered the channel’s "World Chart Express" on position 9. Today, Hadjivasilev produces music videos for many Bulgarian singers, such as Rumaneca and Enchev, Atlas, Milena Slavova, Iskren Pecov etc. In 2010, he did the first 3D music video ever done in Bulgaria. There is also a 2D version available for TV and Internet screening. [caption id="attachment_5446" align="alignright" width="284" caption="AUBG Documentary Movie Club with Andrey Hadjivasilev"][/caption] The documentary film that Andrey Hadjivasilev presented to the AUBG students, "Parkour – Way of Life", is named after the free-run sport parkour. The documentary features 4 parkour crews who show their tricks and talk about the unifying nature of the sport and its purpose to reach harmony between your soul and the obstacles on your way. The film was done in 2005 when the sport was only an emerging trend in Bulgaria. It was a low-budget film that had only 1 professional and 4 family-size cameras, and took just 4 days of shooting. However, the film attracted more than 800 viewers on its movie-theatre premier in 2007, and was later distributed on DVD. Its first TV release was on Nova TV and had more than 1 million viewers. Hadjivasilev’s idea was to show the documentary free of charge in as many ways as possible. This was the film that made him popular. “Topics find filmmakers, and I am happy that parkour found me,” he said. The advice that Andrey Hadjivasilev gave to the audience in the Andrey Delchev auditorium was to keep working and always realize new projects. He said that one should always upgrade their level of skill and learn new things in order to achieve the desired success. If you want to find out more about Andrey Hadjivasilev and his work, check out his production studio Revive Vision.