Another victory! Our clip #Seagull received the high award – the Grand Prix of the 8th International Independent Internet Short Film Festival in the category “Short Film.” Congratulations to all who have helped, directly or indirectly, and it is your well-deserved victory. Thanks to those who supported our project on the crowdfunding site Boomstarter, who came to Lazurny Quarry, where the filming had been set, and helped us above and below the ice, who just sent rays of luck.
Friday, December 16, 2016 the opening of the 20-th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade started with our short movie #Seagull. At Sunday night I received an email with winners list, where I found my name and movie’s title.
1st place in the Independent Category on one of the oldest festivals of underwater movies! I still cannot believe that my debut get such a high estimation!
It is the victory of the entire team: operators Kirill Ivanov and Andrei Vertogradov; safety divers Andrei Dmitriev and Andrei Kenkurogov, the support team on the surface, a friendly team Wind Channel, which helped with the post-production. And of course, the incomparable Natalie Avseenko that perfectly played the role of Seagull.
Congratulations to all participants; to everyone who supported us on Boomstarter; all companies that provided technical support: the company Nikon (Russia), SUBAL Underwater Housings (Austria), SanDisk (Russia) and Scurion (Switzerland).
To catch a glance at a #Seagull leading the list of winners at the Festival site click here
This is a documentary about our #Seagull project, how the short movie had been taken and what it cost to fulfil the dreams:
We are happy to present to you the video from our #Seagull Project. Many thanks to those who had helped to create it: those who were part of the team, and those who supported our project on the crowdfunding site Boomstarter, those who help with post-production (absolutely for completely free), and those who visited us on the quarry for the weekend and helped both under water and on the surface, and those who just sometimes pleased us with cakes and hot tea in a thermos. There are pieces of your care in the short of each of you!
Meet our new project #Seagull! Teaser is ready, documentary and feature short coming soon! Twice world champion and record holder in free diving Natalie Avseenko and National Geographic (Russia) photographer, Nikon Ambassador, Subal Pro Team member Viktor Lyagushkin starring. See them at 27th of July, 2016
Freedom, love and flight – it’s hard to say how they are related, but somehow the simple words excite all the people of our planet. They make us dream, make our hearts run faster, this is something that is worth living.
Our project is named #Seagull. Seagull is not just a bird, it is a symbol of struggle, symbol of soul, connection between the worlds, a personification of grief and happiness. It is Jonathan Livingston Seagull flying from the parable by Richard Bach; it is the Stormy Petrel by Maxim Gorky. It is a story of difficult obstacles, intractable obstacles, the will, desire, and feelings of a person who wins what cannot be beat. Continue reading
The TV channel “My Planet” took 10 documentaries about the top 10 Nikon photographers within the project “Russia through the Nikon lens”. One of them is a story of our National Geographic expedition to the Baikal Lake in June 2015.
We are very grateful to scientists from Baikal Limnology Institute Igor Khanayev and Professor Dmitry Shcherbakov, the Nikon company, and all persons who lend a helping hand.
And here’s the movie:
Summer 2015 we spent in Georgia, exploring canyons and taking pictures. The project was featured in one of the most popular Georgian TV programs – Post Scriptum summarising events of the country.
Thank you, Amiran Jamrishvili, Valeri Barbaqadze, Irakli Julakidze for your help, and sharing your knowledge and love to Georgia.
the documentary dedicated to our recent adventure to Orda Cave is ready! It is available at Russia Today Channel web site. Documentary anounce reads:
“Free diving champion Natalie Avseenko is seeking inner peace in the deep of the Orda Cave in Russia’s Perm Region. Join RT as we travel with her and an entourage of support divers, photographers, and journalists documenting her attempt to become the underwater legend known as the Mistress of the Orda Cave”.
The documentary by Russia Today Channel “Mistress of the Orda Cave”