15th ÉCU Film Festival | 2020 
"The original idea came from the composer, which is right, since we made a music video."
Ivan Yudin
 Adagio for Strings and Storm 
European Music Video
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Official music video for Adagio for Strings and Storm by Nico Cartosio.

Hi Ivan thank you for talking to TNC, how are you handling the lockdown?

Greetings! Actually I don’t have less work during the lockdown so it feels like there is no quarantine. 

Your film Adagio for Strings and Storms has been selected for Music Video Category at the 2020 ÉCU Film Festival in Paris, what has it meant to you to be part of this unique film festival for independent filmmakers?

It is a great honour to be among the participants of this unique festival, I am very grateful to the organizers for choosing our work for their festival.

Can you tell me a little bit about Adagio for Strings and Storms, what was the inspiration behind this music video?

The original idea came from the composer, which is right, since we made a music video. It’s very important for music and video to go in one direction. In the process of creating a video inspiration was coming from music all the time. 

What was it about Nico Cartosio's music that interested you so much as a director?

Nico’s Music has lots of narrative, you can just close your eyes and imagine a huge number of stories and heroes without special efforts because his music tells it.

How important is the collaboration between director and musician when working on a music video like this?

Both the collaboration and a certain degree of freedom are important.

What was the most challenging aspect of bringing this Adagio for Strings and Storms life?

We shot everything in 24 hours without interruption, it was difficult. It’s better to talk more specifically about every frame to answer this question correctly. But it was not easy.

Looking back do you think there is anything you would have done differently?

Perhaps nothing, this is a finished, beautiful work. We have to move on.

Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?

No, initially, what fascinated me the most was the editing. Only then I began to understand that I could shoot differently. At some point I overcame my fear and I went to study. 

"Do not be afraid. Fear is the main enemy."

You are a graduate of the Moscow film school, what was this experience like for you?

When I went to study, I already had a certain background, almost 8 years on TV. The MFS gave an understanding of the basis of the profession and a chance to make several works in a friendly team.

What has been the best piece of advice you have been given when you started out?

The best advice was given by my good friend right before shooting Adagio. She said: "now we need to relax, but at the same time to gather strength".

Do you have any tips or advice to offer filmmakers about to make their own debut film or music video?

Do not be afraid. Fear is the main enemy.

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Adagio for Strings and Storms?

I hope you all will enjoy watching it.

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