GERGANA "LEAVE"

music video


In March, 2007, Mihail Popov shares his idea of making some music videos to his acquaintance, Tencho Yanchev, who is a director in PAYNER COMPANY. The first of those videos is even assigned for a singer, but everything failed because she has many engagements, and making the video has to be delayed for an unsettled period of time. So Tencho Yanchev offers making a video for another singer – Gergana. Then Mihail Popov turns to his second video idea – a gladiatorial fight between two giant robots, controlled by a man that is inside them, in a huge futuristic arena.

Mihail Popov’s inspiration for this conception comes from different places, starting with the classical animation series of "VOLTRON", the film 'ROBOT JOX (1990)' by director Stuart Gordon, and a contest for robots, organized by the Bulgarian forum for computer graphics 'GRAPHILLA'. That is actually where the whole idea originates. The conception changes through time till it reaches its final appearance in this video. Accomplishing his idea is a dream come true for Mihail Popov, who wants to put everything in such an undertaking – “I didn’t want to make just a music video. My idea was to make something that is as original as possible and that hadn’t been achieved yet. I wanted to put robots in a video in the best possible way and use the budged workably to the maximum that can be achieved in a video production”.

After meeting Gergana’s producers, all details about the video are settled and a date for shooting is pointed. However this date is postponed several times due to the singer’s engagements or other problems with preparing the shoots. The first shooting day is May 11, 2007 and the video is officially announced on 14 May on PAYNER COMPANY website. The video is at first intended to come out in the end of September or the beginning of October, but because of filming delays shooting finishes in the end of August and releasing the video has to be put off till December. The main thing that slows the work is the huge and difficult production process so the video had to be postponed again and is supposed to come out on May 1, 2008.

Of course such a project can’t go without difficulties. The problems start when Tencho Yanchev gives an interview for a Bulgarian magazine, where he gives deceptive information about the video. Because Tencho Yanchev makes an attempt to steal ideas, Mihail Popov makes a radical decision and stops working with him and puts an end to his involvement in the video. That affects the publicity of the forthcoming music video a lot. Furthermore Tencho Yanchev refuses to give an essential part of the shoots and requires receiving payment for it, which slowed the release of the video even more. After the interference of Mitko Dimitrov, owner of PAYNER COMPANY and producer of the video, Tencho Yanchev hands all the materials.

The original song that the video was intended for was called “Stop the Pain in Me”, but because of the long production process, a decision is made to change the song with a new one called “Leave”. The additional shoots for the new song are filmed on 2 May, 2008, and the release of the video is appointed for 8 June, 2008. The date is kept secret till the last moment, when one week before the release a unique advert, made as a film trailer, starts to run on TV. Its idea is to prepare the viewers for the actual video.

“If we picture the video as a human body the trailer would be its heart.” says Mihail. The trailer is indeed very different from other video advert that have ever been made and shown. Moreover with its length of 1 min it looks more like an advertisement of a film than of a musical video. Even the sound effects of the trailer are made as if they are for a film. To achieve that Mihail Popov chooses one of the best sound studios in Bulgaria. All of that makes the trailer an unforgettable advert that is highly appreciated by the viewers, and shows Mihail’s desire and determination to move from making animation to films.

Despite the trailer’s success the comments about the actual video weren’t so good. Mihail’s opinion about it wasn’t either - “I try to believe that it is a great and unmatched video, but it isn’t. I know that I have reached the maximum in terms of effects and animation, but there could have been more live shoots and singing scenes. In the last moment some scenes that were very important for the video’s plot had to drop off. In spite of all that the video is good, which is a good start. The next one would be much better. Of course, the original idea of the video still remains and it will continue to develop. One of my biggest worries was that the video wouldn’t be as dynamic as I imagined but gradually all my worries disappeared. After I had watched it several times on TV I felt that the other videos that came before and after “Leave” were much more boring, simple and common."

There are some interesting technological details about the video. It takes one year and four months from thinking up the idea to the final release of the video and a total of 400 GB space. If the arena was real it would have been 1 km in diameter. The ring is actually an unfilled auto morgue. That is why there are a lot of scattered cars around its edges. There are 22 different car models in the scenes and each one is squashed, damaged and put in place by hand with a lot of care. In many scenes more than 7000 computer generated cars can be seen. The robots consist of 202 moving parts and their height is 22 meters, as high as a seven-storied building. Three different versions of the robots have been created till they reach their final appearance, which takes 4 months. This is one of the most expensive and challenging music videos that have ever been made in Bulgaria..
 
GERGANA "LEAVE"

GERGANA

DIMITUR ILIEV

music
PLAMEN STOICHEV

sound effects
GRAFFITTI STUDIO

director of photography
JORDAN PETKOV


visual effects and animation
GENIG STUDIO

matte painting
HRISTO CHUKOV

tracking
IVAN TEPAVICHAROV

producer
MITKO DIMITROV

director
MIHAIL POPOV

very special thanks to
THE MAN W
HO DID MANY THINGS BUT DIDN'T WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW HIS NAME
and
HRISTO CHUKOV
IVAN TEPAVICHAROV
MIROSLAV PETROV
TODOR DIMITROV and KREMENA DIMITROVA
NIKOLAY PETROV
TENCHO YANCHEV
































links
GENIG STUDIO

PAYNER COMPANY
GRAFFITTI STUDIO
MINI MARICA IZTOK ltd

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DONWLOAD TRAILER | quicktime 44mb
DOWNLOAD CLIP | quicktime 186mb