Aćim Vasić Wins a Place Amongst Partizan's Director Ranks with Career Launching Short '8'
When it becomes easier to quantify the amount of shorts you crunch through in a typical week as 'hours' rather than 'films' watched, a filmmaker has to create something rather special for it to stick in your mind. I can't recall exactly where or when I first saw Serbian director Aćim Vasić's oneupmanship war short 8, but it's an unmistakably great example of low budget filmmaking, and I'm happy to say that the 2010 short has finally made its way online curtesy of Vasić's new production home Partizan:
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Due to past experiences where the need for extensive budget raising had hampered his directorial ambitions, Vasić consciously decided to scale things back to a level that would enable him to deliver a relatively low budget short, although it still took the director around 18 months to raise the finance and put things in place with Swiss producer Luc Walpoth for his 5 day shoot:
"I wrote a WW2 script about 4 years before this one, but I never managed to realize it, because of money and other smaller problems. So one day I thought about why don’t I just do something cheaper, but still in the war…just 2 actors…simple conflict…and the idea came out."
Given 8's lack of dialogue, stunning cinematography and perfectly handled tonal shifts as the advantage flits between X (Nicky Naude) and O (Guillaume Tavi), both of whom give beautifully nuanced performances, you'd think that the short would be the perfect candidate for an extended worldwide festival run. However, aside from taking Best Short Film at Monfilmfest, 8 seems to have bypassed much of the festival circuit hoopla. The film festival vs. web argument is something we've taken a great interest in along with many others, but with 8 only just making its way online Vasić appears to have taken a third, more direct route to building his career and getting a foot in the door at Partizan:
"It took lots of persistence to get in touch with them, and in the end they saw and liked the short and we had a meeting and decided to try and see how it goes in our new relationship. Hopefully it will be fruitful for everyone."
It's hard to fault an approach that looks to have paid off so well. What creative approaches have you used to land that dream gig?