I could not disagree with you more... I think you're missing the point. This is a film about the experience of a dancer, not a live performance. Those two are very, VERY different things. This film feels extremely truthful to that world. The traditions of Russian Ballet can be ruthlessly strict on it's dancers. In contrast, the uninhibited creative possibilities of modern dance can feel absolutely liberating as a performer.
As a dancer myself, I can't wait to see this.
The funny thing is that in practice I've never actually heard anyone use the actual term "ballerino". Though, it definitely sounds a lot cooler than "Male Ballet Dancer".
Thanks for the support! It was definitely a fun project.
"“There is the ‘cinematic look,’ with lots of soft focus,” Vasta reflects. “That isn’t good for dance. "
Not sure I entirely agree with this. Dance isn't just about the spectacle of the body and what it can do. There is an intimacy that is lost when you shoot dance the same way that it is presented on stage.
In fact, we did the exact opposite of this to great effect in our own dance film:https://vimeo.com/154557543
This is a sound strategy.
Location ends up being one of the biggest factors following graduation. You really want to plant somewhere and get to know as many filmmakers in your periphery as possible.
The great thing about programs like NYU or USC is that you're often exposed to lots of high-value industry people that could potentially open up opportunities in the future. You also get the room to fail (which is crucial to growth) in a safe, productive environment.
That being said... Film school isn't for everyone. I've personally had a love/hate experience.