Voskhod Takes Russian YouTube by Storm With Bombastic Pro-Entrepreneur Music Video
A music video about hardships of entrepreneurs, directed by Emir Kusturica for a song by popular Russian band THE HATTERS, has entered the Top-3 of Russian Youtube overnight.
Many internet users can relate to the video, as bloggers, influencers and people of art themselves represent small businesses.
The mission of Tochka Bank – the inspiration and the hero of the music/advertising project – is to make life easier for entrepreneurs within the framework of the Russian market. The economy, government, monopolists – it all fills an entrepreneur’s everyday life with craziness, adventure, and the constant necessity to act while relying only on yourself and your allies.
You can check out the music video below:
The video pictures the Russian market of small and medium-sized businesses as a gypsy one – grotesque, noisy, chaotic and carnivalesque. An entrepreneur has to overcome difficulties that the main antagonist – the Boss – is responsible for. The Boss is a vivid two-in-one representation of the government and monopolies. Together with his family, he terrorizes local businesspeople by demanding bribes, robbing the spots and collecting cash, not paying the bills and bogarting other businesses. So, it’s Russia as it is. However, we believe that together we can make it right.
Emir Kusturica directed the video; his art had brought the gypsy market to life with all the aesthetic and conceptual details so the market got its own laws, everyday life, fashion, personalities. The Hatters – a popular Russian music band – wrote and performed the song. The main characters were played by popular bloggers and entrepreneurs who write about fashion, politics, urban planning and other topics that interest a wide audience.
Emir Kusturica, director, said "the shooting was very complicated in terms of the quantity of frames per day and the complexity of the story itself. We needed to perform a huge thing within 3 short shooting days. The speed was hard to believe - we did a 6 min video in 3 days. I guess nowadays we can call an advertising movie/clip a real art. But those who create the advertising campaigns should have in mind the most important things: storytelling, working with actors. They shouldn’t think only about brand colours of the product or how you call it. And they should trust the directors and crew they hire. Otherwise, what’s the point?"
The song is a rebellious hymn for those who are tired of anyone trying to get in the way of their wildest dreams, and as the narrator says it out loud in a straightforward way (“You say no and I say go f*ck yourself”), the lyrics evolve to perky lines “Listen, man, I’m here to take it all”. The hero of the song is willing to take risks (“Everybody here is walking on the edge”) and fight for a better world to live in – the world where you can achieve it all at once.
Co-founder, Head of Marketing: Yana Gannik
Head of Internet promotion: Tatiana Kornaushchenko
Creative producer: Konstantin Baydak
PR-manager: Aleksandra Prytkova
Head of projects: Sofya Maslennikova
Supervising designer: Mikhail Kapustin
Creative Agency: RA Voskhod
Creative directors: Andrey Gubaydullin, Anton Rozhin
Head of Strategy: Dmitry Donik
Project manager: Elizaveta Larionova
Postproduction: Ilya Linetsky
Production Company: Daddy’s Film Production
Director: Emir Kusturica
DOP: Tim Lobov
Co-director: Aleksey Smolyar
Executive producers: Yegor Solomatin, Tatiana Lukovnikova
Line producer: Damiana Aleksandrova
Crew chief: Dmitry Dimchevsky
Crew chief deputy: Mikhail Goglov
Edited by Svetolik “Mica” Zajc
Color by: Aleksandr Zolotarev (CGF LLC)
The Hatters (music)
Song by THE HATTERS: All at once
Lyrics: Yury Muzychenko, Pavel Lichadeev
Violin, vocal, piano: Yury Muzychenko
Accordeon, vocal, piano: Pavel Lichadeev
Trumpet, piano: Altayir Kozhakhmetov
Drums: Dmitry Vecherinin
Bass: Aleksandr Anisimov
Trombone: Vadim Rulev
Backing vocal, percussion: Anna Muzychenko
Backing vocal, percussion: Anna Lichadeeva
Director: Daniil Mustaev
Administrator: Daniil Belov
Technical director: Viktor Kuznetsov
Sound producer: Andrey Timofeev
Sound mixing: Ilya Lukashev
Mastering: Tom Porcell
Special thanks: Roman Pevzner and Aleksandr Baburin, BlackLight Agency (communication with bloggers)
Opinion leaders managers: Olga Takoeva, Mariia Zhukova, Sofya Zabotina
Category: Music video , Short Films and Music Videos