Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the full-scale war, many cinematographers have turned into documentalists as well as FILM.UA Group, that begins working on the new documentary projects. One of them is a cycle "Risen from Ashes" that compares the sequences of the Second World War on the planet and of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
From the beginning of the war, many of the historical and cultural spots in Ukraine were partially or completely destroyed, some of them are in the occupied territories under the temporary control of the Russian army. "We cannot calculate this damage to the Eastern and Southern parts of Ukraine while the war still goes on. But we can capture it, demonstrate it– and fix it," said from FILM UA. "Risen from Ashes" project will be created with CGI and VFX technologies to generate all the needed images for the reconstruction of history.
“Using the photogrammetry technologies, we will scan destroyed buildings and even blocks in 3D with a drone, and then create a very detailed 3D model of the scene. These models can help us in various ways, from classic infographics to a virtual production – a special studio with circular screens. In such a studio, the presenter will be as if fully present in the middle of a ruined city. In addition, we are experimenting with NERF, neural radiance field technology, that can generate complex 3D models, based on 2D images, even on photos from the mobile camera,” – tells Evgeniy Sannikov, Head of the Researches and Innovations Department of FILM.UA Group.
The participants of the project "Risen from Ashes" are historians, architects, and engineers who are already working on rebuilding the destroyed places. They will lead the viewer through the history, explaining how ruins after WWII became modern cities, and how Ukraine can use this expertise. The creators of the project are sure that the practical experience and recommendations of the specialists will help Ukrainians to recover the ruined cities faster.
FILM.UA Group is planning to produce at least 7 more projects dedicated to different aspects of the Ukrainian culture: forgotten names of prominent Ukrainians; Ukrainian artists who are appropriated by Russian propaganda as Russians; stolen artefacts of Ukrainian culture; Ukrainian lifestyle; and The Antonov An-225 Mriya, the biggest aircraft ever built, destroyed in 2022.
One of the main goals of FILM.UA Group projects is to represent rich and original Ukrainian culture. In the last 5 years, the company has filmed a documentary series about the national Ukrainian clothing ("Back to Basics" and "Back to Basics. Wedding"), Ukrainian cuisine ("Borsch. The Secret Ingredient"). It has also created feature films, based on classic Ukrainian literature: a historical action film "The Rising Hawk", and an animated film "Mavka. The Forest Song", and the historical drama film "Maid-in-Law."
Using the photogrammetry technologies, we will scan destroyed buildings and even blocks in 3D with a drone, and then create a very detailed 3D model of the scene. These models can help us in various ways, from classic infographics to a virtual production – a special studio with circular screens” Evgeniy Sannikov Head of the Researches and Innovations Department of FILM.UA Group.