Arkady Airapetov: “The “Seeds” video is a unique work”

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Actor Arkady Airapetov about filming the video “Seeds” and his impressions of working with the publishing house “Zvuk-M”.

In the cozy cafe “Tete-a-Tete” on the second floor of the art gallery “Vernissage” in Pyatigorsk, our correspondent talked with theater and film actor Arkady Airapetov, who played a kind scientist-inventor in the video clip “Seeds”, which is expected to premiere in October this year . The scientist is really kind, but a little crazy, since only such a person could come up with the idea of ​​​​inventing a seed launcher and making the work easier for those who choose sunflower seeds.

Arkady Airapetov as a kind scientist-inventor in the video clip "Seeds".
Arkady Airapetov as a kind scientist-inventor in the video clip “Seeds”.

It was this kind genius in his office that you could see in teaser for the video “Seeds” on channel of the music publishing house "Zvuk-M" on YouTube. It is immediately clear that the hero Arkady is solving a difficult problem, he is businesslike, thoughtful, collected, although his appearance (like his desktop) looks somewhat disjointed - as befits a creative person.

Arkady Airapetov: “I had to surpass my ancestor, who invented sunflower oil. And my character decided to feed the whole world and invent a seed launcher. Or maybe invent some special oil. But he didn’t succeed with the seeds...”

Let’s reveal a secret, the scientist’s creation exploded right in the frame in the last seconds of the “Seeds” video clip. That is why in previous articles about the clip You could see photos of Angelica Nacheva and Sultan Hurricane with smoky faces.

Arkady Airapetov: “Yes, the explosion occurred on the set, in the frame. Just a shocking sight. In general, I am very impressed by the choice of locations. Ethnographic Museum Ataman, Kuban Cossack village in life size. A real open-air museum. We don’t have this in the Stavropol Territory, although it could be. After all, the culture of the Terek Cossacks is not very different from the culture of the Kuban Cossacks. And all the participants in the filming received great pleasure from both the process and the places where we worked.”

Arkady Airapetov: “All participants in the filming received great pleasure from both the process and the places where we worked.” Filming site for the video clip “Seeds”.

For the filming of the “Seeds” video, management of the publishing house “Zvuk-M” attracted serious material and human resources. The show-ballet from Rostov, Caucasian pop stars Angelika Nachesova and Sultan-Uragan, many residents of the village participated in crowd scenes.

“The Sultan was the leading actor and the production director rolled into one,” says Arkady. — When Sultan had to leave for several hours, he was perfectly replaced by Artur Khasanov. The clip maker is excellent! He sees the frame, sees the perspective. I really liked it! And in general, as an actor, I highly appreciate the work of all participants; the lighting crew generally worked brilliantly. We were lucky with the weather, lucky with the directors, lucky with the camera crew.

Arkady Airapetov: "I am delighted with the choice of locations for filming" Seeds ". Ethnographic Museum Ataman, a life-size Kuban Cossack village!"
Arkady Airapetov: “I am delighted with the choice of locations for filming Seeds.” Ethnographic Museum Ataman, life-size Kuban Cossack village!

“I really liked my portrait from the scenery with a beard like Ivan Petrovich Pavlov,” continues Arkady. — This was a portrait of my real ancestor in the image of Bokarev (editor’s note: Daniil Bokarev owned the discovery of sunflower as an oilseed crop. In 1829, it was he who came up with a method for obtaining oil from sunflower. Four years later, in 1833, in Alekseevka (now the city of Alekseevka in the Belgorod region ) the merchant Papushin, with the assistance of Bokarev, built the first oil mill in Russia. And already in 1834, Bokarev opened his own oil mill, literally less than a year later he began exporting oil abroad. By 1860, there were more than one and a half hundred oil mills in Alekseevka. Up to 40 thousand barrels, the contents of which weighed about 900 thousand pounds). So in a certain way, the “Seeds” video pays tribute to the memory of the real inventor.

Arkady Airapetov: “Somewhere in the late spring of this year, Sultan called me and invited me to shoot the video “Seeds”

Arkady Airapetov: “Somewhere in the late spring of this year, Sultan called me and invited me to shoot the video “Seeds”. It was very interesting for me, because I had just finished filming the video for the singer Nata (in this video I played the dad) and I really liked participating in the filming of the video as such - in a few seconds you can convey the whole range of acting feelings. This is different from acting in movies or performing on stage.

Arkady Airapetov: "Somewhere in the late spring of this year Sultan called me and invited me to shoot the video" Seeds "." Arkady in the video of the singer Nata.
Arkady Airapetov: “Somewhere in the late spring of this year, Sultan called me and invited me to shoot the video “Seeds”. The photo shows Arkady in the video of singer Nata.

In general, we met Sultan in 2016 on the set of his film “The Jacket.” After the triumph of Sultan’s first film, “Barefoot in the Sky,” he decided to make a comedy. Our theater was invited to a casting, and of all the actors in the troupe, only I passed. I went to see the Sultan with pleasure, as I was in real euphoria after filming the series “Our Happy Tomorrow” by Igor Kopylov from Leningrad. I played Yakov Borisovich there - a business man, a shop worker who made body shirts for the 80 Olympics.

Arkady Airapetov (workshop worker Yakov Borisovich) in the film "Our Happy Tomorrow".
Arkady Airapetov (guild worker Yakov Borisovich) in the film “Our Happy Tomorrow.”

And a year and a half after filming the film, Sultan called me and invited me to star in the video “Seeds” on the Taman Peninsula. I have never been there, it was very interesting: here is the Black Sea, here is the Azov Sea and Kerch nearby. There I met Mikhail Yuryevich Yugov, and I’ll tell you - he is a man who loves artists. It’s a rare producer today who is willing to do anything for an artist. Yugov is just one of those. I am very pleased with both my participation in the filming and meeting such wonderful people. In my time, I have seen a lot of producers and directors, I have worked a lot both on stage and in films. And the video “Seeds” is in this sense a unique work both in concept, in crew, and in location of filming. Although each project is wonderful in its own way, the actor retains positive memories of each work, because every time he gives his all, regardless of whether the role is a minor one, the main one, or even an episodic one. I remember with great fondness my participation in such films as “Return of the Battleship”, “Out of Fire and Light” and others.

Arkady Airapetov as Zhorik in the feature film "The Return of the Battleship"
Arkady Airapetov as Zhorik in the feature film “Return of the Battleship”

“The Return of the Battleship” is a Russian-Belarusian feature film of 1996, shot by director Gennady Poloka at the Central Film Studio of Children's and Youth Films named after. M. Gorky based on the story of the same name by Alexei Kapler in the year of the 100th anniversary of cinema. Arkady Airapetov played the role of Zhorik in it.

But “Seeds,” of course,” Arkady smiles, “is the most sparkling and fun video of all those in which I have participated in my entire 30-year acting career. Therefore, on behalf of the entire acting team of the Pyatigorsk Chamber Drama Theater “Close-up”, where I currently serve, I wish the video clip “Seeds” good luck and success at the box office, unconditional recognition of the audience.

Let us remind our readers that the video clip “Seeds” will be released in October 2017. Read all about the filming of this video at our special heading.

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