Creative producer: Mikhail Mashtakov
Red Bull Athletes: Viatcheslav Krasilnikov,
Director: Yuri Khmelnitskiy
DOP: Vladimir Lobunets
Production sound mixer: Sergey Matveev
Producer: Guram Gabunia
Executive producer: Max Malay
Line producer: Elena Lyubovina
Film editor: Alexander Chebotaryev
At the closing of 2020 the athletes were scheduled for an extended training session in Sochi and Anapa. We managed to fight our way there, and finally, a year and two months removed from our previous meeting, we were able to roll our cameras.
During the 10 days we spent in Sochi we were able to talk to the athletes about nearly every topic, discussed every injury and victory, trained with Oleg according to his personal program, rode bikes with Slava. We listened to their conversations on the playing field.
While we were piecing together the structure of the project, it became clear that we wouldn’t be able to stick to the original plan of fantasy volleyball, so we started to rework the plot of the film in the direction of a fully-fledged documentary.
We managed to get a hold of the guys in the early summer of 2021, 2 months before the games, and we recorded some more interviews.
Despite the film officially releasing after the Olympics have concluded, we screened it for Slava and Oleg and their families before they left for the games. We really wanted to hype them up, to support them, and we succeeded!
2 years passed between the initial planning and the release of the project.
20 days were spent filming. An uncountable number of nerves were spent.
40 terabytes of video materials were accumulated. More than 200 scenes were cut.
Oleg and Slava won the Silver medals of the Tokyo Olympics.