Film production is increasingly adapting to the viewing habits of the smartphone generation - films for mobile viewers must be short and ideally also available in an upright version - following the example of successful vertical video pioneers Snapchat and, more recently, TikTok. Russian film pioneer Timur Bekmambetov goes one step further and produces his 10 million dollar production "V2. Escape from Hell" in a native vertical.
Timur Bekmambetov has already produced numerous films, including "Searching" (2018), "Ben Hur" (2016) and "Wanted" (2008), and invented the Screenlife format, in which the entire action takes place on one or more (PiP) computer, tablet or smartphone displays - successfully used for the first time in "Unfriended", which has earned million internationally.
Poster for Timur Bekmambetov&s "V2. Escape from Hell"
Bekmambetov has experience with film productions for smartphones, having already produced the first fully vertical series "Dead Of Night" (theme: the zombie apocalypse) for a mobile audience, which was shot exclusively for Snapchat. The shooting of "V2", a World War II drama about a Russian prisoner of war in a German concentration camp who escapes with others by plane - is scheduled to start next week in Russia. The story is based on real events whose 75th anniversary has just been celebrated.
"V2" is produced by Bazelevs and Voenfilm in partnership with Russia&s largest mobile phone operator MTS, which will release it in Russia on its digital platform MTS Media. An English, slightly different version with additional scenes is also being worked on. Its premiere will be "V2. Escape from Hell" next year.