— PROJECT NAME
ZHUSAN: A LONG WAY HOME
Main Title Design
DEC 2019 — JAN 2020
I was honored to be a part of the ZHUSAN documentary production team.
ZHUSAN — Artemisia, a mugwort, wormwood is a type of aromatic herbs that are often mentioned in many cultures around the world.
The film tells a story about the difficult fate of the people who became victims of ideological and political wars in the Middle East.
In 2012-2015, radically recruited Kazakhstanis most often left for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria. It’s impossible to calculate the exact number of people that have left.
Usually they had no documents and after they left the country, they ended up falling into the hands of the extremist groups.
“The bitter smell of ZHUSAN” is a nostalgic scent of an endless steppe that is associated with the homeland and the memory of the ones who were forcibly separated and departed for the never-ending war.
As the documentary concerns the military and social topics, the production team asked me to recreate the style of the Call of Duty game series, to make it seem like the viewer is having his/her own mission briefing.
As for the end titles we decided to create a chain of unique walls going one after another. Therefore, the appearing credits, the forward movement of the camera and focus blur in the frame creates the depth of field in the picture with a sense of integrity of the film.
Directors: kana beisekeyev, Beibit Oner, Aizatulla Hussein
DOP: kana beisekeyev, Aizatulla Hussein, Madi Zhagi, Gibrat Bakayev, Kanat Rymtayev
Gaffer: Asan Mukashev
Editing Director: Beibit Oner
Video Engineer: Beibit Oner, Ilyas Shuashpayev
Music: Anuar Sarybayev (Noar), Bekzat Asylkanov, Arsen Zhauynbayev
Motion Graphics: Alimograph
Sound Editing: Ilya Korobeinikov
Color Grading: Timur Zhanpeisov
Subtitles: Asem Sarysheva
Special Thanks to: ALA Space, Zhomart Aralbayuly, Nurbol Kuandykov