Acquaintance with filmmaking
Anton Sazonov wanted to become a director from a young age. He remembers: "Having no experience in this field, I used to categorize cinema primarily by actors - French and American." At a later age Anton became more aware of cinematography and began to follow specific directors.
Despite this, he entered an Economy faculty and received an Economy degree. In parallel with studying, Anton became interested in film criticism and took a one-year journalism course which gave the young man an opportunity to make a living as a film critic. He comments: "All the time I felt out of place until, finally, I decided to develop myself further as a director."
His first job as a film critic enabled Anton to discover more about the Moscow Film School. At first, he was not looking for a directing course at this film school and he never expected that he would study to become a director. Instead, he wanted to start filming right away. However, when Anton heard that the director Alexei Popogrebsky would teach directing at the Moscow Film School, he went to enroll without hesitation.
By now Anton is a graduate of the Directing program managed by Alexei Popogrebsky, a Russian film director and screenwriter. Anton had no idea by what criteria Alexei would choose students. He worried that the lack of experience in the field of directing could be an obstacle on his way to the dream but after the examinations Anton was accepted. The most valuable experience that Anton Sazonov gained while studying at the Moscow Film School is developing and understanding human qualities. He says: "Alexei, with his manner of teaching, was an example worth following. I hope I managed to absorb all of his best features."
Anton was taught how to shoot rather than what to shoot. That is the main reason why he admires the Moscow Film School. He believes that no one can teach you what to shoot, you have to get there on your own. By saying "how to shoot" the director does not mean the style but rather the shooting skills and principles of screenwriting which some of his teachers and especially Alexei Poporebsky paid special attention to.
Except for movies, Anton is also shooting advertisements. After graduating from the Moscow Film School, Anton got the opportunity to take part in the tender for a commercial video for the brand Land Rover. He comments: "There were only a few instructions, and you had to come up with a creative part yourself. I wrote a treatment and won the tender. Since then I have had an agent and have been shooting commercials in addition to films." Anton has already worked with a great number of famous brands like Samsung, Coca-Cola, Toyota, etc.
Shooting advertisements is interesting for Anton because through them he can try something new that he would never dare to try in films. According to the director his cinema vision is much more conservative. He says: "In advertising I am constantly experimenting, discovering something new. Thanks to advertising I also tried shooting on film for the first time." Each commercial is a challenge in its own way as Anton does not limit himself just to one genre. This allows him to keep moving and experimenting.
Before having produced his first commercial, Anton made his first short film for his diploma. Even though he states that film is more than a job for him, but his life, the