Discovering the passion for filmmaking
In the 1990s, when Yuriy Shylov was a child, there was a video rental boom in Ukraine. After the collapse of the former Soviet Union, VHS tapes became extremely popular, especially among the young people who were not allowed to watch foreign films or listen to foreign music before, because of the strict Soviet policies. Yuriy remembers: "As a kid I was an introvert. I did not attend a kindergarten. It was dangerous to walk down the street because my neighborhood was full of drug addicts and criminals. So I used to spend most of the time at home with a bunch of VHS tapes watching movies all day long."
Yuriy had a huge variety of films from old Soviet films to American B-movies, which were low-budget commercial motion pictures with dismembered bodies in the frame. The director laughs: "Unfortunately, I watched Thursday (1998), a crime and thriller comedy, about 20 times. I think, by the age of 9, I already knew several ways to get rid of a corpse."
At that time, Yuriy's family bought their first VHS camera. The director's parents allowed him to film everything that used to happen in the family. Also, he was pleased to watch these videos on the TV screen afterwards. Sometimes Yuriy even filmed his parents fighting. Now the director realizes that the subjects you film might be distorted by a hidden camera. Yuriy Shylov jokes: "Until the age of 17 I officially had 7 brain concussions. Maybe that's why I chose this profession."