INTERVIEW WITH Sergei Safiullin -Filmmaker


Tell us about your background and when did you decide to become a filmmaker? 


I  was born in the USSR in 1979 in a small town called Izhevsk which had a  restricted access due to Cold War Era policies. Growing "in a box"  pushed me to develop my imagination and seek his freedom in art, poetry  and theater where I first played on stage at the age of 7. 

My  sincere curiosity in people and strong desire to break through walls to  discover the world, took me to study all around the world: Spain,  Germany, India, China, South Korea, Israel and the US what made me I  believe a true global citizen. 

In  the past 5 years my focus was mainly on contemporary art. I have  lunched a few international art flashmob events and successfully  accomplished two heavy budget photo art projects. 

Turning 40 made me to rethink my career as an artist, and pushed me into a new field of filmmaking.

Films that inspired you to become a filmmaker? 


A  sci-fi drama “Interstellar” directed by Christopher Nolan, historical  drama “Brave Heart” directed by Mel Gibson, and crime comedy “Snatch”  directed by Guy Ritchie are among top movies that inspired me most to be  a filmmaker. 

Who is your biggest influence?  

I am a big fan of Guy Ritchie’s director’s approach. 

What were some of the challenges you had to face in making your films? 


The  main challenge was to find the right talent for your movie. It is hard  to compromise the importance of the voices who about to tell you story.

Do you have a favorite genre to work in? Why is it your favorite?

I  think I am okay to work in genre as long as the story promises a  fascinating and unpredictable character life transformation journey.

What’s your all-time favorite movie and why? 

A sci-fi drama “Interstellar” directed by Christopher Nolan is  probably my all-time favorite movie because it made me really feel the  hardship of main character’s choices as they could actually be mine. I  love this movie because it shows how hard to be a good father and save a  world without sacrificing one another. 


If you could work with anyone in the world, who would that person be?


I wish to work with Matthew McConoughey on one of my movies one day. He is a really talented actor.

Tell us something most people don't know about you.

I am also know as Mr. Nomade.

The one person who has truly believed in you throughout your career. 

That  would be my wife Evgeniya, who strongly believes in my talent and who  always supported me in every step of my career as an artist. 

What was the most important lesson you had to learn as filmmaker?

Don’t start shooting a film before all needed funds are secured.

Is it harder to get started or to keep going? What was the particular thing that you had to conquer to do either?

The  hardest part is to finish the project on time, which is hard when you  find so many things you wish you could done differently, and so many  things to add up to look it better, but you need to let it go and move  on to finish the project.

What keeps you motivated? 

So  many beautiful stories that are not being told and so many amazing  people who could make this stories come to cinema life in an absolutely  new and innovative ways.


How has your style evolved?


I think i am still in the beginning process so it is not evolving it is emerging))

On set, the most important thing is: 


Have all the scenes to be carefully planned out ahead. Be in a postage mood and share only positive vibes with a crew.

The project(s) you’re most proud of: 

There is not much to pick from - but I definitely proud of my first short film Bite Me!

The most challenging project you worked on. And why?


Shooting a photo art project #MadQnA with 50 models involved in one shot.

What are your short term and long term career goals? 


My  short term goal would be to shoot a short film in every cinema genre in  order to polish my director’s signature style and get ready for my long  term projects of 8 narrative films that I have in mind.

Your next projects? 

Reality  TV Show - “Divas Drive”; TV series - “Ms. USSR"; Drama - Hurricane  Proof; Historic Drama - “Nutcracker’s Soul”; Sport Drama - “Go OVI”;  Sc-fi movie - “Mushroom”; Mystique movie - “Office on the 13 Floor”;  Animated movie “Romeo and Juliet” and many more.

Please share with us where people can find you on social media, so our readers could keep track of your career.

Twitter: @madartprod

Instagram: @mrnomade