Croatia, perhaps not an entirely unexpected haven for the Vampire but now we have news of an independent television project being filmed at present. About vampires, it is based on book from Croatia “Mjesec boje krvi“. It’s premise is about girl coming to an elite school where she then falls for a boy (vampire). The first season is about meeting legends
We were lucky enough to catch up with one of the people involved in the project, Ivanetić Josip, and put a few questions to him about the series.
RVL: Good evening Ivanetić thanks for sparing us a little time.
IJ: Hello. So, I just wanna say this is my first time, so maybe it will not be great
RVL: I’m sure we’ll do just fine. First of all, my friend, if we may could we get a little information about you, do you identify as a modern vampire? How long have you been involved in the online/ vampire world? And what are your impressions of it all?
IJ: No, I’m not modern vampire (Really wish I am), I’m so inspired with vampires. I’m obsessed with vampires since I was like 10, I remember I watched “Queen of the Damned”, which is great movie, and I liked it so much, so I did little research and kaboom… I also love The Vampire Diaries, friends say that I’m a male Katherine version… I also love Twilight, BD Pt2 was amazing… When I’m bored I just search for legends, there are so many great stories…
RVL: As we mentioned the television project is based on a book, who is the author of the book and are they involved with the production?
IJ: Author of the books is Tina Fras and her friend Boris… They are not involved in production, but we have support… I think she is great author, she’s such refresh for Croatia…
RVL: How did you come to be involved in the project?
IJ: I joined group of people that wanted to shoot a short movie based on books, but we will shot it like episodes… We made private audition and here we are… I’m really happy
RVL: The first series, obviously, is concerned with setting the scene and introducing the characters; what’s unique about these characters?
IJ: I love characters… They are just like humans, but they live in clans, more vampires you have in clan more powerful you are… There are no sparkles and things like that… They totally fit in human world… But they are beautiful forever, have some powers, some can read mind, run fast, fly or turn into a fog… It’s so old fashioned…
RVL:… and since the project was first proposed how long have you been at work on it?
IJ: I’m working on project for a 10 months… We can’t do it faster, some of us still go to school
RVL: Is the project funded by a film industry body there or is it a case of private/ self funding as an independent project?
IJ: Its independent project, we don’t have sponsors and things like that, but we have professional tools, cameras, lightings. Everything is so professional and you will see…
RVL: Could you tell us who is in the cast of the show? Can you tell us the names of the producers and directors too?
IJ: I can’t tell names, they want to stay private for now… We even don’t know that this will be successful…
RVL: Beyond the first season, and from the updates you been kindly sending, what stage is the production at now? Is there more than season 1 on the go
IJ: We are shooting season 2, but we will stop till the winter… In most episodes we will need snow, so we just need to wait. There will be season 4, because 4th book just came out.
RVL: …and for our readers, is the book available to buy? If so, from where?
IJ: I think that you can buy book just in Croatia for now, but I will see if there is book on other languages… Book is sooo perfect…
RVL: …and what plans, if any, do you have for after the series is completed?
IJ: I don’t have plans, I will wait till plans find me.
RVL: Thank you very much for taking the time out to answer our questions Ivanetić and we wish you great success and good fortune with the series. Please keep us posted as things develop.
Everywhere in the world, throughout all of human history, tales of vampires have been recounted, they have been told around campfires, in great halls, in scientific gatherings and in dark and shadowy places. Perhaps one of the things that is the most enduring about the mythos is the sincere and engaging interest that is demonstrated in new generations of story-tellers, in the new generations of myth-makers that are, and will continue to be, fueling the love of the vampire for years to come. Ivanetić and his friends are at a growing forefront of those who have their story to tell, a story that adds to the endlessly rich tapestry of the legend that is Vampyre.
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