We had the good fortune of connecting with Pavel Fedorov and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pavel, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Today I understand that in my case there was no other way. I have tried a few “proper” paths and got to the point when I asked myself, why the hell am I wasting time and becoming better at something, that I don’t like at all? Right after that everything was very clear to me.
I focused on my creative path and to this day it is an ongoing, cinematic and very exciting adventure.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since childhood I was fascinated by movies and I’m sure, that around age 10 Twin Peaks TV series by David Lynch opened up my creative portal. I started to learn film photography and experimented a lot. Went through acting school and it completely changed my perception of life and people. I think, that my acting school Master gave me the ability to observe life, see it and appreciate it. That helped me to move on to cinematography, directing and writing. And I continue to play this game, living in short films and one super long feature.
The path I chose is certainly not easy, but it is very exciting. Just because of my profession I have been to so many places all over the world. I have seen and filmed beautiful, heartbreaking, sometimes crazy and even dangerous things. Spoke to the most amazing people. All of this inspires me every day and I am hungry for more.
What is the most important to me, is that with my art, with my craft I can bring awareness, I can inspire and I can make a difference.
And for the learning part, the skill of not being afraid to try new things and leave the comfort zone from time to time keeps helping me a lot.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Unfortunately I didn’t live in LA for very long. But fortunately there’s a lot to discover. The most favorite and personal thing for me is the sunset drive on Mulholland Drive. I can’t explain. Maybe it’s because of the film. Or maybe David Lynch also felt something there and that’s why there is the film.
LA is full of hidden gems, the ones you need to know about to find them. Like you walk on the regular and often not beautiful street, and then there’s a tiny door without any sign, you go in and there’s a green garden full of beautiful people and tasty food.
I love Abbot Kinney area in Venice, Downtown for its architecture and night vibes before the pandemic, Manhattan Beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my creative friends, who definitely inspire me and help me on the way:
film directors Bastiaan Koch, Igor Tsarenko and Tricia Murajda;
writers Lisa Astakhova and Nina Dmitrieva;
musicians Alex Kuvallini, Oksana Bryzgalova and her band BRAII;
photographers Anna Dave, Maria Orlova, Olga Prudka and Anton Bulyonov;
my San Francisco family;
my whole hometown – Odessa, Ukraine;
and all amazing and talented creatives out there!
Also three books that I keep coming back to and always travel with are:
Tim Burton – “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories”
Sidney Lumet – “Making Movies”
Austin Kleon – “Steal Like An Artist”
Sonya Fichte, Anton Bulyonov, Maria Orlova