PRODUCTION: Petr Zelenka Shoots The Pilot

    The Pilot by Petr Zelenka The Pilot by Petr Zelenka photo: Michaela Hermína

    PRAGUE: Petr Zelenka is now shooting a feature film, the Czech/Slovak/Slovenian coproduction The Pilot / Modelář, after five years of working mostly on TV projects.

    The film follows the development of a prosperous drone renting company. The main character Pavel has worked in Israel for a number of years as a chemist. After his return to the Czech Republic he is approached by an old friend to help him with film commercials and videos flying a drone.

    “It´s not so interesting anymore to see a shot filmed from a drone, as to see a drone taking that shot. The action behind the camera is more interesting. We know it´s just a technical toy, but it´s sexy. We are using drones in The Pilot in a unique way, not only in the Czech Republic,”  Zelenka said.

    The Pilot is produced by 0.7 km films of Petr Zelenka and Martin Sehnal. It is coproduced by the Czech Television, Hangar Films, Slovakia´s Punkchart Films and Slovenia’s Fabula. The film is supported by the Czech Film Fund, the South-Moravian Film Fund and the Prague Film Fund. The script development was supported by Film Foundation.  

    After a two-year long casting process, the director chose Czech film stars Kryštof Hádek and Jiří Madl for the main roles.

    The shooting started in Prague in the middle of May and will continue in Brno and Czech-German border locations till the end of June. Falcon will release the film in the Czech Republic on 6 February 2020.

    Production information:

    0.7 km Films (Czech Republic)

    Czech Television (Czech Republic)
    Hangar Films (Czech Republic)
    Punkchart Films (Slovakia)
    Fabula (Slovenia)

    Director: Petr Zelenka
    Screenplay: Petr Zelenka
    DoP: Alexandr Šurkala
    Cast: Veronika Khek Kubařová, Richard Stanke, Zuzana Fialová, Miroslav Hanuš, Helena Dvořáková, Jiří Štrébl, Kristýna Frejová.