Interview with David Ondříček



Interview with David Ondříček (Director)

What is The Mine Inferno for you? Is it a catastrophic film, a family series against the backdrop of a disaster, or a historical drama?

The first part is a family drama, the second is a rather catastrophic production.

What was crucial to you when directing the series?
I read the synopsis and responded more emotionally than rationally. I remember that I was deeply affected by the subject. In the newspapers we read every day about disasters and accidents in which hundreds of people die. We eat bread and butter and drink coffee. We are totally immune, emotionally flattened. Here I suddenly saw concrete people as if I knew them. They touched me. That was crucial. Strangely, even after filming, I still feel like I met new friends, even though they were series characters.

How do you want the series to impress the viewers? What are its message and main idea?
I want viewers to understand the main idea and message themselves. So I don't have to tell them in an interview.

The series takes place in confined mining areas. How difficult is it for a director and the cameramen to cope with such conditions?
It was extremely complicated. On the third day we were shooting 100 meters underground in a corridor about a kilometer long, two meters high and two meters wide. There were 40 staff members bumping and crushing each other. An experienced gripper sat on the floor with the camera in his hand, and I heard him say he hadn't experienced anything more extreme. We had about 20 days in the mine in front of us. There I doubted if we could handle it.

Courtesy of Czech Television

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