The first short animated biography of Novak Djokovic has been released online, during the first week of Wimbledon. “Ajde! The Movie” is the final diploma project of Zuzanna Szyszak, a Polish Londoner and MA student at the University of Arts London. She is hopeful to meet the Serbian star in person to present him a special DVD copy of the movie.
The movie has been in production for more than six months as Szyszak was gathering all source materials, watching archive videos, studying Djokovic’s moves on court, reading books about the Serbian tennis player, and consulting the movie with her supervisors at the University of Arts. The six-minute-long video has been released to the public on June 30, 2015 via a dedicated website www.ajdethemovie.com.
Zuzanna Szyszak, the movie’s director, commented:
With “Ajde! The Movie” I wanted to match passion for tennis, specifically to the Wimbledon tournament and Novak Djokovic, with my artistic skills, and present the story of Djokovic’s extraordinary life and his road to becoming the world’s number 1. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club played an important role in his career, and therefore I am delighted to release the movie online during the Wimbledon tournament.
The short film is very emotional and captures perfectly the determination that Nole always shows, and also how important the support of his family is and that he never gave up dispite all the things he suffered.
Even Jelena commented about the film:
Zuzanna Szyszak, born in 1990 in Poland and now based in north London, is an award-winning freelance graphic designer and animator. She moved to the United Kingdom two years ago, having completed a BA degree in graphics at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology. She was the Erasmus programme stipendist at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. Her works has been shown at festivals all over the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, United States, Russia, Serbia and Spain. Her debut animated film, a videoclip for the song “A Farewell to the Little Warrior” by Czesław Śpiewa, a Polish music band, has been awarded with a YACH – a prestigious Polish prize given for the best videoclip. Poland has a long tradition of movie animators presenting their works outside of the country, with a video for the BBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics produced by Oscar-nominated Tomasz Bagiński being the latest of many examples.
The movie is available for free on www.ajdethemovie.com.