On March 19, 2020, a new Czech fairy-tale “Princess Enchanted in Time” enters cinemas. Shooting was made by a 50-member film crew and took place for 1 month in the Czech Republic. Students of the Prague Film Institute (PFI) were present and assisted the realization team in positions according to their specialization. More than 30 students participated in the development and filming.
The fairy tale contains many digital effects and according to the creators it is historically the first Czech fantasy fairy tale. The director is Petr Kubik., who has been making short films since he was fifteen. He has also been involved in the filming of the WRC Rally and Dakar, the docu-drama Cyril and Methodius, and has also directed the film Lost Legion of Hollywood production Lions Gate. The producer is Viktor Kristof., owner of the production company Three Borthers and also the founder of the PFI, who also simultaneously worked on the biggest Czech high-budget film Jan Žižka which is co-produced with Oscar-winning producer Cassian Elwes and other star cast (Michael Caine, Ben Foster, Till Schweiger etc.). Both creators are active at the college and are also a part of the lecturing team. Therefore, our students commonly meet them during their classes and special workshops. Additionally, other film lecturers of PFI – Pavel Kopp (DOP), Pius Okaba (camera department), Vojtěch Nedvěd (camera department), Kristyna Kamenicka (UMP) and Robert Beca (AD) – participated in the film.
PFI is one of the main partners of this project and therefore it was a matter of course to involve students of short-term and long-term study programs in project preparation and filming. “Students could try out various activities, both in production and filming, where they provided logistics, assisted production and cameramen, and moreover helped prepare the film equipment. The practice also included the opportunity to observe individual steps while working with the filmed material directly in the post-production studio”, says Viktor Krištof. As one of very few film colleges, the Institute offers its students an opportunity to have a first-hand experience of the implementation of a real film and also to gain valuable experience for their further professional development.
The story of the fairy tale is about love, a curse, and a princess who keeps waking up to the same morning in order to save the whole kingdom from a black storm. The storm can destroy the kingdom through the curse of an evil witch. The fairy tale follows the tradition of classic Czech film fairy tales and plays boldly with fantasy elements. Spectators may look forward to a story full of magic and adventure and a princess who is a bit different from other princesses.