PREMIERE / "SHIT PIE" / Nebojša Resanović & Hana Piščević / INTERVIEW

Recommending someone "SHIT PIE" for breakfast, lunch or dinner normally wouldn't communicate the best of intents regarding their sensorial satisfaction nor their general well-being and yet, this one from Serbia is a specialty LIVE is proud to be serving red hot as the recipe here really consists in a mix of authenticity, creativity and weighs in at just as many calories as the next ten Instagram accounts of motivational memes. Live, laugh, love, Nebojša Resanović and Hana Piščević definitely did all of that during the cooking of "SHIT PIE", filmed throughout the heaviest of the local lockdown hours - the result being a fresh skate short film in beautiful settings, showcasing untouched spots in just one Belgrade neighborhood, inventive tricks, raw enthusiasm and impatient drivers, LIVE just had to catch up with the couple for a slice - now feel free to help yourself in the interview, below!


Ph.: Hana Piščević

LIVE Skateboard Media: So, now that you've exposed it through skating and video, how would you describe in words the social context during the filming of « SHIT PIE »? What was it exactly that triggered the inception of such a project, what gave it its eventual direction and how did it develop? How much time did you spend in total working on it, and how long would you say you had been looking at some of those spots?

Nebojša Resanović: Social context here all started with "haha, those regulations are all bullshit, this is not coming for us" to then switch to total confusion the next day, to the point where you didn't know what to believe anymore. I guess, those of us who were more 'offline' during that time period were more spared.

"The sickness
caused by many years
of skating ledges
dictated the direction
of doing something
different for next
five months"

Project officially started with the introduction of police hours where lockdown was enforced, and the cancelation of all public transportation. Hana would keep dragging me out on the streets and since I moved to her place in a hilly part of Belgrade, not so long ago, I had plenty of spots around the house that I didn't recognize as spots at all - until the 'situation'. The sickness caused by many years of skating ledges dictated the direction of doing something different for next five months.

"SHIT PIE" Roundabout Festival, Postojna edition poster.
Ph.: Hana Piščević, design: Sergej Vutuc

As soon as I first saw my friend bunnyhopping over that one ledge to bank - the hippy jump spot at the end of the video - I had become aware that that spot was doable; I just didn't know I would require bigger wheels and eight more years to do it. Showing up there, I was thinking about nose bonk or switch ollie, but then the director suggested a hippy and changed the game.

Hana Piščević: Ever since I met Reska, I started looking for street spots wherever I go - at first intentionally but then after a while, very unintentionally. But I was always hyped to show him my findings, as if each one were a pot of gold. Or like, when we go somewhere around the city, if we take the wrong turn and end up in the wrong street, then we're always like "ah no worries, at least now we can check out if there are some spots here".

"Instead of
just looking at
other people's

pies - go make
your own"

When Covid started, we made a deal to use that time to shoot and skate only the spots that were around our place, in the neighborhood, no matter how rugged they were. We would go out during lockdown to take advantage of the empty streets and film as much as we could before the police saw us. Throughout the whole process, we just wanted to use what we had left - ourselves and a lot of lockdown time. I would say our own social context for the filming was, "let's do whatever feels good, let's do our own thing". Like, even though I'm not a skater, if I like filming then I should be going for that.

Nebojša Resanović, nosewheelie 1/3. Ph.: Hana Piščević

LSM: The video ends on the note: « you should make your own motherfucking pie ». What is it exactly that you define at the pie? Is the basic message that at the end of the day, time is what you make it and your dish of the day is as good as the recipe that you choose to pick out of the book? If yes, then what does this say about choosing to make a shit pie? 

Nebojša: There is this old saying out here: "you can't make a pie out of shit", and I wouldn't agree with that. It's just that you get it however you want or can. For us, it was seizing the situation that we were in, and making something of it.

"Spending time
on the streets,
having all those
encounters with
random people,
feels like the realest
documentary film"

Hana: The message was that you should use what you've got and try to make something good out of it. Like when you take only the ingredients you already have in the fridge and still make a nice meal. Lockdown, shitty spots; phone camera and a non-skater-girl filmer are just a metaphor for all that [laughs]. But all in all, instead of just looking at other people's pies - go make your own, do your thing.

LSM: What are your respective backgrounds in filmmaking and skateboarding? How did you get into those activities, and how did you start associating them together?

Nebojša: First serious skate project for me was the PRVNS crew movie "BOLE NAS NOGE", filmed with a GoPro but I'd say 'serious' in terms of commitment during the eight months of constant filming. After that, numerous other videos were also made with the PRVNS. And into filmmaking I got through Hana's student projects and first short fiction film. Documentary form came more naturally to me since it's rooted in skateboarding - spending time on the streets, having all those positive encounters with random people, getting into fights, etc., feels like the realest documentary film.

Nebojša Resanović, nosewheelie 2/3. Ph.: Hana Piščević

Hana: I'm a snowboarder and I used to spend a lot of time riding snowparks, so I guess I look at skateboarding through snowboarding - always searching for similarities in the elements and tricks and comparing the two. So, although I don’t really skate (not counting just pushing through the streets), I would say I have a good understanding of skateboarding and I'm always eager to learn more. I graduated in film direction so filming, in general, is very familiar to me but still, I think filming skateboarding is very different and this first time was a firecracker - I learned to respect rhythm, to look for best angle for the trick, and to not get tired after fifty times of slow zooming the same trick attempt [laughs]. This process made me appreciate anyone who is pushing street spots.

"That is exactly what
I like in certain
skate films -
when there is
something that goes on
behind or between
the tricks"

LSM: How did the dynamic of the makings of « SHIT PIE » feel as the joined product from a couple? Were each of you both as enthusiastic and excited about the project as the other, would you say you fed off one another's energy? Was it ever a problem going out of your way to skate certain of those most isolated spots or realize some of those unique ideas, or did they organically click and happen? What are your respective inspirations in terms of skate video and general filmmaking?

Nebojša: 100% battery and time spent on my tries was a new thing for me, and I guess for Hana too, since there were tricks that took more than a hundred tries [laughs]. Yeah, for sure it was a mutual boost of enthusiasm.

Most of the spots were found randomly from just cruising through the neighborhood. The initial idea to skate what we had at our disposal established that mindset and everything from that point on went organically.

Speaking of inspirations, all hail Pontus Alv, and European skateboarding!

Nebojša Resanović, nosewheelie 3/3. Ph.: Hana Piščević

Hana: I know that Nebojša must skate - whatever may be going on, he must go out and do his thing because it's good for him, maybe not for his joints but good for his mind - so I tried to push him outside even when he wasn't feeling like it. On some days he would hype me up, on others I would hype him up but in general, we were both really excited and always wanted to scratch all the spots off our list. Although I do watch a lot of skate videos with Reska, my inspirations primarily come from non-skate films and that's why there are ‘slapstick’ moments in the opening sequence. And I guess that is exactly what I like in certain skate films - when there is something that goes on behind or between the tricks, something that binds it all together or tells some kind of story.

LSM: Will you be working on more projects, together or individually, if yes then is there any way to keep up? Do you have anything to say about your local scene and projects or crews to recommend checking out, skate- or art-wise? Any shoutouts or plans for a career in gastronomy?

Nebojša & Hana: We started our brand recently: PAKO NAO where we make functional objects from wood, clay, and tapestry. Check out the Instagram feed, yo!

Gastronomy career, hmm… You never know, maybe this pie business will take us places!

About the skate scene in Serbia, there is a rumor that the only skate shop we have sold one thousand completes last year. Despite the fact that skateboarding is being branded as one big trend everywhere right now, some of those kids will catch on for sure. Follow @samitnesvrstanih on Instagram to check out what we are doing in Serbia - the Summit of the Non-Aligned - the 2021 edition of which just happened this September 9th-12th. I recommend keeping an eye on our good Bulgarian friend Veliko Balabanov's works with the upcoming "Блян" / "BLYAN" that will be screened at Vladimir 2021, but also "NA ZAPADU NIŠTA NOVO" for which, together with Viktor Stoykov, he filmed five of us, and all of the footage was shot on the streets of Belgrade.

"SHIT PIE" Roundabout Festival, Postojna edition poster.
Ph.: Hana Piščević, design: Sergej Vutuc


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