The Film

The Flying Dog
Director: Johannes Hogebrink
Documentary, 50 min.

The Flying Dog is a documentary about the World’s First Flying Dog. It is a magical film about a created reality. It is all about making dreams come true.
Even the most seasoned viewers will watch in disbelief throughout the film wondering whether the dog really learns to fly! Some fictional style elements will be used to play with the sense of realism. A reversed mockumentary, a real documentary that tries to seem unreal..!

The Story

Johannes is a penniless artist with a dream. His talking dog “Chayka” is afraid of heights, but he would like him to overcome his fears by teaching him to fly. Slowly his dream project assumes such absurd proportions, even Chayka declares him insane and leaves, with disastrous consequences. It’s a ‘wake up call’ for Johannes, who finds new meaning in reality. Yet he continues to chase the dream. Why, when he knows that it may actually be impossible..?

What is it truly about?

The realisation of dreams always inspires. It is about the unconditional friendship between man and dog. It’s also about surrendering to the elements, about jumping into the deep to chase your dreams. But at what price..? In addition, the film is populated by crazy pioneers, who appear to have less difficulty realizing an impossible plan, than dealing with daily reality…

Inspiration

This idea originates in my childhood. I built kites and ran endlessly through the fields. Hang gliding has always been my greatest dream, and in the dunes of Holland I got my first certificate aged 18. In the summer of 2007 I began an advanced course, taking off from the mountains of France. In my spare time I still build little flying models. This urge to fly will never let me go, and in the second year of film school I made a short documentary, “Filming My Flight“, which I still consider to be one of my favourite study projects. One day i got the idea of teaching my dog how to fly a hang glider. Of course it should be filmed. When I realized that the film would have to be seen to be believed, and how that could make a statement about skeptisisme towards dreams, I immediately started planning to make it happen.

“Filming My Flight”, a genre-mix between docu, fiction and making-of