Your upcoming film Under the Dark Wing - in a few words, what is it
Here is the synopsis: Johnny Boy goes on a routine job, things go awry when he
meets a vulnerable young girl. His boss George sees her as a money making
opportunity. Neither one has a clue of the deep dark secret that lies within
the girl. Once revealed it will change the lives of these thugs forever.
What were your inspirations when writing Under the Dark Wing,
and what got the project off the ground?
watched both Ingmar Bergman's Hour of the Wolf and Bela Tarr's
Turin Horse, and it brought up a feeling in me. I wanted to say
something with film but what? Then this old idea I had about telling a non
religious tale of life and death hit me. Also I have been watching and
reading a lot about the philosophy of death. So that helped. Hahaha!
wrote a few drafts then I gave it to Pedro and said feel free to do what
you think works. He came back with a similarly structured script with a
lot of amazing dialogue. He added to the atmosphere as well. Pedro is
becoming great with dialogue. Then for the final draft we got together and
went through ideas back and forth until it was done.
have no money to put into it but we know the film won't cost much so we
are trying to raise money and hopefully shoot it soon. We want to get it
into some festivals. My last short Her Heart Still Beats got
into six and was reviewed very well! It was long for a short film too.
Christopher Di Nunzio, Pedro Alvarado
What can you
tell us about your writing partner Pedro Alvarado, how did you first meet
up, and what is your collaboration like?
was working a job to make money for films and I met Pedro. We liked a lot
of the same things like film so we started grabbing some drinks and
talking about films. He told me he's been writing short stories so I
showed him some of my films, then we both had these scripts that were both
crime-based and we said let's put them together and make a feature! That
is how A Life Not To Follow was born, by the way.
way we work is someone starts with a script then we pass it back and
forth. We meet up to talk in depth about it and at the end we meet up to
work on it together. We talk a lot about the script. What makes this work
is we are honest with each other and if we don't like the criticism that's
just tough. Think about it, state a case and move on. We are always trying
to get better. I'm happy where my skills are as a filmmaker but you can
always be better. Learning never stops.
Care to talk
about the intended look and feel of Under the Dark Wing
for a bit?
It's going to be in black & white. Not because of the films that
helped the idea come along but I've always wanted to shoot a film in
b&w so I'm doing it! It will be very dark with a lot of black. We are
going to play with the use of light and hope to add a surreal touch to it.
I almost made the last film (A Life not to Follow) b&w, but our DP
Nolan Yee had a great idea of adding a little color back in and I have to
say it looks great!
you can tell us about your intended key cast yet, and why exactly these
have three people for the main cast: David Graziano [David
Graziano interview - click here]
will play George, Michael Capozzi
will play Johnny Boy and for the girl I'm talking with someone now but no
one is locked in yet. Keith Bennett also has a small role.
just had a great time working with David and Michael on A Life not to Follow
and I wanted to put them in something else. Me and David have
become friends and I love his method acting approach. He loves film and it
shows. That’s the type of people you want to work with. He's also
respectful an easy to get along with. Michael has amazing timing and is
just a natural. He's always the funny guy on set but when it's time he
always nails the scene. Keith was in my last film and he's getting the
feel for acting. He did a good job last time for me. Also again he’s a
nice guy and a great musician. Check out his band PanzerBastard
They all have a great look for film. I would recommend them to anybody who
wants to make a real film. Great people and all talented.
As far as I know, Under the Dark Wing
still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your
it is. Right now it's all on IndieGoGo. If there is one thing I'm bad at
its fundraising. So I hope I can get this to work so we can start soon. If
someone out there can help with this please let me know. I wish I could
say more but I need to start thinking more creatively with fundraising.
Once the funds are raised, how do
you plan to proceed, and any idea when the film might be out yet (and yes,
I do realize it might be waaay too early to ask)?
Feeling lucky ?
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just need two more locations so I want try to lock that down and start
rehearsing. I'll buy the last few props and do one last breakdown of
everything. I have a budget breakdown, some of the locations, shooting days
and props already. To execute a good film you need to prepare. Prepare,
prepare, prepare, prepare and don't worry, something will always go wrong!
future projects beyond Under the Dark Wing?
and Pedro are working on a few ideas and we still need to finish A Life not to Follow
but that looks like it will be done soon. We will be sending
it out to festivals soon too. I'm also getting ready for the festival I
help run, the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. It's August 15th to
17th. We have a good looking line up so far and a lot of cool stuff
happening this year: http://www.massindiefilm.com
movie's website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?
The Dark Wing: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/under-the-dark-wing/x/409016
the Dark Wing FB: https://www.facebook.com/UnderTheDarkWing
Life Not To Follow FB: https://www.facebook.com/ALifeNotToFollow
Indie Film Fest FB: https://www.facebook.com/MassIndieFilm
else you are dying to mention and I have forgotten to ask?
I'm really happy to have Skip Shea as a producer on Under the Dark Wing
interview - click here]. He's a great filmmaker himself and an even better person. I
was a fan of his work and I like to have good, friendly people on my crew.
Check out his last short Microcinema. It won the 2012
Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Honorable Mention Award for Best Horror
Short - http://www.watchmicrocinema.com -
Grabill is also in it and she's an actress I need to work with again soon!
Skip's last film Out of the Night was fantastic too - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Out-of-the-Night/590717210945084?fref=ts
- so I can't wait to get started!
for the interview!
you for your time and support! It's always a pleasure.