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An Interview with Robert A. Trezza, Co-Director of Maria's Tale

by Mike Haberfelner

Novembert 2018

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Your new movie Maria's Tale - in a few words, what is it about?

 

To me it’s about an artist’s passion and what they would give up for their craft. Maria wanted fame and success so much that she put blinders on to get the story.

 

What were your inspirations when writing Maria's Tale? And what can you tell us about your collaboration with your co-writers Zachary Chase and Eoin Connolly?

 

Zachary Chase and Eion Connolly originally came up with the idea and script. I helped to tweak it and give it the punches I thought would help with the style I wanted while directing. They did an excellent job coming up with an eerie little story considering our uber-small budget. I think the main inspiration was our budget. Make something cool that can be shot cheap and in a limit time.

 

A few words about Maria's Tale's approach to horror?

 

Well, it’s not a gore fest. To me, it’s an artistic found footage film. I wanted the characters to care about the look of their documentary, so we could use some different angles and lighting without people saying “Hey, documentaries are not shot like this.” I think this is best expressed in the Christmas scenes at Georgina’s house. I also think there is a creepiness to Georgina’s openness and the crew’s passion too. Some will wonder why the hell they’d stay at the house. I say, why does an artist pass on a solid 9-5 job to focus on their art that makes no money? It’s all about the passion.

 

You've shot Maria's Tale found footage style, and it's not the first time you used that approach - so what do you find so appealing about making found footage films, and what are the advantages but maybe also challenges shooting that way?

 

It started with the fact that they are easy to shoot and cheap too. I like that you can shoot them in one long take, to make it feel real. But shooting in one long take has its challenges too, there is no room for error, because you really can't edit the scene.

 

Do talk about your locations for a bit, and what was it like filming there? And how did you find them even?

 

Zachary Chase is from Buffalo and was able to secure the house we used up there, and it could not have been a better fit. It was a beautiful area, but the first weekend shoot was stopped because of the heavy snow. All the interviews were shot in Brooklyn, which does not have the landscape as upstate NY, but offers its own unique scenery. I wish we were able to shoot more on the streets of Brooklyn but being from the area I’m sure we will get other opportunities.

 

What can you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly those people?

 

The cast at the house was mostly new actors and they all did an amazing job. Zachary found most of them and they had the right look and fell into character immediately. I met Michael Ciesla through an ad and thought he had a great look. He was in a terrible car accident the night before shooting. Being the professional he was he used his pain to add to the character of George/Georgina.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The atmosphere was odd, because it was hot, and we had the place decorated for Christmas and it took me a bit to get the Christmas music out of my head. All the actors had fun with it and it played well in the film too.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Maria's Tale?

 

It’s still very early, so there has not been much feedback. Whether people like the film or not I think the cast and crew did an excellent job getting the story out there. The guys at POV Horror liked it enough to make it a part of their line up and it will be on Amazon/DVD soon, so hopefully people get to check it out and enjoy it. The weaved in Christmas theme makes it a perfect holiday movie :)

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Working on a few things currently, but they are all in the initial stages. I’m focusing on promoting the company now, Vicious Apple Productions, and hope to grow it into something special.

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?

 

I like creating but could never draw too well. I guess film just became my outlet. I always admired how someone like Hitchcock could scare so many people with a camera. I mean, some guy had an idea, took a camera and made millions of people scared to shower. That is just awesome.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Maria's Tale?

 

As mentioned earlier I started in the found footage genre with the most recent project being The Faith Community. I enjoyed working on that film as to me it was found footage meets the theatre. You don’t often see a musical number break out in a found footage film.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I’m pretty laid back. I like to see what the actors bring in the first take or two and then take it from there. With digital you can do as many takes as necessary. I think I can get a good feel of the first take or two and see if we need the actor to go in a different direction.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

Carpenter, Craven, Aronofsky.

 

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... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

I guess I don’t really hate any movie. I can kinda see the glass half full knowing now what goes into making a film. With that said I don’t really like rom-coms.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

viciousappleproductions.com 

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Instagram: vicious_apple_films

Twitter: @vicious_apple

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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