Your new movie Subject
0: Shattered Memories - in a few words, what is it about?
It is a movie thriller with elements of horror and science fiction. The
technology is shown in an extreme way: common appliances such as
television, radio and especially mobile phone can induce subliminal
messages to people and get them to make certain choices and actions.
The characters live different stories that intertwine with each other,
forming a unique and complex story that requires more than a single view
to be better understood. Every single word connects the viewer to broader
and complex concepts as well as the feelings of the characters, all more faithful to real life
than to a complex world. Intrigue, murder, and
betrayal are the surface atmosphere that you breathe during the movie,
but not only, there is a slight use of irony and sarcasm in each scene to
create more tension and never to get the viewer bored. Subject
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just a movie thriller, it is so much more.
were your inspirations when writing Subject
0: Shattered Memories? And what can you tell us about your writing
partners, and what was your collaboration like?
with Roberto Del Piccolo [Roberto
Del Piccolo interview - click here] and David White was really very easy and fun, we
all have the same taste in films and we like to write stories with big
issues and not only about social life. We were inspired by thriller and horror movies, but we wanted to create something new, so we took
inspiration also from science fiction and drama. It 'was very
interesting to create the feelings of the characters because we took
inspiration from real people and real situations, the characters are very
realistic living stories very intertwined and never dull, rich in twists.
0: Shattered Memories is very complex in its narrative - so did
you ever run the risk of losing yourself in the story?
and we often lost ourself when writing. We rewrote the script several
times to make it closer to reality whilst fulfilling the basic elements of
science fiction and comedy. It was a hard work but satisfying.
Unfortunately it is not easy to create stories that get the viewer glued
to the screen, but we have succeeded.
can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand?
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I wanted the direction to be very academic and clean. I combined
the style of American cinema and Italian cinema. I did not want to imitate
American cinema nor impose Italian cinema because my goal is the union of
styles. I am looking for the perfect movie, but not qualitatively or
technically, for me the perfect movie is the movie that appeals to
everyone. I'm for the cultural, racial and sexual union. For me, the world
must stand together and not separate, must be a place where all live
together and share their knowledge and experience in mutual respect. And
this my world view is reflected in everything I do. Especially in films.
also play one of the lead characters in the movie - so what did you draw
upon to bring Joshua to life, and how much of Tiziano Cella can we find in
Joshua? And did you write the character with yourself in mind?
and Tiziano Cella are two different people, they have nothing in common.
When I play or I create a character I do not change my soul to become that
character and I don't draw inspiration from my life experience. I am that
character. I have another soul within me. What I do is just go from one
soul to another. I know what he eats, his loves and passions, I also know
how he goes to the bathroom. I am that character. For me, an actor
should not imitate or rebuild a character, He must be the character at
100%. If he does not, the character is not very fluid, is fake. An actor
should never lie. It must always be sincere.
can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?
actors that I have chosen are all very good, it's really difficult to say
who is the best player. I have chosen them for their skills, but not only.
When I choose actors for my films in addition to the acting quality I
also care about their passion for this job. The actor I choose must love
the job and has to love the character, must become the character. Also outside
of the film set (s)he has to be a friend, a person whom you can trust and who
can be counted on. An actor is not just a puppet, is above all a person.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
filming you should always laugh. Everyone involved in a film must all be
cheerful and happy. They need to share their ideas on every scene of the
film, I always want to listen to all opinions and ideas before shouting
"action!" I do not like to make decisions as if I were a dictator. A film
is a team effort where everyone must be able to express their ideas. It
will be the director to make the final decision, always and only the
director, but after listening to everyone. The silence and seriousness
should only exist in that time frame between the words action and cut.
few words about audience and critical reception of your movie so far?
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was shown privately to people who know the film industry and people who
do not know it at all. Projections have been very small in order to
understand if the film works, or should be changed. In all the projections almost everyone left the room very pleased with the film.
future projects you'd like to share?
Yes, I'm writing a new
film, horror fantasy, the script is almost ready and I hope to find a
production company interested in producing it. For now I can not say any more.
What got you into
filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on
Myself, I decided that filmaking is my life
when I was a teenager and I had to carry all my projects. Obviously I
have studied and continue to study film, I graduated in history and
criticism of film and I worked in many departments. But this is a job
where you have to study more and more day by day.
You eventually branched out into acting as
well - how did that happen, and how do directing and acting compare/complement
Actually I do not even know how it happened. One
day I found myself acting in a short film for fun and from there I have
not stopped, and in the meantime I studied as a director. So today I'm a
director and actor, I like to do both and it is very useful because I can
understand the difficulties of an actor when I make a film, and the
difficulties of a director when I play a character.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
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is my first feature film as a director. In 2010 I shot my first short
film Damned Cuba, a little work. In 2011 I directed another short film
Imago Vocis, more complex, and in 2013 Temple Mount, my last short film that
was very successful. A comedy, a thriller and a sci-fi movie. Then after some works
as an actor comes a starring role in Doll Syndrome directed by Domiziano
Cristopharo. Now Subject
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director. Each work I made is always better than the past one, so I grow
day by day.
would you describe yourself as a director and as an actor?
am a director and an actor out of the ordinary. The directors are often
seen as too authoritarian people that no one should contradict while the
actors feel like queens who are never wrong. I am however a very humble
person and I always listen to those around. But most I assume my
responsibilities and I admit my mistakes and weaknesses.
actors, whoever else who inspire you?
There are so many
talented directors and actors who choose only a few in particular is
really difficult. I try to take a cue from most artists possible. One very
important thing is to take inspiration also from new and emerging artists,
not only from the most famous. Each artist has an element to be
transmitted and if I can I take inspiration for my work.
movies ... and of course, films you really deplore?
a movie as my favorite or most hated is really hard. Each film, be it a
masterpiece or a tremendous flop, has always an element that fascinates.
There is always more to learn. Films are dreams, and as such are
website, Facebook, whatever else?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
My personal website is
while my official Facebook page is
where there are updates on my projects. The official page of the
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With these sites people can follow all the news about the film, my
professional life, and contact me directly.
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
made up some very intelligent and interesting questions, we analyzed the film
and talked about me, I really enjoyed that and I hope in the future we can do
another interview together. Thank you!
for the interview!