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An Interview with Michael Matteo Rossi, Director of Shadows

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2022

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Your new movie Shadows - in a few words, what is it about?


Shadows is a crime action thriller about a young drug dealer who gets caught up through chance with a powerful druglord who puts a hit on him and his family need to protect him.


With Shadows being a gangster movie of sorts, is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?


Yes that's the genre I love working with and doing since I grew up watching those type of films so anything gangster epic drama related I love, and also action, crime thrillers in general.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Shadows, and is any of the movie based on personal experiences, however remotely?


I would say influenced by the likes of James Cameron, Tarantino, Michael Mann, Scorsese would be the top picks for me, and thankfully no personal experiences but Shadows is also about family and what lengths family will go to protect one another which is something I think we can all agree and relate to.


Shadows does feature its fair share of fights and shoot outs - so do talk about the action scenes in your movie for a bit, and how were they achieved?


It was a lot of blocking and prep and some very capable awesome actors that wanted to go the extra yard to make it happen. I am very grateful to all of them as a director.


What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


I like to talk to all the actors about their specific characters, and we go through every detail so that the minute we are on set they have the characters down and I actually don't need to do so much "hands on" directing and I just watch it unfold. So much of directing happens before we film.


Do talk about Shadows' key cast, and why exactly these people?


This is probably the ensemble cast I am the most proud of, and I think everybody played their part really well and it's my best-acted film. I knew I wanted some solid known names mixed in there with some other actors I'm close to that I knew understood the characters really well.


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


It was a great fun shoot overall. Obviously like in all sets, there were some stressful unexpected things come up, but overall I was very happy with it!


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Shadows?


This is by far my best reviewed critically and through audience received film and with good reason as I do feel it's my best film I've ever made.


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