Filmmaker Q&A Christopher Di Nunzio

by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"

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DCP:

I just need to make it known that I really enjoyed this film - Where did the idea for the story originate from?

 

Christopher Di Nunzio:

Thank you that means a lot! It's hard to say when the idea hit me. I came across an old script and thought it had some good ideas but needed to be re-worked. It had been awhile since I originally wrote it so I was able to add new ideas and theories that I felt worked. My main goal was to make a film with a smaller cast and have more controlled, longer takes then my last film, which was more raw, real, and had a very big cast. I was really thinking about things like the pacing and emotions of a film and felt I had a script after re-writing that would be a good choice to film.

 

DCP:

You pulled together a great cast - What was the casting process like?

 

CDN:

A lot of the actors were people I worked with before or knew of for a while. We had a few auditions. Casting is so important. I try to do my best of finding people that not only can act but also someone you can believe is the character they are playing. It's easier said than done and I'm overly simplifying it but I'm really big on the look of the actors. I also need people that can be professional and that is what we got. We had a group of talented actors that fit their roles and were great to work with. Hiring good people makes a better film. 

 

DCP:

What was the most challenging part of making the film?

 

CDN:

We had a tight schedule so I would say just the average day to day stuff because it was a pretty smooth shoot. Making a film is always hard but we had such a great cast and crew we all were able to focus on the process and keep things moving forward. No fun stories to tell!

 

DCP:

What sparked your love for film and filmmaking?

 

CDN:

When I was a kid my Dad would show me films like Creature from the Black Lagoon on a projector and that helped plant a seed but it was really Dario Argento's Suspiria that made me think film is an art. I was in High School and remember just falling in love with that film. I started taking classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and was introduced to art house films and my love for film just kept growing from there.

 

DCP:         

What inspires you not only as an artist but as a human being?

 

CDN:

To learn more about myself and other cultures. Travel is really important to me. I believe if more people traveled we would have a lot more understanding of one another and less hate. Call me crazy but something changes in you for the good when you see how everyone is the same and is also on a journey of their own.  I love new perspectives.

 

DCP:

Can you tell us about any other upcoming projects you may be working on for the near future?

 

CDN:

I'm working on a few things but there is nothing to talk about yet. Still too early. I did just finish a short film called "Kinnari" that I released for free already. Link is's here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un3GT-poKc0

 

Kinnari just won a few awards(Best Screenplay,Actor) at the Amazon Underground film festival in Brazil. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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