Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We listened! We re-edited, kept working and more has been done, a lot more!
The editing has been extremely tedious and very technical, but as much gratifying. The documentary is becoming a film that will make everybody proud to be in it.
We gave it a lot of thought and got a few great new speakers in to film in Hollywood during August, 2008 and they all did a great job. Got back to editing and re-made an extended trailer to make us confident in moving forward.
Then, we thought to go back to Italy to film some more, but after having a successful week at AFM we thought we had to stay and film the final round of interviews in Hollywood with the participation of some great artists that showed a lot of interest in being part of a historic documentary.
It is certainly refreshing when people follow you showing they believe in you. Then the big task becomes to deliver, and if possible to overcome their expectations.
We decided to take the challenge!!!
Friday, June 6, 2008
It was great to have met Sean Penn and Quentin Tarantino, particularly Quentin. Yes, I had heard that he's crazy, but I must say that not only agree but also add that he's a very nice man. I wonder if being fun and loud makes anyone crazy. It was interesting to see what people think of others, and to realize, at the same time, that short descriptions must be taken with a grain of salt.
Now, I must continue working to finally present the world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in Italy next August/September. It has to be premiered in Italy!
Ah, yes, I walked the red carpet along Milla Jovovich and Giovanna Mezzogiorno. I made a short video and some people took pictures of me which I will soon share with you. As soon as I get them all in. I'm attaching one though, it is called "the kiss", after the red walk and everybody was gone.
Everybody showed up on time or earlier, and studio owner, Mr. Don Peake, was very kind to myself and all my guests.
I filmed everybody using a green screen as background, which gives the editor the flexibility to later add any kind of images to accompany the speakers' narration.
What a day!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I got the feeling that the further north you go in Italy people are more professional and their words have better meaning.
We had the privilege to have a park opened just for us. That, however, is not where the delight was for us, but to be able to see, enjoy and film the only statue in the world of Dante and Beatrice together. So, beautiful and magnificent. A piece of art in full detail of that unique couple that only represents pure love.
We also filmed three great interviews at an amazing place, to be kept in secret until the documentary is shown at one of the major film festivals.
More to come.
We arrived in Florence and did not have a chance to have lunch. We just went to the hotel, left our baggage and picked up what we needed and hit the road again to our first location to film.
It was thrilling for me to finally see Dante's statue in Florence and even more to film someone reciting parts of The Divine Comedy at its feet. Then, we rushed to eat at a restaurant that even has Dante's name. Amazing!
The next day we had the pleasure to film at Dante's Restaurant and later interview one of the best professors at the University of Florence.
The president of the province was interested in being interviewed, however, after I asked him through his assistant to talk about politicians in hell, he suddenly got too busy. Sure!
Dante's house was closed, however, the president Museo Casa di Dante offered me to come back to Florence and make it available for me.
I did go back after filming further north. So, I had the enormous pleasure to walk around Dante's house, now a museum and art exhibit. Nonetheless, there is a room where still exists Dante's bed and table (desk), which its door is sealed with a glass. I filmed every possible detailed which will possible be available on You Tube since this part will not make to to the first documentary and I filmed it myself just to plan to do it right next time around. By then, my DP had already left Italy back to Holland.
More to come.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
The next day after I arrived in Rome, we head to film a few interviews at the Divina Commedia theater, where the live opera takes place. I interviewed Vittorio Matteuci, who plays Dante, Lalo Cibelli, who plays Virgil and Gianmario Pagano, the script play writer. We all were very happy with the interviews and later went on to watch the show.The next day we had planned on interviewing the actress who portrays Beatrice and the composer of the music and concept developer. However, for circumstances out of our control we had to miss them.
On the photo here, I'm holding up the image of the Banner of Hell.
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