What if you could come back: an interview with Remember’s Director, Andrea Zamburlin.July 3rd, 2012 | Posted by in IndieFlix filmmaker | Interview | New Releases
Love. An imperfect emotion that binds each and every human at least once in their lives, will destroy and can ultimately rebuild a person exponentially. The mere loss of it, is a story just about anyone can identify with. Yet with Andrea Zamburlin’s “Remember,” which Indieflix.com releases today, sound and image blend into such a familiar and personal experience, you would believe these feelings were actually your own. I volleyed some questions back and forth to the young Italian filmmaker, which began with the prime and simple question…
AS: What inspired you to direct films?
AZ: At the film level, surely “The Butterfly Effect.” But at the level of life I have a desire to tell a story everyone can understand. Good times and bad times, the end of love.
AS: Who or what do you cite as major inspirations for your work.
AZ: Life, life absolutely. I want to tell stories on screen that are moving. There is no better subject than life to steal stories from. But my vision of life is epic, so I tell everyday stories, with epic sci-fi elements. With these I have much more power to show my story, and to produce in the audience, great emotions. I attended a [film] course after receiving my diploma at school, but it served very little. I’d say that I was self taught. I learned a lot of things watching DVD extras [making of, etc] of my favorite films, then I would try try and try!
AS: I really enjoyed the music for the film, how do you know Gabriele Massari?
AZ: Gabriele is a genius! He’s a friend of my brother and one day, while talking about a previous short of mine [Sara], I discovered Gabri was a composer who works in cooperation with his Maestro on important TV movies in Italy. From that day HE has been my composer. Remember is a powerful combination of pictures and music, only possible emotionally with Gabriele and the boost of his music. I can’t imagine the short with any other.
AS: Do you have a background in any other art forms, music, etc?
AZ: Not really, but I can draw. When I was a child I won 2nd place for a Disney National Challenge, whose subject was “The Lion King.” I like to do the story boards for my films.
AS: What to you, makes a great film or memorable story. And what is your film making process?
AZ: A great story is one that translates huge emotions and values to you. It’s a story that could happen to anyone, a story that wants to live. For myself, The Lord of The Rings and Matrix trilogies explain that concept very well. My film making process is idea – story boarding – script. Or, idea – script – storyboard. I mean that sometimes I start from a tracery to find the story behind that picture, and the question is “How can I arrive at this point?” Because almost always, the scene that I am drawing depicts the final epic moment.
AS: Hitchcock once said his favorite part of making a film, was the story boarding. When did you two [ I'm speaking of Angelo D'Agostino, who does Andrea's PR] begin working together?
AZ: I met Angelo in 2012 because he does the promotion for two directors, Fabio & Fabio, who are inspirations to me! I spoke with Fabio Guaglione [one half of the duo] during a short film festival, about the need to promote Remember the right way. He was the story consultant for our film and he mentioned Angelo was their promotion guy and was very good at his job… and here we are!
AS: Are there any new projects or films you are in the process of?
AZ: We are in post production on a huge project called Far Away. I had the best crew [in Turin] and the best cast between Turin and Milan. A sci-fi/action/love story. It’s a 25 minute mega-teaser of a possible feature. With it, we want to find producers who believe in the adventure. We are confident in Far Away as this story has never been told in Italy. The characters are amazing and it’s so epic! I believe it’ll be ready in September. Here is a teaser trailer with music again, by Gabriele Massari.
AS: We definitely are looking forward to seeing that! Do you have any last words?
AZ: Peace and love, friends. Go to the cinema, don’t just download movies. Go to the cinema. Emotions are there.