Nuovi incontri tra cinema e televisione a Milano con Film Tv Lab

Gli amanti di film e serie televisive in Italia sanno che il martedì hanno un appuntamento fisso con il proprio edicolante di fiducia (o la cassetta della posta, o lo schermo del proprio pc/tablet/smartphone). È il giorno in cui il nuovo numero di Film Tv, settimanale di cinema, televisione, musica e spettacolo, raggiunge i suoi Read more about Nuovi incontri tra cinema e televisione a Milano con Film Tv Lab[…]

The headquarters of the MFI at the Mandraki High School.

BACK TO THE MFI SCRIPT 2 FILM WORKSHOPS

Imagine you’re surrounded by one of the bluest seas, fed delicious seafood while watching breath-taking sunsets, and discuss story arcs and characters’ motivations over a few glasses of ouzo, Greece’s traditional anise-flavoured drink. It may sound like paradise, but it’s actually hard work too if you’re a scriptwriter, filmmaker or producer attending a full immersion Read more about BACK TO THE MFI SCRIPT 2 FILM WORKSHOPS[…]

Official poster for Kevin Meul's debut feature "My First Highway".

Kevin Meul’s “My First Highway” Has Started Its Festival Run

The reason why I like follow-up posts is that, at least in my case, they add good news to good news. This one in particular is an update of an ongoing series focused on the release of TorinoFilmLab-supported films. I read the first draft for Kevin Meul’s debut feature film My First Highway in 2012, Read more about Kevin Meul’s “My First Highway” Has Started Its Festival Run[…]

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TorinoFilmLab Reloads Its Programmes and Launches Three Labs

Autumn will be a very busy season for TorinoFilmLab, which is introducing major changes in its training activities for the audiovisual industry. The Torino-based laboratory supporting international talents has just unveiled what prospect participants and Alumni can expect to be fully introduced to between this fall and the beginning of 2017. First of all, as Read more about TorinoFilmLab Reloads Its Programmes and Launches Three Labs[…]

Official poster for Davide Melini's short film "Lion"

From “Penny Dreadful” to “Lion”: A Catch-up with Director Davide Melini

While fans of Penny Dreadful are still mourning the recently announced ending of Showtime’s horror drama TV series after the Season 3 finale, I thought it was a good idea to catch-up with someone who worked on the show. You may remember Davide Melini from my previous interview on his homage to the “Giallo” film Read more about From “Penny Dreadful” to “Lion”: A Catch-up with Director Davide Melini[…]

UK poster for "The Brand New Testament"

“The Brand New Testament”

[Scroll down for the Italian version] Last week I kicked off my complementary membership at Curzon Cinemas with a gleefully blasphemous film, which made me laugh a lot, but understandably won’t appeal to some viewers with little sense of humour when it comes to religion. Between satire and dystopian fantasy disguised as a black comedy, Read more about “The Brand New Testament”[…]

Poster for the 40th Gdynia Film Festival.

Development and Distribution for the Film Industry: Maximizing the Impact Through Audience Design Tools

Here I am, waiting to board another plane to go back to London after three days in Poland. This time I’m writing a quick post from Gdańsk airport, on my way back from the 40th Gdynia Film Festival where I joined the TorinoFilmLab team and ran a masterclass in Audience Design with my colleague and Read more about Development and Distribution for the Film Industry: Maximizing the Impact Through Audience Design Tools[…]

László Nemes © BEA KALLÓS

“Son of Saul” Director László Nemes on Spatial Strategies: A Conversation From the Past

“And now what?” It sounds like a genuine question to ask a director who has just won a prize in a “A list” film festival. It happened to László Nemes just a few days ago, during the press conference of the Award Winners in Cannes. His first feature, Son of Saul, won the prestigious Grand Prix Read more about “Son of Saul” Director László Nemes on Spatial Strategies: A Conversation From the Past[…]

At KASK Cinema, about to start the master class in Audience Design.

Smart Thinking for Smart Audiences: Introducing Audience Design for Your Film Strategy

Let’s be frank: ideas need to circulate as much as possible, and new terms as well. So I thought I’d spread the word a bit again, given that “Audience Design” is a fairly recent concept introduced just a few years ago by the TorinoFilmLab to raise awareness of the need for a strategic approach to Read more about Smart Thinking for Smart Audiences: Introducing Audience Design for Your Film Strategy[…]

Minimal poster for "Gremlins" by Quim Marbet

“Don’t Feed Mogwais After Midnight” Is Still the Best Advice for Christmas

It’s Christmas week and everyone has already ranked their own favourite films to watch during the festive break. Those nostalgic for 1990s comedies for the whole family will probably play Home Alone over and over again; action lovers will opt for Die Hard; fantasy animation enthusiasts will go for The Nightmare Before Christmas; while fans Read more about “Don’t Feed Mogwais After Midnight” Is Still the Best Advice for Christmas[…]

Actress Laura Toledo as Sarah Taylor.

Let’s Bring the “Gialli” Back. Davide Melini on his Short “Deep Shock” (Part 1)

It’s not a secret that the film business is one of the most competitive among the creative and cultural industries. So I’m always keen to support emerging filmmakers who are trying to break into it. Davide Melini is an Italian director born in Rome in 1979 and who relocated to Spain a few years ago. Read more about Let’s Bring the “Gialli” Back. Davide Melini on his Short “Deep Shock” (Part 1)[…]

Tony Leung as Wing Chun master Ip Man in Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster".

Wing Chun Looks Better When You Wear A Panama

Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster starts and ends with a hat. A Panama hat, to be precise, worn by actor Tony Leung as master Ip Man. Actually, the whole film focuses on the style at large of the legendary martial artist. He was internationally famous for training a young Bruce Lee while he was living in Read more about Wing Chun Looks Better When You Wear A Panama[…]

"Hatchet Job: Love Movies, Hate Critics" is published by Picador.

Put a Kermode Under Your Christmas Tree

Christmas is coming fast. Sounds menacing, but you better be ready. As I love books, and I suppose you love films since you follow this blog, I am going to suggest an exciting read for the upcoming holidays that combines the two. Whether you live in the UK or not, the name Mark Kermode might Read more about Put a Kermode Under Your Christmas Tree[…]

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Audience Design: Two Strategy Sketches at Connecting Cottbus

In the film industry there is one very specific place where creativity meets business: the market. It’s the place where scriptwriters, filmmakers and producers have the concrete chance to secure a budget for their projects, or find co-production opportunities that might open new international doors to develop their films. It’s also the place where, in Read more about Audience Design: Two Strategy Sketches at Connecting Cottbus[…]

Nature and womanhood are at the core of "The Lack".

From Video Art to Narrative Films: The Case of Masbedo’s “The Lack”

The Lack is quite an appropriate title for the latest work of Nicolò Massazza and Iacopo Bedogni, aka Masbedo, an Italian creative duo active within video art, performance and photography. On 31 August their first feature film was screened at the 71th Venice Film Festival as a special event within the Venice Days section. The Read more about From Video Art to Narrative Films: The Case of Masbedo’s “The Lack”[…]