Interview with Composer Michelino Bisceglia (HANNAH, MARINA)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

 Michelino has composed the soundtracks for multiple feature films, working with such renowned orchestras as the Brussels Philharmonic and Limburgs Symfonisch Orkest. In 2014, Michelino Bisceglia won the World Soundtrack, Public Choice Award for the score of “Marina”, a film by veteran Belgian director Stijn Connix. It was an honor chatting with him:

Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised? Was music something you always wanted to do as your career?

Michelino Bisceglia: I was born in Genk, a little town in Belgium to a family of Italian origin. I still live in Belgium and have my studio in Brussels. As a child I have been surrounded through my brother by many great musicians and had the chance to get in contact with different genres of music. To be a musician was a natural call and it felt like it was the piano that picked me to play as…

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Interview with Cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All is Lost)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

It was an honor for the extremely talented DP, Frank G. DeMarco, to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a set of questions for this interview.

Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised?

Frank G. DeMarco: I was born in Baltimore, Maryland. After studying abroad in Italy and Austria, I moved to New York City—it’s America’s European city.

Was CINEMATOGRAPHY something you always wanted to do as your career?

I was fascinated by still cameras and had a little Super 8 movie camera as a youth, but I never thought I could make a living with either, so I got a college BA in Modern Languages. I became aware of Cinematography while studying in Florence, Italy during college. When I graduated, I discovered that there were very few jobs for linguists other than working for the NSA. Luckily, I got a gig on a…

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Interview with Cinematographer Tristan Oliver (Isle of Dogs, ParaNorman, Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

It was a true honor interviewing the extremely talented Director of Photographer Tristan Oliver. Every single film he’s worked on has turned out great. And there’s not many people you can say that statement about! If you don’t believe, simply go to his website and watch some of the short films he’s worked on and see his list of feature credits:

Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised? Was cinematography something you always wanted to do as your career?

Tristan Oliver: I was born and raised in Gravesend in Kent. An unlovely and somewhat godforsaken town on the Thames estuary.

I knew nothing about films or photography as a child. My main passion was the theatre. I wanted to act (or be a doctor or something) My first real contact with the camera dept came when I was acting in a movie. It was something of a Damascene…

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Interview with Cinematographer Rasmus Heise (I KILL GIANTS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Rasmus Heise is the cinematographer of the Netflix Original series “The Rain” and the drama/fantasy feature film “I Kill Giants”. The Danish DOP started out working on a string of short films including Oscar-winning family drama “Helium”.

Matthew Toffolo: Where were you born and raised? Was photography something you always wanted to do as your career?

Rasmus Heise: I was born in Copenhagen and raised in different cities around Denmark. I picked up a VHS camera at summer camp, age 13, and did a short film starring my sister. I overheard some adults prasing my work. That never left me. It wasn’t untill I was around 21, that I fund out that cinematography was what I wanted to do. I was taking the 8 months course at the European Film School in Ebeltoft, Denmark. This is where I met the people that I would go on making short films with…

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Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

TO QUIET MY MIND was the winner of BEST FILM at the March 2018 Under 5 Minute Feedback Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Hollis Sherman-Pepe: I always write my short films with specific actors in mind. My star Ryan McKenzie is a fabulous actor and painter. We both trained for years with the same acting coach, the now retired Jeremiah Comey. Ryan’s paintings inspired me to make a film where a painting would come alive.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

The format of this script was non-conventional. The concept took an hour to write and several meetings to iron out details and the how-to questions for filming. We shot it all in two days. Between the two shoot dates we needed to edit the B Roll film-with-in-a-film…

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Interview with Winning Screenwriter Katie L. Marshall (FALLING STAR)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

1. What is your screenplay about?

‘Falling Star’ is about a young pop star who is driven to a mental breakdown by those profiting from her fame. Alexa King is forced to keep her sexuality a secret in the limelight, for fear of losing fans and the profits that come with them. The pressure sees her face a deadly choice until a chance encounter with a hotel chef transforms both of their lives.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Falling Star would help to raise awareness on the prolonged oppression, conventional expectation, and prejudice experienced by queer woman all over the world. For the members of the LGBT community that are still being advised not come out, this screenplay really delivers the message on how important it is to be yourself and happy endings are a possibility. There’s…

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Interview with Winning Screenwriter Ricardo M. Fleshman (KILLING MOSES)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

1. What is your screenplay about?

Killing Moses is the account of New Orleans Private Detective Moses Byone and his search to understand the death of a wealthy white lawyer, Jefferson Collingwood, who perished in the fire that consumed the Upstairs Lounge in the summer of 1973. During his investigation Moses meets Creole voodoo priestess, Lisette St. Germain, who is being pursued by the dark and sinister Alexis Beaureparie and henchman Christophe, who are in search of the mysterious silver box she possesses. Moses forges an unlikely alliance with his primary source of information, effeminate antiques dealer Armond Fontenot and also with Lisette as he seeks to protect her from harm. What Moses uncovers about the silver box and Alexis and Jefferson Collingwood’s involvement are enough to make him Alexis’ next target for murder.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?


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