Father & Daughter Film Report
Writer, Director, Producer, Singer (Soprano), Dancer, Actress...(well, we could go on & on, however our focus is on her latest film):
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(As you know, when we cover a film festival, we also like to mention a few of the films we thought were exceptional...this is one. Describing the plot or sequence of a short film is very difficult, for you practically have give the story away, and we don't want to spoil it for anyone. What we can say is that nearly every aspect of film making - the writing, acting, cinematography, the direction, etc. - this film is simply excellent).
When did you become interested in working with films?
I became interested in making films accidentally actually. In 2014 I had an idea for a commercial that I thought would be fun to include on my acting reel. I mentioned the idea to a friend who agreed to shoot it, so I went ahead and wrote it, found the locations, cast it, and not exactly conscious that that´s what I was doing, I directed it! With the footage in the can, I then asked my boyfriend if he would like to edit it. He replied that instead, he would teach me to use his editing program. So I also ended up editing the footage. A process I absolutely loved. When I finished, I experienced for the first time that amazing feeling of having an idea that pops into your mind turned into a tangible piece of work. And I loved that feeling! The piece was a nice addition to my reel but the most important thing that came out of the project was the discovery of how much I loved every step of the filmmaking process. I knew right away that I wanted to do it again!
In the role of producer & director, Romina tweaks a few elements in her latest film.
The idea for The Visit came
from a phone conversation with my father, where he shared with me that my great
aunt, at the time 102 years old, kept telling him about this alleged party she
needed to get ready for, where she would see her parents, sister, etc.
She did not have
Alzheimer’s disease or dementia other than with this specific subject. Her
brain evidently used this mechanism to help her cope with loss, of which she
had experienced a great deal due to her advanced age.
This mechanism caught my attention right away and I just couldn’t stop thinking about the curious ways of the human mind. A subject that has always fascinated me. During that thought process, an idea came to me which would lead to writing The Visit.
How did you come up with the title?
The title actually came to
me right away. No other title fully embodies the spirit and meanings of this
story. In fact, at one point I thought of changing it when M. Night Shyamalan’s
feature with the same name came out. But after many sleepless nights of
brainstorming and never-ending lists of possibilities, I concluded that The
Visit was the perfect title and moved on to something else!
difficult thing was the post-production. At one point I honestly thought I
would never get out of it.
supposedly finished editing and had moved on to music, color and sound design.
After this, something dawned on me about the story and I realized that I could
cut the film from 21:20 min to 12:30! So while everyone agreed that this was a
very positive change for the film, it was a painful process to make all the
adjustments at that point.
professionals I worked with were extremely supportive and I couldn’t be happier
with the end product. But I did learn my lesson about what “final cut” should
That I could go weeks without sleep! Haha! Well, besides that, I was confronted with how obsessive I really am! And I learned that sometimes you need to just let go and move on, because getting shot A completely perfect but not getting shot B does´t work. So I learned to prioritize.
What advice can you give others who wish to make a film? You have to love the process of filmmaking and be willing and able to work on your project 24/7. The other thing I would suggest is to do as much pre-production as humanly possible. This is not a very original piece of advise but there’s a reason for that. The better prepared you are, the fewer chances for unexpected chaos and drama, and the better you will be able to concentrate on what’s important, like having your mind as available as possible to be creative.
What have you done to get your film ‘out there’?
So far I have only been submitting it to film festivals. After we’re done with the festival circuit I will entertain distribution offers, look into VOD, etc.
Right now my team and I have been loving a very rewarding run and it’s been an honor and a huge treat to be able to attend most of the festivals we’ve been selected for, meeting wonderful people and seeing firsthand how the film impacts different audiences.
- Father/Daughter Film Report (David & Amanda)