Interview With Massimiliano Nocco Winner of Cinefern Film Award and Competition

QUARANTINE (I keep you company) a Film Written, Directed and Produced by Massimiliano Nocco won Best One Minute Short Film award at Cinefern Film Award and Competition's March 2021.

QUARANTINE (I keep you company) Poster

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Massimiliano Nocco was born on 8 September 1970 in Carbonia, province of Cagliari, into a family of peasant origins: the twelfth of thirteen children, the father is a shepherd, the mother a housewife. At the age of 16, having lost both parents (his mother died when he was 11), he is forced to move to Florence where he begins to learn the profession of pizza maker. While earning his living as a pizza maker, he cultivated his passion for acting and in 1998 he graduated from the Theater Initiatives Center (C.I.T.) directed by ManolaNifosì and Sergio Aguirre in CampiBisenzio (FI). He takes part as an actor in several shows and decides to expand his training to the field of cinema. From 2000 to 2010 in Florence he attended the School of Cinema Immagina directed by Giuseppe Ferlito where he obtained the certificates in the courses of Directing, Acting, Shooting, Editing and Cinematographic Screenplay. In 2013 he finished his school studies which he had interrupted at 16 following the loss of his father and graduated as a Technician of Electronic Industries at the B. Cellini Higher Education Institute, Since 2001 he has made various experimental short films of where he is director and actor and screenwriter, he has also collaborated on various film and theater projects covering the role of actor and assistant director. In 2018 he shoots award-winning "Faula" in the festival circuit, an autobiographical-inspired short film set in the late 1970s in Sardinia; project completed in October 2019. In March 2020 during the lockdown he shoots "Quarantine (I keep you company), another short film selected by many festivals around the world, winning some of them. In 2021 he shot 3 new short films" Il ladro di sorrisi "," La barchetta ", and" The reckoning ", works still in the assembly phase that will be released between the end of 2021 and 2022

Interview With Massimiliano Nocco

Q: What is the basic Idea Behind the film?

Massimiliano Nocco: The basic idea of the film comes from a scene that really happened in Florence in front of my eyes in an outdoor bar, an idea that remained in the drawer until the first 2020 lockdown, where I then decided to do it by doubling myself.


Q: How do you handle the Pre-Production, and Post Production?

Massimiliano Nocco: When I manage the Pre-Production I always try to imagine the Post-Production so as not to make mistakes. I care about all my collaborators and all the workers recommending me, showing them trust and affection in order to build a winning team.


Q: What do you do to stay calm during Production of the film?

Massimiliano Nocco: Calm is the virtue of the strong so I always try to feel strong and in the end I always manage to work with maximum concentration.


Q: What sort of stories excites you?

Massimiliano Nocco: I am moved by the stories that include love and memories, in fact in my films the characters are seen both as young and as adults and sometimes even as old.


Q: Do you think all the good stories have already been made into a movie?

Massimiliano Nocco: No, absolutely not! The stories are infinite like music, like the universe, like numbers. I am sure that in the future the films will be more and more beautiful, a bit like what happens with speed records, I believe that one day the human being will run a hundred meters in less than 5 seconds.


Q: While casting for your film you prefer to cast a well known face or any new face which fit the character?

Massimiliano Nocco: It would always be better to choose a face that suits the character but if the known face has an acceptable face then the known face is better.


Q: What is the most enjoyable thing about Production of the film?

Massimiliano Nocco: I believe in the final stage of editing. When I see in the monitor all the frames of the film that before shooting were flowing only in my mind, then it is a purely magical moment.


Q: What is the best possible way to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?

Massimiliano Nocco: First of all, make a good film regardless of the budget, share on social trailers, photos, news and rely on competent people.


Q: When your next film is coming and what is it about?

Massimiliano Nocco: I have just finished making 3 short films and are in the editing phase.

"Il thief of smiles" filmed in Florence of which I am also a screenwriter together with Walter Nestola who also plays the leading role, talks about the mistreatment of women.

"LA barchetta" of which I am also the screenwriter, based on a story that really happened to me. "The showdown" short film on the environment of which I am also a screenwriter together with Water Nestola who also plays one of the protagonists together with Paolo Dessì.


Q: What advice do you want to give to the new and upcoming filmmakers?

Massimiliano Nocco: The most important things for the success of a film are: "a great script, an excellent interpretation", "a great audio" and a "good photography". To succeed in the enterprise, I recommend young directors to surround themselves with competent people and to do a lot of rehearsals with the actors before starting shooting.

Then it takes a lot of calm, especially with the people around you so as not to destroy the harmony in the set between trope and cast. A great team can aspire to great results.

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