My first narrative film making effort is finally completed. Five years ago, when I decided to start taking control of my creative output, instead of waiting for that perfect, elusive client to produce a magic brief, I took a post graduate degree in motion graphics. That way I would get closer to my lifelong passion, film, from a diagonal approach, combining it with graphic design, the mother of all visual disciplines.
Stone is my homage to the people whose work has had such a tremendous influence on my artistic development: Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Stanley Kubrick, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ridley Scott, Michael Haneke and many more.
Stone is the brainchild of my collaboration with a wonderfully talented playwright and friend, Mr Geoff Saunders.
Memories of sweltering, hot summer afternoons and endlessly boring days, spent as a teenager in my hometown, in southern Italy, are forever resonant in my mind. Deserted streets paved by sizzling, burning, asphalt, black windows punctuated by religiously closed shutters and stray dogs have been the backdrop of my upbringing.
Stone tells the story of an unripe, precocious infatuation mixed with the inability to deal with it.
A special thanks goes to the the young and very talented Sofia Rembrandt and Giuseppe Manfredi for their patience and commitment to the work, to Francesca Rembrandt for her quick witted acting and to Maria Francesca Pepe for her sharp fashion advice and to Vins Blake for his essential technical and friendly input.