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AN INTERVIEW WITH Leonardo Fiorito & Alexandre Moretzsohn,
WRITER, PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
As a film Director, please introduce yourself and let us know how you became involved in film production?
Leonardo: I was a Photographer since college, was a DJ for 15 years, then got back into photography and film, working in Production Houses
in São Paulo. Later on I went working in TV GLOBO, where I produced Big Brother Brasil for 3 years, Fear Factor Brasil (hipertensão)
and Survivor Brasil (No Limite). I’ve been directing segment Shows (Caldeirão do Huck, Amor & Sexo, Melhores Anos de nossas Vidas,
Tamanho Família) for 7 years now, but i’ve always been very passionate about films, watching a ton of them,
from Hitchcock to Richard Linklater, from Glauber Rocha to Truffaut, Orson Wells to Christopher Nolan.
Alexandre: I made my career working as an actor in a movie called Òdiquê ( Whatsup) that won best movie at the
New York Independent Film Festival (2004). I got my degree in Television and film at the FAAP (Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado).
In 2006, I started working as director assistant on Brazilian television, Record and Globo. I was enrolled in many “novelas”,
including Avenida Brasil, the most important “novela” in our country.
What sparked your interest in visual storytelling compared to writing stories?
Leonardo: I think it comes down to Hitchcock’s lesson: “Don’t tell me. Show me”.
I believe Visual Storytelling is very strong by it self, leaving to words only the very needed.
Alexandre: I do both. In my family, I have a mother and sister who are scriptwriters
and I grew up among scripts meetings, falling in love with dramas.
How did you start out, and what were some of the important milestones along the way?
Leonardo: I started working in production houses, being post production supervisor, then getting involved with photography again,
then getting to work with great masters who taught me much of what I know.
Alexandre: The movie Odiquê? ( What´s up), The “ novela” Avenida Brasil, the Short movie “Agony road” and a lot of videoclips that had more than 2 millions viewers in YouTube, as “ Romeu tem que morrer - Tulio Dek e Xamã [ Guerreiros da luz EP. 1].
As the writer what was the inspiration for writing the screenplay for your Award Winning Music Video "Don't Leave Me”?
Leo fiorito and me, created together mixing ideas from French literature and French movies.
Tell us about your collaboration with Actors and Cinematographer in this film?
Alexandre: I rehearsed the actors, coached then and took them as characters into the film. Fiorito was in
charge of the cinematography and directing the whole film with me.
Leonardo: Alexandre coached the actors and I did the cinematography besides thinking the whole work, helping find the right tone to it.
How long was the shooting time and how did you prepare for it as the producer?
Leonardo: We got together with the crew days before shooting where we could go over Costumes, Location photos,
scheduling the shots throughout the day ahead of us, thinking about details but more important, trying to find where the edge was in the film.
Alexandre: 3 days in pre-production and 1 day shooting.
What are the films or people that had impacts on you and deeply inspired you to become a
film Producer, Screenwriter and Director?
Leonardo: Glauber Rocha, for sure, Kubrick, Truffaut, Fellini.
Alexandre: My family.
What are your favorite genres to work on? Why?
Leonardo: Psychological drama, cause there are so many layers to work with, I love the depth of it.
Alexandre: Vanguard movies.
"Don't Leave Me" is an Award Winning in the
"American Golden Picture International Film Festival".
What were some of the challenges you faced in producing this Music Video?
Leonardo: Low budget, minimal Tech Scout, Daylight ending…one location being far from the other. Just a regular day at work.
Alexandre: Shot in Melides, a city that we didn`t know, exploring it to find fabulous places to shoot.
To you, what part of the filmmaking is the hardest part? Why?
Leonardo: Getting everybody involved on telling ONE Story. Getting all pieces working together to create a whole One work.
Alexandre: Mix days off shooting with what we have to shoot.
Distributing the film is very important part after you produce a film.
What have you done so far for distributing your film?
Leonardo: In this case, since it’s a Music Video, not much. I Accept suggestions. (smiles)
Alexandre: Introduce our film to players through film festivals around the world.
In professional filmmaking who do you like to work with if you have a choice?
Leonardo: Emma Thompson, Joaquim Phoenix, Ricardo Darín
Alexandre: Monica Belucci and Gerárd Depardieu
What keeps you inspired to continue writing the screenplays and producing films?
Leonardo: Love for the craft, no doubt, but more importantly, leaving a mark.
Alexandre: My love to this work. Besides, it is a way to make our art eternal.
What is your next film project? What are your film producing goals in future?
Leonardo: A Short film I’m writing now.
Alexandre: This is a secret.
GOOD LUCK Leonardo and Alexandre
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