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AN INTERVIEW WITH Robert Sciglimpaglia, ACTOR & PRODUCER
As a Producer and Actor, please introduce yourself.
My name is Robert Sciglimpaglia. I am an actor, producer and attorney. My best known project to date is the Super Bowl commercial
"Happy Grad" by Chevy. I have appeared on national tv several times, and in many films.
Why you became a filmmaker as producer?
As an attorney I represented, and still represent, many film makers. I learned the business side of things very well in doing so.
As an artist, I wanted to expand the parts I was playing because I was getting called in for the same parts over and over
(Lawyer, Doctor, stock broker, office worker). So, I started looking for scripts with parts I could do and that I could produce on my own.
So, that's what I have done. I have produced 4 shorts, all award winners, and have my first feature in editing right now.
Give some more information about yourself and the films you have produced or acted so far, about your experience?
I have acted in many features and shorts in every role from background/U5 to lead. I learned a lot from doing background work
at the beginning of my career and I got to witness many of the greats practicing their craft.
(Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, etc).
I now incorporate much of what I have learned into my own performances in films I produce, and those I work on.
What are the films or people that had impacts on you and deeply inspired you ?
I like and am inspired by actors who give deep emotional performances, like Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams.
You have produced your nice film "Bathtub Chronicles" won several awards in the
"American Golden Picture International Film Festival".
Why you decided to produce it and even act in it?
Bathtub Chronicles is a film that perfectly fit the description of a deep emotional story that I wanted to produce and character that
I wanted to play. The story is a true one based on the life experience of the writer, and she also directed, so I really wanted to be
a part of bringing the story to life. It also deals with a highly relevant and current topic of Sexual assault and how to heal from that.
What were some of the challenges you faced in this film?
The biggest challenge was that we wrapped before COVID and the edit was being done during COVID so it delayed things a bit
because of the chaos caused by the pandemic to all of us.
Let us more about your specific experience in this film?
We were fortunate enough to be able to rent a mansion with a beautiful mountainside view to shoot the film so it was a wonderful experience.
It was also very fortunate that we were able to secure John Paul Jones and Dileep Rao to appear in the film as well.
What was it like to work with all your team?
The cinematography is BEAUTIFUL! We are so lucky to have had an "in" with Panavision to be able to use their lenses.
These same lenses were used in some of the largest productions in Hollywood history! And our cinematographer is experienced enough to know how to utilize those tools property. I loved working with this cast very much. Everyone pulled their weight and contributed to the story.
For you what was the biggest lesson you had to learn after producing this film?
This is the 4th short film I have produced through my company Belair Productions, and the prior 3 all won festival awards,
so I actually took a bigger step in expanding what could be done with this film in obtaining named actors and stepping up the gear.
What keeps you inspired to continue in film?
I absolutely love creating films and telling stories that people react to. The films have to have meaning to me, or I will not produce them.
The most important part is distributing the film. What did you do for distributing your film "Bathtub Chronicles"?
We decided to experiment with the new streaming revolution on this and so I put the film up on Vimeo on Demand and Amazon Prime,
and am doing our own promotions to see how sales go. Now we have added a festival run as part of the over all promotion.
What are your goals in film industry?
I would love to do higher and higher budget films and tell better and better stories for more and more people.
What is your next project?
I am working on a boxing documentary now called "The Final Round", and a feature called "I Am" an also am editing my feature called "ONE".
GOOD LUCK Robert
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