So Long, Farewell
BY Kyle Buchanan
December 10 2008 1:00 AM ET
The look of the film is very locked down:
stationary cameras, sterile locations. Was that a
thematic choice or just a financial necessity? As you know, when you shoot something with a
limited budget, it's always easy to fall into the
pratfall of a film that looks too cheap or screams
low-budget. So I always knew going in that I had to define
the film with a very specific style that worked within
our needs. So keeping those shots very simplistic was
a way of giving off a very strong sense of style while
not keeping things out of our economic needs. In the case of
Ciao, I think the style worked thematically
with the film, so it all made sense.
This is a very serious film. Do you ever think,
Wow, I really want to follow this up with a madcap
romantic comedy? [Laughs] I don't know! I don't consider
myself as one of those film snobs; I mean, in some
ways I am, but I enjoy my share of guilty pleasures. I
enjoy studio films as much as the next guy. There are
as many bad independent films as bad studio films. So if I
can do something madcap, I'm all for it!
- Ciao is in
theaters in New York City now and will open in San
Francisco on December 12. For information on forthcoming
screenings around the United States visitwww.CiaoMovie.com.
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